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Chicago’s Bicycle Safety Video’s

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 23

From the Chicago Bikes website

Please please please city of Boston/Police force of Boston make something like this. Thanks Brad for the tip.

(you should know that not all laws are the same between Boston and Chicago, but a good collection of safety tips none the less)


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“It’s A Lot Faster Than Taking The F$*&^ing Bus”

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 12

Love it. Any film makers in Boston want to make some PSA’s like this?


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Once Again Chicago Is Far Ahead Of Boston In Making Sweet Videos

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 18

Share the Road – Buses and Bicycles from Chicago Bicycle Program on Vimeo.

Dear MBTA, and Boston cyclists watch this. Do what it says. That is all.

PS. Lets make some of these for Boston.


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Seems Like Chicago Is A Lot Like Boston

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 14

Traffic Enforcement for Bicyclist Safety from Chicago Bicycle Program on Vimeo.


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Economy Got You Down? You Need A Bike Job!

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 17

The first one is not technically in Boston, but it sounds pretty freaking sweet, and as a Midwesterner I can vouch that Chi-town is an amazing place.

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More info on this here.

Job Announcement: Transportation Options Marketing Director, Active Transportation Alliance consultant to the Chicago Department of Transportation

The Active Transportation Alliance
The mission of Active Transportation Alliance is to make bicycling, walking and public transit so safe, convenient and fun that we will achieve a significant shift from environmentally harmful, sedentary travel to clean, active travel. We advocate for transportation that encourages and promotes safety, physical activity, health, recreation, social interaction, equity, environmental stewardship and resource conservation.

Definition and Purpose
Chicago has worked to establish a 250-mile bikeway network. The next step is to market and promote bicycling. The Transportation Options Marketing Director will work to implement two “Best Practices” marketing programs identified in Chicago’s Bike 2015 Plan that help to achieve the plan’s main goal: “To increase the number of bicycle trips so that 5% of all trips less than 5 miles in Chicago will by bicycle by 2010.”

Transportation Options University Marketing Program – This program uses publications, workshops and on-site intern coordinators to encourage 300,000 students, faculty, and staff at Chicago’s five largest universities and colleges to replace automobile trips to and around campus with bicycling, walking, and public transit.

Individualized Marketing Program – This targeted marketing program provides customized marketing to individuals who are most likely to change their travel behavior, replacing automobile trips with bicycling, walking, transit, and carpooling.

Qualifications
· Bachelor’s degree in Marketing or related field.
· General understanding of bicycling, walking, and public transit use in urban environments.
· General understanding of social marketing principles. Candidates must have a minimum of two year’s work or four year’s volunteer organizing experience or undergraduate degree in Marketing or other relevant area.
· Knowledge of Windows based computer systems, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and e-mail software. Experience working with Adobe Creative Suite is helpful, but not required.
· General understanding of travel survey methodology, analyzing demographics and statistical analysis.
· Willingness to commit to Active Transportation Alliance mission and goals.

Supervisory Responsibilities
· Recruit, train and supervise transportation coaches, student interns, and volunteers.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
· Design, manage and evaluate the University Marketing program by overseeing student interns at each participating campus and building relationships with campus contacts.
· Provide support to interns, supervisors, and university transportation council members.
· Oversee the design and printing of publications for university use (i.e. student cycling booklets, maps, event promotions and marketing materials).
· Design, manage and evaluate the Individualized Marketing program by coordinating neighborhood partnership building, materials production, and participant reporting.
· Secure participant incentives and resources for overcoming barriers to active travel.
· Oversee creation of community-relevant marketing and encouragement materials.

Address cover letter explaining the candidate’s interest in the job, qualifications and resume to:
E-mail: [email protected]
No hard copies, phone calls or faxes please.
See www.activetrans.org for more about the organization and its programs.

Start Date: May 15, 2009

Term: This is a full-time position dependent upon funding. Federal funding is in place for approximately 18-24 months.

