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Got this in the email, very peaceful and lovely.
(and before all you grumps get in a fuss, yes I realize there is some sidewalk riding, and some less than stellar helmet use, try to see the big picture, the synergy of life and bicycle, and how the two can make for a lovely journey)
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from Bikes Not Bombs:
Come Celebrate the Year With Us!
Join us to celebrate an amazing 2015! We’ll be unveiling our new video mechanics manual and celebrating the contributions of staff members David Branigan and Derek McIntire as they transition out of their roles at BNB, and Stephen Bosco who has stepped back to a lead volunteer role. All ages welcome at Doyle’s Cafe on December 16th from 6-10pm, we’ll provide light appetizers, cash bar available.
Join our Board of Directors!
The Bikes Not Bombs Board of Directors is seeking candidates to join our team! The Board is responsible for guiding and providing oversight to the organization as a whole. We are particularly seeking candidates with experience in legal services, nonprofit financial management, fundraising, and human resources. People with a strong connection to our programs, mission, and the communities we serve are encouraged to apply.
Free Clinics at the Bike Shop
RSVPs for Tool Time are due by 6pm November 7th, please be on time for the clinics.
We’ve switched to our Winter hours and will now be open on Monday 11-7pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8-8pm, Friday 11-7pm, Saturday 10-6pmand closed on Sundays.
Help BNB Load Bikes to Kenya!
We will be shipping our second container to our new partner Cycloville in Kenya on December 13th. Please join us! Stop by our warehouse for an hour or stay all day.
This will be our last container of 2015!
Volunteer of the Month – Susan Redlich!
Susan Redlich has been an invaluable part of Bikes Not Bombs since the beginning. She started collecting bike boxes in her basement to ship to Nicaragua in the 80s, and continues to load containers to this day. She says her favorite part about loading containers is “I can see in my mind the excitement of people unloading the bikes in Ghana, Guatemala, and other partner destinations.” Here is a photo of Susan visiting Maya Pedal in Guatemala. Thank you for all you do for Bikes Not Bombs Susan!
Successful 5th Annual Building Momentum Breakfast!
On Thursday October 15th 85 people joined us at Bikes Not Bombs’ Fifth Annual Building Momentum Breakfast. We are especially grateful that over 64% of guests were inspired to support Bikes Not Bombs’ work by committing to multi-year gifts and in total the breakfast raised over $69,000 for the next 5 years. Thank you to Ula Cafe for catering, Barrington Coffee for the coffee, Cambridge Innovation Center for the space and all of our guests and table captains for attending. Check out photos from the event.
News Outside of BNB
Bike Infrastructure Planning and Design Workshop – Join the Boston Cyclists Union on Saturday November 14th from 9-3:30pm to learn how to plan and design different kinds of bike route infrastructure!.
Cranksgiving – Come join the 2nd Annual Cranksgiving ride on November 21st 12pm at Copley! Cranksgiving is a bike ride and scavenger hunt where participants ride all over Boston buying food items to donate to the Greater Boston Food Bank, Red Cross, and Somerville Homeless Coalition. Ride bikes. Buy food. Give back.
Delegation to Honduras – In January join a Witness for Peace delegation to Honduras to visit and connect with a variety of communities to learn about the struggles of Hondurans amidst unfair economic policies, repression and militarization.
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People seem to be confused when they see the words “share” not just around here, but everywhere. Which is why “share the road” signs are often less helpful than you might think. I think the Boston interpretation of those signs is something like “everyone else get out of the way!”
It’s gotten so bad that at least one state has stopped using them all together.
Comprehension of the familiar “Share the Road” signage as a statement of bicyclists’ roadway rights has been challenged, based on arguments that it is ambiguous, imprecise, frequently misinterpreted, and not designed for that purpose…In fact, the US state of Delaware discontinued use of the “Share the Road” plaque in November, 2013.”
– From “Bicycles May Use Full Lane” Signage Communicates U.S. Roadway Rules and Increases Perception of Safety, North Carolina State University, August 28, 2015
In November of 2013, Delaware formally discontinued the use of the “Share The Road” sign, the first (and so far still the only) U.S. state to do so. The sign was interpreted in diametrically opposite ways by cyclists and motorists and failed to prevent conflict and hostility between motorists and cyclists. Arguably, the sign may actually have been causing conflict.
The authors of the new study – both NCSU faculty – surveyed nearly 2,000 people and found that there was “no statistically significant difference in responses between those who saw ‘Share the Road’ signage and those who saw no signage” whatsoever in terms of their comprehension that cyclists are permitted in the center of the travel lane; that cyclists do not have to move right to allow motorists to pass within the same lane; or that motorists should wait for a break in traffic before passing in the adjacent lane.
In sharp contrast to the complete uselessness of “Share The Road”, survey respondents who were shown the “Bicycle May Use Full Lane” sign showed uniformly high understanding of permissible cyclist lane positioning and appropriate safe passing behavior for motorists.
Which was why I was so happy to see this gem in Somerville yesterday:
It’s a little hard to see, but the giant blinking sign reads:
“IMPORTANT! IMPORTANT! IMPORTANT!”
