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Noah Hicks, Bicycle Mayor Of Dorchester!

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 01

This guy is making things happen in Dorchester, seems like an awesome guy!  I used to live in the very very (very) southern point of Dorchester, and while its gotten better for cycling down there, its not nearly as good as it needs to be.

 

More great info on Noah and his message here.  He is really talking about the real issues behind cycling, as a transit option, and as a life changing technology for low income folks. I hope the city will pivot to focusing on the neighborhoods that most need these kinds of infrastructure improvements and where they will do the most good economically.

Bravo sir!


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Historic Middlesex Canal Tour 2016

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 01

from email looks like a fun time:

The Middlesex Canal Association Presents:

Spring Bicycle Tour of Historic Middlesex Canal

On Sunday, April 3, 2016, the Middlesex Canal Association will present its spring bicycle tour of the Middlesex Canal.  The Canal was the “big dig” of the end of the 18thcentury.  Completed in 1803 after 10 years of construction, the Canal connected the Merrimac River in what is now Lowell with the Charles River at Sullivan Square in Charlestown.  In many ways it served as a model for later canals including the Erie Canal. The Canal remained in operation for 50 years, providing both passenger and freight service, but could not compete successfully with the Boston and Lowell Railroad which began operation in the 1830’s.

The ride will depart from the Lowell Train Stationshortly before 11AM. You can take your bicycle on the 10 AM train from North Station which arrives in Lowell at 10:43. (Riders can also board at West Medford at 10:11 or just meet at Lowell Station). This year an early group will take the8:00AM train from North Station to allow more time in Lowell and breakfast at the historic Owl Diner (<http://www.owldiner.com/>, aka the Four Sisters).  Route visits the Pawtucket and otherLowell canals, river walk, Francis Gate, and then Middlesex Canal remnants in Chelmsford. Quick visit to Canal Museum, then on to Boston.

Lunch at Route 3A mini-mall in Billerica.  Long day, but sunset is late. Riders needing to leave early can get the train to Boston at 1:07 at North Billerica or at 3:14 at Wilmington. Participants are responsible for one-way train fare [$9.25 from Boston to Lowell]. Complete Lowell line schedules can be downloaded <http://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/rail/lines/?route=LOWELL> if anyone wishes to plan a rail travel itinerary specific to their needs.

The route is pretty flat and level and we will average 5 miles per hour, so the ride will be an easy one for most cyclists.  Along the way we will stop at a number of remnants and restored sections of the Canal, as well as the Mansion of Loammi Baldwin, the chief engineer of the Canal (who discovered the Baldwin apple while building the Canal), the two remaining aqueducts  (which carried the Canal over rivers and brooks), and the northern end of the floating towpath that carried horses over the Millpond.

The ride will be led by Bill Kuttner (617-241-9383, [email protected]) and Dick Bauer(857-540-6293, [email protected]) of  the Middlesex Canal Commission . Helmets required.  Steady rain cancels.
For more information about the Middlesex Canal go to:http://www.middlesexcanal.org


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Cape Cod Rail Trail Extension Finally Starts

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 01

Hurray!  Looks pretty awesome too:

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The recent removal of rusty rail tracks behind his home on Beacon Street, as they were dragged out whole by heavy equipment after the wooden ties were removed, was “like watching two large snakes going by all the houses,” according to Barry Clayman.

The activity marked the beginning of the long-awaited Cape Cod Rail Trail extension through Dennis and Yarmouth.

More here

This will be a great money maker for nearby business as well, as tourists on bike will be hungry and thirsty.


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BBMA Spring Sprints Tournament Series

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 26

Found this in my local bike shop, looks like a good time!

 

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I have been to these sorts of sprints before, its a blast, go check it out and support the 2016 NACCC’s!


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This Is How They Train Bus Drivers In Colombia

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 13

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We need this here….we so need this.  (click for video, its great)

While we are at it, can we train our dump truck/trash truck/semi-truck/suv drivers this way as well?  Nothing really brings home what it feels like to not be given the space you need on the road than having a big ass moving piece of metal rush past you.  Every single large vehicle driver should be forced to go for a bike ride, or do something like this before given a licence.


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Boston Ties For Highest Bike/Pedestrian City

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 09

We managed to get really good safety ratings as well!

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For the second time in a row, Boston and Washington D.C., have topped a biannual report for the share of commuters who bike or walk to work in the 50 most populous U.S. cities — but this year, D.C. has narrowed the gap between them to a dead tie.

