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Cheap Hubway Memberships!

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 12

The city is offering the following deal.  Which makes Hubway one of these cheapest ways to get around for low income people in this city, and healthy to boot!


The City of Boston offers $5 annual Hubway memberships to residents of Boston who are receiving public assistance or have low incomes. These
memberships also includes a free helmet. For more information, visit:
Contact Najah Shakir at 617-918-4343 to see if you qualify or for more information.

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Hubway Breaks 1 Million Rides, Still Going Strong

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 17

A while ago I estimated that Hubway would break 1 million rides sometime this summer, and turns out I was right. Got this in the email today:


Hubway is celebrating two years and 1 Million completed rides!


In July of 2011, we proudly launched Hubway with 610 bikes and 61 stations spread throughout Boston. Since then, we’ve expanded our footprint into Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville, nearly doubling the number of bikes and stations, and attracting the interest and support of a growing mass of enthusiastic riders along the way.


After two years and more than one million rides, we’re humbled and excited by the way members like you have embraced the concept of urban bicycle sharing. It’s not an exaggeration to say that, together, we’re actively transforming the way we live, work, and play in our fair cities.


Looking for proof? Check out these impressive numbers. Together, we’ve:


  • Ridden nearly 1.1 million miles
  • Burned more than 40 million calories
  • Reduced our carbon footprint by 285 tons


To celebrate, you’re invited to join us at the upcoming Artcrank Boston event, a bicycle themed art exhibit and benefit for our friends at Livable Streets Alliance. Enjoy original bicycle art, soft drinks, beer from Widmer Brothers Brewing, and the chance to mingle with bike enthusiasts just like you. Hubway is proud to support our local artists. When you purchase a poster, we’ll say thanks with a special gift – just flash your Hubway key at checkout to receive it. Additional event details are below, so hop on a Hubway and head on over! We hope to see you there.


Sincere thanks for all the great support and feedback these last two years. No one could have predicted the success that bike sharing has had in Metro-Boston, and you should be proud of what you have helped Hubway accomplish. Our expansion will continue through the summer, so keep your Hubway key handy and join us as we #BikeToTheFuture.



Your Hubway Team


Artcrank Boston


Fourth Wall Project


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Weekend Awesome: Helicopter Bike

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 13

Flying helicopter bike!

This amazing invention won these kids 250,000 for building a human powered helicopter that could rise 3 meters for 1 minute. Something people have been trying to do for 30 years!

Plus look at the legs on that dude, he is working that shit.

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Cargo Bikes: The New Station Wagon

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 08

This article from the Wall Street Journal is behind a paywall, but here is a taste.(link should last another couple days).


ON A RECENT SUNDAY, Brandon Jones, a 44-year-old fund manager at 9W Capital Management, traveled from his home in downtown Manhattan with his wife and two children to meet friends for brunch in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. They were heading to Reynard, the popular restaurant in the neighborhood’s fashionable Wythe Hotel, where Manhattan-bound Town Cars regularly idle on the street outside.
Cargo Bikes by the Numbers

But Mr. Jones did not drive. Nor did he take the subway. Instead, he piloted his two children via the deck of his Yuba Mundo, a so-called “longtail” cargo bike. (His wife rode her own bike.) Picture a mountain bike, but with a stouter frame and smaller wheels, stretched out and lowered in the back. “We actually beat our friends who drove back to TriBeCa,” Mr. Jones said. While Mr. Jones does garage a BMW BMW.XE +2.57% X5 SUV, his car rarely sees daylight within the city limits. Rather, for daily trips like the mile-and-a-half commute from TriBeCa to his children’s school in Greenwich Village, he simply hops on another kind of SUV—one that actually includes a bit of sport.

I have wanted a cargo bike for a while now. For large grocery runs, and getting things like plants and pies from one place to another (don’t laugh, I move a lot of pies around).

I have been seeing a lot of moms and dads with cargo bikes full of kids lately, and while I personally don’t think that is what I would store in my cargo bike, it does make me think we might be witnessing the kind of mode shift to pedal power that so many have been talking about for so long.

I think that if most peopled owned a cargo bike, and a commuter bike this world would be just about perfect (if they rode them of course). Throw in a road bike for a little weekend fun, and you got yourself a two wheeled utopia.

I have been eyeing a couple different cargo models for a while, I am torn between something like a cargo trailer, so I could use an existing bike and for easier storage, or just going for it and getting a extra cycle, or long john. Does anyone have any recommendations?

