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Boston Bikes Update

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 27

From Boston Bikes:

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Last Bike Friday of the Year!

Kick off your Labor Day weekend this Friday morning by riding to City Hall Plaza and enjoying breakfast with us! Bike in on your own or join a convoy from all over Greater Boston. And, a special challenge for the last BikeFriday this summer: Recruit a friend or colleague to come with you! Don’t forget to tell us you’re coming! Free breakfast will be provided by our friends at Boloco, Larabar, and Iggy’s Bread of the World!

This month we have a new Mattapan/Dorchester/Roxbury Convoy! Complete details on all convoys can be found here.

Photo credit: Lee Toma


Work With Us

We are seeking applicants to join our team of Youth Cycling Instructors. Youth Cycling Instructors teach in-classroom and on-bike workshops to students in grades 2-12 during the school day in the Boston Public Schools. For more information, visit http://www.bostonbikes.org/about/getinvolved/work-with-us/


Bikes Lanes Coming Soon!

We’ve been working hard to get new bike lanes in the ground! Keep your eyes open for new lanes in these neighborhoods / on these streets:

East Boston: Maverick St, Border St, Marginal St, Orleans St, Jeffries St
Mattapan: Ballou Ave, Willowood St, Woodrow Ave, Walk Hill St
South Boston: West 4th St, Dorchester Ave, Albany St
West Roxbury: Baker St, VFW Parkway

There are several other streets that are in design and will hopefully be coming soon!


Vote for the Next Hubway Unicorn

Earlier this month Hubway put out a call for design ideas to be considered in the #HubwayEveryday Bike Design Contest, and five finalists have been selected. Now it’s your turn to decide which one will be turned into a limited edition, one-of-a-kind, “unicorn” Hubway bike.

Click here to view the finalists and cast your vote.

When you vote, you can also enter for a chance to win a free Annual Hubway Membership!

Voting will run through Tuesday, September 9th, 2014, at11:59pm ET, and you can only vote once. The winning design will become the newest ride in Hubway’s fleet of more than 1300 bikes. Place your vote now!


Boston’s First Women’s Festival a Success!

Boston Bikes held New England’s first-ever women’s bike ride & festival earlier this month in Millennium Park. Over 150 women enjoyed riding together, learning new skills, and celebrating with live music, food and fun. It was inspiring to see so many women on bikes, and the happy faces at the finish line brightened an already gorgeous day. Count on watching this event grow and improve every year! We want to thank our generous sponsors including Boloco, Larabar, Hubway, Zipcar, Rialto, Bern, Landry’s, Ferris Wheels, Equal Exchange, the Museum of Science, the Coolidge Corner Theater, and Whole Foods. We’re also incredibly grateful to our partners who led clinics or contributed volunteers to the event, including the Luna Chix, the Boston Cyclists Union, Hubway, and the Boston Bike Party.

And finally, we want to extend a special thanks to Gary and Maureen Briere of River’s Edge Cycling, who provided instrumental logistical support in organizing this event. River’s Edge produces the annual Berkshires to Boston ride, which is coming up in September. There’s still time to register ride, or join River’s Edge for a day as a volunteer.

Pictured above: City Councilor Ayanna Pressley sending off 150+ riders on the first-annual Boston Women’s Bike Ride & Festival.


Mark Your Calendars: Mayor’s Cup & Hub On Wheels

Mark your calendar to come down to City Hall Plaza onSaturday, September 20th for the TD Bank Mayor’s Cup. Enjoy the Boloco Block Party and watch professional cyclists race around downtown Boston. The next day, experience the city on two wheels as part of Hub on Wheels, riding on a car-free Storrow Drive and discovering Boston on a 10, 30, or 50-mile route. And, new this year, you can select to have a portion of your entry fee donated to supporting Boston Bikes programs!More info.


ReadBoston Launches BookBike

Earlier this summer we helped the Boston Public Library launch the Bibliocycle, a mobile library powered by bike. We’re proud to also announce the launch of ReadBoston’s BookBike, a bike-powered trailer that brings books out to ReadBoston’s Storymobile program, which seeks to increase literacy and distribute books in Boston. Click here to see a video about the new trailer.


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Boston Bikes Hiring For Bicycle Instructors

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 21

two cool jobs from Boston bikes.

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Boston Bikes employs a small team of part-time, somewhat seasonal employees, primarily for Community Cycling Programs. Once you’re a part of our team, you’ll have opportunities to support all of our projects.

We are actively seeking Cycling Instructor candidates for September-October 2014. 

