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Boston’s Bike To Work Day Festival, Women’s Classes, And Public Meetings

Written by Boston Biker on May 15

BOSTON’S NATIONAL BIKE TO WORK DAY FESTIVAL ONFRIDAY, MAY 19TH!
A collage of photos from last year’s Bike to Work Day festival.

Celebrate Bike Month at Boston’s National Bike to Work Day Festival! This year’s event will again be full of bike-friendly exhibitors. Clif Bar, High Brew Coffee, Iggy’s Bread, and Whole Foods – Charles River Plaza will offer riders free breakfast.

Join your neighbors on convoys headed to Boston City Hall for the festival on Friday, May 19th. They come from all across the greater-Boston area and are a great way to make new friends or get used to riding downtown. Sign up today to volunteer to lead a convoy near you!

We’re bringing back our *reflective* Boston Bikes t-shirts in a new color! Register now or visit boston.gov/bike-to-work-day to get a preview of this year’s shirt, review convoy stops, request exhibit space, and more.

LEARN MORE REGISTER LEAD A CONVOY EXHIBIT
WOMEN’S LEARN-TO-RIDE CLASSES
A woman practices riding a bike as an instructor stands nearby and watches.

Our Women’s Learn-to-Ride classes are back this year! We’ll hold classes every month from May through September. Our free classes are taught by women and are for anyone who identifies as a woman. Our experienced staff and volunteers will help each participant gain the skills and confidence to get on a bike and keep rolling! Bikes provided upon request. Review the schedule below and learn more at boston.gov/women-bike.

BASIC SKILLS
Basic Skills classes are perfect for those who have never learned to ride or need to brush up on basic skills.
SAT, MAY 13, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Roxbury
Boston Water and Sewer Commission
980 Harrison Ave, Parking Lot 4
Register Now!WED, JUNE 14, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Mattapan
Mildred Ave K-8 School
5 Mildred Ave
Register Now!TUES, JULY 11, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
East Boston
McKay School East Boston
122 Cottage St
Registration opens May 30
WED, AUG 16, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Charlestown
Bunker Hill Community College
250 New Rutherford Ave, Parking Lot 1
Registration opens July 5SAT, SEPT 16, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
South Boston
Location TBD
Registration opens August 5SAT, SEPT 30, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Dorchester
Location TBD
Registration opens August 19
INTRO TO STREET RIDING
Intro to Street Riding classes are for women who have the basic skills like starting, stopping and turning, but want to build their confidence riding on the street. They are generally held right after Basic Skills classes. If you are attending a preceding Basic Skills class, you do not need to register separately for the Intro to Street Riding.
SAT, MAY 13, 12:00 pm – 2:00 PM
Roxbury
Boston Water and Sewer Commission
980 Harrison Ave, Parking Lot 4
Register Now!SAT, SEPT 16, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
South Boston
Location TBD
Registration opens August 5
SAT, SEPT 30, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Dorchester
Location TBD
Registration opens August 19
BOSTON STUDENTS HAVE FUN, LEARN SKILLS
Students at the McKay School practice their riding skills during our Fall 2016 Youth Cycling Program session.

Our Youth Cycling Program in Boston Public Schools is off to a great start this spring! We teach bicycle skills to youth across the City. Students take part in lessons and fun activities, which help them build the skills they need to be confident while biking.

This spring, we’ll bring a fleet of bikes to 10 schools. By the end of the school year, we’ll have reached over 3,000 students. Since 2009, we’ve worked with over 35,000 Boston youth.

GET INVOLVED AT A PUBLIC MEETING
Residents give feedback on potential interventions at a public meeting about Beacon St.

Boston.gov, the City’s new website makes it easy for you to find out about events and meetings happening in your community. Visit boston.gov/transportation and scroll to the Upcoming Events section to learn more about transportation-related community meetings and events.

We hope you’ll join us at the Rutherford Ave meeting on May 18th. We anticipate public meetings about the South Bay Harbor Trail and Beacon Street soon. Once the details are finalized, we’ll add the information to the website.

As a reminder, you can get Vision Zero updates, including public meeting notices, in your inbox. Visit visionzeroboston.org/contact to join the general or project-specific mailing lists.