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Bikes Not Bombs Mega Update

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 27

From BNB:


BNB Job Opening: International Programs Coordinator

The International Programs Associate will support BNB’s partners abroad, including Ability Bikes, pictured here.

The International Programs Coordinator will work closely with the International Programs Director, and will be responsible for coordinating technical assistance and support to BNB international partners. This position includes extensive cross-cultural communication, relationship building, training and facilitation, management of project monitoring systems, container loading logistics organizing and some international travel.

Details: Full-time with benefits
Start Date: September 1 – October 15, 2013
Application Process: Rolling

For more information on the International Programs Coordinator position and how to apply, please refer to theJob Description on the BNB website.

Bike-Based Businesses in JP – Negocios Ciclistas en JP

Join us as we discuss the future of Bike-Based Businesses in JP. (Photo Courtesy of Boston Collective Delivery)

JP NET, Bikes Not Bombs, The Boston Collective Delivery & Metro Pedal Power invite you to participate in a potluck on June 27 at 6:30pm at Nate Smith House in Jamaica Plain, a few blocks from the Stony Brook T Station.

Come hear from BNB Executive Director Jodi Sugerman-Brozan, James Bachez & Wenzday Jane as they set the stage to envision bike-based businesses in JP. Hear entrepreneurial ideas from youth employees of Bike Not Bombs as they join the conversation along with a representative from Boston Pedicab.

RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook!

Come Explore Bikes Not Bombs at our Summer Open House

BNB’s Founder, Executive Director, and Board Treasurer chat at a recent Open House. Join them at the next one on July 27th.

Want to learn more about BNB’s programs? Want to volunteer or become more involved? Want to meet members of the BNB staff and board? Join us for an Open House on Saturday, July 27th from 1-4pm.

In addition to learning about BNB’s work, open houses are a fun way to explore our main program space, the Hub! We’re going to have a number of interactive activities including “guess that bike part” and we’ll be making smoothies with our pedal-powered blender.

Spread the word! Open houses are also a great way to introduce your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors to Bikes Not Bombs. We hope you can join us! Drop in anytime between 1 and 4pm at the Bikes Not Bombs Hub at 284 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Erica Rotman, Director of Fundraising & Events at [email protected] or 617-522-0222 x106

Help BNB Load Bikes to CESTA in El Salvador!

Photo Courtesy of CESTA

Join us on Sunday July 21st to help load a container of 500 bikes to CESTA in El Salvador! RSVP online.

CESTA (El Salvadoran Center for Appropriate Technology) works towards the sustainability of El Salvador through programs that include bicycle mechanics training for young people, environmental education and conservation, training people in the use of sustainable appropriate technology and supporting the Movement of Victims and People affected by Climate Change and Mega-projects (MOVIAC) in El Salvador. CESTA also contributes a critical voice to international discourse on the social and environmental impacts of carbon emissions, and is the El Salvadoran branch of the international organization Friends of the Earth.

Help BNB load bikes to CESTA! RSVP online.

TIME: Sunday July 21st from 10am to 5pm. Drop in for an hour or stay all day!
PLACE: The BNB warehouse at 10 Harvard Street in Dorchester
DETAILS: Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Equal Exchange coffee is generously donated by City Feed & Supply!

Pizza & Bowling Benefit Night at Flatbread & Sacco’s Bowl Haven in Somerville!

YOU and everyone you know are invited to Flatbread in Davis Square on Tuesday July 2nd from 5-11pm for a night of pizza and bowling! Hang out with Bikes Not Bombs folks while showcasing the best of your bowling skills.

Flatbread has offered to donate a portion of each pizza sold to Bikes Not Bombs. Their famous flatbreads are absolutely delicious and made in a wood burning oven with local ingredients (gluten-free and vegan options available).

Please help us spread the word and invite your friends on Facebook. Can’t wait to see you there!

July Free Clinics, New Bike, and Welcome to Corrina!

We are now selling the Bianchi Camaleonte 3 at the BNB Shop

This July we will be offering a number of free clinics at the Bike Shop. Our Flat Fixing Clinic will be Tuesday July 9th from 8-9pm. We’ll also be offering a Know Your Bike Clinic Thursday July 25th from 8-9pm. Know Your Bike will be a beginner’s clinic going over different parts of the bike and what they do. More info online. No need to sign up just show up at 8pm!

