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Bikes Not Bombs Update

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 16

from Bikes Not Bombs:


We had a great time at the 2014 Year End Party, Photo by Sean Madsen

Come Celebrate the Year With Us!

Join us to celebrate an amazing 2015! We’ll be unveiling our new video mechanics manual and celebrating the contributions of staff members David Branigan and Derek McIntire as they transition out of their roles at BNB, and Stephen Bosco who has stepped back to a lead volunteer role. All ages welcome at Doyle’s Cafe on December 16th from 6-10pm, we’ll provide light appetizers, cash bar available.

Board and Staff at the 2015 Retreat

Join our Board of Directors!

The Bikes Not Bombs Board of Directors is seeking candidates to join our team! The Board is responsible for guiding and providing oversight to the organization as a whole. We are particularly seeking candidates with experience in legal services, nonprofit financial management, fundraising, and human resources. People with a strong connection to our programs, mission, and the communities we serve are encouraged to apply.

Stop by the Bike Shop!

Free Clinics at the Bike Shop

 Wed 11/12 8-9pm Winter Commuting Clinic
Mon 12/7 7-9pm Tool Time
Mon 12/14 7-9pm Femmechanics

RSVPs for Tool Time are due by 6pm November 7th, please be on time for the clinics.

We’ve switched to our Winter hours and will now be open on Monday 11-7pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8-8pm, Friday 11-7pm, Saturday 10-6pmand closed on Sundays.

Come pack a container with us! Photo by Will Daniels

Help BNB Load Bikes to Kenya!

We will be shipping our second container to our new partner Cycloville in Kenya on December 13th. Please join us! Stop by our warehouse for an hour or stay all day.

This will be our last container of 2015!

Volunteer of the Month Susan Redlich at Maya Pedal

Volunteer of the Month – Susan Redlich!

Susan Redlich has been an invaluable part of Bikes Not Bombs since the beginning. She started collecting bike boxes in her basement to ship to Nicaragua in the 80s, and continues to load containers to this day. She says her favorite part about loading containers is “I can see in my mind the excitement of people unloading the bikes in Ghana, Guatemala, and other partner destinations.” Here is a photo of Susan visiting Maya Pedal in Guatemala. Thank you for all you do for Bikes Not Bombs Susan!

Guests at the 2015 Building Momentum Breakfast

Successful 5th Annual Building Momentum Breakfast!

On Thursday October 15th 85 people joined us at Bikes Not Bombs’ Fifth Annual Building Momentum Breakfast. We are especially grateful that over 64% of guests were inspired to support Bikes Not Bombs’ work by committing to multi-year gifts and in total the breakfast raised over $69,000 for the next 5 years. Thank you to Ula Cafe for catering, Barrington Coffee for the coffee, Cambridge Innovation Center for the space and all of our guests and table captains for attending. Check out photos from the event.

News Outside of BNB

Bike Infrastructure Planning and Design WorkshopJoin the Boston Cyclists Union on Saturday November 14th from 9-3:30pm to learn how to plan and design different kinds of bike route infrastructure!.

Cranksgiving – Come join the 2nd Annual Cranksgiving ride on November 21st 12pm at Copley! Cranksgiving is a bike ride and scavenger hunt where participants ride all over Boston buying food items to donate to the Greater Boston Food Bank, Red Cross, and Somerville Homeless Coalition. Ride bikes. Buy food. Give back.

Delegation to Honduras – In January join a Witness for Peace delegation to Honduras to visit and connect with a variety of communities to learn about the struggles of Hondurans amidst unfair economic policies, repression and militarization.

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What the Boston Bicycle Advisory Group Is Up To

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 11

Got this rather awesome recap of what the BBAG is up to.


1. Vision Zero Implementation.  A presentation was given by Charlotte Fleetwood of BTD.  The first year focus will be on the 10 locations areas with the highest incidence of crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists.  There will be education, enforcement and structural improvements targeted at these areas.  The City will also be looking at more widespread use of traffic calming measures.  Speed limits near schools and parks may be lowered (the City has the authority to do this now). Mayor Walsh has in the past sought to lower the speed limits below the statutory 30mph at some locations.  However, state law regulates how speed limits are set, and so far he has not gained the authority to lower the statutory limit of 30mph which applies to the vast majority of streets in the City.   Here’s some informations on why lower vehicle speeds are so important for reducing fatalities and serious injuries:
Relationship of Vehicle Speed to Odds of Pedestrian Death in Collision
Vehicle Speed
Odds of Pedestrian Death, Source 1
Odds of Pedestrian Death, Source 2
20 mph
30 mph
40 mph

