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RSVP today for 6th Annual Boston Bike Update, happening March 27th.
Biking has doubled in Boston in the last six years.
Want to know how, why and who helped make this happen? Wondering how biking fits into larger transportation network?
Join us for this sixth annual event to hear Boston Bikes Director, Nicole Freedman discuss the future of biking in Boston and the path forward under Mayor Walsh.
If you care about biking in Boston you don’t want to miss this event.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
@ Boston Public Library, Rabb Hall, 700 Boylston St, Boston
5:30pm doors open – Free and open to the public
6pm presentations begin
8:30-10pm LivableStreets member social @ Lir Pub
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Bikes Not Bombs is looking to send a group of 10 young leaders and two adults to New York City for the 4th Annual Youth Bike Summit, February 14-16th. This three day conference is a time for young people around the country to gather and discuss issues related to bicycles, affordable transportation, cycling education, and activism. We’re excited about the growth and development of our youth organizing work and this conference is critical to expanding and sharing our strategies and tactics.
BNB youth are using their personal networks to fundraise to attend the Summit and they could use your support. We must cover transportation, food, and lodging for all 12 participants over the 3 days. Please consider donating specifically to their campaign. If you have any questions, contact Abdul Hussein, Chain Reaction Coordinator at[email protected] or Jeremy Hanson, Co-Director of Youth Programs at[email protected].
Bikes Not Bombs’ 27th annual Bike-A-Thon is on June 8th and we’re looking for local companies and businesses to support the event by signing on as sponsors. Becoming an event sponsor is a great way for companies to advertise their support of Bikes Not Bombs. We can feature company logos on event signage, our website, and depending on the level of sponsorship, there are opportunities to be included in our Jamaica Plain Gazette ads as well as on our t-shirt. And, this year we’re offering free Bike-A-Thon registration to a limited number of sponsors’ employees as a way to encourage staff to get involved with Bikes Not Bombs.
While we are seeking in-kind gifts for our raffle, we’re most interested in fiscal sponsorship because unrestricted funds provide us with the greatest flexibility and have the deepest impact on our work. Check out the results from last year’s Bike-A-Thon that also lists participating sponsors.
Bikes Not Bombs’ fourth annual Building Momentum Breakfast will be held in October and we’re looking for a handful of Table Captains to help make the event a success! The Building Momentum Breakfast is designed to raise critical financial support for Bikes Not Bombs and spread the word about our innovative work using donated bicycles as a tool for self-empowerment and community transformation. Read more about last year’s Building Momentum Breakfast.
We’re holding a casual information session for those interested in acting as Table Captains on Tuesday February 18th from 6-7pm at the Hub. Table Captains invite 9 people to the Breakfast – friends, family neighbors – anyone who would connect with the mission and work of Bikes Not Bombs. The information session will guide you through the process and provide you with all the materials you’ll need. There will be a Q&A session with former Table Captains too. Light snacks will be provided. Please email Erica Rotman, Director of Fundraising and Events, at [email protected], if you would like to attend or if you cannot attend but are still interested in being a Table Captain.
Bikes Not Bombs will be releasing a documentary about our international partner, Ability Bikes, at the Ride Studio Cafe in Lexington on Thursday, March 6th from 6-8pm. Derek McIntire, a shop employee, traveled to Ghana last November to teach advanced mechanics lessons to the worker-owners at Ability Bikes. In the process, he filmed local residents and other folks involved with Ability Bikes to capture the project’s strengths and impacts. Please join us to watch the 10-minute film, followed by discussion and Q&A with Derek and our Intentional Programs team. Social hour is from 6-7pm, and the film screening begins at 7pm sharp. Beer and snacks will be served. Ride Studio Cafe is located at 1720 Massachusetts Ave Lexington, MA 02420. Contact[email protected] for more information.
On Thursday, March 13th from 5-7pm Bikes Not Bombs’ youth will join together with International Programs Coordinator, Charlotte Fagan, to give a report back and presentation from their respective travels. BNB youth will share the skills and lessons gained from the Youth Bike Summit in New York City and Charlotte will present the highlights from the World Bicycle Forum she’s attending in Brazil this February. We’ll hold a Q&A session following the presentations. Light refreshments will be served. RSVPs are not required but encouraged. Email [email protected] with any questions.
