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Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the launch of the Boston Public Library’s Bibliocycle, and the re-launch of ReadBoston’s Storymobile, now in its nineteenth year. Both programs use a human-powered bicycle with an attached trailer to make their services mobile, and will be pedaling through Boston’s neighborhoods this summer.
“The Bibliocycle and Storymobile are innovative ways to reimagine libraries, and promote reading and learning across all generations,” said Mayor Walsh. “These services will keep kids reading through the summer and help to prevent summertime learning loss, while expanding library accessibility for adults.”
Boston Public Library’s Bibliocycle
The Bibliocycle is a partnership between the Boston Public Library (BPL) and Boston Bikes that will enable the library to take its free offerings to the streets in a friendly, active way. Features of the Bibliocycle program include library card sign up, book checkout, demonstrations of BPL’s digital resources, and help with reference questions. The mobile collection of up to 50 books includes new releases, bestsellers, cooking, gardening, picture books, and bike repair titles. The checkout limit is 10 items per person.
The Bibliocycle will travel to markets, fairs, and neighborhood events throughout the summer and fall to serve city residents, and the complete schedule can be found at bpl.org/community. On select dates, Boston Bikes team members will accompany librarians in order to provide bike and healthy living tips.
The Bibliocycle team is not equipped to handle fines and book returns, and patrons will need to visit one of BPL’s many brick-and-mortar locations to complete that type of transaction.
An annual summer treat for children in the city, the Storymobile aims to inspire a love for literacy at an early age. Children can enjoy storytelling at its finest, with books brought to life through tales and song. At the end of each session, every child receives a free, new book to take home.
ReadBoston Storymobiles will roll through the city’s neighborhoods weekdays from Monday, July 7, through Friday, August 15, to offer children in Boston a free and fun adventure at 78 sites each week. The Storymobile is a visual reminder that learning can happen anywhere, not just in the classroom. The program, which is most appropriate for children ages 3-8, is open to the public with convenient locations all over the city. No sign-up or registration is necessary.
A full schedule for the ReadBoston Storymobile is available here. For the latest updates on ReadBoston, visit their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/ReadBoston. For questions about the program, please call617-918-5286.
About Boston Public Library
Boston Public Library has a Central Library, 24 branches, a map center, a business library, and a website filled with digital content and services. Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library has pioneered public library service in America. It was the first large free municipal library in the United States, the first public library to lend books, the first to have a branch library, and the first to have a children’s room. Each year, the Boston Public Library hosts thousands of programs and serves millions of people. All of its programs and exhibitions are free and open to the public. To learn more, visit bpl.org.
About Boston Bikes
Boston Bikes is part of Boston’s vision for a vibrant and healthy city that benefits all its citizens. It seeks to make Boston a world-class bicycling city by creating safe and inviting conditions for all residents and visitors. Boston Bikes focuses on improvements in all five universal bike planning areas: Engineering, Enforcement, Education, Encouragement, and Evaluation.
ReadBoston is the City’s only comprehensive early literacy program, reaching Boston’s children at all points in their day, all year long. It provides schools, after school programs, early childhood centers, summer programs, and families with the resources they need to set Boston’s children on the path to reading success.
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Boston Bikes is teaming up with the Boston Public Library to cycle mobile libraries into our neighborhoods. Aptly dubbed the Bibliocycle, the initiative is reminiscent of the City Hall to Go truck which provides communities with limited access to downtown a way of accessing municipal items.
For example, the Bibliocycle will allow new Bostonians the opportunity to sign up for a library card, to check-out books, to engage with digital offerings and have any reference questions answered.
It’ll carry up to 50 written works at a time and include a bevy of genres ranging from new releases and bestsellers to gardening tips and, of course, bike repair how-to’s.
The Storymobile, of course, is something that dates back 19 years to the thick of the Menino era which is essentially the same thing as the Bibliocycle but geared towards children.
As you’ll see courtesy of the July schedule below, the Bibliocycle will be rolling into farmer’s markets and learning centers throughout Boston. Here’s where you can catch up with it:
Wednesday, July 9, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.—Tierney Learning Center
Friday, July 11, 4:00-6:00 p.m.—Allston/Harvard Farmer’s Market
Monday, July 14, 1:00-3:00 p.m.—South Boston Farmer’s Market
Tuesday, July 15, 5:00-7:00 p.m.—Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park
Wednesday, July 16, 9:30-11:30 a.m.—ParkArts at Mt. Pleasant Street Park
Thursday, July 17, 4:00-6:00 p.m.—Dudley Town Farmer’s Market
Saturday, July 19, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.—Roslindale Farmer’s Market Bike Day
Wednesday, July 23, 9:30-11:30 a.m.—ParkArts at Mt. Pleasant Street Park
Saturday, July 26, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.—Fields Corner Farmer’s Market
Thursday, July 31, 3:00-5:00 p.m.—Dudley Town Farmer’s Market
A couple things to note before you head down to one of these literary hot spots. Check-out is limited to 10 items per person, which is one fifth of its entire offering at a single time so choose wisely. Borrowed items must also be returned to a branch of the BPL and cannot be submitted to the Bibliocycle. And finally, pay any late fees you might’ve incurred at your local BPL branch as well.