[Source 1: Killing Speed and Saving Lives, UK Dept. of Transportation, London, England. See also Limpert, Rudolph. Motor Vehicle Accident Reconstruction and Cause Analysis. Fourth Edition. Charlottesville, VA. The Michie Company, 1994, p. 663.}

[Source 2: Vehicle Speeds and the Incidence of Fatal Pedestrian Collisions prepared by the Austrailian Federal Office of Road Safety, Report CR 146, October 1994, by McLean AJ,Anderson RW, Farmer MJB, Lee BH, Brooks CG.]

2.  Boston Bikes is being reorganized and will be moved from being part of the BRA to being part of BTD.  The new Director of Active Transportation may be selected by the end of June.

3.  15 New Hubway Stations have been ordered and will arrive in September.  Several are sponsored stations and will their locations are selected by the sponsor (mostly Brighton and the waterfront).  The others could be put anywhere. More stations around Uphams Corner and expansion into Savin Hill seem like logical improvements to the network.

4.  Bike Repair Stations.  The City has purchased 8 Fix-It Stations to be installed around the City!  I like to think that this is a direct response to DotBike’s (and all the generous donors) effort to purchase one for  Fields Corner.   

5. Bike Lanes  Boston Bike has a very impressive list of projects for this construction season!  The projects having the biggest impact in our area are: West 4th Street Bike Lanes on bridge from Southie to South End, Mass Ave Bike Lanes (Melnea Cass to Columbia Rd), Norfolk St Bike Lanes (Codman Sq to Blue Hill Ave).  

6. Bike Racks.  300 new racks to be installed this year.

7.  Parking Meters.  The City has embarked upon a study to look at expanding parking meters beyond the downtown area.  This is good for bikes, pedestrians, drivers and business.  

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Bikes Not Bombs Winter Update

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 12

Lots going on over at BNB, check it out below!


Mechanics at Earn-A-Bike
Youth Programs Accepting Applications

The next session of Earn-A-Bike will be March 23rd – April 30th, Mondays through Thursdays from 4:00m-7:00pm. The program is open to youth ages 12-18 who are interested in learning bike mechanics and safe riding skills. Applications are available online or at our Hub.

We are also accepting applications for Adult Instructor Training. In this program, adults are taught basic mechanic and mentorship skills by Youth Instructors and in exchange, participants MUST volunteer at least one day per week in Spring Earn-A-Bike.

Questions? Contact Ashley Leary, 617-522-0222 x101, [email protected]

2015 Bike-A-Thon
Half-Priced Bike-A-Thon Registration OpensMarch 1st!

Our 28th annual Bike-A-Thon will be held on Sunday, June 7th, with a raindate of Sunday, June 21st. We’ll have four routes – 80, 50, 30, and 10-miles. Please mark the date in your calendar and start thinking about recruiting friends to ride with you! Registration opens March 1st and is half price until March 31st. Get exciiitteedd!!

Check out photos and the amazing results from the2014 Bike-A-Thon and email[email protected] with any questions.

Bike Shop
New Sales at the BNB Shop

Until February 28th our Winter Overhaul (a complete overhaul of the bike + any parts installations) is $120 plus parts, $80 less than the in-season labor rate. Stop by the shop for a free estimate.

Complete Surly Bikes are now discounted $150 untilApril 1st! The bike we’re most excited about is our18″ Big Dummy Disc Cargo Bike which will sell for $1,560, 25% off the current retail price.

Linus Bikes are also reduced for 2015. We’ve got 3 and 8 speed models available for test rides, and can always special order other colors or models from Linus!

The next Tool Time will be on Monday March 2nd from 7-9pm, sign up by 6pm February 28th!Femmechanics will be at the shop on Monday March 9th from 7-9pm.

Photo by Will Daniels
Seeking Corporate Sponsors for Bike-A-Thon

Bikes Not Bombs’ 28th annual Bike-A-Thon is onJune 7th and we’re looking for local businesses to support the event by signing on as sponsors. Sponsorship is a golden opportunity to align your organization with well over 700 riders and volunteers on ride day, and with thousands more after the event. Sponsorship is easy, and available for every budget with various visibility options available.

