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Join The Boston Bikes Advisory Group

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 28

Here is an update from Boston Bikes, with all sorts of goodies and info:

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City of Boston
Mayor Martin J. Walsh

#BeBrilliant Light Campaign Recap

Thanks to a donation of lights from Breakstone, White & Gluck, PC, Boston Bikes held the #BeBrilliant Light Campaign for a second year. During the week after the time change, volunteers distributed lights to more than 200 cyclists who were riding without them. Thank you, Bicyclecentro, Bikes Not Bombs, Bowdoin Bike School, CommonWheels, Dot Bike, JP Bikes, Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition, Rozzie Bikes, and Southie Bikes for distributing lights in your communities.

Remember to use lights when riding at night or in the early morning: lights are required by law in the time between half-hour after sunset and a half-hour before sunrise. We’re all looking forward to December 23, when the days will start to grow longer. View more photos from the campaign on Facebook.

Apply to Join the Boston Bikes Advisory Group

We are seeking applications for the Boston Bikes Advisory Group (BBAG), which consists of individuals who live, work, and/or bike in Boston. Members serve as liaisons to the greater biking community and advise the Active Transportation Director on priorities related to cycling in Boston including: the implementation of the network plan, safety and education campaigns, and community events. Members attend monthly meetings at Boston City Hall and are asked to support the work of Boston Bikes and the bike community in general.

Read the BBAG Overview and view the application. Applications are due December 22, 2015. Applicants will be notified in the middle of January 2016, and the first meeting will take place in February. Memberships last two calendar years.

Hubway Station Closures

Hubway stations are heading in for the winter. The first round of station closures are taking place from November 16th to November 25th. Depending on the weather, most of Boston’s stations will be available in December.

You can view this week’s removal schedule on Hubway’s website. Want to be notified before your station is removed? Sign up for system alerts. You can also check the Hubway map or the Spotcycle app for real time updates.

2015 Youth Cycling Program Recap

Our Youth Cycling Program (YCP) was once again a huge success! This year we visited 30 different sites and over 5,800 students had the opportunity to develop their biking skills – from learning to ride for the first time to navigating city streets safely. We owe thanks to the many partners and our Youth Cycling Instructors who helped to make this year a success!

We’ll begin accepting applications for the Spring 2016 session early next year. You canlearn more about host requirements on our website.

World Day of Remembrance Ride and Vigil

Photo credit: Kyle Ramey – View more photos from the World Day of Remembrance Ride and VigilOn Sunday, the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition gathered people from the greater Boston to raise awareness about traffic violence in Massachusetts. Following a memorial bike ride, a vigil was held in front of the State House where people shared stories of those lost in traffic crashes and placed yellow flowers on the steps in remembrance. Read more about the event in the Boston Globe.

The City of Boston adopted Vision Zero in March and will release its action plan in the coming weeks.

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Boston Bikes Update

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 20

from the email:

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Bikes and Bites: Women Biking Toward Change in Boston

(Above) Cindy Walling with her trusty bike.

(Below) Thanks to Hubway, Katy Wetzel is able to ride in Boston without owning her own bike.

Cindy Walling is the consummate bike commuter – it’s the primary mode of transit for her and her kids, ages 11 and 13. Katy Wetzel is a dedicated walk-to-work-er, but is intimidated by Boston drivers. She doesn’t even currently own a bike. But when friend and fellow parent Cindy sent out an email inviting her to join Team Menstrual Cyclists in the Bites and Bikes ride, Katy was quick to sign on.

“I think bike riding should be something people do in the city – getting around either on their feet or on a pedal – anything to make that accessible,” she shared when asked why she’d signed on. “Besides”, she added, “my friends were doing it, it sounded like fun, and it’s for a good cause!” The chefs weren’t unappealing either, she confided.

In fact, when Katy’s told others that she signed up, they asked how they could join. When asked why she decided to lead a team, Cindy shared that it was just so easy. “I sent an email to a bunch of women I know, mostly from my kids’ school – I didn’t even know Katy didn’t have a bike! I just figured I’d put the word out and see who got excited.”

Do you want to host a team? No special skills necessary – and no team is too small! You can invite friends, co-workers, neighbors…team prizes will be available! It’s easy to start a team – you will, however, have to compete with Cindy’s team name. Don’t worry, we won’t judge.

Start a team or register yourself now!

Can’t ride? We need a team of excellent volunteers – especially experienced bikers – but there are roles for all skills and folks!

Get Biking Challenge Final Results

The Get Biking Challenge, which encouraged Boston K-8 students to bike during the month of May, was a great success! Eleven schoolsparticipated, with a total of1,389 students entering into the challenge. These students reported biking a collective 597,760 minutes, which converts into a distance of 79,700 miles – or the equivalent of biking around the Earth’s equator three times!!! In terms of calories, the students burned about 859,810 calories, the equivalent of 6,230 cans of soda.

This was a friendly competition, with schools being ranked based on percent participation and days ridden. The Josiah Quincy Elementary School took first place, earning the Golden Pedal Award and a bike raffle, with Perkins Elementary and Nathan Hale Elementary coming in a respective second and third place.

