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Got this in the mail, looks like a fun time. Check it out below:
The board and staff of MassBike invite you to our Annual Meetingon Thursday, December 19th, from 6-9 PM.
This year, we’re having an Open House at our office (171 Milk St, Suite 33, Boston, MA 02109).
From 6-7 PM, the MassBike Board of Directors will hold a business meeting, where Executive Director David Watson will review our 2013 accomplishments and preview our 2014 plans. Then socialize and enjoy pizza, Harpoon beer, and more. This is a great chance to meet others in the bicycling community working to make our rides safer and even more fun!
The event is free and open to the public, but a $5 donation is suggested.
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This is amazing, and highly useful, way to go MassBike!
Help us capture the best of Massachusetts biking in video! MassBike is in the midst of producing a new police training video, working with the Boston Police Department and several other police departments. We’ve been busy filming the actual training scenarios, but we could use some help from every corner of Massachusetts to lend a statewide flavor to the production. We want ocean, mountains, historic buildings, and more recognizable Massachusetts places.
What we need:
- Very short video clips of bicyclists passing iconic places all over MA
- More short clips of cyclists passing the “Entering …” signs outside Massachusetts cities and towns
- Shots can be first-person (on-bike) or third-person perspective
Technical specs: We’re using GoPro 1080p, 60fps, medium FOV. Try to keep each clip to no more than 10-15 seconds.
How to get involved: Email [email protected] and let me know what you plan to shoot. We’ll figure out the best way to get the files to us.
We can’t promise we’ll use everyone’s clips, but if we do we’ll credit you in the training video!
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We’ve got a great job opportunity for those social media wizards and writing gurus. MassBike is seeking a full-time Communications and Outreach Coordinator. We want to generate more excitement and interest in the great work we do to help more people ride bikes in Massachusetts, with the goal of increasing our membership, donors, volunteers, and event participants. The Communications and Outreach Coordinator will report to the Executive Director and work closely with other MassBike staff members.
An ideal candidate would have strong communication skills, both writing and speaking, one to three years of experience developing social media strategy and a proven ability to manage time and prioritize tasks in a high-demand environment. Some of the duties specifically include:
- Take primary responsibility for MassBike’s day-to-day communications needs.
- Create content for our communications outlets, in consultation with other staff members.
- Manage MassBike’s electronic communications (website content, social media, and The Quick Release–MassBike’s bi-monthly e-newsletter)
- Update and develop new promotional materials for MassBike’s fundraising, membership, technical assistance, and other activities.
- Promote MassBike events widely to increase participation.
- Draft press releases and seek media opportunities; update and expand our media contact list.
For more information, check out our job posting here. Job applications are due by Friday, November 8th. Please submit a resume, a cover letter explaining why you are a great fit for this position, and three short writing samples (blog posts or news articles preferred, hyperlinks are fine) to [email protected]. We are looking to hire a qualified applicant as soon as possible, so please spread the word!
- See more at: http://massbike.org/blog/2013/10/25/massbike-hiring/?utm_source=feedly#sthash.m9U1lBjf.dpuf
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|Do you ride in Somerville and want to make our roads safer for biking, but don’t know where to start? Or are you already involved in local projects, but want to become more effective? Sign up today for the two-part Bikeable Communities Training, sponsored by Shape Up Somerville and Mass in Motion.
This is a great opportunity for the concerned, engaged citizen who wants to create changes to better bicycling infrastructure and safety in Somerville. (Don’t worry, you don’t have to participate in Part I to participate in Part II.)
This training will focus on the decision making process in how streets are built and maintained, and explains how to most effectively engage in that process as a local resident. Participants will walk away with a list of “do’s” and “don’ts” when getting involved in local projects.
Part II: Policies, Programs, and Project SolutionsWednesday, October 30th from 6:30 – 8:30 PM Brooklyn Boulders Somerville 12A Tyler Street, Somerville, MA 02143
The Part II training will focus on specific policies, programs and infrastructure projects that support safer, more comfortable bicycling. You are not required to attend the “Part I” training to participate. Participants will walk away with a checklist of infrastructure, programs and policies that support safer bicycling.
RSVP for Part I and Part II at [email protected]. For more information or if you have any questions, feel free to contact the same email address.
