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Boston Cyclist Union Presents: Tour De Grave

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 16


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:

[email protected]

or Jessica Mink
[email protected]

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See You Tonight At The Boston Cyclists Union Soul Party!

Written by greg on Apr 25

hummugGreg Hum plays drums on his bike, organizes the annual Midnight Marathon Bike Ride, and shares stories and more on his personal blog, The Humble Cyclist. Tweet at him, bro: @thehum


Tonight, the Boston Cyclists Union is hosting their Second Annual Spring Kickoff Party. Here’s the scoop from the Facebook event page:


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.


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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
  • Zipcar

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!



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BCU Hiring Membership And Development Director

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 31

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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Promoting Cycling And Walking For Sustainable Cities: Lessons From Europe And North America

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 04

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

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BCU’s Second Annual Party!

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 17

Got this in the email:

Boston Cyclists Union’s Second Annual Party (Meeting)

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 

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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Evening Group Ride With Ben Sollee On August 2nd

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 30

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 Thursday, August 2nd

This will be an easygoing group ride from downtown to Jamaica Plain. Leaving from 290 Congress Street (Boston Society of Architects gallery currently showing “Let’s Talk About Bikes” ), we will ride to Jamaica Pond 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 by 7:00 for a 7:15 departure. Helmets and lights required.

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BCU Board Member Search Extended

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 11

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:

Strategic Planning
Bike-related anything
Bike mechanics
Planning or engineering
Finance and Accounting
Non-profit Law
Graphic Design, photography, videography, editing, writing, and other creative fields
Project Management
Non-profit or Business management
Government/policy work
Event planning

To apply for this position please do both:
1. Follow this link for the online application:
2. Email your resume to:

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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BCU Seeking New Board Members

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 02

got this in the email, if you are interested in being on the Boston Cyclist Union’s board give them a hollar




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.

The Board Selection Committee of the Boston Cyclists Union is currently seeking applications from prospective Board Members who are passionate about the Boston Cyclists Union’s mission.

As a Board Member you will be responsible for three areas:

  1. Governance (strategy, planning, fiduciary responsibilities)
  2. Involvement in programs/committees that develop the Union
  3. Development (raising funds, community awareness and recruiting quality volunteers)

Minimum Requirements:

  • proven experience as a volunteer and fundraiser
  • interest and ability to be an ambassador for the Union
  • a commitment to the Union, including time and flexibility to help grow the Union, including making a fundraising commitment and a board donation
  • practical skills/experience in at least one of the following areas: finance and accounting, non-profit law, PR, marketing, creative/design, project management, business management, urban planning, government, transportation or policy
  • attendance at monthly Board meetings, Board retreats, Union special events and committee/project meetings


Application Process

Only candidates that provide a complete and thoughtful career profile will be considered.

To apply for this position:

  1. Follow this link for the online application:
  2. Email your resume to:

Application Deadline: July 11, 2012

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