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Cyclists Sited For Breaking The Law, But Also Given Helmets And Lights

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 13

This is the kind of thing I can totally get behind. These sorts of events are good for cyclists, and motorists alike.

Forty cyclists were cited for infractions, including red light violations, illegal turns, and not signaling, when police conducted a bicycle safety and enforcement operation near Commonwealth and Massachusetts avenues.

Boston, Brookline, State, Transit and Boston University police staked out the area at 8 a.m. Thursday.

Police chose the location due to its history of bicycle collisions and other incidents.

Police also conducted an operation along Commonwealth Avenue at 4 p.m. Results of that operation were not yet available, police said.

During the two operations, police also gave riders dozens of free helmets and bicycle lights donated by the university.
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I would also love to see this sort of thing for motorists who drive dangerously.


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Police Give Out Hundreds Of Free Helmets And Lights

Written by Boston Biker on May 14

Awesome!

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Police officials from BU, Boston, and Brookline are teaming up this week to give away hundreds of free helmets to cyclists riding in the Commonwealth Avenue area, to prevent accidents and spread awareness about biking safety.

Boston University Sgt. Larry Cuzzi said Monday afternoon that police officers had handed out nearly 75 helmets that morning. He estimated that they would donate hundreds by Wednesday evening, when the giveaway ends.

Read the rest here.

These sort of events are just as important as the ticket stings, and I hope they do this more often.

I have been stuck in so much bike traffic lately get your helmets and lights and join us!


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Free Pancake Breakfast Tomorrow!

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 27

Got this in the email, free pancakes!
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Join your neighbors and fellow bike commuters tomorrow morning (Friday, Sept. 28) from 7-9am at Ferris Wheels Bike Shop for our monthly pancake breakfast!
Our breakfast was recently mentioned in the J.P. Gazette.
On the last Friday of every month we serve pancakes to bike commuters and friends as part of Boston’s Walk/Ride Day. (For more information on Walk/Ride Day and a chance to win great raffle prizes, click here.)

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Bike Safety Classes

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 07

Massbike is offering some free bike safety classes, check em out!

From MassBike:

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We hope you made it safely through the (sometimes hectic) return of students to the Boston area. There are certainly a lot more cars on the road, a lot more pedestrians everywhere, and a lot more bicyclists trying to squeeze between other users, including other bicyclists. If you need a little refresher course on the rules of the road, how to stay safe, riding skills, or just want to feel more comfortable getting from A to B, check out the classes below. Though these classes are all free and open to the public, we kindly ask you to register here. Stay safe!

Biking For Everyone Workshops

Urban Cycling Workshop (Sponsored by the City of Newton and Harris Cyclery)
Thursday, September 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Newton City Hall, Room 202
1000 Commonwealth Ave, Newton

Hubway Workshop
Friday, September 14, 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Boston City Hall

Hubway Workshop
Tuesday, October 2, 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Boston Public Library Main Branch, McKim Conference Room
Boston

Basics of Better Biking (On-Bike Workshop)

Saturday, September 15, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Boston University
Meets at the Corner of Agganis Way and Commonwealth Avenue

Sunday, September 16, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Boston University
Meets at the Corner of Agganis Way and Commonwealth Avenue

These classes are made possible through the generous support of the Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness. If you have any questions, please email [email protected]


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Free Classes From Massbike

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 24

From Massbike

 

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Knowlege Is Power: Register Now For Free Classes!

With the students returning and the weather cooling off, the perfect fall bicycling weather will soon be upon us. We have a lot of classes scheduled for the Boston area, and a few classes in the works for the Berkshires and Pioneer Valley. Take a look below to see if there is anything that appeals to you. Thanks to the generous support of the Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness, all classes are free and open to the public. However, since attendance is limited, you must RSVP here to attend.

Bikeable Communities Trainings

Bikeable Communities trainings come in two parts. The first training provides an overview of the decision making process in transportation, and outlines strategies for advocates to plug into that process. The second training focuses on specific infrastructure, programs and policies that can be used to encourage biking in a community. Together, these trainings lay the foundation for citizens and community leaders to effectively improve the environment for bicycling. Click here for more description of the trainings.