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From the email:
More Local Transportation Dollars = An Opportunity For Advocates
Starting this year, there is going to be a lot more asphalt poured, roads re-striped, and bridges rehabilitated here in the Commonwealth. A significant chunk of the new transportation funding passed by the state legislature goes toward increasing “Chapter 90″ funding by 50%, or funding that goes directly to municipalities with very few strings attached as to how they spend it.
Unfortunately for us as a statewide group, all 351 municipalities in the state make individual decisions about these projects (simply too many for MassBike to keep track of). That means unless the local Department of Public Works chooses to add them, roads which are resurfaced may not include bicycle facilities. However, the perfect time to add bicycle facilities is when a road is already being repaved, since the cost of adding a bike lane is typically marginal.
To make sure that these road projects are bike friendly, we need your help!
MassBike’s Berkshires to Boston Bicycle Tour is a four-day, 240 mile bike tour showcasing the various scenic cycling regions of the Commonwealth from the 18th-22nd of September.
On the first day, riders roll out from Hancock Shaker Village in the heart of the Berkshires and enjoy the spectacular early foliage on their way to Sunderland. The next day starts with a gradual climb out of the Pioneer Valley and onto Devens via Lancaster where riders can enjoy spectacular ice cream at famous Kimball Farm. The third day takes the riders on an easy downhill ride to the state capitol through historic Concord and Lexington. Upon arrival in Boston, riders get a chance to watch some of the fastest professional cyclists compete in the TD Bank Mayor’s Cup Criterium that goes around Government Center that afternoon. The final day, Sunday, brings together over 5,000 cyclists to partake in the city-wide Hub on Wheels bike ride and festival.
This is a fully-supported tour that offers mechanic support, rest stops, sag vehicle support, camping accommodations, Hub on Wheels registration and plenty of meal plan, transportation and additional accommodation options for all. Can’t make the full tour? Not a problem! We also have a weekend-only option for those who want to join us starting on Saturday morning in Devens.
So come and join us as we celebrate Car-Free Week by making new friends and sharing new experiences on our cross-state cycling adventure. Hurry, as registration for this once-a-year event closes on August 15th!
Visit our website for more information and registration!
The past two weeks saw a flurry of action on Capitol Hill as federal transportation funding was debated in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Both chambers of Congress were unable to pass the Transportation Appropriations bill.
Congress will need to pass a continuing resolution by the end of September to avoid shutting down the U.S. Department of Transportation and keep transportation dollars flowing. And with only 9 legislative days on the calendar for September, it is unlikely that Congress will pass a Transportation Appropriations bill that features a carefully reevaluated spending plan. The most likely result is that we’ll will get a continuation of the 2012 spending plan.
Throughout the debates in each Chamber, there was a chance that multiple Congresspeople would introduce amendments that would eliminate federal funding for Transportation Alternatives, which funds programs like Safe Routes to School and Recreational Trails.
We sent out two action alerts and asked you to contact both of Massachusetts’ U.S. Senators and your specific U.S. Representative and ask that they vote against any amendment that would eliminate federal bike funding.
Our Congressional delegation heard you loud and clear! Both Senator Warren and Senator Markey told us that they heard from many of you, and that they would vote against amendments that would eliminate Transportation Alternatives. We are confident that our House members were similarly supportive.
In July, Programs Director Price and I (Kim) traveled to Westfield, a city in the southern part of the Pioneer Valley, to conduct a bikeability assessment. We met up with eight volunteers from the community to gather observations about key roadways identified by the Friends of the Columbia Greenway. After a 45-minute training, we set the local advocates loose to gather the information that will ultimately be turned into a Bikeability Assessment (like the one found here). This is a fundamental part of the assessment process – getting information about the built environment through the eyes of the people who use it every day.
Westfield is home to a growing bicyclist community. With dedicated leaders like Don Podolski, Owner of New Horizons Bikes (the city’s local bicycle shop) and Jeff LaValley, Chair of the Friends of the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail, in addition to others, local residents are working toward improving the city’s bicycle facilities.
Key to that vision is the Columbia Greenway. This rail trail would connect Westfield to the Southwick Rail Trail, which then travels nearly the entire way to Hartford. Providing that connection to the downtown area will bring customers to local businesses, connect locals to a fantastic recreational amenity, and extend the off-road path network further into Hampden County.