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Bike Travel Film Fest

Written by Boston Biker on May 15

Looks like fun:

From the email

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Iceland bike setup

There’s plenty of wild adventure at the 5th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival. The Festival, a benefit for Massbike, presents 11 short films featuring two-wheeled travels around the globe – and this year’s journeys are the most exotic yet. From lava-fields in Iceland to abandoned wilderness roads in Kyrgystan, 2014 takes viewers further than ever before.
However – for many bicycle lovers, sooner or later kids come into the picture. How do children fit in with the fancy-free life of a bicycle tourist? In two of this year’s featured films, we are introduced to the world of family bike travel.
One of these filmmakers, Charles R. Scott (the “Family Adventure Guy”), circumnavigated Iceland with his 10 year old son and 4 year old daughter. Charles will be present at the event for an informal Q&A during intermission – learn about making those family adventure dreams a reality!
This year’s Grand Jury Prize goes to a phenomenal film called The Road From Karakol. It’s just about the opposite to the family films in every way – here, Kyle Dempster sets out on a solo journey across Kyrgystan, heading so deep into the wilderness that the roads grind to a halt.
In addition to the films, a festive atmosphere is on tap at this most-anticipated Bike Month event. A social hour begins at 6 PM and features a Cookie Showcase highlighting the delicious offering of local bakeries. Also included is the “Great Jersey Giveaway” raffle, which will outfit winning guests with bike clothing for their next adventure. One lucky attendee will win a free Ciclismo Classico bicycle vacation valued at over $3,500.
Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival
Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
The Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington, MA
Social Hour 6-7 PM; films 7-10 PM
Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door
Raffle: Win a trip to ITALY!

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Franklin Park Kite And Bike Festival

Written by Boston Biker on May 08

This looks interesting, from the email:

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Franklin Park Kite & Bike Festival 2014 May 17, 11-4pm, Playstead


For Immediate Release May 5, 2014
Media Contact: Laura Palmer Edwards, 617-4271006
[email protected] or Christine Poff, 617-442-4141


Franklin Park Coalition & Discover Roxbury Present
The Franklin Park Kite & Bike Festival on Saturday, May 17, 11-4pm

The Emerald Series:Enjoy the Great Outdoors in Roxbury

Roxbury, MA: Join thousands of people in Boston’s backyard – Franklin Park – to celebrate the arrival of spring at the annual Franklin Park Kite & Bike Festival. Enjoy the great outdoors in Roxbury when families with kids of all ages will gather on Saturday, May 17th from 11-4pm,at the Franklin Park Playstead – a large and actively used sports area designed by Frederick Law Olmstead in 1886 as the crown jewel of the Emerald Necklace. Come have fun exploring or gaining mastery inkite flying, or make a kite in the park. With some luck, May 17th will be a windy warm spring day, and colorful kites of various shapes and sizeswill soar to hew heights over the
skies of Franklin Park. Kites will be available for purchase or you may make one in our on-site kite-making workshop.

For those whose who’d rather stay focused on the road, not the sky, bikes will be available to borrow, with local bike advocacy groups giving tours of the park. Boston Bikeswill be on hand to rent bikes and BikesNot Bombs will be available for any repairs that may need to be made.

After flying kites & riding bikes awhile, catch your breath and participate in interactive art making with MassART’s sparc! Artmobile, an initiative of the Center for Art and Community Partnerships at MassArt (CACP), andARCK! Art Resource Collaborative for Kids, an art program that empowers students with high-quality arts education and fosters culture and community while supporting a school’s learning objectives.

Several food trucks will be on site, but we also encourage families to bring your own picnic, or bar-b-q while in the park.Franklin Park allows outdoor grilling, so bring your hibachi to the park.

Derek Lumpkins, Executive Director of the community organization Discover Roxbury said, “The Franklin Park Kite &Bike Festival is one of my favorite springtime events. There’s nothing like seeing “children of all ages” from all throughout the city come together with family and friends to be out of doors, and fly kites on a sunny, hopefully windy, spring day. In this digital age, its great to have an event that brings people together, in person or in nature. Its great to provide opportunities for young people and families to experience recreation not tied to technology.”

Christine Poff, Executive Director of the Franklin ParkCoalition said,” This annual tradition celebrates the best of our community at play outdoors in Boston’s backyard with family and friends. Everyone is invited to participate in a variety of activities, and enjoy a personal picnic or BBQ, or snacks from our vendors.

Discover Roxbury promotes the civic engagement and economic development in Roxbury through tours and events, which leverage the neighborhood’s artistic, cultural, historic and culinary assets. The Franklin Park Coalition’s mission is to serve as a voice for Franklin Park, a 527-acre historic green space located in the geographic heart of Boston and surrounded by some of the city’s most diverse neighborhoods. We work to engage all park users and community members through advocacy programs and restoration.


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Tomorrow Is Bike Friday!

Written by Boston Biker on May 08

Don’t forget, free grub at city hall! Ride in with all the bike convoys!

 

Mayor Walsh’s Bike Week Festival
Friday May 9, 2014
7-9 AM
City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA
Free breakfast by Boloco, vendors, music and fun!
Help kickoff Bike Week in the Boston area.  Join Boston’s Bike Week Festival on May 9th and ride into City Hall Plaza with one of our 9 convoy’s or just meet up on the plaza for the festival.  Get your bike tuned up, meet other wonderful cyclists, and bike home with lots of free goodies!

