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Quincy Is Co-Hosting Traffic Skills Cycling Course With MassBike

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 08

From the email:

Hello Quincyclists,

I would like to announce that Quincy is co-hosting a League of American Bicyclists’ Smart Cycling Traffic Skills 101 class on April 7 and 8. Please join us!
Register here:
This Traffic Skills 101 Cycling Education Course is a fast-paced, two-day class that provides cyclists with the confidence to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. We will cover the basics of bike maintenance, rules of the road, on-bike skills, and crash avoidance techniques. This class is a prerequisite for becoming a certified League Cycling Instructor from the League of American Bicyclists.

Join us Saturday, April 7, 10a-1pm for an indoor session, and Sunday, April 8, 10am-1pm for an outdoor session on the bike and a written test. Participants MUST take both days to participate.

The League of American Bicyclists’ Smart Cycling program is designed to develop your knowledge and expertise in the craft and science of bicycling — the ability to use a bicycle with confidence and competence for pleasure, utility and sport under various highway, climate, terrain, and traffic conditions.

The bicycling education program was started in 1974, and continues to be the only nationally recognized cycling education program with trained and certified instructors.

Traffic Skills 101 is the foundation of the program. It provides instruction and guidance in the basic principles of vehicular bicycling. Bicyclists have more fun when they ride with skill and confidence. This course combines classroom discussion and parking lot activities with on-road practice of the principles of vehicular bicycling. The instructor for this course is certified by the League of American Bicyclists and has years of experience and training.

If you are interested in becoming a League Certified Instructor this course is a prerequisite. That course will be offered in May.  Please let us know if you are interested!

Keep pedaling,

Irene Lutts
President
Quincycles.org

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Cops Refuse To Charge Truck Driver With ANYTHING Even As Video Shows The Truck Driver Is Clearly At Fault

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 24

Its clear from these videos that the truck driver had plenty of time to notice there was a vehicle (a bicycle) in the lane next to them, the truck overtakes the cyclists, and then continues to turn into them, then flees the scene…shit.  What do you have to do to get charged with something in this town?

 

Warning these videos are hard to watch.

Very good work from Massbike here, more here.

 


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Free Bike Party At The Asgard!

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 03

From the email 🙂  Go get your party on!

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Save the date: on March 21st, come celebrate the end of winter with us – and start thinking of SUMMER!  Join us at the Cycle Massachusetts 2017 Kickoff Party and learn more about the Friendliest Ride in the East.

Find out if the rumors are true: will there really be an artisan popsicle maker visiting the ride?  Will there really be massages available each day of the tour?  And can you really go skydiving and then ride to a brewpub to recover???

Come to the Asgard for the free food, the cash bar, and a great crowd of friends old and new – people who know how to have a great time on two wheels!  We’ll preview the amazing route of this year’s tour and throw in some door prizes while we’re at it.  The 2017 route might just be the best yet – the beautiful Connecticut Valley (and the rolling hills that surround it) as seen from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont!  We promise something of interest every 10 miles or fewer! You can also learn more about volunteer opportunities that would allow you to ride for free.

This weeklong tour (with shorter options) is proud to be the #1 annual donor to Massbike.

Tell your friends, and we’ll see you there!  Space is limited, so RSVP today at http://cyclema.eventbrite.com!


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Help Support MassBike!

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 02

From the email:

What’s on your bucket list?

Is it to spend a whole week cycling with friends through gorgeous scenery?

Or do you want to kick it up a notch and try skydiving?

You can do it all at Cycle Massachusetts, the famous statewide charity tour that is also known as the Friendliest Ride in the East. We’re delighted to welcome cyclists for a weekend or a whole week depending on YOUR schedule.  Here’s some highlights for 2017:

  • Cycle Club Discount – we’ve made it super-convenient to join up with friends – just use our special club signup page!
  • Jump from a plane!  That’s right – you’ll have the option to cycle to Jumptown in Orange, MA, and try skydiving!
  • Three states in one ride – not only do we explore Massachusetts, but we’ll ride the quiet roads of Vermont and New Hampshire as well.
  • Family riding weekend! Our opening weekend is especially family-friendly complete with shorter rides to kid-approved destinations, a popsicle party, and an all-ages outdoor movie!

We’re excited to welcome riders to our fantastic start/finish location at the Stoneleigh-Burnham School in Greenfield, Massachusetts.  With two nights on their lovely campus, and two nights each in Putney, VT, and Orange, MA, you’ll have time to explore the most scenic vistas, visit local landmarks, and savor each experience with new friends.  We promise something fun to see or do every 10 miles.

Cycle Massachusetts is from August 5th through 11th (2, 4, 5, and 7 day options available) and all proceeds support the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition.  Sign up today: The registration deadline is July 15th, and Cycle Massachusetts is limited to 150 riders!

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Tweet:  Bring your friends to @ma_cycle , the Friendliest Ride in the East – great scenery, super food, and skydiving! www.cyclema.com

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Facebook post:  Plan a summer getaway to Cycle Massachusetts, the Friendliest Ride in the East…now with a SKYDIVING option!  Bring your friends (there’s a group discount!) and ride for a week; bring your kids to our special family-friendly weekend.  Ride the lovely Pioneer Valley and into VT and NH too!  Something fun to see or do every 10 miles!  And yes – you can even jump out of a plane on your rest day.  All proceeds benefit Massbike – make 2017 your year to explore the Bay State by bike. www.cyclema.com


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Summer Bike Adventure For MassBike!

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 22

This looks like an awesome way to go on a great ride and help MassBike at the same time.


If your summer needs a little more fun and adventure, you’re in luck – there’s still time to sign up for Cycle Massachusetts!  Whether you’re a hardcore cyclist or just getting started, we’re known as the Friendliest Ride in the East and we’d be delighted to welcome you.

There’s just a few weeks left to sign up for this tour – the ride is between July 30th and August 5th (join us from 2 to 7 days – it’s your choice!) and the registration deadline is July 15th.

Each year, we pick a different part of Massachusetts to explore.  This year, we start and finish in at Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts.  We’ll also visit three additional states and ride in the famous Berkshire Mountains!

We have a NEW family-friendly weekend and a great group discount – and all the proceeds from the ride support the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, so Sign up today

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Tweet:  Bring your friends to Cycle Mass, the Friendliest Ride in the East – groups of 6 or more get a club discount: www.cyclema.com

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Facebook post:  There’s still time to join Cycle Massachusetts, the Friendliest Ride in the East. Explore four states and the Berkshires too.  Bring your friends (there’s a group discount!) and ride for a week; bring your kids to our special family-friendly weekend.  Conveniently located just an hour from Boston! All proceeds benefit Massbike – make 2016 your year to explore the Bay State by bike. www.cyclema.com


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