According to the Alliance for Biking and Walking’s 2016 Benchmarking Report — a breakdown of non-vehicular mode share in the U.S. released this week — 16.7 percent of both cities’ commuters bike or walk to work. That’s a 2 percent increase in D.C. since the 2014 report, with Boston’s rates unchanged in the same time period.

 

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More info here.

 


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Bikes Not Bombs Update

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 09

from BNB:

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Bike-A-Thon Registration is OPEN and Half-Price!

Register today for our 29th annual Bike-A-Thon! During March, registration fees are half-price, only $15 for adults and $10 for youth (17 and under). The Bike-A-Thon will take place on Sunday, June 5th, (raindate of Sunday, June 19th). With 10, 30. 50, and 80-mile route options, there’s something for every rider. Invite your friends to ride with you on a team! Check out 2015 Bike-A-Thon photos and the amazing results and email [email protected] with any questions.

Riders at the 2015 Bike-A-Thon! Photo by Diana Parad
Shifting Power Bike Mechanics Training Videos!

We’re excited to release Shifting Power, a bike mechanics training video series! Shifting Power will serve as a comprehensive training manual for anyone worldwide interested in learning and/or teaching about bicycle mechanics. The 14 video series features a diverse group of instructors, unlike many of the video resources currently available. The collaborative project, created by staff at the BNB Bike Shop, International, and Youth Programs, is now available in both English and Spanish on the Bikes Not Bombs website.

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Help Load the First Container of 2016!

Our first Container Loading of 2016 is on March 20th and will be going to Ability Bikes in Ghana! RSVP to volunteer! We will be loading starting at 9am and ending around 5pm, stop by for an hour or stay all day!

BNB Shop Updates
Spring Shop Hours, Clinics and Staff!

The Shop is now on Summer hours, which meansclinics are back, Adult Earn-A-Bike is restarting and we’re open 7 days a week! Stop by Mon. 11-7pm, Tues. – Thurs. 8-8pm, Fri. 11-7pm, Sat. 10-6pm or Sun. 12-5pm. We’re also thrilled to welcome three new staff members to the 2016 Bike Shop team! Chelsea DeSantis and Gabriel Ytterberg are joining us as full-time mechanics and Chayanne Almieda is our newest Apprentice! Upcoming Clinics:  Mon 3/147-9pm FemmechanicsWed 3/16 8-9pm Basic Repair & Maintenance Please be on time for the clinics. Tool Time will be on April 4th, RSVP byApril 3rd at 5pm.

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Submit Your Idea for Our New Sticker!

After 32 years, we’ve decided it’s time to revamp our sticker design, and we could use YOUR help! Do you have an idea of the perfect sticker you want to put on your bike, helmet or give to your favorite person?Submit it today! Designs are due before March 30th,guidelines and resources available.

Can you help with Bike Drives?
It’s Almost Bike Drive Season!

Our Spring Bike Drives will resume in April! Are you able to help us collect 5000+ bikes each year by organizing a drive in your community? Can you volunteer to flatten bikes at a bike drive? Email[email protected] for more information. Have a bike to donate? Check out our upcoming Bike Drives throughout New England.

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Volunteer of the Month – John Rosenwinkel

This month we would like to extend a huge thank you to John Rosenwinkel as volunteer of the month. John has served as an adult instructor, helped with final safety checks before Earn-A-Bike graduations and most recently improved the operations of the Hub mechanics space. As a member of a youth programs committee John helped build a wall to mount bicycle forks and crank sets, teaching senior youth staff about basic power tools during the construction. John’s consistent dedication is invaluable to the impact of our programs.

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International Programs Field Reports

Our International Programs Director, Charlotte Fagan, has been traveling for most of 2016! In January, Charlotte visited Cycloville in Nairobi, Kenya for 3 weeks, and in February, Charlotte went to Koforidua, Ghana to work with Ability Bikes. Read our Field Reports to see what Charlotte learned!

News Outside of BNB

BBMA Spring Sprints Support the Boston Bicycle Messenger Association at a tournament-style roller race on Sunday March 27th!!

World Bike Forum Sign up to attend the 5th World Bike Forum in Santiago, Chile from March 31st – April 5th.

Broadway Bicycle School is looking for someone to join their staff April-October as an entry level bicycle mechanic!


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Hubway Station Are Re-Opening!

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 09

From Hubway:  (also its pretty crazy they are getting close to 4 MILLION rides!)