Free on a weekday during the day? Come to BNB for a relaxing morning or afternoon of helpful office volunteering! This work is mostly data entry, and some envelope stuffing. It’s easy, somewhat boring, but super important! Your help with these simple tasks will support our Youth Programs and International Programs, and you’ll get a glimpse into the inner-workings of our efficient administrative systems! We’re especially looking for volunteers who can commit to a weekly pattern, but one-off times are also helpful. And we can work around your schedule, any weekday between 10 am and 5 pm. Contact Sean Madsen at [email protected] to set up a time.
Although not always the best weather for a test ride, winter is a great time to shop at the BNB Shop. Our supply of refurbished bikes turns over every couple of weeks and we specifically have many of the sizes and price points which are hard to keep in stock “in season”.
Our Winter Overhaul special ends February 28th. Don’t miss this great opportunity to get your bike ready for Spring–or if you’ve been commuting all winter to undo all the damage that the salt and snow has done–and save 20% off the normal $150 labor charge (parts are extra). Our overhaul includes completely rebuilding your bike and the labor to replace any parts that may be needed. Stop by for an estimate and we can go over your bike, and your options with you.
The BNB Shop once again has cycling caps! These are made in the USA by Walz Cycling Caps and feature a 4 panel cotton design with the BNB Parabike Logo on the left side. Come try one on!
We are also excited to announce that we have hoodies back in stock again! Hoodies are a popular item; last time they sold out within two weeks of being on the floor. We have a variety of sizes, head to the shop ASAP to grab one.
Spring 2014 Adult Instructor Training: March 3 – 19 (M-W,6:00 - 9:00p)
Spring 2014 Earn-A-Bike: March 24 – May 1, 2013 (M-Th,3:30 - 6:30p)
Spring 2014 Girls In Action: May 12 – June 12, 2013 (M-Th, 3:30 - 6:30p)
Both programs take place Mondays through Thursdays from 3:30pm – 6:30pm. In the program, you’ll choose a bike and learn the skills to not only build it up, but maintain it as well. At the end of the program, once the bike is built, it is yours to take home! Additionally, we go on bike adventures to explore some of the fascinating places Boston has to offer, and look into various environmental and social justice issues.
There are a limited number of spots available. Applicants are chosen based on application date, and the applicant’s availability and willingness to commit. To qualify for enrollment, BOTH the completed application and payment (cash, check or money order) need to be submitted. Applicants not accepted to the program for whatever reason, will be notified and program fees will be returned. Fee waivers are available.
We are also accepting applications for our Spring Adult Instructor Training Program. Participants are taught basic mechanics and mentorship skills by Youth Instructors. In exchange for this free program participants MUST VOLUNTEER AT LEAST ONE DAY PER WEEK IN ONE OF THE ABOVE SPRING YOUTH PROGRAM SESSIONS.
Applications are available online. Mail or deliver the application & fee to: Bikes Not Bombs, 284 Amory Street Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(We will be profiling a volunteer each month who has made an outstanding volunteer contribution to Bikes Not Bombs. We rely on so many volunteers who are crucial to making this work happen, and we appreciate all of you!)
Our volunteer of the month is Farid Quraishi! Farid has been helping out regularly in multiple areas of BNB’s work, and those came together recently in one marathon week: on a Sunday Farid helped load a shipment of over 500 bikes going to our partner in Ghana … Monday night after work Farid came out to help call supporters and raise money at our Phone-A-Thon …Tuesday night he came back for more calling … Wednesday he came to Mechanics Night to help build bikes … and Thursday night he came back help at our weekly Volunteer Night, getting bikes and parts ready to ship overseas! Of course with his full-time job he can’t do that every week, but Farid is consistently plugging in to BNB’s mission. Farid got started at BNB because he had friends who had volunteered here, and his first BNB activity was to ride 40 miles in the 2012 Bike-A-Thon. We asked Farid why he likes volunteering at BNB and he says, “Everyone should volunteer somewhere, and find purpose in working on something that you don’t feel you need to be compensated for. I like that BNB is a community of very intentional and like-minded people working towards a common goal, and that goal is very clear in BNB’s programs, making a difference through nonviolence at a grassroots level. I learn alot too when I’m here, from mechanics skills to people skills, and it is empowering to me to be part of this work!” Thanks and Congratulations to Farid!