 

Part One, “Plugging Into The Process”

Tuesday, September 18, 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Boston Public Library Main Branch, McKim Conference Room Boston
Wednesday, October 3, 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Metropolitan Area Planning Council, 3rd Floor Conference Room 60 Temple Place, Boston

 

Part Two, “Policies, Programs and Projects”

Tuesday, September 25, 6:00 – 8:30 PM
MassBike Office
171 Milk Street, Suite 33

Boston, MA

Wednesday, October 24, 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Metropolitan Area Planning Council, 3rd Floor Conference Room

60 Temple Place, Boston

Biking For Everyone Workshops

Urban Cycling Workshop

(Sponsored by the City of Newton and Harris Cyclery)
Thursday, September 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Newton City Hall, Room 202

1000 Commonwealth Ave, Newton

Friday, September 14, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Boston City Hall

Hubway Workshop

Tuesday, October 2, 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Boston Public Library Main Branch, McKim Conference Room Boston

Basics of Better Biking (On-Bike Workshop)

Saturday, September 15, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Boston University

Meets at the Corner of Agganis Way and Commonwealth Avenue

Saturday, October 13, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Seaport District

Meets at the Main Entrance of South Station

 

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]


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Beginner Road Racing Clinic At Wells Ave

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 07

From Euphoria before total implosion
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Beginner Road Racing Clinic at Wells Ave
Sunday June 24th at 7:15 am-9:30am
Presented by the Broadway Bicycle School/Igleheart Frames Racing Team

Are you interested in trying road racing? Don’t know where to start? The Broadway Bicycle School/Igleheart Frames Racing Team wants to help you learn the basics of road racing. Riders will receive instruction in racing safety and technique and then have the opportunity to try out their new skills in a beginner-only race. Woman and junior racers will have a separate race to compete in.

Riders will receive:
1. Water, coffee and Snacks
2. 30 minutes of oral instruction on the basics of group riding and road race safety.
3. 30 minutes of group riding instruction with expert racers.
4. The opportunity to race in a Beginner-only race
5. Instruction DURING the beginner’s race at Wells Ave

Notes:
· There is no cost for the clinic.
· Entry to the beginner’s race at Wells costs $20 ($10 for one day license + $10 race fee)
· Juniors’ race fees will be paid by Mike Keough (Bay Hill Capital). Thanks Mike!
· All riders must have a helmet, a working road bicycle with drop handlebars (no aero bars or clip ons) and a jersey with sleeves (per USAC regulation)
· Minor must bring a USA Cycling release form signed by a parent or guardian (http://www.usacycling.org/forms/rider_release.pdf)


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E Ink Local Film Fest, With My Own Two Wheels Screening

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 05

Got this in the email, looks fun, and With my own two wheels, looks pretty awesome.

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We are hosting the local Wild and Scenic Film Festival, an all-day event of film, foods, and festivities, on Saturday, March 31st. We hope that you will be able to come, especially since our evening program will feature two films, one of which is “With My Own Two Wheels” (a film by Jacob & Issac Seigel-Boettner & Ian Wexler about “the bicycle as a vehicle for change around the world”).

More details on the days’ events can be found here:
http://www.e-action.us/wsfilmfestival/
http://www.facebook.com/events/244742755593954/


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Free Winter Workshop

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 01

Via Ferris Wheels

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Jumpstart Your Season! workshop

When: Sunday, February 12, 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Where: Ferris Wheels Bike Shop, 66 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

What: Laura Smeaton, a League of American Bicyclists LCI (League Cycling Instructor) presents a free workshop for those who want to get out on their bikes earlier this year. Stubborn patches of ice, chilly breezes, and cold spring rains will be no match for you once you’re equipped with the knowledge from this workshop! Winter? What winter?!


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The Word On The Street

  • RSS Here is what people are saying

    • 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 →
      IsolateCyclist
    • 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 →
      Boston Biker
    • 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 →
      Boston Biker
    • 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 […]
      Steve Miller
    • 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 →
      altbiker
    • 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 →
      IsolateCyclist
    • 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 →
      Boston Biker
    • 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 →
      Boston Biker
    • 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 →
      altbiker
    • 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 →
      altbiker