Check out the levels available and contact Eric Mearns at [email protected] or 617-522-0222×113 with any questions.

Marc, Modesto & Frank
Volunteer of the Month – Frank Ashenuga

This month’s Volunteer of the Month award goes to Frank Ashenuga – Congratulations Frank! An avid, every day and all-weather bike commuter, Frank (pictured far right) joined BNB by taking Adult Instructor Training in the fall of 2014. Since then he has consistently supported youth programs and grown his involvement with BNB. After helping out with fall Earn-A-Bike, Frank started coming on Thursdays for Bike-In to keep up his mechanics skills and help the next generation of bike commuters. In his spare time, he helped out with 2014’s Phone-A-Thon, attended the 30th Anniversary Party, and helped start the Advanced Mechanics course for Adult Instructor Training graduates. Thanks for everything Frank!

Photo by Silke Hass
Volunteers Needed for the 2015 Bike-A-Thon!

BNB is seeking volunteers with trucks or vans to help set up Bike-A-Thon rest stops on June 7th! All volunteers get a t-shirt, free food all day, and they get to meet and support all of our amazing Bike-A-Thon cyclists!

If you’d like to provide support to riders on Bike-A-Thon day, contact Eric Mearns at[email protected], or 617-522-0222×113.

Steve's Great Divide
Steve’s Great Divide Ride

Steve Reynolds, a BNB volunteer, will be riding 2750 miles this summer from Canada to Mexico while raising funds for BNB, and he’s looking for other cyclists to join him! The route was planned by Adventure Cycling and travels substantial distance off-road. Feel free to tag along for one night or the whole 3 month trip.

Reach out to Steve directly with any questions

News Outside of BNB

Boston Bike Party: Join the Bike Partiers as they #GetUnlucky at February’s party on Friday February 13th! Meet at Copley Square at 7:30pm.

World Bicycle Forum: The 2015 theme for the World Bicycle Forum is Cities For All! At the forum various stakeholders (individuals, groups, NGOs, businesses, and government agencies) will discuss how cities can be organized to the benefit of all it’s citizens. Bikes Not Bombs International Programs Team helped to coordinate this global event and two staff members will be attending! Medellin, Colombia from February 26th – March 1st.

SuccessLink: Bikes Not Bombs is hoping to receive funding through the City of Boston’s Summer Teen Employment, SuccessLink. If you are interested in working with BNB during the summer of 2015, please apply today!

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MassBike Announces A New Executive Director

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 06

I look forward to seeing what the new executive director of MassBike has to offer.


From the press release:

Experienced Promoter, Announcer, and Journalist Will Lead Statewide Advocacy Group As Bicycling is Growing in Popularity.

BOSTON (Jan. 6, 2015) – After an extensive search and interview process the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike) has named Richard Fries to serve as its new executive director. His appointment comes as new investments in infrastructure and education have encouraged more people than ever to explore bicycling as a safe, healthy, accessible transportation option.

“I’ve never been so excited about a professional opportunity before. From its compact urban centers and world-class transit system to its beautiful countryside, Massachusetts has all the ingredients we need to build a truly first-rate bicycle culture,” said Fries. “Whether you’re starting a new bike business, riding for the first time, or logging your thousandth mile, we can all work together to build a state where everyone has access to a safe, smooth ride.”

Fries’ experience in the bicycling community is both broad and deep. For the past eight years he has served as the marketing director and later the cycling experience director for Best Buddies International, where he helped promote as many as four charity cycling events per year. He has also served as a development advisor for People for Bikes, where he helped launch Tim Johnson’s Ride on Washington, and he spent two years as the director of the Bicycle Leadership Conference.

“Richard comes to MassBike with the perfect blend of advocacy, leadership, and industry experience that, combined with his passion for cycling, will help us continue to make bicycling better in every corner of the state,” said Jim Bradley, President of MassBike’s Board of Directors.

Fries is co-founder of the Providence Cyclo-cross Festival, which has grown to become the largest cyclo-cross event in America and one of New England’s largest cycling events. Fries will stay on as director of that event, now known as the KMC Cyclo-cross Festival.

Having raced at the pro level both in America and Europe, Fries left racing to become a journalist. He co-founded The Ride Magazine, a regional cycling publication that focused on all facets of bike culture in the Northeast. He also developed a reputation as both a live announcer and a television commentator. Fries has called countless national championships and several UCI World Cups and the UCI World Championships in both road and cyclo-cross. He has been an event consultant for the past five years.