Cycling Instructors (actively hiring):

You don’t need to be a bike expert: An affinity for teaching, youth development, and a relentless work ethic are much more important. Reliability and professionalism are expected at all times. We’re looking for people who take personal pride in their work, regardless of whether you’re teaching a classroom or loading a truck. Work happens primarily during day time hours on weekdays (during the school day), with some night and weekend events. Applicants should live in the City of Boston or anticipate living in Boston before beginning employment.

Cycling instructors work as part of a team to teach cycling skills and safety to kids and teens in the Boston Public Schools as part of our Youth Cycling Program, which serves over 5,000 youth per year. Our program visits a school for two weeks with a fleet of bikes and helmets. On the first day, instructors lay the groundwork for safe riding including helmet fitting, signaling, and safe biking behaviors during a classroom-based workshop. The rest of the time, instructors lead on-the-bike activities and games to reinforce safety lessons and to expose kids to the fun of riding a bike. Cycling instructors also support our Roll it Forwardprogram by leading safety workshops and fitting recipients for helmets and bikes.

This is a fun job, but without a doubt, it is highly physical work. Our instructors and mechanics are constantly lifting bikes, loading trucks, and climbing stairs. If hired, you will be expected to jump in, learn quickly, and be ready to get your hands dirty. Training is provided, but the ability to learn on-the-job is just as important.

To apply, send a resume and a short message of interest to Jenny Duquette. Please include an overview of when you would be able to work and how many hours you seek. Resumes should focus on teaching experience, youth development or early-childhood development, and bicycling experience (if applicable). Unfortunately we cannot guarantee a response to all applicants. CORI background checks will be performed on candidates that advance past the interview.


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This Friday Is Bike Friday! Free Breakfast At City Hall, And More!

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 24

I am never one to turn down free grub, bike update from the city below:

 

Free Breakfast at Bike Friday – June 27th
 

Join us for fun, music, food, and bike love on City Hall Plaza during Bike Friday on June 27th. Join one of 10 convoys or bike over on your own.
Free breakfast provided by Boloco!
 
To register and for more information visit: bikefridays.org/ 
 
Volunteer as a ride leader: bit.ly/BFvolunteers
We especially need leaders for the Allston-Bright Convoy.

 

Save the date for Bike Fridays on July 18thAugust 29th.
Before you come, check out this video about Bike Fridays:
Save the Date – Women’s Bike Festival, Aug 16th

Visit bostonbikes.org/women and sign up today to receive more info about our women’s program and upcoming Women’s Bike Festival atMillennium Park.

Boston Bikes’ Women’s Program is a series of rides, clinics and events to encourage women to experience the joys and benefits of biking, and to build community among women who bike.

Upcoming Women’s events:
July 10th, 5:30 pm Boston Tasting Tour

Meet at Chinatown Park on the Rose Kennedy Greenway for a taste of some of Boston’s more unique local restaurants. Your taste buds will travel three continents as we ride through the South End and Back Bay. Ride ends in the North End for dessert on the waterfront.

 

July 19th, Mom and Kid Ride

Location TBD. Enjoy an easy-paced, off-street ride for women and kids! Event includes bike decorating, face painting and an ice cream party.

August 7th, 5:30 pm Farmers Market Tour

Meet at the Ruggles T Station and get your shopping done by bike. We’ll ride to the Bowdoin-Geneva farmers market and end in Dudley Square.

 

More info about these events can be found at bostonbikes.org/women

$5 Hubway Subsidized Memberships

$5 Subsidized Hubway Memberships are available to ALL low-income residents of Boston 16-years and older.

 
Not eligible, but love the idea? Help spread the word!
We work with dozens of local organizations that serve low-income residents and support Hubway membership as an opportunity for more active living. This includes community centers, churches, parent organizations, social justice organizations, affordable housing coalitions, or any group that represents numerous eligible individuals. If you can help us make connections to any community groups, call 617-918-4458 or e-mail [email protected] to find out how you can get involved.
  
*In most cases, college students are not eligible to receive a subsidized membership.
Corporate Hubway Memberships
Did you know your company/organization/school can sign up for a corporate Hubway account and offer discounted Hubway memberships to employees/students? Add this benefit for your employees while providing a green transit option!
You can select the level that is right for your company and get your employees/students out riding in no time!
Register for Hub on Wheels
Join us on Sunday, September 21st, 2014 for the 10th annual Hub On Wheels citywide bike ride, presented by Mayor Walsh and TD Bank. Experience a car-free Storrow Drive, explore hidden pathways and historic neighborhoods, and take in beautiful views of the Boston Harbor. The ride starts and finishes on City Hall Plaza in downtown Boston, with three different routes to choose from: 10, 30 and 50 miles. SIGN UP NOW for what’s sure to be the best ride of the year.
 
