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BCU Looking For Board Members

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 30

From Their Website:

Boston Cyclists Union: Board Member Job Description

Purpose: Provide governance to the Boston Cyclists Union organization, stewarding and protecting its mission, while representing the organization to the community and accepting ultimate legal authority for it.

Mission:  We’re helping Bostonians lead healthier lives by promoting the everyday use of the bicycle for transportation.

*Major responsibilities:


  • Organizational leadership and advisement
  • Review management’s performance in achieving organization’s strategic objectives
  • Organization of the board of directors, officers, and committees
  • Formulation and oversight of policies and procedures
  • Financial management, including adoption and oversight of the annual budget
  • Oversight of program planning and evaluation
  • Oversight of strategic planning and priorities
  • Personnel evaluation and staff development
  • Review of organizational and programmatic reports
  • Promotion of the organization
  • Fundraising and outreach
  • Approve major policies.

*Members of the board share these responsibilities while acting in the interest of the Boston Cyclists Union. Each member is expected to make recommendations based on his or her experience and vantage point in the community.


  • Elect, monitor, appraise, advise, support, reward, and, when necessary, change top management.
  • Be assured that management succession is properly being provided.
  • Be assured that the status of organizational strength and manpower planning is equal to the requirements of the long range goals.
  • Approve appropriate compensation and benefit policies and practices.
  • Propose a slate of directors to members and fill vacancies as needed.
  • Annually approve the Performance Review of the Executive Director and establish his/her compensation based on recommendations of the Governance Committee and President of the Board.
  • Determine eligibility for and appoint Board Committees in response to recommendations of the Governance Committee.
  • Annually review the performance of the Board and take steps to improve its performance.


  • Drive the development of a strategic plan that identifies budget requirements, and then determine appropriate fundraising goals.
  • Develop fundraising priorities, policies and approaches.
  • Target, rate and approach potential donors.
  • Contribute an amount of personal significance (and ensure achievement of 100% Board give).
  • Monitor and evaluate fundraising campaigns.


  • Be assured that the Board and its committees are adequately and currently informed – through reports and other methods – of the condition of the organization and its operations.
  • Be assured that published reports properly reflect the operating results and financial condition of the organization.
  • Ascertain that management has established appropriate policies to define and identify conflicts of interest throughout the organization, and is diligently administering and enforcing those policies.
  • Review compliance with relevant material laws affecting the organization.


  • Passion for the mission of the organization;
  • Minimum of one year’s experience as a volunteer for the organization, preferably on a Board committee, or similar experience in a like organization;
  • Documented commitment to execute the role and responsibilities of Board member for this organization;
  • Absence of any conflict of interest with the organization;
  • Willingness and ability to play a leadership role in this organization.

Meetings and time commitment:

  • The board of directors meets monthly, generally on the fourth Monday of the month, 7:00 p.m. Meetings typically last two hours.
  • Committees of the board meet an average of twelve times per year, pending their respective work agenda.
  • Board members are asked to attend no more than two special events or meetings per year, as they are determined.

Expectations of board members:

  • Attend and participate in meetings on a regular basis, and special events as able.
  • Participate on a standing committee of the Board, and serve on ad-hoc committees as necessary.
  • Be alert to community concerns that can be addressed by the Boston Cyclist Union’s mission, objectives, and programs.
  • Help communicate and promote the Boston Cyclist Union’s mission and programs to the community.
  • Become familiar with Boston Cyclist Union finances, budget, and financial/resource needs.
  • Understand the policies and procedures of the Boston Cyclist Union.
  • Financially support the Boston Cyclist Union in a manner commensurate with one’s ability.

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BCU Seeking New Board Members

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 02

got this in the email, if you are interested in being on the Boston Cyclist Union’s board give them a hollar




The Boston Cyclists Union is helping Bostonians lead healthier lives by promoting the bicycle for transportation. Among other things, we repair bikes, educate new riders, and organize neighborhood residents who would like to voice support for friendlier street designs, bike paths, and public spaces.

The Union is growing in all ways — the number of projects we’re working on, volunteer opportunities, and more.

The Board Selection Committee of the Boston Cyclists Union is currently seeking applications from prospective Board Members who are passionate about the Boston Cyclists Union’s mission.