Fries will join MassBike on January 15 and succeeds David Watson who held the post for eight years. “I am honored to be joining MassBike at such a critical time, and that excitement only grew when I dug into the details of how well David Watson ran this organization,” said Fries. “I could not have received a better lead-out. This board, this staff, this membership, and many of our strategic partners have set Massachusetts up to become the gold standard for bicycling in the United States. ”

A native of Pittsburgh, Fries received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of South Florida, and a masters degree in journalism from Northeastern University. A passionate bicycle commuter, Fries lives alongside the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway in Lexington, Mass. He and his wife, Deborah, have three children.

Read a Q&A interview with Richard Fries about his appointment.


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More Coverage Of Side Guards

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 10

From Boston Magazine:


In late July, a Hubway cyclist traveling down Massachusetts Avenue in the South End was hit by a city-contracted trash truck as it went to make a right hand turn onto Columbus Avenue. The cyclist survived the accident, and it may have been due to just one detail: special safety guards that were installed on the sides of the vehicle as part of a pilot program launched by the city last year.

In 2013, through a collaboration between the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics and the Public Works Department, officials said they undertook the largest municipal pilot program of truck side guards in the nation, testing three different types of guards on 16 active vehicles driving the streets, including trash collection trucks.

Officials also worked with researchers from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Volpe Center in Kendall Square to sketch out the details for the proposed guard project, as well as City Councillor Ayanna Pressley, and members of the Boston Cyclists Union.

Read more here.

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Bike Safety Bills Hearing Report: What’s Next?

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 11

from MassBike:



Our two bicyclist safety bills had their first hearing in the Joint Committee on Transportation on June 26th. In case you missed our Action Alert, the bills are:

  •  The Act To Protect Vulnerable Road Users (S1639) defines vulnerable users and puts more responsibility on motorists to be careful around bicyclists and pedestrians. (Click here for the full text of the bill).
  • The Act To Protect Bicyclists In Bicycle Lanes (S1640) prohibits motor vehicles from parking in bike lanes. (Click here for the full text of the bill).

For more information on the bills, please see our Legislative Fact Sheet.

MassBike Executive Director David Watson, Representative Denise Provost, Lewis Howe of The Safety Institute, and Hillary Borcherding of WalkBoston all testified in support of the bills. We know other senators and representatives were communicating their support for the bills but could not attend the hearing. We also submitted a letter of support, joined by the Massachusetts Public Health Association, Transportation for Massachusetts, the Boston Cyclists Union, WalkBoston, and The Safety Institute.

Many thanks to all of you who contacted your legislators  – your efforts definitely won more support for the bills!

So what exactly happened at the hearing? The committee did not comment on the bike lane bill. The Vulnerable Road Users bill is a bit more involved, and committee members both expressed support and raised questions. As is the practice in Massachusetts, the committee did not take action on any bills during the hearing. Our plan is to focus our advocacy efforts on members of the committee to respond to their concerns and build support to take action on the bills.

It’s not too late to ask your state representative and state senator to ask the committee to report favorably on these bills. If you want to do so, see our Action Alert for instructions.

If you are represented by a member of the committee (particularly co-chairs Senator McGee and Representative Straus), it’s even more important to let them know you support these bills. Click here to see who is on the committee.

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Bikes Not Bombs Mega Update

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 27

From BNB:


BNB Job Opening: International Programs Coordinator

The International Programs Associate will support BNB’s partners abroad, including Ability Bikes, pictured here.

The International Programs Coordinator will work closely with the International Programs Director, and will be responsible for coordinating technical assistance and support to BNB international partners. This position includes extensive cross-cultural communication, relationship building, training and facilitation, management of project monitoring systems, container loading logistics organizing and some international travel.

Details: Full-time with benefits
Start Date: September 1 – October 15, 2013
Application Process: Rolling

For more information on the International Programs Coordinator position and how to apply, please refer to theJob Description on the BNB website.

Bike-Based Businesses in JP – Negocios Ciclistas en JP

Join us as we discuss the future of Bike-Based Businesses in JP. (Photo Courtesy of Boston Collective Delivery)

JP NET, Bikes Not Bombs, The Boston Collective Delivery & Metro Pedal Power invite you to participate in a potluck on June 27 at 6:30pm at Nate Smith House in Jamaica Plain, a few blocks from the Stony Brook T Station.

