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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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RSVP For 6th Annual Boston Bikes Update

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 24

RSVP today for 6th Annual Boston Bike Update, happening March 27th.
Biking has doubled in Boston in the last six years.

 

Want to know how, why and who helped make this happen? Wondering how biking fits into larger transportation network?

 

Join us for this sixth annual event to hear Boston Bikes Director, Nicole Freedman discuss the future of biking in Boston and the path forward under Mayor Walsh.

 

If you care about biking in Boston you don’t want to miss this event.

 

Thursday, March 27, 2014
@ Boston Public Library, Rabb Hall, 700 Boylston St, Boston
5:30pm doors open – Free and open to the public
6pm presentations begin
8:30-10pm LivableStreets member social @ Lir Pub

RSVP now.


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Boston Bikes Update

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 21

From the email:

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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 in the Boston Public Schools. For more information, visit http://www.bostonbikes.org/about/getinvolved/work-with-us/

Save the Date

6th Annual Boston Bike Update hosted by LivableStreets Alliance

Come hear about our 2013 accomplishments and plans for 2014!
Thursday, March 27, 2013
Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St
5:30pm - Doors open
6pm - Presentation begins
7:30pm - Q&A
8:30pm - LivableStreets member social

 

The event is free and open to the public, but requires registration. To register visit: http://livablestreets.nonprofitsoapbox.com/component/events/event/4
Follow @StreetsBoston and like LivableStreets Alliance for more updates.

Bike Week & Friday Schedule
We’re happy to announce our 2014 Bike FridaySchedule! Join us for fun, music, food, and bike love on City Hall Plaza on the followingFriday mornings:
May 9th
June 27th
July 18th
August 29th
 
For more information visit: bikefridays.org
To register visit: bit.ly/bikefriday2014

Volunteer With Us!
Interested in volunteering with Boston Bikes this spring? Complete our new volunteer form and we’ll contact you with future volunteer opportunities!

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City Of Boston Hiring Cycling Instructors

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 11

And more, from their website:

Boston Bikes employs a small team of part-time 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 applicants to hire for our Spring 2014 season and will begin interviewing in late February/March. We also hire interns.

Cycling Instructor:

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. 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 Forward program 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.

Bike mechanic:

This is a serious mechanic job and we are looking for experienced shop mechanics. Experience from home or on friends’ bikes is not sufficient. Boston Bikes mechanics chip away at a steady workload alternating between children’s bikes and used bikes for Roll It Forward. Often these are low-cost bikes or very old bikes with multiple problems. Accurate diagnosis (e.g. service writing), patience, and diligence are expected on every bike to meet the number-one goal: A bike does not leave our shop if it isn’t safe. Quality work and quick, efficient repair are expected in equal measure.

Despite the bikes, we want our mechanics to apply the same standard of care as they would for a customer’s high-end racing bike. Rigid repair rules do not apply: we need problem solvers and improvisers. We are also looking for candidates that have an interest in working outside the shop with children and youth: a significant portion of time is spent out in the field, supporting Youth Cycling Programs and Roll It Forward giveaways. Working hours are flexible (including evenings) once candidates have demonstrated responsibility and an unquestionable work ethic.

To apply, send a resumedetailing your experience at bike shops. Include specific capacities as they would relate to our work with difficult bikes. Also include a short statement of interest that lets us know why you’re interested in the gig. Moonlighting veterans from local shops are most welcome! CORI background checks will be performed on candidates that advance past the interview.

Mayor Menino with 2011 interns

Internships:

Internships and Co-ops are available year-round within our office. We design internship responsibilities in conjunction with your field of study and the duration of the internship. At Boston Bikes, interns start contributing to essential program functions on day one. Please start the process at your school with a placement or internship coordinator who shouldcontact Nicole Freedman for openings. There is an interview and selection process.


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Heat Wave Bike Party!

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 16

This looks like a lot of fun, check it out!