Tool Time is Monday July 1st from 7-9pm and does require both a BNB Membership and sign-up ahead of time.

Earlier this year the Shop started stocking the Bianchi Camaleonte 2, a flat bar road bike with disc brakes great for recreational rides and faster commutes. We now also have the Camaleonte 3, which has an upgraded 9-speed drive train, and Hydraulic Disc Brakes. Stop by and try it out if you’ve been looking for the ultimate speedy around town bike.

We’ll be closed this July 4th but wish everyone a happy Independence Day (and Happy 29th Birthday to Bikes Not Bombs!), and we’re pleased to announce that Corrina Roche-Cross, a BNB Youth Programs graduate, is our newest shop employee! Say hi the next time you’re in.

Enrolling for Fall Earn-A-Bike and Girls In Action

Youth participants are all smiles in our Earn-A-Bike and Girls In Action programs.

(Note: our Summer programs are already fully enrolled.)

Girls In Action: September 9 – October 10, 2013
Earn-A-Bike: October 21 – November 21, 2013

Bikes Not Bombs is currently enrolling applicants for the Fall 2013 sessions of Earn-A-Bike and Girls In Action. In these programs, young people ages 12-18 choose a bike and not only learn the skills to build it up, but maintain it as well. At the end of the program, once the bike is built, it is theirs 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. Earn-A-Bike is co-ed, Girls In Action is for girls only.

Applications are available online. 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, money order or fee waiver) need to be submitted. If you are not accepted into the program for any reason, you will be notified and your program fee will be returned.

If you have any questions please contact Ashley Leary, Co-Director of Youth Programs, at 617-522-0222 x101 or email [email protected]

Volunteer to Teach in BNB Youth Programs

Adult Instructors are taught the basics by BNB Youth Employees before volunteering to teach in our Youth Programs. Photo By Stacy Rupolo

Fall 2013 Adult Instructor Training is currently accepting applications. The program will run fromAugust 19th – 30th. It meets Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday each week from 6-9PM.

Anyone who is interested and dedicated to youth work is encouraged to apply! We’ll give you a free course in methods of teaching bike mechanics to youth, and then you will help teach young people to rebuild and earn a bike of their own! Volunteers of all identities are welcome. Spanish language skills are helpful. No previous mechanics experience is required.Adult Instructors are REQUIRED to volunteer a minimum of one program day from 3pm-7pm, and are of course welcome to volunteer more than that.

Girls In Action: September 9 – October 10, 2013
Earn-A-Bike: October 21 – November 21, 2013

If you have any questions please contact Ashley Leary, Co-Director of Youth Programs, at 617-522-0222 x101 or email [email protected] Applications are available online.

Benefit Concert for BNB on the Cape, Sunday August 4th

David Wax Museum is one of two artists performing at a BNB benefit concert on the Cape this summer.. Photo Courtesy of David Wax Museum

Spending time on the Cape this summer? Bikes Not Bombs will be partnering with Payomet Performing Arts Center for a fantastic show on Sunday, August 4th. Catch the David Wax Museum and local singer/songwriter, Sarah Swain, for a night of folky-fun music and outdoor entertainment. The David Wax Museum fuses traditional Mexican folk with American roots and indie rock, while Sarah Swain carries a country folk tune. All proceeds from this show will benefit BNB, so if you are thinking of hitting a concert on the Cape this summer, make sure you consider this one! For more info and tickets available online.

Feature Your Art at Bikes Not Bombs During JP Open Studios

Bikes Not Bombs is looking for 5-10 artists to feature in our JP Open Studios group show at the BNB Hub in the Brewery Complex. We’re looking for bicycle-themed art, or art that highlights an aspect of Bikes Not Bombs’ mission, history, or programs. We are hoping to showcase several types of media (painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, jewelry, photography, video, spoke-card art, etc) and we’re especially looking for art made with recycled bike parts and photographs of our programs. We’re happy to coordinate opportunities for photographers to take photos of our programs or to provide access to old parts bins at BNB.

This is a great opportunity for artists, cyclists, and BNB fans to get creative, have some fun, and support our bicycle-based programs! Even if you do not already have bicycle-themed artwork, we encourage you to create a piece (or more than one piece) to include in this group show. In addition to the exposure of being featured at the event, artists will be listed on the BNB website and JP Open Studios website.

