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Since 2011, the Bike Union has helped lead local residents and other orgs to reconnect the Emerald Necklace for bicycles. Over the past 4 years, the coalition has successfully promoted an at-grade solution for the reconstruction for the Casey Overpass, and a buffered bike lane on Morton Street that now reaches halfway to Mattapan. One of the last remaining problems to solve is the connection between the Casey Arborway project and Jamaica Pond. Next week we have an opportunity to bridge one of the last gaps!The Arborway cycletrack discussions were sparked last year shortly after the #WinterBiker campaign created by the many neighborhood groups in the Bike Union’s Organizing Group took place. The momentum started by that campaign birthed the new Urban Paths & Parkways Committee at the Department for Conservation and Recreation, and then, due to an internal communication breakdown, the DCR’s maintenance crew painted inadequate bike infrastructure on the Arborway. This sparked a Bike Union letter campaign that asked the agency to remove the dangerous new bike facility to make space for a more thorough discussion of how this portion of the Arborway (from Eliot Street to South Street) could be made comfortable for cyclists. Now, the DCR is moving forward with that discussion!
There will be two public meetings for this project within one week. At the first (Feb. 2) the DCR will seek community input on what kind of bike facilities would work along the Arborway. This includes Kelly and Murray traffic circles. At the second (Feb. 5), the DCR will present alternatives and gather more input.
It is extremely important that the DCR hears from people like you who would prefer cycletracks on Mon., Feb. 2, and also that you or your friends or family also show up on Thurs., Feb. 5 to support the cycletrack alternative moving forward.
Show up, speak up for Bikeways for Everybody!
Arborway Bicycle Facilities Public Meeting
Mon., Feb. 2 6:30 to 8:30pm
Thurs., Feb. 5, 6:30 to 8:30pm
Arnold Arboretum Visitor Center/Hunnewell Building
125 Arborway, Boston
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What: A Boston Cyclists Union trip to some of the Boston area’s famous and lesser-known graveyards in honor of Halloween. Trip leaves at9:30am in order to avoid the majority of ghosts, and will be about 25 miles and take about 5 hours. Steady rain cancels. Helmets required. Appropriate costumes are encouraged for this ride!
Where: We will meet in Franklin Park at theGiraffe Entrance to the Zoo
<When: Saturday October 26, 2013 at 9:30AM
This year we will be exploring cemeteries north and west of Franklin Park, some of which we have never visited on previous rides, including the Brookline Old Burying Ground, the Walnut Hills Cemetery, Evergreen Cemetery, Mt. Benedict, St. Joseph’s, the Baker Street Jewish Cemeteries, the Gardens at Gethsemane, the Westerly Burying Ground, the Walter Street Burying Ground, the Tollgate Cemetery, St. Michael’s Cemetery, Mt. Calvary Cemetery, New Calvary Cemetery, Mt. Hope Cemetery, and Forest Hills Cemetery.
From more information, contact:
or Jessica Mink
Tags: bcu, Halloween, tour de grave
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Order tickets via Eventbrite:
On Thursday, April 25 we’re expecting over 300 guests at our second annual Spring Kickoff party and this year it’s all about the soul of the bike movement. What brought you to where you are today? What got you so all-fired interested in making Boston the best biking city in the world? Where is all that fire coming from?
Be thinking about this as you enjoy free beer, free food, and Northern Soul you can really move to. You know we always throw a good party and this time we’re hoping to pack this venue with people, but keep you’re eyes here or on our Facebook page to hear about our special guests, DJs, beer donors, and food donors as they express their support for a Boston that’s safe for everyone to mount a bike and ride, from 6 years old on up to 97.
If you come, you’ll enjoy free beer from Cambridge Brewing Co. and Boston Beer Co., free food from El Pelon, M&M Ribs, Chow Thai and other awesome local businesses, and you can take a peek at some amazing bikes from Boston Classic Bikes.
You’ll also have a chance to enter the raffle and win a new bike or other gear with a $750 gift certificate from Ashmont Cycles in Dorchester. Before and after a crazy short 15-minute presentation about what we’ve accomplished and the year ahead, join the Soul Dance Party with DJ Trislam and DJ Dandy Dan.
Please thank our fantastic event sponsors for supporting better biking in Boston:
- Jason & Fischer Attorneys at Law
- Ashmont Cycles
- Buckle Farm
- Cambridge Brewing Co.
- El Pelon
- M&M Ribs
- Boston Beer Co.
