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8th Annual World Naked Bike Ride

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 21

Starting location: 45 Danforth Street, Jamaica Plain, MA – 6PM Saturday!

Each year for the past seven years a group of naked people, or mostly naked people, hop gently on their bikes and ride through the city. Last year, more than 200 jolly mostly naked people took to their bikes complete with police escort.

“I think after 7 years the city has finally come around to the ride,” wrote the organizers on Facebook announcing the 2017 ride which is slated to begin in JP on July 22.

The organizers say the ride, though supported by the area nudist community (apparently there’s a Boston nudist community) is not about promoting nudity so much as it is about promoting bike safety.

“The goal of this ride is to focus on bike awareness. Our nudity will demonstrate our vulnerability out on the city streets and the freedom that riding a bike can give you,” said organizers.


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JP Open Studios Ride

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 14

Looks like a good time! From the email


Boston cyclists, Jamaica Plain Open Studios is hosting its inaugural bicycle tour named ‘(Re)Cycling thru Work’ Saturday September 24, from 10am-1pm. Join us to cycle thru JP and visit a dozen local artists that use recycled materials & reclaim garbage to create beautiful art!

The bicycle tour will allow art enthusiasts to visit individual artist’s studios and speak with the artists themselves – while comfortably cycling through the neighborhood.

The bicycle tour will have an official guided three-hour tour Saturday morning led by Bikes Not Bombs youth who will safely lead participants on a slow-paced ride through Jamaica Plain to visit and meet recycling artists. This tour will begin with a bicycle safety check, FREE breakfast, and then a leisurely afternoon of studio visits. The tour will also be self-guided. There will be an iphone app that you can download on the JPOS website and there will be icons on the JPOS artist map that cyclists can use to create their own bike tour.

The only thing you need is a bicycle, helmet, and curiosity. We hope you will join us!

Learn more about the tour at

Vital info

‘(Re)Cycling thru Work’ bicycle tour
date: Saturday, September 24, 2011, 10am-1pm
meeting time: 10am
meeting place: steps of old Blessed Sacrament Church in front of the Cheverus Building: 365 Centre St

** special bonus: the tour will begin with a free breakfast!
** see the full tour schedule at

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JP Bikes Meeting Recap

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 10

Got this in the mail today, if you are interested in getting involved with JP bikes hit up their google group [email protected]

A brief summary of the Dec 9 JP Bikes organizing meeting (This is not the complete minutes of the meeting)

This is to both review what we did and to help others get involved.

We are building toward a larger community meeting tentatively set for Tuesday Feb 3 at the Agassiz School.

Jeff, Jen and Matt presented 5 Action Points to assign to committees. Each action committee will meet at least once prior to the Feb 3 meeting to create its own agenda and priorities. My descriptions here are not complete, but are summaries and examples.

1 Communication and Administration, chaired by Jen Paulousky. This group will work on both internal and external communication, both in print and electronic. Other members are Joe Slag, Arienne Nick, and Greg Howard.

2. Rides & Events, chaired by Matt DeMarrais. The first project this group will be taking on will be some kind of spring community ride e.g. JP Bikes Centre/South St. celebrating no trolley tracks. Other members are Jeff Ferris, Arienne Nick, Sherry Eskin, and Bob Dizon.

3. Advocacy Committee, chaired by Jeff Ferris. This group initially is primarily focused on Southwest Corridor and Emerald Necklace paths issues.
An immediate project will be to work with Peter Furth’s Northeastern students on a set of recommendations for signage and other safety issues at the SWC path intersections. Other members are Doug Mink, Sarah Freeman, and Teresa Roberts. This committee would welcome folks from around the city (such as from RosiBikes and DotBikes) who are interested.

4. CityWide Issues, co-chaired by Anne McKinnon and Doug Mink. To deal with whatever the Mayor’s bike program is, and to work with the upcoming city bike advisory committee being formed by Nicole Freedman. Also to work and communicate with the other neighborhood bike groups. Also includes Matt DeMarrais

5. Education Committee, chaired by Bob Dizon. This group has the most wide-open agenda to create: anything from training workshops to printed material and maps. Other members are Jeff Ferris, Anne McKinnon, David Webster, and Jen Paulousky.

Of note, but not assigned to a committee: Eric Scheier of the MBTA tells me that they want to put a bike storage cage at Forest Hills Station. I presume this would be similar to but smaller than one recently installed at Alewife Station. Eric will be looking for some community input, but no details yet.

So, if you weren’t there last night, please communicate and sign on to a committee!
I think we all agreed that JP is a great place to bike. There is a lot of excitement and enthusiasm for making Boston a better place to bike, and to help more people share our joy of riding bikes in Boston.

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Monday Night Bike Classes At Ferris Wheels

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 20

These look like some nice classes, and are cheap too!


Ferris Wheels Bike Shop in Jamaica Plain is offering classes in fall 2008 for bicyclists. Mondays nights at 7 pm. Oct. 20: Flats (hands-on); Oct. 27: Brakes; Nov. 3: Winter Riding tips (basic); Nov. 10: Bearings; Nov. 17: Quick and Dirty talk on flats (basic); and Nov. 24: Spoke replacement and wheel truing. Basic classes are: $5; hands-on are $30. Classes will be held at Ferris Wheels, 66 South St., JP. Register by calling Ferris Wheels at 617 524-BIKE.

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Pianos To Pints Bike Tour Of Roxbury And JP

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 05

Got this in the mail today, it costs 10 smackers, but looks like a good time.

Pianos to Pints

A Bike Tour of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain

Saturday, September 13th, 10am-12pm, $10. On September 13, Discover Roxbury
will launch its fall tour series with a bike tour along the Southwest
Corridor Park that will examine the hidden industrial history of Roxbury
and Jamaica Plain. Participants will see how Boston’s once-thriving
breweries and factories have found new lives and learn how community
protest stopped I-95 from being built through both neighborhoods. The tour
begins at the Piano Factory and travels along the route of the Orange Line
to Roxbury Crossing, through the heart of the former brewery district, and
ends at the former Sturtevant Factory in Jamaica Plain.

The tour is 2.5 miles along mostly flat ground. Beginners are welcome. The
tour is weather permitting and is limited to 20 participants. All
participants must bring and wear a bike helmet. The event is co-sponsored
by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society.

Tickets for the tour can be purchased on the Discover Roxbury website at Riders will meet in front of the Piano Factory at
791 Tremont St at 10am.

Discover Roxbury is a non-profit organization based in Eliot Square,
Roxbury. The organization is currently celebrating its 5th year of
promoting cultural tourism and the economic revitalization of Roxbury. We
offer a regular series of tours and events highlighting the arts, culture,
and historic assets of Roxbury, from the colonial period to the present

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact the Discover
Roxbury office: 617-427-1006, [email protected],

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The Word On The Street

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