This is a fine idea, and one I hope continues with other forms of city services, imagine if you could get a hunting licence by bike, or parking permits by bike (oh the irony), or any of a number of services that might be better served by having someone on a specialized cargo bike going into the community instead of making the community come to one location.
What service would you have provided by bicycle?
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Last week, the League of American Bicyclists released their list of Bicycle Friendly Communities for 2014, and named Lexington as Bronze Level winner. Lexington joins Arlington, Boston, Cambridge, Newton, Northampton, and Somerville as a Massachusetts Bicycle Friendly Communities, and brings the commonwealth’s total to seven.
According to Lexington Patch:
The application process was coordinated by Bicycle Advisory Committee chair Peggy Enders, who worked with Town staff and bicycle advocates over the winter to assemble the data needed as part of the comprehensive assessment process required of applicants.
“The application process was essentially an exercise in benchmarking Lexington’s accomplishments in becoming a more bike friendly community,” Enders said. “There are a number of areas where the town has accomplished a great deal and other areas where there is room for improvement. It would be wonderful to receive a higher level designation in the future; the bronze level award is a great start that demonstrates Lexington’s growing commitment to bicycles and those who ride them.”
The League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly Community award recognizes cities and towns that have taken steps to improve conditions for bicycle transportation, and incentivizes communities to continue improving through technical assistance.
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Would you rather have this:
That was THE BEST COMMUTE I have had in weeks. The roads were sloppy as hell, more often than not my back wheel was not behind my front wheel, but it was sooooo nice. No cars, no pedestrians, so peaceful and serine. Like the whole city had decided to slow down, and be calm.
I also saw about 10 other cyclists out there having the times of their lives. We all smiled and laughed at one another, it was a good time to be out. We all had that look in our eye like “we have discovered something no one else knows about, and its awesome!”
Some of my co-workers think I am nuts for riding a bicycle in weather like this, but I think they are the ones who are nuts. You would have to be crazy to get into a multi-thousand pound vehicle capable of sliding out of control and crushing you or someone else in weather like this. Cars/trucks are just too big and dangerous to drive when the weather is bad.
The biggest problem I was going to run into today was plopping over into 5 inches of fluffy snow…or being crushed by a car…which are too dangerous to be on the roads on days like today. Lucky for me it most everyone decided to walk or take the T, so I more or less had the road to myself.
What was your morning commute like?
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Broadway is a fantastic shop, and if you got the mechanical chops I can’t think of a better place to work. See below for details:
Broadway Bicycle School is looking for some mechanically inclined people who are enthusiastic about bicycles to work at our shop as full-time bike mechanics/sales-people from Mid-March through October 2014. Previous bike shop experience is preferred but not necessary. For more information, stop by the shop at 351 Broadway in Cambridge or visit broadwaybicycleschool.com.
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I guess my earlier bedtime story to Hubway was premature. Like a kid who has gotten into the red bull and pixi sticks Hubway’s in Cambridge are going to rock steady all winter long!
See below for all the details!
|Hello from Hubway!
We’re excited to announce that part of the Hubway system will remain open throughout the winter for the first time. If you haven’t yet heard, while most Hubway stations will be closed by Thanksgiving and removed until Spring 2014, the City of Cambridge will run a pilot program during which almost all of the Cambridge-based stations will remain open and operational year-round. Read the full City of Cambridge press release here.
With winter approaching, read below for cold-weather riding tips, and also read about specific winter station closures for the rest of the Hubway system.
The Team at Hubway
WINTER RIDING TIPS
To prepare for cold-weather bicycling, here are a few things you should keep in mind:
But remember that riding will warm you up. If you get hot as you ride, pull over and remove a layer, but always keep your ears and hands shielded.
FIND BIKE-APPROPRIATE GLOVES & EARMUFFS
Local bike shops offer products that do not obstruct the use of your helmet.
PLAN YOUR ROUTE
Have your route set ahead of time.
