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Events This Weekend

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 21

Going to be a busy bike weekend, despite the weather…stupid rain.

 

(not there is a a little overlap, but I am feeling lazy today and am just going to copy/paste.)

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From Dotbike

 

It’s a big weekend for Bike events in Boston.  There are several rides taking place on both Saturday and Sunday.

  • Discover Roxbury’s Olmsted’s Roxbury bike tour Sat. 9/24 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Green Artist Bike Tours during JP Open Studios Sat. 9/24 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Moving Planet Bike Parade Sat. 9/24 2:15 p.m.
  • Boston Bikes Hub on Wheels ride and festival Sun. 9/25 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

See below for info on all these events or check out dotbike.org

Discover Roxbury’s Olmsted’s Roxbury bike tour Sat. 9/24 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Meet at the rear  gates of the Franklin Park Zoo by the Playstead field

Get to know Olmsted’s landscape features and his imprint in Franklin Park and other sites throughout Roxbury. You’ll also learn more about Roxbury in the 1880s, including industrialization, the expansion of street car lines, some of Roxbury’s mansions and more. Helmets are required. Co-presented with the Franklin Park Coalition.

The tour meets at the rear gates of the Franklin Park Zoo by the Playstead field.

[email protected]

Green Artist Bike Tours during JPOS Sat. 9/24 10am-1pm

‘(Re)Cycling thru Work’
Meet at 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 http://goo.gl/jNymc

The first inaugural JPOS bicycle tour! The theme of the bicycle tour is (Re)Cycling thru Work and will include a dozen local artists that use recycled materials and 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 from one Jamaica Plain neighborhood to the next.

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, 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! Details at http://www.jpopenstudios.com/modules/smartsection/item.php?itemid=103

Join DEHC and Dot Bike for the Moving Planet Bike Parade Sat. 9/24 2:15 p.m

Hundreds of Bostonians will be marching, rolling, hollering, hooting, and otherwise merry-making through the streets on Saturday, September 24th to raise awareness about climate change, and your help is needed!

DotBike and the Dorchester Environmental Health Coalition (DEHC) will be organizing a group of people biking through Dorchester to the waterfront in downtown Boston for the Moving Planet rally (http://moving-newengland.org/).

The group will meet at Peabody Square at 2:15 p.m. and leave by 2:30, stopping at Columbia Road and Dorchester Ave, and continuing on by 3:00 to bike into downtown Boston. Join the group at one of these stops, or at anywhere along the route! Those taking public transportation can hop on the Red Line and get off at South Station, where parade marshals will be directing festival-goers to the waterfront.

If you’re interested in joining, please email Sarah at [email protected], or check the DEHC website (http://www.dehc.org/) for updates on the event!

Note there is a decorating party taking place on Thursday 9/22 from 11 – 1 at 450 Washington St. to make signs and decorate bikes.  Email or call Sarah for more info.

7th annual Hub On Wheels Sunday 9/25

A Beautiful Ride.

Join us for the 7th annual Hub On Wheels citywide bike ride on Sunday, September 25th, 2011. Experience a car-free Storrow Drive, explore hidden pathways and historic neighborhoods, and take in views of the Boston Harbor that you’ve never seen before.
The ride starts and finishes on City Hall Plaza in downtown Boston, with three different routes to choose from: 10, 30 and 50 miles. Sign up now for what’s sure to be the best ride of the year. You haven’t seen the Hub until you’ve seen it on wheels.
Note: Some Dot Bikers have expressed an interest in riding with others on this ride.  If you are planning on riding and would like to connect with other Dorchester Riders email [email protected] and we can work to connect people.

An Action-Packed Race.
You won’t want to miss the third annual TD Bank Mayor’s Cup Professional Criterium race, the same weekend. More than two hundred professional racers, including national champions and Olympic cyclists, descend on Government Center to compete for $40,000 in prize money.
The TD Bank Mayor’s Cup is high-speed, spectator-friendly entertainment. Tight packs of professional cyclists will sprint around the course and dive into sharp corners at top speed.