During the event, we’ll hold a silent auction to support Bikes Not Bombs’ local and international programs and all artists will be asked to donate one or more pieces for the auction. In addition to the auction, artists can sell their artwork and elect to donate either 50% or 100% of profits back to Bikes Not Bombs.

If you are interested in showcasing your bicycle-themed artwork, please fill out our brief artwork submission form by August 23rd. Spaces are limited and preference will be given to artists that apply early. If you have any questions, contact Erica Rotman, Director of Fundraising & Events, at[email protected]. Thanks!!

Join BNB for the Third Annual Building Momentum Breakfast

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 at 8am
at: Space with a Soul
281 Summer Street, 7th floor
Boston, MA 02210

Save the date! Bikes Not Bombs’ third annual Building Momentum Breakfast will take placeWednesday, October 23rd at 8am at Space with a Soul in the Fort Point Channel area of Boston. 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. The event will feature breakfast from our friends at Ula Café, inspiring stories from individuals who have been impacted by our work, a short video, and more. While attendees will be asked to consider making a donation to support Bikes Not Bombs, there is no obligation to give!

Call for Table Captains! Signing up as a Table Captain is a great way to increase your impact at Bikes Not Bombs and ensure that the third annual Building Momentum Breakfast is a success! As a Table Captain you will be responsible for bringing nine people to the Building Momentum Breakfast – friends, family, and colleagues – who you think will connect with the mission and work of Bikes Not Bombs. In August, we will host a kick-off event for Table Captains to guide you through the process and provide you with all the information and materials you’ll need. Again, while this is a fundraiser, there is no obligation for Table Captains or guests to donate at the event.

If you would like to receive a formal invitation to the Building Momentum Breakfast or get more information about becoming a Table Captain, contact Erica Rotman, Director of Fundraising & Events, at [email protected]. Also, read about last year’s Building Momentum Breakfast.

Bikes Not Bombs’ 26th Annual Bike-A-Thon a Huge Success

JPeeps, the winner of the Best Costume Prize, rode with actual Peeps candies on their helmets! One of many amazing moments at the 2013 Bike-A-Thon. Photo By: Diane Simpson

Full results of our outstanding 26th annual Bike-A-Thonare now posted on our website (with links to many more photos). Here are some of the record-breaking successes we’re proud to share with you:

We are so thrilled to report that this year’s Bike-A-Thon had 559 registered riders and has raised $162,000 to support the work of Bikes Not Bombs! In addition to providing critical funds for BNB’s youth and international work, the Bike-A-Thon is important because it helps strengthen the movement for environmental sustainability and social justice. We could not have done it without the amazing support of our volunteers, riders, event sponsors, and dedicated members of the BNB community. From all of us at BNB, thank you so much to everyone from the BNB community for making it happen!

Between the four routes, Bike-A-Thon riders collectively rode 21,330 miles on June 2nd! Equal to over 3 trips between Boston and our partner in Amuru Uganda (6,753 miles per trip).

The Bike-A-Thon simply would not have been possible without support from our sponsors and community partners. A HUGE thanks is certainly in order! The full list of event sponsors is up on our website, but we want to specifically thank our Title Sponsors: Amir’s Natural Foods, City Feed & Supply, Ula Cafe, Pedro’s, Vita Coco, and Jason & Fischer.

See much more results, thank yous, and photos on the Bike-A-Thon results page.

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DOMA and Prop 8 Struck Down!

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 26

This is a great day for everyone, but especially for our GLBT cyclists. This is not the end of the struggle, but certainly the beginning of the end. There are no more logical reasons why gay people shouldn’t get married, and day by day less legal reasons why they shouldn’t. I am proud of our country today.


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Police Give Out Hundreds Of Free Helmets And Lights

Written by Boston Biker on May 14



Police officials from BU, Boston, and Brookline are teaming up this week to give away hundreds of free helmets to cyclists riding in the Commonwealth Avenue area, to prevent accidents and spread awareness about biking safety.

Boston University Sgt. Larry Cuzzi said Monday afternoon that police officers had handed out nearly 75 helmets that morning. He estimated that they would donate hundreds by Wednesday evening, when the giveaway ends.

Read the rest here.

These sort of events are just as important as the ticket stings, and I hope they do this more often.

I have been stuck in so much bike traffic lately get your helmets and lights and join us!

