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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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Save The Date: Biketoberfest 2016!

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 08

From the BCU


 

Thursday, October 13th in Somerville!

It’s that time of year again! Join us for a celebration of local breweries, bike-powered businesses and a year of victories for safer streets and better biking in the Boston area!Event_Flyer_white_cropped_2-01

Biketoberfest 2016 will be the best biktoberfest yet, with free food, free beer/wine/cider, live music, a raffle packed with great prizes, a showcase of some of the area’s leading bike-powered businesses showing off their tricycles, trailers and cargo bikes, as well as live music to dance to with over 300 of your best friends!

MEMBERS GET IN FREE!!!! Not already a member? Tickets are $25 in advance, and $35 at the door, and your purchase gives you 1-year membership to the Bike Union!

Biketoberfest 2016 will sell out! Even if you are already a member please RSVP on Eventbrite!

This event is open to all ages!

Thank you to our *Amsterdam Level Sponsors*
Breakstone, White & Gluck
Law Office of Jeffrey S. Glassman
Bike Safe Boston
Percival Beer Company

Thank you to our *Scorcher Level Sponsors*
Aeronaut Brewing Company
Cambridge Brewing Company
Downeast Cider House

and more to be announced soon!

We can’t wait to celebrate with you!


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The Longfellow Bridge Sucks For Cyclists, Let MassDOT Know We Are Pissed

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 20

The longfellow bridge has gone from pretty awesome (one lane of traffic and two lanes of bikes), to bad (wrong side bike path on the pedestrian walkway), to atrocious (one very narrow bike lane, and a bike/pedestrian traffic heading north).

Personally I see a lot more people going over the bridge on foot and on bicycle than I do in cars, shut the car traffic down and reserve the road for emergency and bike traffic, at least until the end of construction.

 

From The BCU:

The current conditions on the Longfellow Bridge are unsafe and unacceptable for people on bikes.  As you may know, the outbound bike lane was removed and cyclists are being asked to walk their bike on the sidewalk heading into Cambridge.  The inbound lane was narrowed so that large vehicles cannot safely pass cyclists in the bike lane.  Please see our letter to MassDOT, below, and send in your own!  Tell your story of traveling on the Longfellow and tell MassDOT and your elected representatives that this is an untenable situation, and cyclist accommodations must be addressed!

___________________________________

Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack

Department of Transportation
10 Park Plaza, Suite 4160
Boston, MA 02116

CC: Representative Jay Livingstone
CC: Chris Osgood, Chief of Street, City of Boston

RE: Longfellow Bridge Modified Phase 2 Construction

Dear Secretary,

On behalf of our members, the Boston Cyclists Union, the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition and LivableStreets Alliance would like to bring to your attention the increasingly hazardous conditions for people riding bicycles over the Longfellow Bridge, and we request that these hazards be addressed immediately.

Recently, due to the need to construct a temporary track for the Red Line, the inbound travel lane and bike lane have both been narrowed, and outbound cyclists no longer have a street­level contraflow bike lane and instead are being required to walk their bicycles on the sidewalk.

The current accommodations for the hundreds of people on bicycles* crossing the bridge daily are unacceptable to us and our members. The bike and travel lane widths heading inbound into Boston do not adequately provide a safe way for motorized vehicles to overtake people riding bicycles in the bike lane. Trolley buses, trucks and other large vehicles regularly travel in the bike lane, putting people riding bicycles at extreme risk of being side­swiped or struck from behind. Construction activities also routinely negatively impact the roadway condition with gravel and debris, and cones and markers are often moved into the path designated as the bike lane. (Please see the image attached below of current conditions heading inbound. Notice the bike lane is blocked by jersey barriers, forcing people riding bicycles into the travel lane.) Moreover, instructing outbound cyclists to walk their bikes on the sidewalk does not fulfill MassDOT’s promise to provide two ­way bike travel for the duration of the project.

From what we understand, this situation is temporary and two­way bicycle travel will switch to the upstream side of the bridge sometime early next year, but that does not make the current situation permissible to the hundreds of people biking over the Longfellow everyday. Moreover, we are concerned that the project will not follow the anticipated project schedule, and the current situation will persist throughout the winter. If that is the case, snow accumulation in the inbound bike lane will force people riding bikes into the travel lane with vehicular traffic, making an already dangerous situation even worse. We have provided a video, attached, demonstrating the approach of a trolley bus to a cyclist in the bike lane. Please note the bus’s right wheels overlapping with the bike lane, and the closeness during the pass.

We look forward to hearing how MassDOT plans to address these hazards.

Sincerely,

Rebecca Wolfson, Interim Executive Director, Boston Cyclists Union Richard Fries, Executive Director, MassBike
Charlie Denison, Advocacy Committee Chair, LivableStreets Alliance

* On Tuesday, Dec. 8 the Boston Cyclists Union conducted a count of users on the Longfellow Bridge and observed 333 people riding bicycles and 713 motorized vehicles going inbound between 7:35 AM and 9:15 AM. The fact that people riding bicycles represent approximately 32% of the rush­hour inbound vehicle traffic on the Longfellow Bridge demonstrate how important of a connection the bridge is for people riding bicycles between Cambridge and Boston.

__________________________________

Watch this VIDEO demonstrating unsafe riding conditions!

(See the full letter here: Longfellow Phase 2 Comments-2)

Please write to MassDOT at [email protected] and CC [email protected][email protected] and [email protected] so we can see that you’ve taken action and can help amplify your voice!

 


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Support Cycle Tracks On The Arborway Feb 2nd

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 29

From the Boston Cyclist Union

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A rendering of a possible Bikeway for Everybody on The Arborway in Jamaica Plain. Rendering created by the Bike Union.

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
and
Thurs., Feb. 5, 6:30 to 8:30pm
Arnold Arboretum Visitor Center/Hunnewell Building
125 Arborway, Boston


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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]
857-540-6293

or Jessica Mink
[email protected]


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