Come hear from BNB Executive Director Jodi Sugerman-Brozan, James Bachez & Wenzday Jane as they set the stage to envision bike-based businesses in JP. Hear entrepreneurial ideas from youth employees of Bike Not Bombs as they join the conversation along with a representative from Boston Pedicab.

RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook!

Come Explore Bikes Not Bombs at our Summer Open House

BNB’s Founder, Executive Director, and Board Treasurer chat at a recent Open House. Join them at the next one on July 27th.

Want to learn more about BNB’s programs? Want to volunteer or become more involved? Want to meet members of the BNB staff and board? Join us for an Open House on Saturday, July 27th from 1-4pm.

In addition to learning about BNB’s work, open houses are a fun way to explore our main program space, the Hub! We’re going to have a number of interactive activities including “guess that bike part” and we’ll be making smoothies with our pedal-powered blender.

Spread the word! Open houses are also a great way to introduce your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors to Bikes Not Bombs. We hope you can join us! Drop in anytime between 1 and 4pm at the Bikes Not Bombs Hub at 284 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Erica Rotman, Director of Fundraising & Events at [email protected] or 617-522-0222 x106

Help BNB Load Bikes to CESTA in El Salvador!

Photo Courtesy of CESTA

Join us on Sunday July 21st to help load a container of 500 bikes to CESTA in El Salvador! RSVP online.

CESTA (El Salvadoran Center for Appropriate Technology) works towards the sustainability of El Salvador through programs that include bicycle mechanics training for young people, environmental education and conservation, training people in the use of sustainable appropriate technology and supporting the Movement of Victims and People affected by Climate Change and Mega-projects (MOVIAC) in El Salvador. CESTA also contributes a critical voice to international discourse on the social and environmental impacts of carbon emissions, and is the El Salvadoran branch of the international organization Friends of the Earth.

Help BNB load bikes to CESTA! RSVP online.

TIME: Sunday July 21st from 10am to 5pm. Drop in for an hour or stay all day!
PLACE: The BNB warehouse at 10 Harvard Street in Dorchester
DETAILS: Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Equal Exchange coffee is generously donated by City Feed & Supply!

Pizza & Bowling Benefit Night at Flatbread & Sacco’s Bowl Haven in Somerville!

YOU and everyone you know are invited to Flatbread in Davis Square on Tuesday July 2nd from 5-11pm for a night of pizza and bowling! Hang out with Bikes Not Bombs folks while showcasing the best of your bowling skills.

Flatbread has offered to donate a portion of each pizza sold to Bikes Not Bombs. Their famous flatbreads are absolutely delicious and made in a wood burning oven with local ingredients (gluten-free and vegan options available).

Please help us spread the word and invite your friends on Facebook. Can’t wait to see you there!

July Free Clinics, New Bike, and Welcome to Corrina!

We are now selling the Bianchi Camaleonte 3 at the BNB Shop

This July we will be offering a number of free clinics at the Bike Shop. Our Flat Fixing Clinic will be Tuesday July 9th from 8-9pm. We’ll also be offering a Know Your Bike Clinic Thursday July 25th from 8-9pm. Know Your Bike will be a beginner’s clinic going over different parts of the bike and what they do. More info online. No need to sign up just show up at 8pm!

Tool Time is Monday July 1st from 7-9pm and does require both a BNB Membership and sign-up ahead of time.

Earlier this year the Shop started stocking the Bianchi Camaleonte 2, a flat bar road bike with disc brakes great for recreational rides and faster commutes. We now also have the Camaleonte 3, which has an upgraded 9-speed drive train, and Hydraulic Disc Brakes. Stop by and try it out if you’ve been looking for the ultimate speedy around town bike.

We’ll be closed this July 4th but wish everyone a happy Independence Day (and Happy 29th Birthday to Bikes Not Bombs!), and we’re pleased to announce that Corrina Roche-Cross, a BNB Youth Programs graduate, is our newest shop employee! Say hi the next time you’re in.

Enrolling for Fall Earn-A-Bike and Girls In Action

Youth participants are all smiles in our Earn-A-Bike and Girls In Action programs.

(Note: our Summer programs are already fully enrolled.)