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Weekend Reading: Bikes And Gender

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 26

I LOVED this:

The Gender Candy Store: Biking While Genderqueer


I got a big dick swagger to me. I sit with my knees too wide. One of my favorite activities is listening to punk rock, drinking cheap beer, and performing bike maintenance squatting on my kitchen’s dirty linoleum.

I’ve wanted to be one of the boys forever, and sometimes I feel like I am one. I have boy days. I don’t flash friendly smiles, I don’t show off my jigglier body parts. I throw on a loose Cadence t-shirt and some cut off jean shorts that need a laundering, I get drunk on malt liquor half-sleeping in the sun in Humboldt Park, I jerk off to porn & take a blunt nap, I wake up and go to the bar and sneak in the men’s restroom because why do girls always take so long to pee, anyway?

I have my girl days, too, where I watch Earth Girls Are Easy and do my nails and sing elaborate parodies of 1960s girl group ballads to my dog. I mean, twenty percent of my wardrobe comes from the Target Little Girls section, and I read Japanese fashion magazines for teenage girls in the bathroom obsessively. I even had the cutest Hello Kitty Kawaii Town of all time.


There’s incredible diversity out there. It’s my favorite thing about the human race. There are people out there who were born intersex, or who were born with a brain that doesn’t match the sex of their body, people who choose to present themselves androgynously and fuck you very much if you want to know if they’re a boy or a girl. When we try to fit every person into a specific little blue or pink box, it discriminates against everyone who can never possibly fit in those little boxes, and everyone who doesn’t even want to.

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The Word On The Street

  • RSS Here is what people are saying

    • Comments on the Charles River Basin Connectivity Study April 23, 2014
      TweetI have prepared extensive comments on the Charles River Basin Connectivity Study and submitted them for review. I strongly support many aspects of the study, but there are some details I would change, and there are some opportunities which the … Continue reading →
    • Bikes In Cuba! April 23, 2014
      TweetRegardless of why or how people came to use bikes in Cuba, they do, and they use them for just about everything. Charlie sent in these beautiful photos of his recent trip to Cuba, and the awesome way in which bikes are … Continue reading →
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    • Happy Earth Day! April 22, 2014
      Tweet   Happy Earth day.  Remember, earth is not just were we keep our stuff, its also the only planet we can live on.  You were going to anyway, but in case you needed motivation, bikes are in fact good … Continue reading →
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    • Happy Earth Day! April 22, 2014
      Tweet   Happy Earth day.  Remember, earth is not just were we keep our stuff, its also the only planet we can live on.  You were going to anyway, but in case you needed motivation, bikes are in fact good … Continue reading →
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    • Power To The Pedals Film Premiere April 22, 2014
      Tweet Power to the Pedals: Wenzday Jane and the Culture of Change Trailer from Heather Merrill on Vimeo. Boston Premiere of the Documentary Film “Power to the Pedals” The Boston premiere of “Power to the Pedals: Wenzday Jane and the … Continue reading →
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    • Dorchester Bike Fest! April 22, 2014
      Tweet   Only a couple days away!  Be there!  April 26th!
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    • MassBike Update April 22, 2014
      TweetFrom Massbike: —————– Mark Your Calendars For Bay State Bike Week! Child Safety Day hosted by Boston Police Department What do the Northampton Tweed Ride, Jamaica Plain Free Pancake Breakfast, Franklin Bike Rodeo, and over 170 other local bike events … Continue reading →
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    • MassBike Update April 22, 2014
      TweetFrom Massbike: —————– Mark Your Calendars For Bay State Bike Week! Child Safety Day hosted by Boston Police Department What do the Northampton Tweed Ride, Jamaica Plain Free Pancake Breakfast, Franklin Bike Rodeo, and over 170 other local bike events … Continue reading →
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    • MassBike Update April 22, 2014
      TweetFrom Massbike: —————– Mark Your Calendars For Bay State Bike Week! Child Safety Day hosted by Boston Police Department What do the Northampton Tweed Ride, Jamaica Plain Free Pancake Breakfast, Franklin Bike Rodeo, and over 170 other local bike events … Continue reading →
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    • Hubway Gets A New Support Number, And Installs Three New Stations April 22, 2014
      TweetFrom Hubway: ———— Hello Hubway riders! We only changed one digit, but it’s an important one. Starting today, Tuesday, April 22nd, Hubway Customer Support has a new phone number. Hubway’s keys, docks, bikes, and stations are designed to be intuitive, … Continue reading →
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