Salary and Benefits
$35,000 – $40,000 per year depending upon experience and skills. The Active Transportation Alliance offers a progressive benefit program that includes health, dental, and retirement options.

Deadline
This position is open until filled.

The Active Transportation Alliance is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, sex or age.

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The next is a little closer to Bean town.

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Executive Director
East Coast Greenway Alliance

About the East Coast Greenway: The East Coast Greenway is the nation’s most ambitious long-distance urban greenway trail project. The Greenway system includes a 3000-mile spine trail stretching between Calais, Maine and Key West, Florida, passing through 15 states and the District of Columbia and linking 25 major eastern seaboard cities. It will be complemented by a series of alternate routes totaling another 1500 miles. Our vision is for a 100% off-road trail that is safe and inviting for people of all abilities and ages to enjoy. Currently the spine route is 21% off-road. ECG is one of the 16 national trails designated a National Millennium Trail in 1999. Please visit our web site at www.greenway.org for more information about the Greenway and Alliance.

Position Overview: Direct the development of a significant public greenway trail system. The East Coast Greenway Alliance is a 17-year old, not-for-profit, currently headquartered in Wakefield, RI, that spearheads development of the 3,000-mile long East Coast Greenway. Serve as CEO with overall responsibility for leading organizational growth and managing day-to-day operations. Have critical responsibility for fundraising to sustain the organization and develop the project. We seek a person with genuine passion for our vision of creating and promoting a shared-use urban trail system between Maine and Florida, to take the Alliance and the Greenway to a new level of success.

Principal Responsibilities:

Fundraising: Chief fundraising officer for the Alliance. Develops and executes annual fundraising strategy to sustain the organization.

Organizational development and management:
Support Board of Trustees Chair in managing Board and its standing
committees: Finance & Personnel, Governance, Development, Marketing and Trail Council and various ad hoc committees. Financial management including monthly financial oversight, check signing, contract administration, annual budget development and quarterly reforecast, overseeing annual audit and 990 process.

Program development and management
Initiate and oversee major program areas including Trail Program, Communications and Marketing Program, including media, web site, newsletters and other publications, special events, brand development and management.

Qualifications: looking for a dynamic leader with passion for our mission and at least 5 years proven success in a senior leadership position to take a 17-year old national urban greenway organization to a new level of success. Critical skills include fund raising, ability to attract media attention, non-profit management including fiscal management and forging new strategic partnerships. Must demonstrate a proven track record of organizational management skills.

Education and experience:
Bachelors degree required, masters degree preferred in planning, resource management, community development, organizational, project, program or non-profit management or a related field. Prior trail program management or bicycle-pedestrian advocacy experience. Proven ability to raise funds, especially from individual and corporate donors. Proven non-profit leadership experience preferred including management of staff, budgeting, financial management, grant administration, strategic planning and board development and management, coalition building.

Workplace: Must be on the East Coast of United States.

Compensation: Commensurate with experience.

Reports to: Board of Trustees of the ECGA

Desired start date: August 1, 2009.

Application: Please submit a cover letter with salary requirements, resume, and three writing samples in one PDF document to [email protected] or mail to Chuck Flink, Chair, Board of Trustees, ECGA, c/o Greenways Incorporated, 5850 Fayetteville Road,
Suite 211, Durham, NC, 27713. All applications will be acknowledged
with an email reply. The position will be open until filled, and interviews will take place on a rolling basis. No telephone calls please!

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Chicago And New York City Team Up With REI To Promote Cycling

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 28

cool bike rack

Everyone knows that bicycles are sweet. They keep you in good shape, allow you to experience nature in a direct way, and they are a great way to reduce our carbon foot print (bikes don’t run on oil). Which is why it is great news that New York City’s Transportation Alternatives and the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation have been selected as the first recipients of REI/Bicycle Friendly Communities Grants of $15,000 each. This new grant fund, administered by the Bikes Belong Foundation and made possible with support from Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI), helps aspiring, committed Bicycle Friendly Communities become great places to ride.