Check out our blog for more details and pictures. Congratulations to all participants!

Join Us for Breakfast at Bike Friday on June 26th

Join us on June 26th for the next Bike Friday! Join a convoy of cyclists or pedal over to City Hall Plaza on your own. Bike Friday is your chance to mingle with cyclists from across the Boston area and learn more about Boston-based organizations that love cyclists. As always, food will be provided by Boloco,LARABAR, Iggy’s Bread of the World, and Whole Foods.

Registration is free, but we need to know you’re coming! Register now atbikefridays.org.

Pump-Up Boston!

Kat Waterhouse, of Rock Spot, and Andrew Prescott, of Urban AdvenTours, pose with a Pump-Up Boston pump that was recently installed at the Rock Spot in South Boston.
Image credit: Urban AdvenToursAs part of their new Pump-Up Boston initiative, Urban AdvenTours is partnering with local businesses to provide public bike pumps in the greater Boston area. You can find these green Pump-Up Boston pumps in Boston at:

  • Boston Cheese Cellar – 18 Birch Street, Roslindale
  • Rock Spot Climbing – 30 Old Colony Ave, South Boston
  • Whole Foods – 15 Washington St, Brighton

To learn more about Pump-Up Boston, visit the Urban AdvenTourswebsite. The pumps were donated by Giant Bicycles.


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Work For Boston Bikes!

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 20

got this in the email.

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Are you a bike mechanic?
Or do you know any skilled bike mechanics?

 

Boston Bikes is a great place to work and we are hiring a year-round mechanic and youth cycling instructors. The mechanic will help to run our shop and programs, steadily repair donated bikes, and assist with other Boston Bikes initiatives. We are looking for someone with professional shop experience and an interest in furthering cycling in Boston. See our website for more details and application information.

Jenny (Duquette) Norcott
Community Cycling Program Manager

City of Boston – Boston Bikes
Boston City Hall Suite 932
Boston, MA 02201
Office:  617-918-4253
[email protected]


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Upcoming Events

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 27

From Boston Bikes:

Upcoming Events

Boston Bike Events listed in orange
Other bike events in Boston listed in blue

 

Flat Fixing Clinic
April 30th, 8-9pm
18 Bartlett Sq, JP
Learn how to remove a tire, patch a tube, and remount them on the rim

Boston Bike Party
May 8th, 7:30pm
Copley Square
Monthly Celebration on Wheels! Every 2nd Friday of the Month

Women’s Learn-to-Ride
May 9th, 1-3pm or 3-5pm
Roxbury Community College Lot 2
Free clinic taught by women for women (anyone who identifies as female) who want to build basic riding skills

CycloFemme Boston
May 10th
Location: TBA
Join in celebrating CycloFemme–a global Mother’s Day ride to honor the Women’s Cycling Movement and fellow cyclofemmes around the world

Femmechanics
May 11th, 7-9pm
18 Bartlett Sq, JP
A workshop and open shop time for FTW (femme/trans/women) cyclists to learn more about bicycle mechanics

Boston Bike Week Festival
May 15th, 7-9am
Boston City Hall
Celebrate the end of Bay State Bike Week at a festival with 300 of you closest bike friends

Franklin Park Bike & Kite Festival
May 16th, 11am-4pm
Franklin Park
An annual tradition – a festival celebrating biking and kite flying. Bring a picnic and enjoy the day. Boston Bikes will offer bike rentals and a bike rodeo from about 1-4pm

Ride of Silence
May 20th, 7pm
Boston City Hall Plaza
The Ride of Silence is a worldwide free ride in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways

Greenovate Boston Community Summit
June 6th, 10am-4pm
Location: TBA
Residents, businesses, government officials, and organizations come together to help Boston reach its sustainability and climate goals

Bikes Not Bombs’ Bike-A-Thon
June 7th, 8am-5pm
Stony Brook T Stop
Ride to support Bikes Not Bombs’ Youth Programs andInternational Programs

Femmechanics
June 8th, 7-9pm
18 Bartlett Sq, JP
A workshop and open shop time for FTW (femme/trans/women) cyclists to learn more about bicycle mechanics

Boston Bike Party
June 12th, 7:30pm
Copley Square
Monthly Celebration on Wheels! Every 2nd Friday of the Month!

Women’s Learn-to-Ride
June 20th, 2:30-4:30pm
Condor St and Glendon St, East Boston
Free clinic taught by women for women (anyone who identifies as female) who want to build basic riding skills

Bike Friday
June 26th, 7-9am
Boston City Hall
A celebration of bikes with free breakfast, expo, music, and more

Bikes & Bites
July 18th
150 Jamaicaway, JP
2nd annual Women’s Bike Ride & Festival, a celebration of women who bike

Women’s Learn-to-Ride
July 18th, 10am-12pm
Willow Pond Road & Jamaicaway, JP
Free clinic taught by women for women (anyone who identifies as female) who want to build basic riding skills

Bike Friday
July 24th, 7-9am
Boston City Hall
A celebration of bikes with free breakfast, expo, music, and more


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Boston Bikes Update

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 27

Monthly Learn-to-Ride Clinics for Women

Know any women who never learned to ride a bike, or haven’t been on a bike in years?Registration for our free learn-to-ride clinics is now open. Taught by women for women (anyone who identifies as female), our clinics are a great way to get on a bike and keep rolling!

