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Share A Scary Biking Moment

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 26

From the Cambridge Bicycle Safety group:

First responders are called to 160 crashes every year involving a person on a bike being struck by a car according to Cambridge Police Department data, but we know there are many more that go unreported.

Every day people on bikes have close calls or are hit by cars on our streets. Unless it’s a major crash, we don’t know about it or don’t hear about it. Though they may not be in the statistics, these experiences exact a toll on the person riding a bike, their friends, and family who sometimes have to deal with years of trauma or injury.

The 160 moments project seeks to hear the untold experiences of people who ride in Cambridge and why it is so important that the City rapidly move toward a city-wide network of protected bike lanes.

The stories should be short, less than 160 words. Please submit by Wednesday, January 31stShare your moment now. It will only take a few minutes.

Thanks,
CBS core organizing team


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Livable Streets Update

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 25

From Livable Streets:

StreetLife

Issue #122 – January 2018

In this issue:

  • Help fight for #TransitNotTraffic for Allston I-90 project
  • Check out our new Longwood Area Report, “Finding a Cure”
  • Mark your calendar for upcoming Community Preservation Act forums
  • Boston Cyclists Union is hiring a Director of Organizing
  • Town of Brookline is recruiting a Transportation Board member

What’s happening

Help fight for #TransitNotTraffic for Allston I-90 project

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We need your help to ensure that West Station is a central component – not an after-thought – for the Allston I-90 Interchange Improvement Project. Better public transit is needed now, not in 22 years.

Here are three things you can do to support West Station and better transportation access for the region:

  • Participate in the People’s Pike’s Rally for #TransitNotTraffic tomorrow at 8am in Allston. Don’t miss it! Click here for more details.
  • Help us mobilize the community. We’re working with our community and advocacy partners to go door-to-door in Allston, Brookline, and Cambridgeport to let residents know what’s at stake. Ready to help? Contact Andrew at [email protected] to learn more.
  • Join us in opposing MassDOT’s proposal for delaying West Station until 2040 by submitting an official letter by February 9th. Get writing! Click here to learn more.

Event Details:
Rally for Transit, Not Traffic

Thursday, January 25th, 8:00 – 9:00 AM
Meet outside DoubleTree Hotel
400 Soldiers Field Rd, Boston, MA 02134


Check out our new Longwood Area Report

LMA_report_cover.jpgFinding A Cure for the Longwood Area’s Transportation Challenges” is now live on the Longwood Area Cyclists’ website. The report analyzes our multimodal survey results from our 2017 engagement in the area, providing important takeaways and three recommendations for future transportation planning in the Longwood Area.

We hope you will help us amplify the stories and data included in our report to call for swift response!


Mark your calendar for upcoming Community Preservation Act forums

CPA_Forums.PNGLast year, votes overwhelmingly passed the Community Preservation Act (CPA) to create a $20 million fund annually for historic preservation, parks, and affordable housing. Come to a community forum to learn about how CPA is being implemented in Boston. Ask questions and share priorities for your neighborhood.

Event Details:
Community Preservation Act Forums

Wednesday, January 24, 6:00-8:00 pm
@ Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

Tuesday, January 30, 6:00-8:00 pm
@ Roslindale Square Substation
4288 Washington Street, Roslindale, MA 02131

Thursday, February 8, 6:00-8:00 pm
@ Lena Park Community Center
150 American Legion Highway, Dorchester, MA 02124

We hope to see you there!


Opportunities

Boston Cyclists Union is hiring a Director of Organizing

BCU_logo.jpgThe Boston Cyclists Union is hiring a Director of Organizing. The Director of Organizing will work to further develop and lead the Boston Cyclists Union’s Bikeways for Everybody campaign and ongoing reactive campaigns, and to win support for key bicycling infrastructure improvements. For more information, click here.


Town of Brookline is recruiting a Transportation Board member

Brookline_seal.jpgA seat on Brookline’s Transportation Board (which oversees the Public Transportation Advisory Committee, the Bicycle Advisory Committee, and the Pedestrian Advisory Committee) will be opening up soon, as one of its members is retiring. To apply, please get in touch with Brookline’s Transportation Administrator, Todd Kirrane at [email protected], as soon as possible.


