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Neighborhood Slow Streets: Construction, New Zones Updates

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 14

from the email:

CITY OF BOSTON
Vision Zero Update
NEIGHBORHOOD SLOW STREETS
Our first two Neighborhood Slow Streets projects are heading into construction, and we’re getting ready to begin community walks with each of the five communities that were selected to join the program this year!

Below you will find information about:

  • Stonybrook construction
  • Talbot-Norfolk Triangle pre-construction meeting
  • How to get future updates about neighborhood specific projects. This is very important if you want to continue to get project updates.
STONYBROOK CONSTRUCTION

The Boston Public Works Department and their contractor will begin work in Stonybrook over the next few weeks. Before work begins, flyers will be distributed and signs will be posted. As always, work is weather-dependent. The contractor will do their best to work quickly and efficiently.

The final plans for the project have been posted on the Stonybrook page. If you have any questions please e-mail us at [email protected].

TALBOT-NORFOLK TRIANGLE PRE-CONSTRUCTION MEETING

We will join the TNT community at the September 26th TNT Neighbors United meeting to discuss the final design and construction timeline. Members of the community are invited to come and ask questions about the project.

CONTINUE TO GET UPDATES

Two years ago, there were zero Neighborhood Slow Streets zones, and now there are seven! We’re excited to continue our work with the two pilot communities and begin the process with our five new communities.

We don’t want to flood your inbox with updates about other people’s neighborhoods, though. This is the last email about zone-specific work that will be sent to this particular mailing list. This list will continue to receive general Neighborhood Slow Streets updates, including information about the next application process.

If you want to receive email updates about any of the seven Neighborhood Slow Streets communities, you will need to join those individual mailing lists.

You can sign up for the email lists by visiting any of the zone specific pages:

If you’d like to join multiple, or all of the mailing lists, but don’t want to click on each page, you can use the new subscription center at newsletters.boston.gov/subscribe. Enter your e-mail address, then scroll to the “Boston Transportation Department” section and click on the title to expand the list. Click the “Subscribe” button next to each of the Neighborhood Slow Streets lists that you want to join.

Connect with Vision Zero Boston
Boston City Hall – Room 721 | Boston, MA 02201
[email protected] | visionzeroboston.org

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City Of Boston Bikes Program Update

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 26

Lots of good stuff in here:

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Boston Bike Week Festival & Bike Fridays

Boston Bike Week FestivalFrom April-August, on one Friday a month we’ll host a party on City Hall Plaza for cyclists. In May we’ll hold a special Boston Bike Week Festival to celebrate the end of Bay State Bike Week. You can join a convoy or bike over on your own.

Boston Bike Week Festival: May 15th
Bike Fridays: April 24th (new this year!),June 26th, July 24th, August 28th

Register now for the 2015 Boston Bike Week Festival and Bike Fridays.

Volunteer to lead a convoy: http://bit.ly/bikefriday2015volunteers

2015 Boston Bike Friendly Business Application

Bike Friendly BusinessAll Boston-based businesses are encouraged to apply to be named as a Boston Bike Friendly Business.

Last year we recognized almost 50 businesses for the work they’ve done to help make Boston more bike friendly.

Not sure if your business is bike-friendly enough? Click here to read about all the ways to earn points towards your application, and take a pre-assessment.

We’re getting ready to hire Youth Cycling Instructors!

We are preparing to hire Youth Cycling Instructors to join our team. 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, visithttp://www.bostonbikes.org/about/getinvolved/work-with-us/

2014 Roll it Forward Survey

Last year we conducted a survey of Roll it Forward recipients to learn more about the program’s impact and where there is room for improvement. You can download the full analysis here.

Key Findings:

  • The vast majority of Roll it Forward recipients live in low-income households.
  • Roll it Forward increases access to bikes. Nearly 96% did not have access to a working bike.
  • 92% of adult respondents who rode less than 4 times a week before receiving their bike rode more after they received a bike.
  • Fun and fitness are the greatest motivators for riding

Notable Quotes:

“Keeps my body fit and pockets thick!”

“It had a very good impact in my life, it got me to work on time everyday without any pollution to our world and had fun while doing it.”

“[the bike] just made it less stressful to get to destinations – much more simple”

ICYMI: New Community Space for Biking

Image credit: Beta BostonFortified, a local bike light company, has received a $150,000 grant through the Mission Main Streets Grants program, which they plan to use to create “a community space for Boston biking.”

You can read the full artcile from Beta Boston here.

 

ICYMI: Bike Part Vending Machine & Repair Station

Image credit: BikestockBikestock has partnered with Whole Foods to place a bike part vending machine at their South End location. Along with items that can be found in regular vending machines, this machine offers bike-specific items such as: inner tubes, patch kits, lights, locks, and multi-tools. A bike pump and bike repair stand have also been made available for use 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.


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Boston Womens Bicycle Program Ramps Up

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 13

I have mentioned it before but I think it is fantastic that the city is starting a women’s bicycling program.  The cycling world is very much skewed towards the male gender, and there is absolutely no reason why women should be out there in equal or greater numbers.

The fact that they are not illustrates that the system has some problems that need to be fixed.  Be it perceived danger, actual danger, lack of education, cultural shift, or men just being jerks, there is something in our bike system that is keeping ladies from riding.  I am very happy the city has started this program.

So if you are a lady, and want to ride a bicycle, or if you are a lady and already ride a bicycle, or if you are a guy and know a lady who you think would want to ride a bicycle, check below for details on upcoming events!

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From the City:

Boston Bikes’ new women’s bike initiative is series of rides, biking socials and “Learn to Ride” classes aimed at spreading the joy and benefits of biking in Boston and encouraging more women to take to the streets by bike.  Events start this weekend:

 

Mom & Kid ride

June 14, 2014, 11 Am – 2 PM

Meet at Franklin Park Clubhouse

Easy 2.5 mile ride plus face painting, bike decorating and ice cream by J.P Licks.  Discount zoo passes too.  FREE. Register today www.bostonbikes.org/women or call 617-918-4458.

 

 

Boston Breakers Women’s Bike Social

June 19, 2014, 5:30 PM

Meet at: Jamaica Pond Boathouse,

A fun weeknight outing by bike,  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.  Register today www.bostonbikes.org/women.

 

For a full list of events, go to: www.bostonbikes.org/women


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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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Help Improve Cycling In Boston: Take The Cities Bike Survey

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 14

Just a quick survey that will help the city improve its cycling infrastructure and bike programs!

From the email:

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Help Boston Bikes improve cycling in the city. If you biked in Boston in 2013, please take our survey found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BB2013EOYSurvey. Don’t forget to tell your friends to take the survey too!

Final responses are needed by Monday January 27, 2014. Total estimated timerequired is 10-15 minutes.

Thanks so much for all your help. We look forward to working with you in 2014.

Keep smiling,

Nicole Freedman

Director of Bicycle Programs


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The Word On The Street

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