- Chow Thai Café
- DuVine Cyling & Adventure
- Flat Top Johnny’s
- Katalyst Kombucha
- M&M Ribs
- Noelle Janka Yoga
- Nola’s Fresh Foods
- Sarah Freeman and Sam Sherwood
- Siva Cycle
- Spindrift Soda
- Phi Tran, Bike Union Board president
- Van Shabu & Bar
The event is free to all Union members over 21–if you are not yet a member or need to renew your membership, buying an Eventbrite ticket makes you a member!
We hope to see you there!!!
Please note that this is a 21+ event. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to our members. Refunds for those under 21 are available by calling 617-620-1989—but our future events will be all ages and your membership will be good for entry to those for one year.
I’ll be volunteering at the registration table from 7-8pm. Be sure to say hi or give me a high-five! I’ll see you all there!
Tags: bcu, boston cyclists union, fundraiser, Party, spring kickoff party
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From the BCU website:
Membership and Development Manager – Boston Cyclists Union
The Membership and Development Manager is the main generator and organizer of the Boston Cyclists Union’s rapidly growing membership and volunteer corps, also overseeing other fundraising and development opportunities.
- Hours: Full time
- Reports to: Executive Director
About the Boston Cyclists Union:
The Boston Cyclists Union works to make the city healthier and more enjoyable by promoting the bicycle. Our fast growing 1,000-member grassroots organization is becoming one of the most active and effective advocacy groups in the city. In 2012, our membership doubled. In 2013, we hope to double it again. The Boston Cyclists Union’s work is helping to increase ridership in Boston, Cambridge, Brookline, and Somerville. We want to Connect the City with a complete system of physically separated bikeways designed so that anyone, from an 8-year old child to an 80-year old grandmother will feel safe and comfortable riding a bike.
- Lead and manage programs and events designed to retain, maintain and grow Bike Union membership.
- Identify grant opportunities, communicate with foundation officers, and create drafts for grant proposals.
- Identify contract opportunities, communicate with contractees, and create drafts for contract proposals.
- In collaboration with the Executive Director, develop and guide major donor strategy.
- Set membership strategy, membership numbers and budget goals to produce desired results.
- Develop targeted membership materials and campaigns with diverse communities and partners (e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Phone-A-Thons, events, etc).
- Manage lead generation and customer retention programs.
- Collect and analyze historic and survey data to create new programs and refine existing membership programs.
- Champion new practices in membership maintenance and recruiting and implement new strategies.
- Develop and conduct volunteer trainings focused on member recruitment and increased member engagement in Union activities.
- Develop and manage business and employer membership and member discount proragrams.
- Work with the Executive Director and Development Committee to improve upon existing and create new programs and outreach for membership.
- Responsible for a wide variety communications involving all facets of membership including new programs, weekly and ongoing communications, and all member messaging and branded materials.
- Collaborate with Development Committee and skilled volunteers on membership materials.
- Create organization-wide themes, talking points and messaging across all trainings and membership materials.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Deep commitment to the Boston Cyclists Union mission.
- 3-5 years experience in a similar field.
- Strong interpersonal and relational skills.
- Demonstrated track record of successful project planning and goal reaching.
- Ability to work individually and as part of a team.
- Excellent communicator.
- Superior analytical and problem-solving skills.
- Experience with direct mail, e-mail campaign marketing, phone banking, and social media communications.
- Organized, and detail oriented.
- Professional, positive, outgoing, friendly demeanor.
- Desire and ability to implement systems that will allow your work to scale quickly and significantly to be able to reach more people.
- Extra points for working knowledge of Salesforce, Constant Contact, Vertical Response and/or InDesign.
Starting salary is $32,000. We are a small, extremely fast-growing non-profit and strong performance will be rewarded as our budget allows. Full-time, exempt position.
How to Apply:
Send a compelling cover letter and resume to [email protected] Please include “Membership and Development Manager Candidate, YOUR NAME” in the subject line, and be sure to mention where you saw the job advertised. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. We strongly encourage applicants to submit their application by February 20, 2013. People of color and women are strongly encouraged to apply.