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
8:00pm in EST

From Facebook:

It’s summertime in Antarctica and Boston Bike Party is enjoying it penguin style. So throw on that Hawaiian shirt, ray-bans, & grass skirt, and head waaaaaay down south with us. Come ride the Heatwave!

FIRST WAVE: Meet up with Boston Bikes at Government Center for hot chocolate!

SECOND WAVE: Warm up your legs and ride out the heatwave with us on bikes!

THIRD WAVE: Epic after party (details to come)!

We roll out of City Hall Plaza at 8pm SHARP, so get there a bit early for cocoa!

Make Bike Party yours! Add music to the Spotify Collaborative Playlist:http://open.spotify.com/user/124512560/playlist/2xfHJf1GbW9frs8Peinihb


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Boston Bikes Update: Gave Away 1000+ Bikes!

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 14

1000+ Bikes Distributed Through Roll It Forward!
We’re proud to say that in 2013 we distributed 1,081 bikes through our Roll it Forward program. We cannot say thank you enough to everyone who helped us reach this major accomplishment.

 

Check out this blog post for more details about our past year and a video highlighting one of our latest giveaways.

 

Donate to Roll it Forward
2013 was a huge year for the Roll it Forward program. Help us make 2014 even bigger – we are in dire need of more bikes! Donate a bike today and get a jersey/t-shirt/chocolate and be entered into a raffle for an L.L. Bean gift card! Or make a bigger impact and host a bike drive in your community or at your workplace. Contact[email protected] for more information!
The Boston Bike Party is bringing the heat!
It’s chilly out there, so the Boston Bike Party is going to help us all stay warm by bringing a Heat Wave!
Bookmark this page for continued information and invite your friends on the Facebook event page.

The ride will leave at 8pm from City Hall Plaza. Come early if you want to chat with us or get free hot chocolate from our friends at Perfect Fuel Chocolate.
2013 Boston Bike Counts

 

Meet our new Program Managers, Kim & Najah
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Kim Foltz has been biking in Boston since 1998 when she moved here from Olympia, WA. She quickly found a home among bike enthusiasts/advocates at Bikes Not Bombs, where she served as volunteer bike instructor then Board Chair, and eventually Interim Director. Kim took a break from organizing and advocacy to get a Masters in Urban Planning at MIT, where she focused on sustainability. In 2010 she returned to the trenches as Director of Community Building and Organizing at Neighborhood of Affordable Housing, Inc (NOAH), a community-based organization in East Boston. Among other projects at NOAH, Kim worked with youth to change bike policy on the Blue Line and engaged residents in the redesign of East Boston’s Central Square, a complete streets demonstration project.

 

Kim lives in East Boston with her husband David Diaz, and son Diego. In her free time you can find her running, skiing, playing soccer, or of course biking with her family. Kim is excited to join the Boston Bikes team!

 

Najah Shakir started at Boston Bikes as an intern in 2011. Before joining us again in July of 2013, she finished her degree in Planning at MIT, took an adventure on a bike, then traveled around Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Her previous work includes projects with YouthBuild USA, the MIT CoLab, the Vehicle Design Summit, and MIT@Lawrence.
She returns to Boston Bikes with a love of cities and a desire to make biking accessible to all. Since returning to Boston Bikes, she has managed Bike Fridays, the Hubway Subsidized Membership Program, annual bike counts, and our social media. She tweets professionally using @bikeboston and personally using @najahbikes.

 

Najah is originally from Philadelphia, PA and now lives in the Back Bay. She grew up riding tandems and recumbent tricycles. In her free time you can find her catching up on the latest blockbusters, wandering around the city, fiddling with a computer, or cross-stitching. She’s happy to be back on the team and excited to get to know more bikers in Boston.

Meet our new Intern, Hollis

Hollis is excited to be joining the Boston Bikes team. She recently moved to the city, and is thrilled to be involved in the ever-growing movement to make Boston greener.