PLAN FOR AN ALTERNATIVE MODE OF TRANSPORTATION
Always make sure you have an option in case a blizzard hits or if you simply decide that riding is no longer comfortable for you.
MAKE THE SMART DECISION IF YOU’RE COLD
Each rider has a different comfort level in inclement weather. If you are uncomfortable for any reason while biking, stop riding and walk your bike to the nearest docking station. If you are cold, make your way indoors to warm up.
Be aware that visibility is particularly limited during the winter, with fewer daylight hours, glare, and foggy conditions. Hubway bikes have 24-hour lights, but it is also a good idea to wear light colored clothing and reflective materials if possible.
USE EXTRA CAUTION
Under wintry conditions, roads may not be completely cleared of snow and ice. You are always permitted to ride in the general travel lane (not only the bike lane) and should do so if the bike lane is snowy or icy.
SEASONAL STATION CLOSURE SCHEDULE
As we wrote last week, the Hubway system began its seasonal phased station closures on Monday, November 18th. With the exception of the Cambridge stations, the final day of 2013 regular season operations will be Wednesday, November 27th. The station closure schedule has been published for removals through this weekend. The schedule is subject to change, so please make sure to check Hubway’s news site, facebook page, and twitter feed for the latest updates.
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Imagine a giant figure 8 loop around the downtown core of the city of dedicated car free cycle tracks for cyclists.
I really like this idea, I think it has potential as not only a way to see all the historic sights in Boston, but also as a downtown Bike Freeway system. Providing a way to get around the core of the city (and beyond) on a high capacity dedicated bike way.
Most importantly it can be used as an foundation to build future infrastructure from. Check out this meeting and attend to support this great idea!
got this in the email
Spread the word! Nov 21st 6pm
Crucial meeting: Support a cycletrack on Causeway St!
The Connect Historic Boston Bike Trail is a proposal for “a family-friendly bicycle loop around downtown Boston.” To make Causeway Street family-friendly will require a physically separate bike lane (a.k.a. cycletrack) for bikes, and new improvements for pedestrians. The Boston Cyclists Union, LivableStreets Alliance, MassBike and WalkBoston invite you to show up and speak up at a meeting presenting a new plan for Causeway Street — a crucial link the proposed Connect Historic Boston Bike Trail downtown.
SAVE THE DATE:
Public Meeting on Causeway redesign
Thurs., Nov. 21
110 Canal St.
Find more information on the Connect Historic Boston Bike Trail here.
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Whoooo Hooooo! No longer will you have to deal with the amazingly poor conditions on the Cambridge side in the bike lane! This was WAY overdue.
More from Livable Streets Below:
Massachusetts Ave (Harvard) Bridge is about to be much safer!
Over the weekend, MassDOT repaved the Mass Ave Bridge because YOU said you wanted a better bridge! This week it will be painted.
Just as every new bike lane is a product of relentless advocacy, maintaining the lanes, smooth pavement and public support requires constant dedicated resources.
We heard your complaints about the bridge for years, and documented the worsening conditions on the bridge… bumps in the pavement, gravel piling up, and disappearing bike lanes.
We worked with government and created handouts for the public. We organized Street Ambassador volunteers to go out on the bridge to collect your stories and signatures to give to transportation leaders to demand change.
Together, we won a better Mass Ave Bridge! What happened on Mass Ave bridge is happening across countless neighborhoods: a single poor road condition creates unsafe streets.
LivableStreets is working for you – providing resources, experience, and a network – fighting for better conditions.
With your support, we can develop innovative resources for local advocacy and continue to provide direct support to dozens of projects in neighborhoods across the region. Please donate today.
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This is amazing, and highly useful, way to go MassBike!
Help us capture the best of Massachusetts biking in video! MassBike is in the midst of producing a new police training video, working with the Boston Police Department and several other police departments. We’ve been busy filming the actual training scenarios, but we could use some help from every corner of Massachusetts to lend a statewide flavor to the production. We want ocean, mountains, historic buildings, and more recognizable Massachusetts places.
What we need:
- Very short video clips of bicyclists passing iconic places all over MA
- More short clips of cyclists passing the “Entering …” signs outside Massachusetts cities and towns
- Shots can be first-person (on-bike) or third-person perspective
Technical specs: We’re using GoPro 1080p, 60fps, medium FOV. Try to keep each clip to no more than 10-15 seconds.
How to get involved: Email [email protected] and let me know what you plan to shoot. We’ll figure out the best way to get the files to us.
We can’t promise we’ll use everyone’s clips, but if we do we’ll credit you in the training video!
Tags: awesome, massbike, police training, video
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