New this year: designate $5 of your registration fee to be donated to one of four organizations, including Boston Bikes!

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Boston Bikes Update: Launching A Women’s Program

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 08

From The City Of Boston:

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Boston Bikes’ Women’s Program Launched!

 

Boston Bikes is proud to introduce our new Women’s Program, aseries of rides, clinics and events to encourage women to experience the joys and benefits of biking, and to build community among women who bike. We provide support for women of all skill levels – from the first-time rider to the seasoned urban commuter. Help the Women’s Program grow! Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Twitter! Check out ournew website. Follow us on tumblr, or subscribe to our rss feed. And join one of our upcoming rides or events…

MomandKid

Mom and Kid Ride 6/14 
Please join us for our inaugural Mom and Kid ride, just around the corner on June 14th in Franklin Park. We’ll take an easy loop around the park and then enjoy a picnic and ice cream social courtesy of JP Licks.  Bikes, kids, ice cream – what’s not to like? We’re offering a free kid’s pass to the Franklin Park Zoo to the first 100 people to register (requires purchase of adult zoo pass), so sign up now! And yes, we love dads too… mom and kid are welcome to invite the men in their lives.

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Women’s Bike Social to Boston Breakers 6/19

For women looking for a (slightly) more grown-up night on the town, our Women’s Bike Socials provide a fun weeknight outing by bike, each with a different theme and destination.  On June 19th we’ll ride from the JP Boat House to Harvard Stadium, where the Boston Breakers will take on the Seattle Reign. We’re offering free tickets to the soccer match to the fist 30 women to register.  Space is filling up fast, so sign up now!

 

LTRLearn to Ride Clinics

For women who never learned to ride or who can’t remember the last time they were on a bike, our Learn- to-Ride clinics provide on-bike training led by experienced urban riders. Our free two-hour clinics help women gain the skills and confidence to get on a bike and keep on rolling.

 

FestivalWomen’s Bike Festival August 16

Finally, toward the end of the summer we’ll celebrate our success with a Women’s Bike Festival. Group rides, clinics, mountain biking, kids races, food, music, fun! Mark your calendars, August 16th, Millennium Park. Stay tuned for more details.

  Pledge

Help Grow Boston Bikes’ Women’s Program!

Every day more women are choosing to bike, but we need to keep the momentum growing to accelerate that trend. We invite all Boston Bikes’ friends to take the pledge to inspire more women to get on a bike.  

 

If you’d like to volunteer for our Women’s Program events (especially the 6/14 Mom and Kid ride!), please email  [email protected]

Other

In Other News…

Our next Bike Friday is June 27th. Who can resist FREE delicious Boloco breakfast burritos with other cyclists on City Hall Plaza. RSVP to let us know you’re coming. We’re also looking for volunteer route leaders.

And we have lots of events coming up over the summer – bike give-aways, a mobile bike library, community outreach events, and more. If you haven’t already, join our volunteer list so we can plug you in to an upcoming event.

 

 

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More Shared Priority Lanes Installed On Brighton Ave!

Written by greg on May 15

stay a kid thumbGreg Hum (Contributor) plays drums on his bike, gets people together for really big midnight and monthly bike rides, and is easily distracted by shiny things and fried potatoes. He shares stories and more on his personal bike blog, The Humble Cyclist.
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Just a little while ago, Jasmine Laietmark snagged these shots of city workers laying down the thermoplastic for more priority use lanes on Brighton Ave. in Allston!

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Priority lanes are as Globe Reporter Martine Powers called “Sharrows on Steroids.” Kind of like shared lane use markings you’ve seen around town but with dotted lines to indicate to bicyclists and drivers where bicycles safely belong (in the middle of the car lane)

Looks like these go from Packard’s Corner to Harvard Ave. And if these look familiar, it’s be because you may have noticed these same priority lane markers farther down Brighton Ave. on the between Harvard Ave. and Cambridge St. since they were installed a few months ago).

On my first ride down the priority bike lanes, I immediately noticed more cars changing lanes to pass me rather than queuing up behind me and riding up close to my tail. It felt less stressful and a lot safer to bike on Brighton Ave. which was both strange and a huge relief.

According to Boston Bikes plan for priority lanes on Brighton Ave., we’re still
in Phase 2 of this plan. During Phase 3 of this plan this coming Fall, these dotted priority bike lanes will get painted green.

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This is pretty exciting since this type of shared priority lane is an idea born from local Northeastern Civil Engineering Professor Peter Furth and Boston is still one of the first cities to put it into practice.