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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From the email
“Promoting Cycling and Walking for Sustainable Cities: Lessons from Europe and North America”
by John Pucher, Co-sponsored by LivableStreets
Mon, Oct 15, 4:30-6:00pm @ Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy St. Cambridge
Free and open to the public
Pucher will inspire you with a comprehensive look at changes happening around the country and the world. What makes cycling and walking so safe and convenient for daily travel in Dutch, Danish, and German cities? And what are US cities doing to catch up? Get highlights from his new book City Cycling and hear his advice on how to promote cycling and walking locally. Click here for more info>>
Co-sponsored by Harvard Kennedy School Transportation Seminar, MIT Department of Urban Planning and Design, WalkBoston,
LivableStreets Alliance, MassBike & Boston Cyclist Union
Tags: bcu, livable streets, massbike
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Got this in the email:
On Thursday, Sept. 27 we’ll be hosting our second fabulous Annual Party (Meeting) and fundraiser for our members to celebrate another year of great advocacy and programming, to welcome and meet a new board slate, hear from some bigwigs, and enjoy good music, free food and free beer.
Guest speaker: Nicole Freedman, Olympian and former Bike Czar for the city of Boston!
DJ Riobamba of Pajaritos and DJ Shabbakano (of Sonido Bestial @ River Gods) will get you on the dance floor!
Free beer from Cambridge Brewing Company, Cisco Brewery, Blue Hills Brewery, and Boston Brewing Co.
Massive taco mania from El Pelon plus vegan food from Life Alive, B. Good, Haley House, and others…
Raffling off a folding bicycle from fBike, two full winter bike commuting outfits from Ibex and Patagonia (from the socks to the cap!), a gift basket from Slumbrew and more!
Second Annual Party (Meeting)
Thurs., Sept. 27
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Tech’s
crazy big ballroom (to hold all of you)
41 Berkeley Street
Boston, MA 02116
The event is free to all Union members–if you are not yet a member or need to renew your membership, you can do that here. Not sure about your membership status? Send a note to info@bostoncyclistsunion.
This is one of the Union’s largest fundraisers of the year so bring your checkbook and cash for raffle tickets. We are now an official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so all contributions will be tax-deductible.
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Got this from the BCU. Looks like fun.
Please join the Boston Cyclists Union for an evening group ride with special guest musician Ben Sollee http://bensollee.com/ Thursday, August 2nd
This will be an easygoing group ride from downtown to Jamaica Plain. Leaving from 290 Congress Street http://goo.gl/maps/oii4 (Boston Society of Architects gallery currently showing “Let’s Talk About Bikes” http://www.architects.org/ ), we will ride to Jamaica Pond http://goo.gl/maps/pxWG for a concluding acoustic performance at the boathouse pavilion.
Join us at the BSA by 6:15 for a 6:30 departure or at the Christian Science Center http://goo.gl/maps/61L4K by 7:00 for a 7:15 departure. Helmets and lights required.
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BCU is still looking for new board members, see below.
The Union is seeking new board members
Are you interested in making Boston the bike-friendliest city in the nation? Do you have the skills needed to help continue the Boston Cyclists Union’s role as a major catalyst of that change? If so, the board of directors is looking for you.
The Union’s board is comprised of a diversity of talented people; young, old, experienced and new. If you believe have a valuable perspective to add, some relevant experience, and can commit to spending some time each week helping us improve the Union, you are eligible and encouraged to apply.
2013 will be an amazing year for the Union, and this winter the board will be crafting a strategic plan. Board members meet once a month and are also expected to participate in at least one committee and take part in the Union’s programs. Board members help carry out research, organize events, and do other tasks like keeping the Union’s finances in order (with the help of accountants and other consultants), fundraising (including a personal donation), volunteer wrangling, and networking with communities all over Boston.
If you apply, be sure to make the deadline of Sunday, July 15 2012, and don’t forget to highlight experience you have in any of the following areas:
Planning or engineering
Finance and Accounting
Graphic Design, photography, videography, editing, writing, and other creative fields
Non-profit or Business management
While on-line applications are preferred, applications can also be mailed to Boston Cyclists Union, P.O. Box 301394, Jamaica Plain, MA (United States)
Application Deadline: July 15, 2012.
The Boston Cyclists Union strives to represent the communities of Boston in all their diversity. Women, people of color, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, and people from all Boston neighborhoods are encouraged to apply.
Our Mission: The Boston Cyclists Union is helping Bostonians lead healthier lives by promoting the bicycle for transportation. Among other things, we repair bikes, educate new riders, and organize neighborhood residents who would like to voice support for friendlier street designs, bike paths, and public spaces. The Union is growing in all ways — the number of projects we’re working on, volunteer opportunities, and more.
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