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Cops Refuse To Charge Truck Driver With ANYTHING Even As Video Shows The Truck Driver Is Clearly At Fault

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 24

Its clear from these videos that the truck driver had plenty of time to notice there was a vehicle (a bicycle) in the lane next to them, the truck overtakes the cyclists, and then continues to turn into them, then flees the scene…shit.  What do you have to do to get charged with something in this town?

 

Warning these videos are hard to watch.

Very good work from Massbike here, more here.

 


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Hubway’s New Equity Program

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 23

This is pretty cool, I always thought cycling could be a low cost and healthy way to improve access to work for a lot of folks that have a hard time paying for cars or even public transit.

 

From Hubway:

SNAP Card to Ride Program Launch

Hubway’s new equity program, SNAP Card to Ride, formally launched last week! The Cities of Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, the Town of Brookline, and the Department of Transitional Assistance came together to provide a significant discount to low-income families and individuals. The program provides memberships for $5/month or $50/year to individuals over the age of 16 with their household EBT card. The membership includes unlimited 60-minute trips (instead of 30-minutes).

This program is part of Hubway’s ongoing commitment to improving bike share access to low-income populations. Access to this program is expected to expand in the near future to residents who participate in other public assistance programs, as well.


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Boston Cyclists Union Is Hiring!

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 19

From their website:

Director of Organizing

About the Boston Cyclists Union

The Boston Cyclists Union (BCU) is helping Bostonians lead healthier lives by promoting the everyday use of the bicycle for transportation. Among other things, we teach bike repair, educate new riders, and organize neighborhood residents who would like to voice support for friendlier street designs, bike paths, and public spaces.

Our fast-growing, 1,000+ member grassroots organization is one of the most active and effective advocacy groups in the city. The Boston Cyclists Union’s work is helping to increase ridership in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and Brookline. We work to connect our neighborhoods, parks, paths and business districts with a network of low-stress bike routes including quiet neighborhood streets and protected bike lanes so that people of all ages and abilities feel safe and comfortable riding a bike.

About the Position

The goal of the Director of Organizing is to identify and promote opportunities that will produce safer, more equitable bicycling conditions in the greater Boston area, and to engage the public in the Boston Cyclist Union’s mission, campaigns, and story.

The Director of Organizing will work with all parts of the organization (staff, board, members, interns, and volunteers) to further develop and lead the Boston Cyclists Union’s Bikeways for Everybody campaign and ongoing reactive campaigns, and to win support for key bicycling infrastructure improvements.

The Director of Organizing will work with the Boston Cyclists Union Activist Group, community and neighborhood groups, businesses, and elected officials to gather neighborhood input, grow grassroots and grasstops support, build consensus around progressive bike infrastructure and policies in the Boston area, and achieve the goals which are most important to people who bike in the city.

The Director of Organizing also works with the Membership and Events Coordinator and Executive Director to plan large- and small-scale events to grow membership and increase awareness, publishes the Union Rider (monthly newsletter) and Action Alerts, and manages social media communications.

Responsibilities:

  • Plan and lead BCU’s proactive Bikeways for Everybody campaign
  • Plan and execute reactive advocacy campaigns for better road designs and policies as opportunities arise
  • Chair the Union’s Activist Group and help develop neighborhood leaders to champion changes in the bike network through outreach, relationship building, and conducting organizing and activist trainings
  • Plan programs and events to extend BCU’s reach and grow our membership and advocacy voice
  • Manage and work with staff, volunteers, and interns related to advocacy campaigns and associated programs, overseeing campaigns and programs and delegating to others as needed
  • Build relationships with Neighborhood, Civic and Business Associations and other bodies with the goal of gaining support for Bikeways for Everybody and other advocacy campaigns
  • Coordinate volunteers and advocates in executing campaign strategies
  • Create Action Alerts to notify membership and community of important public meetings to attend and other advocacy actions to take to build campaign support
  • Create content for campaign materials and other collateral for BCU marketing
  • Meet with public officials, planners, engineers and other municipal staff
  • Represent the BCU on committees, task forces and other bodies
  • Speak at public meetings and other events on behalf of the BCU
  • Help produce talking points for media interviews and and public hearings
  • Help staff plan and execute fundraising events

Desired qualifications:

  • Deep commitment to the Boston Cyclists Union mission
  • 2-5 years experience in community or political organizing or a related field
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Proven ability to build leadership into volunteer roles, creating a scalable network of volunteers.
  • Demonstrated track record of successful campaign planning and campaign wins
  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team
  • Superior analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge and experience using Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media
  • Organized, and detail oriented
  • Professional, positive, outgoing, friendly demeanor; impactful public presentation
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel and Google docs
  • Extra points for working knowledge of Salesforce, Constant Contact, Vertical Response, WordPress, and/or Adobe Creative Suite
  • Bilingual abilities are a plus, but not required
  • Strong interpersonal and relational skills, excellent communicator, and a commitment to working respectfully with individuals of different races, socioeconomic backgrounds, and life experiences

Knowledge of bike advocacy is not required but an interest in learning every aspect of it is.

