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Got this in the email, if anyone has some free time might be worth checking out.
City Council Briefing on Harvard School of Public Health Student Recommendations for Bicycling Safety Improvements
Wednesday, May 1st
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Boston City Hall, 5th floor, Curley Room
Each Spring, the Harvard School of Public Health has a “Spring Challenge” where students are tasked with developing policy proposals for an issue facing the City. This semester, the students chose bicycling safety. Students have spent the last few weeks meeting with Boston Bikes, the Cyclists Union, and public safety officials in order to develop timely and usable policy proposals to improve bicycling safety in Boston.
We are honored to have the winning students from the Spring Challenge present their ideas to the Boston City Council on how we can accelerate our bicycling infrastructure and safety programs. If you have any questions please contact James Sutherland at 617-635-4217.
Please join us, our colleagues on the Boston City Council, as well as representatives from the administration. I hope to see you next Wednesday.
All the best,
Boston City Councilor At-Large
Tags: ayanna pressley, bike safety, city hall, Harvard
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Didn’t want these to fall through the cracks, even though they were put up a bit ago:
A little more about the BHPC’s helmet campaign, including news about the new bike helmet vending machines:
Whizzing down Commonwealth Avenue through Kenmore Square, Berklee College of Music student Jon Cox could not have looked more hip. He was riding an aqua and chrome vintage bike. The tattoo on his arm showed symbols from an early Led Zeppelin record. He was yawning.
And since he was unencumbered by a bike helmet, he was listening to Mumford & Sons through oversize headphones — oblivious to the large sign he pedaled past featuring a graphic image of a cyclist with a gashed and bloodied face. “Still think it’s the helmet that’s unattractive?” the message read. “There are no good excuses.”
Maybe not, but there are excuses for going helmetless: “I’m pretty broke,” Cox said when stopped for an interview. Then he added, “I’ll be really careful.”
With a growing number of bike lanes in the city — it’s up to 60.3 miles — and its rent-a-bike Hubway program taking off, Boston is aggressively targeting cyclists like Cox in two new ways: with a $40,000 “Wear a Helmet” campaign, replete with scary pictures, and with the city’s first-ever helmet vending machine about to be installed.
News about the cities upcoming “master plan” of bike safety:
As Boston strives to become a world-class biking city, where the car is no longer king of the road, officials are coming together to talk about how its cycling infrastructure can improve even more than it has.
In a matter of years, the Hub has introduced bike-sharing programs, expanded bike lanes through the streets and even handed out free helmets to get riders thinking more about safety when traveling to their desired destinations.
But as more people ride on the road, the risk of fatalities and bike-related accidents become more prevalent.
On Thursday, City Councilors Ayanna Pressley and Felix Arroyo filed a motion for a hearing to explore ways to improve bike infrastructure in Boston and make it a more “liveable city.”
“We have had ambitious efforts to increase access to bikes. We are on our way to becoming— if not already—a world class bike city,” said Pressley.
And finally this video from the UK about bike safety, some nice tips:
Tags: bike safety, media, video
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MassBike is looking for someone to help teach bike safety classes. Via
The Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike) Education Program is seeking part-time Instructors, for both child- and adult-oriented bicycling safety, basic maintenance, and related courses. Instructors are encouraged to teach as many of the different courses as possible. The work is very occasional, not typically exceeding 20 hours in a month. Instructors will report to and work closely with the Program Manager.
MassBike is the statewide bicycling advocacy group for Massachusetts. MassBike promotes a bicycle-friendly environment, and encourages bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation. MassBike’s programs focus on promoting bicycle-friendly legislation; improving bicycle access and safety on roads and public transportation; educating bicyclists, motorists, children, and police about bicycling; encouraging bicycle commuting; and creating opportunities to ride together.
- Work part-time from 0 to 20+ hours per month depending on the number and location of courses, as directed by MassBike.
- Complete training program to become certified as a MassBike Instructor. Training is paid and provided by MassBike.
- Teach bicycle related courses around the state to children in grades 4-8 in schools, or to people 16 or older. These presentations range from half an hour for children to 4 hours for a full adult bike safety course. Courses are often presented multiple times in one day, especially at schools.
- Coordinate class schedule with the Program Manager.
- Obtain class materials from MassBike as needed and distribute in schools as directed.
- Prepare report on each school as directed by MassBike.
- Collect student survey forms and return to MassBike.
- Associate degree or equivalent relevant work experience.
- Public speaking experience preferred.
- Teaching experience required.
- Strong interest and participation in bicycling preferred.
- Strong interpersonal skills required.
- Excellent verbal communication skills required.
- Access to email.
- Current driver’s license and access to a car (unfortunately, some of the places you teach aren’t within biking distance).
- Access to a bicycle in good repair and bicycle helmet (used as props during class).
- Availability to work flexible hours; schools are typically Monday-Friday, 7:30am-3:30pm, and adult courses can vary.
- Must pass Criminal Offenders Record Information (CORI) check.
Tags: bike safety, jobs
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This looks really interesting and who knows, those smart kids over at MIT might make another awesome invention that changes the world!
We are team of MIT students in 2009 Product Engineering Processes and are working on a design project related to helping people during cycling accidents. This survey should take 15 minutes to complete. Your responses will be very helpful to us in developing our design. All answers will be kept confidential. Thank you very much for your participation.
Please feel free to contact us at [email protected] with any questions/comments/suggestions/concerns.
Tags: bike safety, crash, helmets, MIT, survey
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Got this in the email from the city of Boston. Looks like a great family friendly event!
At R.O.C.K. Roll and Ride, there is something for everyone including bike rodeos, bike safety lessons, hands-on bike maintenance workshops, giveaways and trail rides as well as music and free food. Free bike rentals will be available!
Franklin Park (07/18/09)
143 Seaver St
Dorchester, MA 02121
Park at the Playstead parking lot adjacent to the back of the Zoo
Joe Moakley Field (07/25/09)
600 William J. Daly Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125
William E. Smith Playground (08/08/09)
250 Western Ave
Boston, MA 02134
Tags: bike safety, City of Boston, family fun, helmets, ROCK Roll and ride
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I am sure this has absolutely nothing to do with drugs, yea about that…
Tags: bicycles, bike safety, pigs
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