An All-Day Cycling Celebration.
The Boloco Block Party will be in full swing all day long. City Hall Plaza will be one big bike festival with food, music, and an expo. Also be sure to catch the second annual mascot race and the kids’ race, open to any and all cyclists age 3-9.

From JP Bikes

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1. Green Artist Bike Tours during JPOS

‘(Re)Cycling thru Work’
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 http://goo.gl/jNymc

The first inaugural JPOS bicycle tour! The theme of the bicycle tour is (Re)Cycling thru Work and will include a dozen local artists that use recycled materials and 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 from one Jamaica Plain neighborhood to the next.

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, 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! Details at http://www.jpopenstudios.com/modules/smartsection/item.php?itemid=103

 

(If you want to do the self-guided version of this tour on Sunday, Ren Pilinger from Ferris Wheels is looking for people to do that with)

 

2. Saturday Sept. 24th Move Beyond Fossil Fuels

A global day of action to raise awareness to move ourselves beyond fossil fuels.
On Sept. 24, on the streets of Boston, join a worldwide event – Moving Planet– calling on our elected leaders, businesses and communities to get serious about moving beyond fossil fuels. Come on bike or on foot, by boat, carpool or public transportation! Come with your community, your organization, or simply yourself to help make one big, bold, beautiful statement:

We have the power to build a secure, healthy, just and sustainable future for our children and our planet!

JP convoy to rally
1-1:30 > gather at Bikes Not Bombs Hub (at Brewery) for bike prep (air, lube, etc)
1:30-2 > gathering at First Baptist Chuch (633 Centre St), music and preparations< 2-2:45/3 > biking and walking parade from church to Forest Hills T via centre/south street 3-3:50 > walkers depart on trains, bikes leave en route to Christopher Columbus Park for rally (link to route map below). Decorate your bike for the occasion! 3:50-6pm: Join all the other “moves” which will converge downtown for the Rally for Solutions at Columbus Waterfront Park (Aquarium T). New England will join the rest of the world in a peaceful, festive rally calling on leaders at all levels to take action to speed the transition away from fossil fuels.

Details
on the events happening in the greater Boston area can be found at www.moving–newengland.org.

A map of the bike route from Forest Hills to Christopher Columbus park is here http://g.co/maps/hkbpw

 

3. Hub on Wheels Citywide Bike Ride and Festival. Sunday Sept. 25th

Fully supported rides of 3 lengths (10,30,50 miles), beginning and ending downtown and completely in Boston, car-free Storrow Drive, the Mayor’s Cup bike race, and an all day celebration of cycling in City Hall Plaza. THE cycling event in Boston, and it gets better every year. www.hubonwheels.org.


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Casey Overpass Meeting Tonight

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 29

From JP Bikes

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At this meeting (note the new location), the team and the working group will present four “ideas” for what could replace the overpass, one of which includes a redesigned overpass, while the other three are at-grade surface options with no overpass. It is important to note that these are “ideas” in that they haven’t been fleshed out with respect to deep analysis of traffic or transit impacts nor may they address all of the concerns of the many interested parties in this process. They also currently are not shown with bike or pedestrian accommodations so clearly they are not finished designs. They are simply sketches of alternate road configurations to generate comments and deeper thinking. That said, it is exciting to visualize potentially workable configurations and the possibilities for the neighborhood that may follow. If you just want a quick look at the ideas, you can just come for the open house from 6-6:30, but the presentation itself will be more informative. Presentations are always posted on the website at http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/caseyoverpass/.

Meeting details:

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
6:00-6:30 PM – Open House
6:30-8:30 PM – Public Information Meeting
English High School Auditorium
144 McBride St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130


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JP Bikes Spring Roll

Written by Boston Biker on May 19

They are doing it again this year!

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Spring Roll! Spring Roll! SPRING ROLL!!!