And I’m not just excited for Boston being one step closer to a complete network of bicycle infrastructure that one day I’ll get to ride on – I’m also excited for the thousands of college students who will inevitably return to Allston in the fall will have a much safer bike commute up and down Brighton Ave. than I once did.


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6th Annual Boston Bikes Update

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 02

Here it is in all its glory, in case you couldn’t make it. Sure it might not contain EVERY detail I reported yesterday…but the first day of April can be a tricky day to be on the internet.


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Boston Bikes Update

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 17

From Boston Bikes:

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Apply to be a Boston Bike Friendly Business

  • Do you like bikes?
  • Do you work for a company or organization located in Boston?
  • Does your company or organization show support for your interest in bikes?
Have your company or organization complete the Bike Friendly Business application to be named a Boston Bike Friendly Business!
Applications are due by 11:59 pm on April 15, 2014
 
Boston selected as a Green Lane City!
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Photo credit Galen Mook

We’re happy to announce that Boston has been selected by PeopleForBikes as a Green Lane Project City. We will participate in an intensive two year program to build protected bike lanes in Boston.

 

“Over the next six years, I want to take Boston from one of the best bicycling cities in the country to one of the best in the world.  Investing in protected bike lanes is a critical path to that success,” Boston’s Mayor Martin Walsh said.

Green Lane Project

Boston Bike Update – New Date & Location!
6th Annual Boston Bike Update hosted by LivableStreets Alliance
Come hear about our 2013 accomplishments and plans for 2014!
Monday, March 31, 2013
Faneuil Hall, Great Hall, Boston
5:45 pm – Doors open
6:15 pm – Presentation & Q&A
The event is free and open to the public, but requires registration. To register visit: http://livablestreets.nonprofitsoapbox.com/component/events/event/4

 

Bike Valet will be provided by MassBike.
Seating is first come, first served. RSVP does not guarantee a seat.

 

Follow @StreetsBoston and like LivableStreets Alliance for more updates
Register for Bike Week Festival and Bike Fridays
To register visit: bit.ly/bikefriday2014
We’re happy to announce our 2014 Bike Friday Schedule! Join us for fun, music, food, and bike love on City Hall Plaza on the following mornings:
May 9th
June 27th
July 18th
August 29th
 
For more information visit: bikefridays.org/

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Tonight: Public Hearing For Game-Changing Cycle Track Loop In Downtown Boston

Written by greg on Feb 26

stay a kid thumbGreg Hum plays drums on his bike, gets people together for really big midnight and monthly bike rides, and smiles too much. He shares stories and more on his personal blog, The Humble Cyclist. Tweet at him, bro: @thehum
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Imagine being able to bike around the heart of downtown Boston on completely safe and separated from car-traffic bike paths, or cycle-tracks. This is the goal of the Tiger Grant-funded Connect History Boston Trail

Tonight is the public hearing to present plans for a protected bike path loop around downtown Boston to the public. Here’s the info about the hearing from the Boston Bikes event calendar, so definitely show up to voice support, comments, or concerns:

A Public Hearing will be held by the City of Boston Public Works Department to discuss the proposed Connect Historic Boston project that is being funded through a Federal Highway Administration Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant.

WHERE: City Hall, Boston
One City Hall Square, Room 801
Boston, MA 02201

WHEN: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Open House 6:00 PM
Meeting 6:30PM

The City of Boston Public Works Department will be holding a public hearing to present the City’s Connect Historic Boston Project at the location and time shown above. The public notice which provides additional information relative to the hearing and project can be found here.

The plans for this path sound almost too good to be true:

The Connect History Boston Trail will be a family-friendly bicycle loop around downtown Boston, providing access to major transit hubs, regional trails, and National Park Service visitor centers and National Park service Partner sites.

A loop that provites two-way travel will simplify navigating Boston’s complex one-way street system. The trail will make it easier to connect from North Station to offices in the Downtown or Seaport District, or between the two stations themslves. For people just getting to know Boston, the out and back nature of the trail will make it easy to go from site to site and return along the same route.

The trail will be separated from traffic, such as a cycle track or path, in order to appeal to the broadest range of people and abilities. Trail users will be able to ride comfortably in small groups.

The trail will be buffered from sidewalk path by street furniture, special paving, or a curb where appropriate.

Wayfinding will direct bicyclists from the Connect History Boston trail to NPS sites and the regional shared-use path system.

Bikeshare, bike rental, and bike parking will be conveniently located to the trail.

If these plans go forward, we can expect to see a very different landscape for bicycling in Boston once completed.


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