Salary and benefits

This is a full-time, exempt position with an annual salary of $40-$50k/year based on experience. Benefits include a health care stipend, a bicycle commuter benefit, 10 days of paid vacation plus all federal holidays, and a commitment to training and professional development opportunities.

How to Apply

Send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Please include “Director of Organizing, YOUR NAME” in the subject line of the email, and where you saw the job advertised. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications will be considered until the position is filled, with preference given to applications received by February 1st.

Please note that we are preparing to hire an additional Community Organizer in the coming months who would work on the Organizing team. If you are interested in organizing work with the Boston Cyclists Union, but don’t feel you have the necessary experience for the Director of Organizing position, please feel free to submit an application to express your interest.

Boston Cyclists Union is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political orientation.


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The Word On The Street

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    • Do You Want Protected Bike Lanes On The Longfellow? April 13, 2018
      TweetFrom Cambridge Bike Safety: The Longfellow Bridge, a critical bike connector to Boston, is going to be restriped and reopened in May. You may be surprised to learn that in the final design, the inbound bike lane will be similar … Continue reading →
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    • #30DaysofBiking Day 7 April 7, 2018
      TweetThis is better! A sunny, somewhat cool spring day. Me on my bike, my daughter on a trail-a-bike, and my son on his bike. We rode down the Southwest Corridor, stopped at Ula Cafe for lunch, rode over by Jamaica … Continue reading →
      Liam
    • Riding Lexington Street, Waltham, July 4, 2015 April 7, 2018
      TweetIt should be noted that bike lanes have been installed on much of the stretch of Lexington Street shown in the videos. Videos showing the new conditions are in preparation. Two videos, for now: A demonstration of lane control in … Continue reading →
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    • Riding Lexington Street, Waltham, July 4, 2015 April 7, 2018
      TweetIt shoudl be noted that bike lanes have been installed on much of the stretch of Lexington Street shown in the videos. Videos showing the new conditions are in preparation. Two videos, for now: A demonstration of lane control in … Continue reading →
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    • #30DaysofBiking Days 3,4,5, and 6 April 6, 2018
      TweetIt’s been cold, rainy, windy, and I’m not sleeping well. These days of biking are short rides on Hubway to get from here to there, head down, and shivering. This is not the joyous Days of Biking I signed up … Continue reading →
      Liam
    • #30DaysofBiking Day 2 April 3, 2018
      Tweet Easter Monday.  The first work day of April.  Today is the day I’m going to start riding my bike to work again! Or not.  Because it’s snowing.  And I’m tired and lazy. But every bit of biking counts no … Continue reading →
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    • #30DaysofBiking Day 1 April 2, 2018
      TweetI didn’t think I was going to go for a bike ride on Easter Sunday.  As tends to be my habit, I ride less and less in the winter time and then find it hard to get back into the … Continue reading →
      Liam
    • Police Seek Driver Who Struck Cyclist In Hit And Run March 23, 2018
      Tweet Cambridge police are asking for the public’s help in finding a driver who allegedly struck a 14-year-old boy on the morning of March 15 and fled the scene. A silver Toyota Prius struck the boy around 7:22 a.m. that … Continue reading →
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    • Pewter Cast “Gem” Earrings March 9, 2018
      Carved, cast and made these pewter (lead free) “gem” earrings.  They have a lovely faceted surface that catches the light and has a lot of depth and interesting texture.  My first real effort at making my own beads.  If you lik... Continue reading →
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    • Silver “Rock” Earrings March 9, 2018
        I carved and cast these silver “rock” earrings for my partner. The hardest part was getting those little jump rings soldered to the top of the “rock” without melting them or the rock…but I did it and she loved them. Continue reading →
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