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25+ Boston Stations Reopen, more this week!

We couldn’t have asked for nicer weather last week to get stations back out to Boston locations! In case you missed it, there was even one brand new station location.

Has your favorite station deployed yet? Keep an eye on Hubway’s blog for the latest updates & announcements. There are also a number of free apps (like Spotcycle) you can use to view all active stations & bike/dock availability on your phone. Ride safe: pull over before peeking at the map.

This week: an important event hosted by the City of Cambridge to help determine station siting; how two competitive Hubway-riding friends inspired a free burrito giveaway; and a reminder that Hubway’s 4 millionth rider (could be you!) receives a $250 gift certificate from New Balance. Plus, a special offer to follow the yellow brick road. It’s all in this edition of Hubway news, and you can #TakeHubway to all of it.

Hubway spring deployment schedule

We expect more than 110 available stations, including the 37 that operate year-round in Cambridge, by the end of March. That’s more than ever at this point in the season. Remaining stations will be rolled out in April, though please note that stations along the Boston Marathon route will not be accessible until after the race. Read More →

Help choose Dana Park’s permanent Hubway location

Dana Park’s Hubway Station will return to its temporary location this month, but the City of Cambridge wants your feedback about the site for its permanent home.#TakeHubway to the Central Square Branch Library for an open house on March 15th, 5-7pm. Can’t make it? That’s OK… Read More →

#TakeHubway & you could win!

Over 3,950,000 trips have been taken on Hubway all-time. Who will be Hubway’s 4 millionth rider? It could be you — what happens then?!? You could win a $250 gift card to New Balance! Read More →


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The Word On The Street

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    • Dot Bike May Events! May 2, 2016
      TweetFrom Dot Bike: ————- Bikes are in bloom! With the celebration of Bay State Bike Week, Boston Bike to Work Festival and thereturn of the Hubway fleets May can feel like a burst of new energy for bicycling in Boston. Maybe you can … Continue reading →
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    • The 5th Annual Christina Clarke Genco Mother’s Day Memorial Ride May 2, 2016
      TweetOne of the saddest parts of running this website is reporting about cyclist deaths, way back in 2012 we reported about that Christina Clarke Genco was struck and killed while making the world a better place.   But that tragic … Continue reading →
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    • Council Unanimously Approves Lower Speed Limit, Now Goes To Mayor For Approval April 27, 2016
      TweetThe city council Unanimously approved the 20 mph speed limit, it now goes to the mayor, and then (strangely) to the state…stay tuned.
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    • Report From The Lowering The Speed Limit Public Hearing April 25, 2016
      TweetLynn gave this great report on how the hearing to lower the speed limit to 20 mph in Boston went (the report was from 4 days ago, I am just now getting around to reading it).  Looks like things are … Continue reading →
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    • Rozzie Bikes Repair Day May 14th April 25, 2016
      TweetGot this in the email, looks like it could be a lot of fun. Are you good with kids? Can you pump up a tire or oil a chain? If so, please support Rozzie Bikes by coming to one (or … Continue reading →
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    • April Ghouls Day Ride April 30th! April 25, 2016
      TweetUnbeknownst to me there is another holiday at the end of April called April Ghouls day…or at least that is what the good folks at Dot Bike would have us believe. From the email: You heard it here first! — … Continue reading →
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    • America’s Absurd Fascination With Cars April 14, 2016
      TweetI was having a discussion with someone this morning and we realized that at every stage in the development of automobile infrastructure in America, other, consistently better, choices for infrastructure were available, but we continued to choose the car every … Continue reading →
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    • Boston City Council Hearing On Lower Speed Limits In Boston April 8, 2016
      TweetGot this in the email.  Very interesting proposal!  If we really could make speeding enforcement and lowering speeds a priority we would be much better off.   ————————– On April 20th there will be a hearing on Councilor Frank Baker’s … Continue reading →
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    • Shop Soap! April 5, 2016
      I have been making my own soap for a couple of years now, mostly as gifts for friends and family.  We have made all sorts of nice smelling, very good soaps, but something was missing.  I wanted a soap that was strong enough to blast off the various shop related gunk from my hands, but […]
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    • After School at Open Shop! April 3, 2016
      Recently at a Wednesday Open Shop, a boy came up to me and introduced himself as Philip, a fifth grader from up the street. He said his gym teacher told him about CommonWheels and that he could learn about bikes and he was just wondering if he could fi... Continue reading →
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