(okay you get the idea). Looks like the rain will break in time for Sunday finally, if not earlier. So get back out on some dry pavement and follow me and the stereo-bike around the neighborhood with a whole bunch of your cycling neighbors. So that’s THIS SUNDAY at 10am at the shiny new South Street Mall at South and Carolina. Ride leaves promptly at 11, but please come early for bike decorating and general merriment. Spread the word with our Facebook event page.

And don’t forget to join the JP convoy this Friday morning for a group ride downtown to the Mayor’s Bike Friday celebration at City Hall. The ride leaves Curtis Hall at 7:00 am, and picks up others near Hyde Sq (Centre and Boylston) at 7:10 am. Free burritos and coffee! Rain or shine, hopefully the latter. Register and more details at www.bikefridays.org.

On Saturday the 21st from 2-5, join our friends at DotBike for their “Future Dorchester Coast Trail Ride”. Take a ride to see the possible routes to connect the Neponset Greenway to the Harborwalk and hear about the results of research done in the area by Tufts graduate students this spring. Bike helmets required. Co-sponsored by Boston Cyclists Union, BNAN, and DotBike. Meet at playground sunshelter, Pope John Paul II Park, Gallivan Blvd.

On Wednesday the 25th from 6-7:30pm, join Discover Roxbury on their “Radical Roxbury” bike tour. This tour follows up State Representative Gloria Fox’s lecture on May 18 on Roxbury’s history of “radical” politics in the mid-20th century. We’ll begin at Roxbury Crossing with the relatively well-known protests against the construction of I-95 along the Southwest Corridor. From there our attention will focus on mid-20th century revolutionary leaders Martin Luther King, Jr and Malcolm X. After passing the former locations of the Black Panthers and SNCC, we’ll end with an overview of the 1967 and 1968 riots in Grove Hall and the police staging grounds in Franklin Park. Tie dyed t-shirt and and Afro pic are optional. Details and tickets available at www.discoverroxbury.org.


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Please Comment On Casey Overpass/Forest Hills Bike Access And Safety

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 10

got this in the email, I ride through here every single day, and every single day it sucks.

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Do you ride/walk/drive under or over the Casey overpass? Community meetings around the impending removal and replacement of that span are coming soon, so I’d like to use this blog post to solicit comments from JP Bikes members on how they feel about the current effectiveness and safety of that entire multi-road intersection. You are also welcome to comment on how it works as a pedestrian, driver, or transit user. Here are a few questions you can use to get started, but feel free to comment on whatever aspect of the project you want to. Use this link to the blog post to comment:

http://jpbikes.ning.com/profiles/blogs/please-comment-on-casey

(you’ll need to join to comment. Please do! If you would really rather not, you can send your comment to me and I’ll post it)

Do you ride through this intersection regularly? What time and how frequently? From where and to where are you typically going?

In what ways have you optimized your route or your schedule to avoid traffic or other inconvenience?

Do you ride on the sidewalk at any point?

Have you found it useful to ride over the overpass?

If you are going to/coming from the Southwest Corridor path, how do you get there?

Comment on where you see the most traffic backed up

Describe specific dangerous or confusing crossings

Describe any accidents you may have had

Please stay tuned for announcements about meetings. We expect there to be a lot of talk about car traffic and flow, so to advocate for bike accommodations and safety, we need input from as many actual users of that area as possible. Thanks!


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Ride To Singing Beach With JP Bikes

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 29

Got this in the email, looks like a good time.

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JP Bikes ride to Singing Beach and the North Shore – Saturday Aug 7th 9 a.m.

Saturday August 7 9:00 a.m. at Ferris Wheels bike shop or 10:00 a.m. at North Station to catch the bike train

This is the JP Bikes North Shore ride where some riders take the MBTA “bike train” to Rockport and ride back to Singing Beach in Manchester, while others ride from JP to Manchester. We’ll have lunch and go for a swim before taking the 2:21 train back. Meet at Ferris Wheels at 9:00 am or, for train riders, meet us at North Station at 10 am in time for the 10:15 train.

contact JPBike at JPBikes.org for more info.


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