Transportation Alternatives (TA) will use their award to support a comprehensive citywide bike parking initiative designed to increase bike transportation in New York by giving cyclists safe, convenient places to park and store their bicycles. TA will conduct advocacy work for “parking spot swaps” and legislation mandating bicycle access to commercial buildings. The grant will also back a bike-rack design competition organized by the NYC Department of Transportation, TA, and city art museums.

Chicagoland Bicycle Federation will use their funding to produce the first of a series of Sunday Parkways events in Chicago, modeled after Ciclovia in Guadalajara, Mexico, and Bogotá, Columbia. With a goal of “transforming communities by invigorating their lifelines—their streets—every weekend from June through October,” Sunday Parkways promises to dramatically increase ridership in the city of Chicago by creating a car-free community celebration that other U.S. cities can adopt.

(video is of Bogota)

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The Word On The Street

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    • Misinterpreting Statistics To Show Cyclists As Causing More Bike-Car Crashes Than Drivers November 24, 2014
      TweetYet again, the passage of a 3 foot passing law, designed to protect cyclists as drivers pass them, sparked a debate. This time, the debate ensued in San Diego, California. The argument was over sharing the road, not surprising given … Continue reading →
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    • Capitalizing On The Death Of Cyclists November 21, 2014
      TweetSometimes it seems as if advertising people will do anything to sell us their wares. Many of the things they do are outrageous, and if the rest of us did these things, we would be admonished for being unethical or … Continue reading →
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    • Cranks Giving! November 20, 2014
      TweetFrom the F-book: ————– Saturday, November 22 at 1:00pm in EST Copley Square Copley Sq, Boston, Massachusetts 02116 First annual Cranksgiving Boston bike ride! Bring a bike, a bag, and a lock. This event is FREE but you’ll need about … Continue reading →
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    • Action Alert: Allston I-90 Interchange Project November 20, 2014
      TweetLets make sure we don’t end up with just another highway, see below From Livable Streets: ———-   We have a vision for something more than just a new highway.  After months of MassDOT I-90 Allston Interchange task force meetings, … Continue reading →
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    • THE DANGERS OF SAFETY: Why Focusing on Car Accidents May Hurt Our Health November 18, 2014
      Everyone officially puts “safety first.” Everyone wants to prevent accidents. Car crashes are treated as lead stories on TV news – the images are horrific and we all fear our vulnerability. But, in fact, our roads are safer than ever. In 1956, when Interstate construction began, the national fatality rate was 6.05 per 100 million […]
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    • rain, wind and cold. ride anyway. November 17, 2014
      Tweetwell yeah, rain, wind, cold, dark, traffic – it beats driving a car, and def beats riding the ever so depressing Boston Subway system. Plus it makes you feel strong to be out in the elements. Ha, bad weather… ride … Continue reading →
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    • Building Sidewalks For Children November 17, 2014
      TweetWhat have our societies become when local authorities are forced to apply for grants to build sidewalks for children? While this is a good thing, as it allows the children to engage in healthier options for traveling to school, it … Continue reading →
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    • Help MIT Students Test Outdoor Bicycle Training Device November 14, 2014
      TweetFrom the email, looks like fun! ———- We are engineering students at MIT who are building a device (Terrainer) for competitive cyclists to train outdoors.  To further improve our project, we are looking for competitive cyclists to help test and provide feedback … Continue reading →
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    • Cambridge To Follow Boston’s Lead On Side Guards For Trucks November 14, 2014
      TweetI have talked about this a couple of times (here and here and here), and its great to see Cambridge moving forward with this simple and awesome plan.  Via On Monday, November 10, the City of Cambridge took a major step … Continue reading →
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    • Cold weather glove review November 13, 2014
      TweetCold weather riding has it’s advantages. If you ride the paths, you begin to notice that there is much less traffic on the bike paths. The people out there tend to be more experienced and cordial that the fair weather … Continue reading →
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