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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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      This time we have guest authors from Girl Scout Troop 75006 who we partnered with this spring: This year, we really wanted to do something that would help our wider community. After looking into some issues we care about, we learned that there is a se... Continue reading →
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      This time we have guest authors from Girl Scout Troop 75006 who we partnered with this spring: This year, we really wanted to do something that would help our wider community. After looking into some issues we care about, we learned that there is a se... Continue reading →
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    • Bikes Not Bombs Update June 19, 2017
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    • Action: Sign Letter On Crucial Inman Square Redesign Changes June 19, 2017
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    • 6/12 Discussion On The Beacon St Redesign June 2, 2017
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