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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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The Word On The Street

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      On November 29th, CommonWheels finished out a strong season of Open Shops and DIY Community Bike Repairs with a new community event called the Ally Skills Workshop: Combatting Sexism and Transphobia. The workshop was led by Kendra Albert and gave great... Continue reading →
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    • December 4, 2016
      On November 29th, CommonWheels finished out a strong season of Open Shops and DIY Community Bike Repairs with a new community event called the Ally Skills Workshop: Combatting Sexism and Transphobia. The workshop was led by Kendra Albert and gave great... Continue reading →
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    • The Inman Square Peanut Proposal December 2, 2016
      TweetI have posted comments about the proposal for a “peanut roundabout” in Inman Square, and other proposals for the Square, on the Cambridge Civic Forum blog. I think that the City’s “bend Cambridge Street” proposal — with a minor modification … Continue reading →
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    • The Inman Square Peanut Proposal December 2, 2016
      TweetI have posted comments about the proposal for a “peanut roundabout” in Inman Square, and other proposals for the Square, on the Cambridge Civic Forum blog. I think that the City’s “bend Cambridge Street” proposal — with a minor modification … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • The Inman Square Peanut Proposal December 2, 2016
      TweetI have posted comments about the proposal for a “peanut roundabout” in Inman Square, and other proposals for the Square, on the Cambridge Civic Forum blog. I think that the City’s “bend Cambridge Street” proposal — with a minor modification … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • An Alternative to the Inman Square Peanut Proposal December 2, 2016
      TweetI have posted comments about the proposal for a “peanut roundabout” in Inman Square, and other proposals for the Square, on the Cambridge Civic Forum blog. I think that the City’s “bend Cambridge Street” proposal — with a minor modification … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • The Inman Square Peanut Proposal December 2, 2016
      TweetI have posted comments about the proposal for a “peanut roundabout” in Inman Square, and other proposals for the Square, on the Cambridge Civic Forum blog. I think that the City’s “bend Cambridge Street” proposal — with a minor modification … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • A Sign Of The Times December 2, 2016
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    • We Can Still Ride Our Bikes! November 14, 2016
      Tweet I was having a conversation with a friend on our ride to work after Trump was elected, and it was pretty grim. We talked about all the many many bad things that are likely to happen to our state, … Continue reading →
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    • Insane Truck Commercials November 5, 2016
      Tweet I stumbled upon these two videos for Nissan’s “Titan” truck line.  If you are not familiar with these behemoths the titan gets a shocking 15 mpg…which I guess makes it pretty standard mpg for “male overcompensation” size trucks these … Continue reading →
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