Clinics will be held on May 9th, June 20th, July 18th, August 25th, September 15th, andOctober 17th. For complete details visitbostonbikes.org/programs/women/learn-to-ride

Join our team!

Boston Bikes is looking for a confident urban cyclist to help organize our Women’s Initiative on a part-time contract basis through August. At least two years of program management experience required, plus excellent communication skills. To apply please email[email protected].

Hubway Reopens on Friday

Nothing says spring like Hubway bikes sprouting up around the city. The full system reopens on Friday April 17th (except for a handful of stations along the marathon route, which will reopen after Patriot’s Day). So dust off your key fob and get ready to pedal! And if you don’t have a membership, now’s a great time to sign up.

Next Friday is Bike Friday!

Join us on April 24th for the first Bike Friday of the year. This is the first year that we’re hosting an April Bike Friday; help us make it a success! Pedal, on your own or with one of our many convoys, to City Hall Plaza from 7-9am and you’ll be greeted by a festival full of bike-friendly vendors. As always, we’ll have free breakfast provided by Boloco, Iggy’s Bread of the World,Larabar, and Whole Foods!

Registration is free, but it helps to know you’re coming. Please note that breakfast is only for people who bike to City Hall Plaza.

Get Biking Challenge

Boston Bikes is hosting the Get Biking Challenge to encourage K-8 students to bike more during May, National Bike Month. Students will record how many minutes they bike each day, and all participants will be awarded with prizes. Top schools and classes will earn a variety of prizes such as the coveted Golden Pedal Award, free bike raffles, bike field trips, and more! Schools need to register for the challenge and it can be coordinated by a teacher, administrator, other school staff, or parent volunteers. For more information, visit our website:bostonbikes.org/programs/get-biking-school-challenge

Major Steps Forward for Biking and Walking in Boston

On March 24th, the Boston Transportation Department unveiled plans to make a stretch of Commonwealth Avenue one of the most progressive multi-modal corridors in the country. The design incorporates protected intersections and physically protected bike lanes on both sides of the avenue. We hope that this is just one of many more cutting-edge projects to come! Thank you to the many advocates and allies who worked hard to make this happen.

The day after the Comm Ave Public Meeting, Mayor Walsh announced that Boston will adopt Vision Zero. This comprehensive strategy prevents traffic fatalities through effective policies and systematic evaluation, enforcement, engineering, education, and community engagement. Boston Bikes is a part of the Vision Zero task force which will be planning the program’s roll-out over the next few months. Read more about Vision Zero and the Commonwealth Avenue plans here.

More Bike Parking in Boston

Last year we exceeded our goals and installed more than 300 bike racks. You can find the locations of all public bike racks in the City of Boston using our interactive map.

We continue to work on increasing bike parking. Our installers are currently putting in new racks across Boston; we recently got approval to install 30 more racks in the Back Bay Historic District; and we have more in our queue that we are moving through the approval process. Our goal is to make it easy for you to park your bike anywhere in the City of Boston.

Help Us Recover from the Winter

The record-breaking snow damaged a record number of racks. And as the snow continues to melt, abandoned bikes are popping up around Boston.Report broken racks and abandoned bikes using thecitizens connect app or by filling out a service request form. Please be sure to include a picture that shows the rack, or bike, and its location (i.e. the building behind it). This helps us expedite the repair / locate the bike.

Please note that the City of Boston is only able to remove bikes that are attached to public property. If the bike is locked to a fence, or other private property, you will need to contact the property manager to have it removed.

Bikes and Bites Beneficiaries

Congratulations to the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition, Femmechanics, and the Dorchester Community Food Co-op who have been selected as the beneficiaries of Bikes & Bikes, the 2nd Annual Women’s Bike Ride & Festival. Proceeds from the ride will be donated to these groups. They are working to make Boston a healthy and vibrant city. Read more about them below, and don’t forget to register for Bikes & Bites.

Image credit: Mattapan Food and Fitness CoalitionThe Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition is a grassroots movement in the Mattapan community. Their goal is to make Mattapan known as one of the healthiest communities in Boston. With easy access to affordable and healthy food, clean, safe, walk-able, and bike-able streets, residents of all ages and abilities will take regular advantage of the abundant and inviting play spaces.

Image credit: FemmechanicsFemmechanics is a group of FTW (femme/trans*/women) folks who bike. They organize Grrrease Time, an open-shop time for people to come learn about wrenching on bikes, and to form community and solidarity amongst FTW cyclists.

Image credit: Dorchester Community Food Co-opThe Dorchester Community Food Co-op (DCFC) is a multi-stakeholder cooperative enterprise that will provide economic opportunity and access to healthy, affordable food for residents of Dorchester and the surrounding neighborhoods.


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