Girls In Action: September 9 – October 10, 2013
Earn-A-Bike: October 21 – November 21, 2013

Bikes Not Bombs is currently enrolling applicants for the Fall 2013 sessions of Earn-A-Bike and Girls In Action. In these programs, young people ages 12-18 choose a bike and not only learn the skills to build it up, but maintain it as well. At the end of the program, once the bike is built, it is theirs to take home! Additionally, we go on bike adventures to explore some of the fascinating places Boston has to offer, and look into various environmental and social justice issues. Earn-A-Bike is co-ed, Girls In Action is for girls only.

Applications are available online. There are a limited number of spots available. Applicants are chosen based on application date, and the applicant’s availability and willingness to commit. To qualify for enrollment, BOTH the completed application and payment (cash, check, money order or fee waiver) need to be submitted. If you are not accepted into the program for any reason, you will be notified and your program fee will be returned.

If you have any questions please contact Ashley Leary, Co-Director of Youth Programs, at 617-522-0222 x101 or email [email protected]

Volunteer to Teach in BNB Youth Programs

Adult Instructors are taught the basics by BNB Youth Employees before volunteering to teach in our Youth Programs. Photo By Stacy Rupolo

Fall 2013 Adult Instructor Training is currently accepting applications. The program will run fromAugust 19th – 30th. It meets Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday each week from 6-9PM.

Anyone who is interested and dedicated to youth work is encouraged to apply! We’ll give you a free course in methods of teaching bike mechanics to youth, and then you will help teach young people to rebuild and earn a bike of their own! Volunteers of all identities are welcome. Spanish language skills are helpful. No previous mechanics experience is required.Adult Instructors are REQUIRED to volunteer a minimum of one program day from 3pm-7pm, and are of course welcome to volunteer more than that.

Girls In Action: September 9 – October 10, 2013
Earn-A-Bike: October 21 – November 21, 2013

If you have any questions please contact Ashley Leary, Co-Director of Youth Programs, at 617-522-0222 x101 or email [email protected] Applications are available online.

Benefit Concert for BNB on the Cape, Sunday August 4th

David Wax Museum is one of two artists performing at a BNB benefit concert on the Cape this summer.. Photo Courtesy of David Wax Museum

Spending time on the Cape this summer? Bikes Not Bombs will be partnering with Payomet Performing Arts Center for a fantastic show on Sunday, August 4th. Catch the David Wax Museum and local singer/songwriter, Sarah Swain, for a night of folky-fun music and outdoor entertainment. The David Wax Museum fuses traditional Mexican folk with American roots and indie rock, while Sarah Swain carries a country folk tune. All proceeds from this show will benefit BNB, so if you are thinking of hitting a concert on the Cape this summer, make sure you consider this one! For more info and tickets available online.

Feature Your Art at Bikes Not Bombs During JP Open Studios

Bikes Not Bombs is looking for 5-10 artists to feature in our JP Open Studios group show at the BNB Hub in the Brewery Complex. We’re looking for bicycle-themed art, or art that highlights an aspect of Bikes Not Bombs’ mission, history, or programs. We are hoping to showcase several types of media (painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, jewelry, photography, video, spoke-card art, etc) and we’re especially looking for art made with recycled bike parts and photographs of our programs. We’re happy to coordinate opportunities for photographers to take photos of our programs or to provide access to old parts bins at BNB.

This is a great opportunity for artists, cyclists, and BNB fans to get creative, have some fun, and support our bicycle-based programs! Even if you do not already have bicycle-themed artwork, we encourage you to create a piece (or more than one piece) to include in this group show. In addition to the exposure of being featured at the event, artists will be listed on the BNB website and JP Open Studios website.

During the event, we’ll hold a silent auction to support Bikes Not Bombs’ local and international programs and all artists will be asked to donate one or more pieces for the auction. In addition to the auction, artists can sell their artwork and elect to donate either 50% or 100% of profits back to Bikes Not Bombs.

If you are interested in showcasing your bicycle-themed artwork, please fill out our brief artwork submission form by August 23rd. Spaces are limited and preference will be given to artists that apply early. If you have any questions, contact Erica Rotman, Director of Fundraising & Events, at[email protected]. Thanks!!