With only one spot in the Brewery parking lot for a BNB truck, we are looking for a place to park our second, smaller truck. This vehicle is a crucial part of our bike collection work, so we need a regular place to park it! It is a former UHaul that is about 23 feet long, 8 feet wide, and 9 feet high. The spot would need to be available to us 24/7 (so being blocked in by other vehicles won’t work) and we generally use the truck a few times a week. The parking spot needs to be within roughly a quarter mile from either the Shop or the Hub. Free is best, and the lower the cost the better for us. If you have extra space at your home or business, or have any ideas for places we should check, please email Arik at[email protected].
Broadway Bicycle School is Hiring
Broadway Bicycle is looking for some mechanically inclined people who are enthusiastic about bicycles to work at their shop as full-time bike mechanics/sales-people from Mid-March through October 2014. Previous bike shop experience is not necessary. Starting pay is $11.50/hour commensurate with experience. Women and people of color strongly encouraged to apply. Please visittheir website or stop by the shop, 351 Broadway in Cambridge, for an application. Seize the wrench!
Boston Youth Fund Hopeline is Open
The Boston Youth Fund Hopeline is now accepting registration for 2014 Summer Employment. Bikes Not Bombs’ will be accepting applications from BYF enrolled youth. Registration closes March 2nd.
New Data on Women & Girls Riding
The League of American Bicyclists released some interesting data on Girls and Women Riding. Check out their findings.
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From the email:
We are seeking applicants to join our team of Youth Cycling Instructors. Youth Cycling Instructors teach in-classroom and on-bike workshops to students in grades 2-12 in the Boston Public Schools. For more information, visit http://www.bostonbikes.o
Save the Date
6th Annual Boston Bike Update hosted by LivableStreets Alliance
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From the BCU:
Bostonians making polite requests for a clear path on one of the city’s key bike routes were met with disdain from the state agency responsible for maintaining the paths.
With a rapid-response social media campaign, Boston residents put a face on the purported “.05%” of cyclists who bike through the winter. Photo: Boston Cyclists Union
Here’s how one unnamed official from the Massachusetts’ Department of Conservation and Recreation responded in an internal email thread to a message from a Boston resident asking for better snow removal on the Southwest Corridor, an important off-street bike path. The leaked email was published on the Boston site Universal Hub (emphasis ours):
Frankly, I am tired of our dedicated team wasting valuable time addressing the less than .05% of all cyclists who choose to bike after a snow/ice event… We should not spend time debating cyclists with poor judgement [sic] and unrealistic expectations, and stick with [the staffer]‘s recommendation that they find other transportation. If someone is completely depending on a bike for year-round transportation, they are living in the wrong city.
Oh man, someone either doesn’t know how to do math, or hasn’t been outside lately. I see literally dozens of cyclists riding EVERY DAY, through all sorts of weather. If I am seeing that many while riding around that means there are likely hundreds of people cycling to work every day even on the most shitty of winter days, and on cold but dry days many hundreds.
Even more would do so if the DCR cleared snow out of bike lanes/paths. It’s not so much that I get pissed when the paths are not plowed to perfection (although I was on the SWC today and it was in a horrible state), but the attitude of this person is just atrocious, do they really think so little of cyclists? Would they say the same thing to people driving cars if the roads were not cleaned well enough? Perhaps people driving a car in Boston are living in a city that just can’t accommodate clearing the roads…maybe this person needs to find a new line of work?
I have started to think that people are not skilled enough to drive cars in the snow and that doing so puts them and others at risk for injury. I would think the DCR would welcome more cyclists, as it means less cars, and less road damage, and less work for them….not to mention all the lives that would be saved by getting people with only a basic set of car driving skills off the road in the winter.
hit up the BCU website if you want to help fight this kind of silly behavior.
Tags: DCR, path plowing, road rage
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Some students want to talk to you!
From the email:
“We are a group of students taking a class called UOCD at Olin College, or “user oriented collaborative design” where we work with a people group to conceptually design some sort of product or service specifically for the user group. We are not conducting a research study or making a finished product, we just want to learn more about our user group so that we can design something for our class.
My group is interested in people who bike to work. If you are a person who bikes to work, it would be great if we could have a phone interview or even better if we can talk to you in person (we can come to boston). We assure you that everything we talk about will be confidential and used just for the class. For privacy, we will absolutely keep you anonymous in our notes.