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Hubway Update

Written by Boston Biker on May 08

From Hubway:

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Hello Hubway riders!

May is National Bike Month! Now that it’s warmed up, we’ll be celebrating all month long, and you’re invited to join the fun! Check out the events below, and join us for festivities and special events in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville.

 

And to make the month even more of a party, City Sports is offering Hubway members 20% off on all cycling apparel, footwear, and equipment! Just bring your Hubway key fob into any Boston-area City Sports store this month, and the discount is yours!

 

Make the most of National Bike Month!

 Ride on,

 

The Hubway Team

#HubwayEveryday

NATIONAL BIKE MONTH NEWS FROM YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD 

 

BOSTON


Mayor Walsh’s Bike Week Festival, Friday, May 9th, 7-9 AM, City Hall Plaza

Free breakfast by Boloco, vendors, music and fun!
Help kickoff Bike Week in the Boston area. Join us for one of Boston’s largest bicycle events at Boston’s Bike Week Festival. Ride into City Hall Plaza with one of our 9 convoys, or just meet up on the plaza for the festival. Get your bike tuned up, meet other wonderful cyclists, and bike home with lots of free goodies!
BROOKLINE

New England’s Largest Bike Parade, Sunday, May 18th, 1 PM, Amory Park

Bicycle Beacon Street like you’ve never done before, with no cars to get in your way. Ride the entire length of our historic avenue – both east and west – all car free! You’ll do a 5-mile loop with Brookline Police leading the way, riding with us, and covering our backs. Like a parade! Join us for food, music, and free ice cream! Registration and bike safety checks begin at 11:30 AM, and the ride starts at 1:00 PMVisit the Brookline Bikes website for details, and register in advance online hereto skip the line the day of the parade!

Coolidge Corner Customer Survey
Do you shop, dine, or bike in Coolidge Corner? Keep Coolidge Corner a great place for all those things!
CAMBRIDGE

Cambridge Bicycle Network Plan is beginning, and the City wants your input! Last year, Cambridge received a Bicycle Friendly City Gold Rating, and is continuing to improve the city for bicycling! Here is your chance to say what you would like the future to look like. What would make Cambridge the most bicycle friendly city on the planet? What are the ways, small or large, short-term or long-term, that would make a difference for you? Visit the Bicycle Network Plan page to learn more about Cambridge’s Bicycle Master Plan,Towards a Bikeable Future, and for details on how to share your ideas.


sound + vision bicycle tour, Saturday, May 17th, 10 AM. The Cambridge Bicycle Committee, in partnership with the Cambridge Arts Council, presents sound + vision, a free bicycle tour of a city-wide sound art installation. Orientation begins at 10 AM, at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway. Ride departs promptly at10:15 AM.

SOMERVILLE

Bike Commuter Breakfast,Monday, May 12th, 7-9 AM, Beacon Street in the Star Market parking lot near Petsi Pies
Stop by for scones, snacks, and a chat about biking in Somerville. Get your bike checked by Bike Boom and come see Bicycle Belle’s cool bikes!


Hubway, Regional Bike Investments Build Community
The Somerville Times, May 1st
Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone

“In early April I joined in the reopening celebration of Hubway, one of the smartest bicycle infrastructure investments our region has made-and one of the most telling when it comes to understanding how our city and our nation are evolving. The country is undergoing the greatest demographic shift since the 1950s when people fled cities for the suburbs. Today that trend is reversing.”

 

BIKES NOT BOMBS’ 27th ANNUAL BIKE-A-THONJUNE 8th

“THE BEST THING THAT I’VE DONE.” CLICK THE VIDEO, GET INSPIRED TO RIDE!

 

Join Bikes Not Bombs for their largest event of the year, the Bike-A-Thon on June 8th(rain date June 22nd)!

 

New for 2014 the Bike-A-Thon has four new routes: 10, 30, 50 and 80 miles. Departing from the Stony Brook T station the ride features picturesque roads and each route includes at least one rest stop, one with a swimming option! In the afternoon join the Rider After-Party with free food, live music, a raffle and prizes for our largest fundraisers, best team costumes and more.

 

Registration is only $20 for those 18+, $10 for those 17 and under. All adult participants are responsible for meeting a fundraising minimum of $150 and youth ages 3-17 must raise $75. All of the funds raised go directly to the non-profit Bikes Not Bombs which runs local programs like youth Earn-A-Bike and recycles and reuses bicycles for theirinternational programs in the Global South.

 

This ride will be fun for the whole family with an easy 10 mile ride for young riders or can serve as a great training tool for any longer rides planned for this summer. Register today!


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