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Oh God Yes! BU Makes Awesome Puppet Safety Video

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 15

We need so many more things like this. LOVE IT! More info here.


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Globe Talk: Safe Or Savage? The State Of Bicycle Safety In Boston

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 29

Got this in the email, looks like it could be informative:

Globe Talks: 

Safe or savage? The state of bicycle safety in Boston

Join a few of Boston’s leading cyclists and policy makers to discuss bike safety around Boston and the efforts to make biking in the city easier and more accessible.

The event will be moderated by The Boston Globe transportation reporter Martine Powers.

Panelists:

  • Nicole Freedman, City of Boston’s Boston Bikes director
  • Vineet Gupta, Boston Transportation Department’s Director of Policy and Planning
  • Richard Fries, former professional European racer, world-class race announcer and race organizer, and local commuting advocate
  • Josh Zisson, bike lawyer and BikeSafeBoston.com blogger
  • Jackie Douglas, director of the Boston-area transit advocacy group Livable Streets

 

DATE: Tuesday, July 30

TIME: 6pm – 7:30pm

LOCATION: The Boston Globe | 135 Morrissey Blvd. | Boston, MA

www.bostonbikesafety.eventbrite.com


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Invitation To A Boston City Council Briefing On Bicycling Safety

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 30

Got this in the email, if anyone has some free time might be worth checking out.

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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,

Ayanna

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Ayanna Pressley
Boston City Councilor At-Large


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Bike Safety Media Roudup

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 19

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:


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Bike Jobs: MassBike Bicycle Safety Instructor

Written by Boston Biker on May 19

MassBike is looking for someone to help teach bike safety classes. Via

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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.

About MassBike:
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.

Responsibilities:

  • 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.

Qualifications:

  • 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.

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New MIT Study On Bike Safety And Helmets

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 09

This looks really interesting and who knows, those smart kids over at MIT might make another awesome invention that changes the world!

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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.

Survey Link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=Jbspk0tZUSQDsmAx8fW6Zg_3d_3d

Please feel free to contact us at [email protected] with any questions/comments/suggestions/concerns.


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R.O.C.K. Roll and Ride!

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 24

Got this in the email from the city of Boston. Looks like a great family friendly event!

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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)
Dorchester
143 Seaver St
Dorchester, MA 02121
10am-2pm
Park at the Playstead parking lot adjacent to the back of the Zoo

Joe Moakley Field (07/25/09)
South Boston
600 William J. Daly Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125
10am-2pm

William E. Smith Playground (08/08/09)
Brighton/Allston
250 Western Ave
Boston, MA 02134
10am-2pm


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This Is How They Did Bike Safety In The 60’s

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 13

I am sure this has absolutely nothing to do with drugs, yea about that…


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The Word On The Street

  • RSS Here is what people are saying

    • Action Alert: Help MassBike With The Bike Safety Bill January 23, 2015
      TweetFrom MassBike:   This month marks the start of a new two-year session in the Massachusetts Legislature, and MassBike has filed two bills designed to protect bicyclists and other vulnerable road users: the “Act To Protect Vulnerable Road Users” and … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • PARKWAYS MOVING FORWARD: DCR is Not The Highway Department January 21, 2015
      It’s a pleasure to be able to praise a government agency: civil servants who try to live up to their public service mission are over-worked and underpaid relative to private sector peers – and always under appreciated! It’s particularly a pleasure to praise the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR), a woefully underfunded agency whose […]
      Steve Miller
    • Another Winter Rider! January 20, 2015
      Tweet Doug looking great in safety yellow!  Also is that a built in headlamp?! Still have two books left, get yours!
      Boston Biker
    • Another Winter Rider! January 20, 2015
      Tweet Doug looking great in safety yellow! Still have two books left, get yours!
      Boston Biker
    • Turning The Loss Of Cycling Ability Into A Gain January 19, 2015
      TweetLife starts with almost unlimited and unknown potential. A newborn is a mystery in that he or she might be anyone, might do anything and might even make a difference in the world we live in. But, the farther along … Continue reading →
      IsolateCyclist
    • The Fundamental Problem with Vehicular Cycling January 17, 2015
      TweetThe fundamental problem with the Vehicular Cycling (VC) approach to cyclist safety is it promotes mobility of the Strong & Fearless cyclist over the safety of all other cyclists. Doing so promotes their own self interest at the cost of … Continue reading →
      mattyciii
    • Mini-Contest Still On! January 16, 2015
      TweetI still have a handful of books to give away, send me a picture of you in your full winter riding gear and get free stuff!
      Boston Biker
    • Site Updated January 16, 2015
      TweetJust updated the code base, you shouldn’t notice anything except the site running a little better. Let me know if I broke anything.
      Boston Biker
    • Boston Bike Party TONIGHT! Back Bay To The Future! January 16, 2015
      Tweet   From the always awesome Greg Hum   Tonight’s Boston Bike Party involves a short ride followed by Harpoon Beer donations and free pizza from All Star Pizza at Hub Bicycle for the after-party. https://www.facebook.com/events/332272083649724/ Y’all are welcome to … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker
    • Bikes Not Bombs Is Hiring! January 15, 2015
      Tweet The Bike-A-Thon team is looking to bring on two part-time outreach coordinators this Spring. The Phone Outreach Coordinator will be responsible for calling past riders and encouraging them to register for the ride. The Direct Outreach Coordinator’s role involves … Continue reading →
      Boston Biker