Join BNB for the Third Annual Building Momentum Breakfast

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 at 8am
at: Space with a Soul
281 Summer Street, 7th floor
Boston, MA 02210

Save the date! Bikes Not Bombs’ third annual Building Momentum Breakfast will take placeWednesday, October 23rd at 8am at Space with a Soul in the Fort Point Channel area of Boston. The Building Momentum Breakfast is designed to raise critical financial support for Bikes Not Bombs and spread the word about our innovative work using donated bicycles as a tool for self-empowerment and community transformation. The event will feature breakfast from our friends at Ula Café, inspiring stories from individuals who have been impacted by our work, a short video, and more. While attendees will be asked to consider making a donation to support Bikes Not Bombs, there is no obligation to give!

Call for Table Captains! Signing up as a Table Captain is a great way to increase your impact at Bikes Not Bombs and ensure that the third annual Building Momentum Breakfast is a success! As a Table Captain you will be responsible for bringing nine people to the Building Momentum Breakfast – friends, family, and colleagues – who you think will connect with the mission and work of Bikes Not Bombs. In August, we will host a kick-off event for Table Captains to guide you through the process and provide you with all the information and materials you’ll need. Again, while this is a fundraiser, there is no obligation for Table Captains or guests to donate at the event.

If you would like to receive a formal invitation to the Building Momentum Breakfast or get more information about becoming a Table Captain, contact Erica Rotman, Director of Fundraising & Events, at [email protected]. Also, read about last year’s Building Momentum Breakfast.

Bikes Not Bombs’ 26th Annual Bike-A-Thon a Huge Success

JPeeps, the winner of the Best Costume Prize, rode with actual Peeps candies on their helmets! One of many amazing moments at the 2013 Bike-A-Thon. Photo By: Diane Simpson

Full results of our outstanding 26th annual Bike-A-Thonare now posted on our website (with links to many more photos). Here are some of the record-breaking successes we’re proud to share with you:

We are so thrilled to report that this year’s Bike-A-Thon had 559 registered riders and has raised $162,000 to support the work of Bikes Not Bombs! In addition to providing critical funds for BNB’s youth and international work, the Bike-A-Thon is important because it helps strengthen the movement for environmental sustainability and social justice. We could not have done it without the amazing support of our volunteers, riders, event sponsors, and dedicated members of the BNB community. From all of us at BNB, thank you so much to everyone from the BNB community for making it happen!

Between the four routes, Bike-A-Thon riders collectively rode 21,330 miles on June 2nd! Equal to over 3 trips between Boston and our partner in Amuru Uganda (6,753 miles per trip).

The Bike-A-Thon simply would not have been possible without support from our sponsors and community partners. A HUGE thanks is certainly in order! The full list of event sponsors is up on our website, but we want to specifically thank our Title Sponsors: Amir’s Natural Foods, City Feed & Supply, Ula Cafe, Pedro’s, Vita Coco, and Jason & Fischer.

See much more results, thank yous, and photos on the Bike-A-Thon results page.

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LivableStreets Update

Written by Boston Biker on May 10

From LivableStreets:


Rush Hour Race: And the winner is…


On Tuesday morning, we hosted the second annual Rush Hour Race sponsored by Plymouth Rock Assurance, with the Somerville Bicycle Committee. Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone sent the racers off in Davis Square on their routes to the finish line at Dewey Square across from South Station.

“Rush Hour Race is an event to raise awareness about all the ways we get
around our city. More and more people want transportation options and investing in them is critical. By investing in many different ways to get around, such as biking, walking and public transit, everyone’s commute can improve,” said Jackie Douglas, Executive Director of LivableStreets. 

The MBTA proved to be the fastest way to get to work Tuesday at 8 AM. The MBTA rider took 25 minutes; roller blader 28 minutes; cyclist 30 minutes; runner 39 minutes; and the driver 50 minutes.

“At Plymouth Rock we care very deeply for the city of Boston. That’s why it’s so

important to us that our city has the safest, easiest and most efficient transportation options. Alternate forms of transportation are a great way to reduce traffic congestion, automobile miles driven and automobile crashes, which is why Plymouth Rock offers great rates for people who drive less than their peers. We’re proud to work with LivableStreets to promote the growth of all transportation options in Boston through events like the Rush Hour Race,” said Chris Olie, President of Plymouth Rock Assurance.