As a Board Member you will be responsible for three areas:

  1. Governance (strategy, planning, fiduciary responsibilities)
  2. Involvement in programs/committees that develop the Union
  3. Development (raising funds, community awareness and recruiting quality volunteers)

Minimum Requirements:

  • proven experience as a volunteer and fundraiser
  • interest and ability to be an ambassador for the Union
  • a commitment to the Union, including time and flexibility to help grow the Union, including making a fundraising commitment and a board donation
  • practical skills/experience in at least one of the following areas: finance and accounting, non-profit law, PR, marketing, creative/design, project management, business management, urban planning, government, transportation or policy
  • attendance at monthly Board meetings, Board retreats, Union special events and committee/project meetings


Application Process

Only candidates that provide a complete and thoughtful career profile will be considered.

To apply for this position:

  1. Follow this link for the online application:
  2. Email your resume to: [email protected]

Application Deadline: July 11, 2012

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Boston Cyclist Union Roundup

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 19

Here are some upcoming BCU events, check them out!


Saturday, April 21, 11:30am-2:30pm
Volunteer Orientation
12 Sedgwick Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(basement auditorium)

 Bike to Market Day
You’re invited to join Union staff and veteran volunteers this Saturday as we roll up our sleeves and prepare for our biggest bike season yet!This orientation will include:
– An overview of the Union’s vision and current activities
– A primer on building our membership
– The inside scoop on Bike to Market and our new Bike to Work commuter encouragement program

Lunch will be provided. Please bring a reusable water bottle and your favorite note-taking device(s). The event will be followed by an optional fix-a-flat workshop.

New volunteers should definitely come but returning volunteers are also encouraged to attend.

RSVP to [email protected] and please note any special dietary needs.

Thank you and see you soon!

P.S. Can’t make this one? We’ll also be holding trainings on Wednesday, May 2 and Saturday, June 2. Locations to be announced.

Non-Profit Status Kick Off Party!
Boston’s local Bike Union is celebrating the beginning of its biggest baddest bike season ever, thanks to the Internal Revenue Service—which just granted us 501c3 non-profit status! (Note: The IRS will not be present.)Founded in January 2010, the Boston Cyclists Union is one of the fastest growing bike organizations in the city. With a unique approach that encompasses direct service to Boston neighborhoods through bike repair, helmet and U-lock distribution and safety training as well as participation in dozens of community street and path planning processes, the Bike Union is capturing the imagination of Bostonians from young to old and across the cultural spectrum.

This year’s Super Spring Kickoff Bike Party marks the beginning of Connect the City—the Union’s campaign to promote the creation of a connected network of physically separated bike lanes (a.k.a. cycletracks) and off street bike paths throughout the city of Boston. Not only is it possible, but it will help bring more transportation options to underserved neighborhoods, improve quality of life, and help address the city’s obesity crisis.

The Connect the City speaking series will also explore the Bike Union’s grand vision for a better Boston for all residents. In January, three experts expounded upon how small parks and urban spaces can be designed to encourage social connections among neighbors at the Connolly Library in Jamaica Plain. On May 15, Ian Lockwood and Peter Park, nationally recognized authorities on traffic calming and freeway removal, will explore the history of the United States’ history with auto-centric planning, and how the transportation planners of today are reclaiming neighborhoods.

The Union’s Bike to Market program plans to fix over 1,200 bicycles this year, and its Bike to Work program hopes to hand out coffee and breakfast treats to hundreds of commuters over 20 consecutive Fridays. With over 100 events planned, the Union is well on its way to sparking the “velorution” in Boston on a scale not seen since the Bike Boom of the 1890s.

The event details:

Saturday, April 28, 2012 – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Fourth Wall Project Gallery – 132 Brookline Ave., Boston

WIN: Our famous raffle features Boston-centric prizes including a CSA share from Allendale Farm, fancy socks, Broadway Bicycle School gear, and gift cards from South Boston Yoga and Body Centre Massage.

DRINK: Kombucha from Katalyst, Beer by Ipswich Ale and Sam Adams, local soda by Mercury, pick your poison!

EAT: Food is fuel. Donors include El Pelon taqueria (add accents), Mission Bar (?) and Grill, Boloco, Food Should Taste Good and Haley House Bakery Café.

