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15th Annual Harbor To The Bay Bike Ride

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 01

Good time, good fun, good cause!


The 15th annual Harbor to the Bay bike ride is coming up September 23, 2017! This annual fundraiser benefits four AIDS-focused organizations in the Massachusetts area: Community Research Initiative (CRI), AIDS Action Committee, Fenway Health, and the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod.
Riders can choose to take the 125-mile adventure from Boston to Provincetown, or to start from the Sagamore Bridge for the 68-mile abridged route. Because the planning and management of the event are all conducted by volunteers, 100 percent of proceeds donated to Harbor to the Bay and its riders will go to charity. If you’re not interested in riding but still want to help, we are always looking for crew members to assist in handing out water, giving directions or helping repair bikes along the ride route.
Some groups are offering special incentives to join their fundraising team. For example, if you sign up to ride or crew for CRI before June 15, you will be entered to win a free XX2i Optics and Running and Cycling Enterprises (RACE) gift bag, including a pair of XX2i sunglasses, an XX2i/RACE shirt, an XX2i hat, and a gift certificate for an additional pair of glasses — a total retail value of $225.
Over the past 14 rides, CRI riders, crew members, donors, supporters, and volunteers have raised over $1 million for HIV/AIDS research, prevention, and care — and we hope with your help this year, we’ll honor the 15th ride with our largest fundraising effort to date.
If you’d like more information about becoming a rider or crew member, or to make a donation, please visit www.harbortothebay.org. You can also call or email Libby Mullen, CRI’s Development and Communications Manager, at 617-502-1726 or [email protected] See you in P-Town!


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This Is Real Nice, Rick Beaty Films A Bike Ride Around Boston

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 16

Got this in the email, very peaceful and lovely.

Boston Public Market- Arnold Arboretum from rick beaty on Vimeo.

(and before all you grumps get in a fuss, yes I realize there is some sidewalk riding, and some less than stellar helmet use, try to see the big picture, the synergy of life and bicycle, and how the two can make for a lovely journey)


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My Morning Commute

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 08

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As I open my door the pleasant whirrrrrr of an old internal three speed coasting down the hill greets my ears.

Looking left I see an elegantly dressed woman swishing past in the crisp morning air.

As I mount my bike I see my neighbor carrying his bicycle down the front porch stairs of his home.

We exchanged slight head nods, I have never spoken to this person, but because we both ride bikes we make contact.

The sun shines peacefully as I join the tiny tributary of cyclists in Union Square.  First one, then two, collect at the red light, then start together, forward.

Three, then four, then many.  The tiny tributary becomes a running stream of cyclists heading towards Cambridge.

By the time I reach Hampshire street the cyclists outnumber the cars, heading in groups of ten or more towards downtown.  The bike counter already reads over 300.

We move as a large mass towards Boston, moving in groups bunched up by the rhythm of the red lights.

Our swift movement a sharp contrast to the relatively few cars that have none the less managed to clog the streets.

The incline of the Longfellow does its work thinning and spreading out the group of cyclists into a long line. Each cyclist propelling themselves over its gentle hill.

The view from the top the best in town, the Red line rumbles past with its hermetically sealed occupants pressed against the windows.

Boston is such a contrast, the many cyclists much dart and weave around opening doors, parked cars, walking pedestrians.  The bicycle lanes are gone.

This morning however the cyclists have carved out their own passage, taking street space, even though none was set aside for them.

The car drivers conceded them their lane, perhaps bowing to their superior numbers.  Perhaps in a concession to their superior speed.

Downtown, a heady rush, impotent stuck cars and distracted pedestrians.  Car horns and high rises.

Pillars of finance moving busily, money on their minds, do they know that only a bicycle is economical enough to profitably ply these streets?

Then work, with its fluorescent dead air pallor, can never match the glory of the commute.

The pain is tempered knowing that you get to do it all again on the way home!

 

 


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Fall Foliage Musical Mystery Ride!

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 14

I personally know this event is going to be awesome, because our own Greg Hum is involved, anything he touches is pure magical bicycle fun!