 

Her life thus far has been defined by jumping from city to city, in the process seeing what landscapes and lifestyles really bring her home in the end. Having spent a good chunk of her youth in Tucson, Arizona, she gained a great appreciation of the outdoors. She has also lived in Tuscany, Italy, where she helped out on olive orchards. Upon returning to the States, she and her family settled in Amherst, MA.

 

Hollis has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts in Environmental Design with a minor in Chinese Language and Literature. She has a love of the environment, art, sustainability, and an appreciation for different cultures and cities. While at UMass, she participated in 3 study abroad programs that took her to Sicily, China, Germany, and Denmark. In Berlin and Copenhagen, she learned first-hand about the importance of bike infrastructure, and developed a love of transportation planning. She wanted to be part of similar transformations here in the States, so now she’s here and we’re very glad to have her!


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The Word On The Street

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    • Open Letter from Midnight Marathon Originator April 18, 2014
      Dear Midnight Marathon Riders, Now is a good time to fill you in on what's going on with the Midnight Marathon bike ride this year (it's still happening, but after months of questions and back and forth). But first, a few words about last year, the most successful Midnight Marathon bike ride to date... Continue reading →
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    • Open Letter from Midnight Marathon Originator April 18, 2014
      Dear Midnight Marathon Riders, Now is a good time to fill you in on what's going on with the Midnight Marathon bike ride this year (it's still happening, but after months of questions and back and forth). But first, a few words about last year, the most successful Midnight Marathon bike ride to date... Continue reading →
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    • The Rise Of Bicycling In Suburban America April 17, 2014
      TweetIn America, cars have always been associated with affluence. Early in the days of the automobile, only the wealthy could own cars, since they were prohibitively expensive. It wasn’t until mass production began, which lowered prices significantly, that cars were … Continue reading →
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    • Bikes Not Bombs’ 27th Annual Bike-A-Thon April 16, 2014
      TweetIt’s that time of year again! Event Name: Bike-A-Thon (https://bikesnotbombs.org/bike-a-thon) Time/Date/Location: Sunday June 8th (June 22nd Raindate) Rides leave in AM; Festival goes 12 – 5:30 @ Park across from Stony Brook MBTA Station 100 Boylston Street Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 Event Details: … Continue reading →
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    • Is This Street Wide Enough? April 16, 2014
      TweetI have posted a video of a group of avid recreational cyclists riding on Hampshire Street in Cambridge, in the middle of the day. Ah, once again, bostonbiker.org won’t let me embed a video, but you may view it in … Continue reading →
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    • Is This Street Wide Enough? April 16, 2014
      TweetI have posted a video of a group of avid recreational cyclists riding on Hampshire Street in Cambridge, in the middle of the day. Ah, once again, bostonbiker.org won’t let me embed a video, but you may view it in … Continue reading →
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    • Is This Street Wide Enough? April 16, 2014
      TweetI have posted a video of a group of avid recreational cyclists riding on Hampshire Street in Cambridge, in the middle of the day. Ah, once again, bostonbiker.org won’t let me embed a video, but you may view it in … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • Is This Street Wide Enough? April 16, 2014
      TweetI have posted a video of a group of avid recreational cyclists riding on Hampshire Street in Cambridge, in the middle of the day. Ah, once again, bostonbiker.org won’t let me embed a video, but you may view it in … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • Is This Street Wide Enough? April 16, 2014
      TweetI have posted a video of a group of avid recreational cyclists riding on Hampshire Street in Cambridge, in the middle of the day. Ah, once again, bostonbiker.org won’t let me embed a video, but you may view it in … Continue reading →
      jsallen
    • Is This Street Wide Enough? April 16, 2014
      TweetI have posted a video of a group of avid recreational cyclists riding on Hamphire Street in Cambridge, in the middle of the day. Ah, once again, bostonbiker.org won’t let me embed a video, but you may view it in … Continue reading →
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