ENJOY: Meet fellow Bike Union members to the live music of local artist Quarterly( Hear rapid-fire speeches from:

Aaron Naparstek
Founder of, a phenomenal news organization covering transportation, land use and environmental issues in Washington D.C., New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Cleveland. (Is Boston next?)
Nataka Shante Crayton-Walker
President, United Neighbors of Lower Roxbury, “A Village at Work” and Market Manager, Frederick Douglass Peace Garden Farmers Market.

MAKE HISTORY: There will only be more and more bicycles in Boston – there’s no turning back for this organization. Join us as in organizing Bostonians to lead the way in making our streets and our hearts healthier. To the future- Cheers!

BE THE MOMENTUM: Join today. This is a members-only event, and annual membership is discounted at $25 for folks who RSVP. Besides benefits at Zipcar, City Feed and Supply and other local businesses, your membership supports your Bike Union’s work in every neighborhood of Boston. Sign up at

Entry is free to members, however monetary donations of every size are needed to keep the Bike Union growing as fast as possible.

We’re helping Bostonians lead healthier lives by promoting the everyday use of the bicycle for transportation. Among other things, we repair bikes, educate new riders, and organize neighborhood residents who would like to voice support for friendlier street designs, bike paths, and public spaces.
We envision a Boston that is world renowned for year round cycling, a place where people ride for fun, exercise, and transportation.

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Boston Cyclist Union Is Throwing A Party

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 22

The BCU is becoming a for reals (501c3) non-profit, and they are throwing a party to celebrate.  Check it out!



The Boston Cyclists Union First Annual Meeting (PARTY)

Thursday, August 25 —— 7pm-9pm 26 West St, Boston 02111

Members-only PARTY: board, staff and volunteers will clink glasses with you, crack jokes, and maybe even bust a move. Delicious fingerfoods: pizza, Thai, chips, dips, PASTRIES. Pretty Things & Sam Adams beers, Katalyst KOMBUCHA, more. RAFFLE: farm share, bike stuff, massage, CHOCOLATE, more. DJ Jesse Kaminsky of the WMBR radio show “The Intercontinental” will spin music from around the world. The Boston Cyclists Union will present the work members have made possible so far and the goals we share for the future of our city. (Now is the time to join up, folks! Be a part of making history. )

You can join online with your RSVP NOW for the limited-time discounted rate of $25

OR at the door for the limited-time discounted rate of $25 (or at a discounted rate if you area a student, senior or have a low-income) OR you can barter five hours of your volunteer time for a membership sometime in the next 30 days. To volunteer or report your hours so far, contact [email protected].

Members in good standing only. This is a party more than a business meeting, but we’ll also take a few minutes to elect a slate of enthusiastic board candidates recommended by the Union’s board search committee after sifting through 50 amazing applicants.

This event is the perfect time to encourage your friends and family to join the ranks; approach those who share your vision for a bicycle friendly Boston, and ask them to be a part of the movement that will make it a reality.

RSVP online now at

We look forward to toasting with you the success you made possible.


AB Printing & Imaging, Inc.
Affordable Table Arrangements
Allandale Farm
Animated Human Social Media Video Production
Ashmont Cycles
Back Bay Cycles
Boston Organics

B&S Paper Supply
Cabot Creamery
Chow Thai Cafe
Culinary Cruisers
Fiore’s Bakery
Food Should Taste Good
Good Eats Pizza
Haley House
Hub Bicycle
Iggy’s Bread
Katalyst Kombucha
Life Alive
Lorenz Cuisine
Pretty Things Brewery
Sam Adams
South Boston Yoga
Spindrift Soda
Taza Chocolate
The Gallows
The South End Buttery
With a special thanks to SEIU 615

Love, The Boston Cyclists Union

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Boston Crash Map

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 28

The Boston Cyclist Union has come out with a bike crash map. Using data from old ambulance calls they have constructed a map of all the crash data in Boston for the last couple months.

The map isn’t perfect (see the notes at the bottom), and because it is pretty new it doesn’t have enough data on it to find trends, but it is a start, and with time will be highly useful for finding problem spots. Check out a live version here.

ps. thanks for the tip Ron.

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