From Facebook:

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The air is getting crisper. The days are getting shorter. The grocery aisles are filled with candy corn and decorative gourds don your neighbor’s front porch. Yes! Autumn is upon us! Come join us to view some lovely Fall colors on our spookiest, most colorful, warm and coziest Musical Mystery Ride yet! We’ll meet at the Longwood T stop at 12:30pm and head out at 1pm. The route is a mystery with several stops along the way for lovely musical acts. We will end at Franklin Park around 6pm. Bring delicious seasonal snacks for sharing with any ghouls we meet along the way and warm, toasty beverages for sipping while listening to the bands play! And remember those mittens–it might get a bit nippy out there!

As always, the pace will be leisurely and friendly. See you there!


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Halloween Bike Ride!

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 10

Its that time of year again!  Halloween Bike Ride

Join in for a scary ride around Boston on Halloween night! Jaw dropping costumes! Ear popping trailer tunes! Traffic stopping magnitude! Thursday October 31st. Meet at 7:30 pm at the Green Street T Stop in JP. Plus, an alternate start is now available from Dewey Sq downtown! Full details on the Facebook Event and HalloweenBikeRide.net.

This is a fantastic time, dress up, show up, ride, have fun!


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The Word On The Street

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    • Two Days Left To Register To Vote In Cambridge! October 16, 2017
      TweetFrom the email:   Are you registered to vote? The last day for Cambridge municipal election registration is this Wednesday, October 18 at 8pm. Hi all, All seats on Cambridge City Council are up for election this November 7, and the make-up … Continue reading →
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    • Two Days Left To Register To Vote In Cambridge! October 16, 2017
      TweetFrom the email:   Are you registered to vote? The last day for Cambridge municipal election registration is this Wednesday, October 18 at 8pm. Hi all, All seats on Cambridge City Council are up for election this November 7, and the make-up … Continue reading →
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    • Speak Up For A Safer Beacon Street On Monday! September 29, 2017
      TweetFrom the email: Now is the time to speak up for a safer Beacon Street! On Monday, October 2nd, the City of Boston is holding a “drop-in” meeting to share an update on the Beacon Street redesign project, a Vision Zero corridor project. … Continue reading →
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    • Action: Ask Council Candidates To Sign Onto The Bike Safety Platform September 29, 2017
      TweetFrom the email: Contact City Council candidates and ask them to sign onto the Cambridge Bicycle Safety platform (text below) urging a more aggressive implementation of the 20 miles of protected lanes called for in the City’s Bike Plan, along … Continue reading →
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    • 15th Annual Historic Bicycle Tour Of Middlesex Canal – This Sunday October 1st September 29, 2017
      TweetHistoric Bicycle Tour of Middlesex Canal On Sunday, October 1, 2017, the Middlesex Canal Association, the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission and the Middlesex Canal Commission will sponsor the 15th annual historic bicycle tour of the Middlesex Canal.  Because the MBTA is not running trains on the Lowell Line … Continue reading →
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    • Free Hubway Ride Today! September 29, 2017
      Tweet Today is Free Ride Day! courtesy of High Brew Coffee It’s National Coffee Day! Jump start your morning with a bike ride and an energizing can of cold brew coffee. Come see us at Hubway’s Aquarium Station or Congress Street … Continue reading →
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    • Neighborhood Slow Streets: Construction, New Zones Updates September 14, 2017
      Tweetfrom the email: CITY OF BOSTON Vision Zero Update NEIGHBORHOOD SLOW STREETS Our first two Neighborhood Slow Streets projects are heading into construction, and we’re getting ready to begin community walks with each of the five communities that were selected … Continue reading →
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    • Hubway Is Expanding In Boston Voice Your Input On New Station Locations September 13, 2017
      TweetHubway is getting bigger and even better! The Boston Transportation Department is adding more than 70 new stations over the next two years. The Boston Transportation Department (BTD) needs your help finding new locations in Boston for bike share stations! Starting this … Continue reading →
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    • Squirrel Head Badge Installed August 30, 2017
      One of my customers sent this awesome picture of my squirrel head badge installed on a bicycle. I think it looks awesome! Continue reading →
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    • Your Hard Work Paid Off! August 23, 2017
      Tweetfrom the email: ————–   We emailed, we called, we showed up – and we won! Due to the tremendous support for protected bicycle lanes over the past 3 weeks–in emails, calls, and in-person testimonies–on Monday, August 7, the City Council … Continue reading →
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