“CYCLISTS MAY USE THE FULL LANE”
“ANYWHERE, ANYTIME, IT’S THE LAW”
This is the same intersection that recently got new bike boxes (which still sadly are not working all that well, drivers are ignoring the signs)
What also makes this sign so useful is that this particular stretch of road is just too narrow to safely “share” you have to take the whole lane or you will be squished. This road is so narrow that a bus and a car can’t pass going opposite directions if there is a parked car. It’s so narrow that a bus can’t fit in it’s own lane, even if there is no parked cars…so the sign is a good reminder to asshole drivers that cyclists need to take the whole lane, because otherwise they would get hit.
(There is also a cop who likes to hang around this intersection, he will give you a ticket for running this red light on your bike, but he is really nice guy, if you don’t sass him he will give you a warning, also don’t run red lights on your bike)
Tags: bike sign, somerville, union square, use the whole lane
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GET A LIGHT FOR YOUR BIKE! A bright WHITE one for the front and a bright RED one for the back. Turn them on when its dark. This is not rocket surgery.
This goes for joggers in the street as well, you are completely invisible, I don’t have head lights in my eyes, your reflective vests do nothing unless there is a car about to run you over to illuminate you. Also don’t run in the bike lanes, you don’t want me riding on the sidewalks, you don’t run in the streets…it seems like a fair trade.
This also applies to car drivers, you have to turn your damn lights on…its dark, there is a little knob, use it.
That is all.
Tags: bike lights, min-rant
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And that would be a good thing, the street is currently one of the busiest and in my opinion worst designed streets in the city.
Public Comments are due by November 25! So make sure you contact Zach Wassmouth, Project Manager, BPWD ([email protected]) and let him know you want more pedestrian and cyclist friendly infrastructure on Comm. Ave.!
From the KeepBostonMoving.org site:
Description: The Boston Public Works Department is redesigning Commonwealth Avenue between Brighton Avenue (Packard’s Corner) and Warren/Kelton Streets. With its solid apartment blocks, unique carriage roads, landscaped median, and MBTA transit reservation, this segment of Comm. Ave. is both a multi-modal transportation corridor and home for thousands of people. The redesigned corridor will feature separated bicycle facilities, improvements to pedestrian sidewalks and crosswalks, enhanced access to the MBTA Green Line, preservation and enhancement of historic landscape features, and implementation of innovative sustainable features. The centerpiece of the project will be the redesigned intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and Harvard Avenue. Through a combination of geometric improvements and urban design features, this busy commercial and transit hub will be revitalized, with an emphasis on maximizing pedestrian space and amenities.
At completion, Commonwealth Avenue will be a livable, walkable, multimodal, green and sustainable corridor, safely and efficiently accommodating all users of this signature Boston Boulevard.
Project Status: In design
Estimated Project Cost: $20,000,000
Estimated Project Start: 2016
Estimated Project Completion: 2020
Project Design Team:
- Zach Wassmouth, Project Manager, BPWD
- Consultant Team – HDR Engineering, Inc. teamed with Crosby Schlessinger Smallridge, LLC, Ronald W. Buia, Inc., SMC, RM Engineering, Inc.
Tags: act now, Comm. Ave, Commonwealth Ave, redesign
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This is just so much amazing. He’s like superman! (make sure you wait till the very end)
Tags: hillarious, road rage
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Who hit a cyclists on purpose and then drove off.
Cambridge Police report they are looking for the driver of a pick-up they say swerved towards a bicyclist on Webster Street shortly after 7 a.m. on Sept. 29:
Just before the hit and run, the operator of the pickup yelled, honked his horn and then made contact with the bicyclist’s handle bar, causing him to fall.
The bicyclist, Geren Stone of Somerville, is a doctor at Mass. General. He required surgery for injuries to his left arm, police say.
Read more about this here, anyone with info call the Cambridge police at: 617-349-3364.
Tags: asshole, cambridge, hit and run
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MassBike got its hands on some Boston Marathon entries, which means you can run the marathon to support MassBike!
The John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program has generously awarded MassBike with non-qualified runner entries for the 2016 Boston Marathon. Each April, thousands of accomplished runners descend upon Boston to participate in the legendary Boston Marathon, one of the most prestigious and renowned road racing events across the globe. As these runners take on the daunting physical challenge of the historic 26.2 miles of the Boston Marathon, they will also each raise a minimum of $5,000 each to support MassBike’s work.
Starting today, MassBike will be accepting applications for 2 available team slots for the 2016 Boston Marathon for runners to join our team, Running to Ride.
The fundraising by this team will fuel efforts to improve conditions for bicycling in the Bay State. Working with lawmakers, schools, police, business leaders, and municipalities, MassBike is the voice for bicyclists throughout the state. With 4,000 members and growing, MassBike helped elevate Massachusetts in national bike friendly rankings to the number four position. Our runners will help Massachusetts climb to the top spot, making us a healthier and more prosperous place to live.
Want to help support MassBike while running the 2016 Boston Marathon? Submit an application no later than November 11th to be considered.
Tags: Boston Marathon, massbike, run for a good cause
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