The goal of the local advocates is to make Westfield’s streets safe for bicyclists of all ages and ability levels. We are proud to help!
A huge thank you goes out to all the supporters, volunteers and riders of our Summer Century & Family Fun Festthat was held on Saturday, July 27th! This brand-new edition of our classic summer cycling celebration brought together riders to experience some of the Commonwealth’s unique and challenging roads.
With great weather, a beautiful venue in Acton (NARA Park), incredible food fromRedbones, and refreshing beer from Sam Adams, it was an overall wonderful day for cycling. We even received some great feedback from our riders!
“The metric century route was amazing – good hills, fun down hills, beautiful roads. NARA park was a great venue – we enjoyed a post-ride swim. Overall, a really fantastic event.”
“I enjoyed everything about this event – the ride was beautiful and somewhat challenging; the event as a whole was very well planned and organized and administered; support provided was tremendous, and there was also much support among our group of riders. Thank you so much for a terrific day!”
“I like that we were taken on back roads so that there weren’t a lot of cars to be worried about and that it was mostly in the shade. The volunteers were amazing – very helpful and supportive and clearly available if anything was needed. It was an amazingly well organized event all in all.”
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Got this from MassBike:
Federal funding for bicycling and walking continues to be at risk! Now, the House and the Senate are both poised to debate amendments that could completely eliminate Transportation Alternatives funding.
Last week we sent out an Action Alert asking you to contact our two U.S. Senators (Sen. Markey and Sen. Warren) to oppose Amendment 1742 by Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.
We just got word that Sen. Mike Lee of Utah has introduced Amendment 1798to the Transportation Appropriations bill. Like Paul’s amendment, this one would strip the Transportation Alternatives Program of all funds, thereby eliminating all federal funds for programs like Safe Routes to School and Recreational Trails. This is money that can be used to educate kids about bicycle and pedestrian safety, improve sidewalks, bike lanes, and paths near schools, and build and maintain off-road paths and trails for everyone.
We need you to do 3 things right now:
1. Contact Senator Markey and Senator Warren again to save Transportation Alternatives by voting NO on amendments 1742 and 1798.
Contact Senator Warren:
Phone: (202) 224-4543
Contact Senator Markey:
Phone: (202) 224-2742
Email: Not available currently (due to transition from House to Senate)
2. Contact your Representative and ask him or her to vote NO on any amendment that could eliminate funding for Transportation Alternatives.
The U.S. House of Representatives is poised to debate the Transportation Appropriations Bill tonight and tomorrow. At this point in time, we are not certain if or when there will be an attack on federal funds for bicycling and walking. Any Representative can introduce an amendment at any point, and we know some Representatives are opposed to funding for biking and walking.
We will likely have little or no notice before an amendment is brought to the floor for debate. We need you to act preemptively and contact your Representative now, asking him or her to vote NO on any amendment that could strip funding for bicycling and walking.
Don’t know who your U.S. Representative is? Click here and enter your zip code to find out.
3. Let us know who you contacted by cc’ing or emailing[email protected].
We will keep you updated as the situation develops. Thank you so much for your help protecting funding for biking and walking!
Members are an essential part of our success and are the driving force behind what we do at MassBike. Not a member yet? Join here. Thank you for your support!
The MassBike Staff
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We hope you’ve heard about our Bikeable Communities Program, because we are looking for some help to finish up a few BCT projects we’ve had simmering. This is a great opportunity for a current or recent student to help out with advancing bicycle infrastructure, policies and programs in communities around the state.
Much of this work will be research-oriented. We need to find out about best practices from around the state and nation, and communicate those to the relevant decision makers in our communities. However, there will be multiple opportunities to get your hands dirty in the field. We frequently attend public meetings, undertake bikeability assessments, or do site visits. We are also interested in innovative ways to present information, so any experience with video or other multimedia is a big plus.
This internship only lasts until September 30th, and we have flexibility in the time commitment. Depending on the candidate’s availability and qualifications, we could go as high as 40 hours per week, but definitely will be at least 20 hours per week.
See the full job description here.
If you are interested in applying to this position, please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample no longer than two pages to [email protected]. We will accept applications until the position is filled, though prefer applications to be sent in by Friday, August 2nd.
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