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Good lord the roads are proper shit today. Layers of ice and slush and lots and lots of rump braille snow. I went slow, and steady, and rode straight upright and didn’t have any problems with slipping, but damn it was a bit nerve wracking on the hills. It was grade A gross. But you know what, even crawling at half speed, even though my toes were a little wet, and even though it was super putrid out, it WAS STILL BETTER THAN TAKING THE BUS!
It wasn’t that cold, it wasn’t that nasty, and I got home only 10 minutes slower than normal.
I saw other cyclists, and I saw evidence of their trails, so I know I wasn’t the only yahoo out there today, share your adventures below.
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And more, from their website:
Boston Bikes employs a small team of part-time employees, primarily for Community Cycling Programs. Once you’re a part of our team, you’ll have opportunities to support all of our projects.
We are actively seeking Cycling Instructor applicants to hire for our Spring 2014 season and will begin interviewing in late February/March. We also hire interns.
You don’t need to be a bike expert: An affinity for teaching, youth development, and a relentless work ethic are much more important. Reliability and professionalism are expected at all times. We’re looking for people who take personal pride in their work, regardless of whether you’re teaching a classroom or loading a truck. Work happens primarily during day time hours on weekdays (during the school day), with some night and weekend events. Applicants should live in the City of Boston or anticipate living in Boston before beginning employment.
Cycling instructors work as part of a team to teach cycling skills and safety to kids and teens in the Boston Public Schools as part of our Youth Cycling Program. Our program visits a school for two weeks with a fleet of bikes and helmets. On the first day, instructors lay the groundwork for safe riding including helmet fitting, signaling, and safe biking behaviors during a classroom-based workshop. The rest of the time, instructors lead on-the-bike activities and games to reinforce safety lessons and to expose kids to the fun of riding a bike. Cycling instructors also support our Roll it Forward program by leading safety workshops and fitting recipients for helmets and bikes.
This is a fun job, but without a doubt, it is highly physical work. Our instructors and mechanics are constantly lifting bikes, loading trucks, and climbing stairs. If hired, you will be expected to jump in, learn quickly, and be ready to get your hands dirty. Training is provided, but the ability to learn on-the-job is just as important.
To apply, send a resume and a short message of interest to Jenny Duquette. Please include an overview of when you would be able to work and how many hours you seek. Resumes should focus on teaching experience, youth development or early-childhood development, and bicycling experience (if applicable). Unfortunately we cannot guarantee a response to all applicants. CORI background checks will be performed on candidates that advance past the interview.
This is a serious mechanic job and we are looking for experienced shop mechanics. Experience from home or on friends’ bikes is not sufficient. Boston Bikes mechanics chip away at a steady workload alternating between children’s bikes and used bikes for Roll It Forward. Often these are low-cost bikes or very old bikes with multiple problems. Accurate diagnosis (e.g. service writing), patience, and diligence are expected on every bike to meet the number-one goal: A bike does not leave our shop if it isn’t safe. Quality work and quick, efficient repair are expected in equal measure.
Despite the bikes, we want our mechanics to apply the same standard of care as they would for a customer’s high-end racing bike. Rigid repair rules do not apply: we need problem solvers and improvisers. We are also looking for candidates that have an interest in working outside the shop with children and youth: a significant portion of time is spent out in the field, supporting Youth Cycling Programs and Roll It Forward giveaways. Working hours are flexible (including evenings) once candidates have demonstrated responsibility and an unquestionable work ethic.
To apply, send a resumedetailing your experience at bike shops. Include specific capacities as they would relate to our work with difficult bikes. Also include a short statement of interest that lets us know why you’re interested in the gig. Moonlighting veterans from local shops are most welcome! CORI background checks will be performed on candidates that advance past the interview.
Mayor Menino with 2011 interns
Internships and Co-ops are available year-round within our office. We design internship responsibilities in conjunction with your field of study and the duration of the internship. At Boston Bikes, interns start contributing to essential program functions on day one. Please start the process at your school with a placement or internship coordinator who shouldcontact Nicole Freedman for openings. There is an interview and selection process.
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An excellent piece on winter riding. I see Bekka about every three days on my way to work. Its a nice part of my day to see the same cyclists on a daily/semi-daily basis.
She shows just how easy it is to get to work, even in the winter!
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