Longfellow Bridge: Imagine if…    

Too good to not share. This photo was captured by one of our members Tuesday morning, coming off of the Longfellow Bridge entering Charles Circle in Boston. Years ago, LivableStreets advocated for you and won a bike lane there (at least sort of), instead of just vehicle lanes.Now, imagine if there was a wider separated bike lane on the bridge. Imagine if this separated bike lane continued to Cambridge and Charles Street. Don’t worry, we are working on it! Become a member today, and support our Better Bridges campaign.

Excellence in Advocacy for Better Bridges Campaign  


We are excited to share that LivableStreets is one of four 2013 Excellence in Advocacy finalist. We were nominated and chosen because of our Better Bridges Campaign. Massachusetts Nonprofit Network received a record number of nominations, representing 177 organizations and individuals across the state. Award winners will be announced at the Nonprofit Awareness Day celebration at the State House on June 10.

LivableStreets on WGBH “Right of Way” TV series  

LivableStreets Executive Director Jackie Douglas was on Emily Rooney’s “Right of Way” show on WGBH Monday, May 6. Also on the show was filmmaker Kris Carter and Harvard University professor Noah Feldman,

to discuss bicycling in Boston.
Tell us what you think about the show on Twitter @StreetsBoston #RightofWay and on our Facebook page.

RSVP for 5th Annual Boston Bike Update event 

with Nicole Freedman, Director of Boston Bikes, City of Boston


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

@ Boston Public Library, Rabb Hall & conference room, 700 Boylston St Boston
5:30 PM Doors Open – bike valet provided
6:00-8:30PM Presentations followed by Q & A

8:30-10:00 PM

LivableStreets Member Social @ Solas Irish Pub
Hosted by LivableStreets Alliance

Free & open to the public.RSVP please.

For the fifth year in a row, LivableStreets Alliance will host the annual Boston Bike Update event with the Director of the Boston Bikes Program, Nicole Freedman. Yes, she left for a little while, but she’s back! Find out how Nicole has jumped back in to keep all of the City’s goals on track. Hear the latest on the Bike Network Plan, Climate Action Goal, Hubway bike share, parking facilities, youth programs, festivals and more.


Join us at this public forum on bicycle planning in Boston, and get your questions answered.  

> Invite friends on Facebook

> Volunteer at the event – email [email protected] for more details.

Bike4Life ride September 15  

Fundraiser for LivableStreets   


Last year, you helped us raised $40,000 through our Bike4Life fundraising bike ride. Thank you! This year, the ride will take place on Sunday, September 15th. The ride will have 20 and 40 mile routes from Newton, as well as a kid’s route. Save the date and more details coming soon!

Street Ambassador Training   

Tuesday, June 11, 12-1pm and 5:30-6:30pm  

@ LivableStreets office, 100 Sidney St, Cambridge

[email protected] to RSVP

There’s more than one way to think about our streets, use our streets, and to enjoy our streets. As a LivableStreets Street Ambassador, you’ll be helping people shift their perceptions about what our communities could be.


Represent LivableStreets in neighborhoods, at festivals and at other public events. Share how our campaigns and programs are helping to improve the quality of life for people in and around metro Boston. Livable streets are achievable, but only when you get involved.


Last year, our 25 Street Ambassadors made national news and helped win short-term improvements in our Remove McGrath Campaign! Help make change this summer. Find out more information here and RSVP for a training today!

Matter of Facts: Parking   


Parking plays a big role in the way streets are designed and how our public space is used. Here are some facts on parking. Weigh in, what do you think about parking? Share your comments on Twitter, Facebook or send to [email protected]   


Did you know? 

  • Ninety-nine percent of U.S. car trips begin and end in a free parking space.*
  • The average automobile is parked 95 percent of the time.*
  • Although many businesses today believe they benefit from free parking, curbside parking meters were actually introduced in 1935 by an Oklahoma City department store owner. He wanted to increase parking turnover so that there would always be spaces available for his customers.*
  • Boston does not charge for residential parking permits, and issues about 350,000 permits every two years.**


**Parking consultant, Mark Chase.

Volunteer Spotlight with Paul Sohn

Where are you from?

I’m from Chicago, IL. I grew up in Hyde Park, a neighborhood on the south side of the city near the University of Chicago, and my family later moved to Wilmette, a suburb on the north side. So I got both the city and suburban experience growing up.


  What is your favorite street in greater Boston?

I love Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge, especially near Central Square, where I live. It’s a good example of how reducing travel lanes on a major street can make it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to navigate.


What do you like about volunteering for LivableStreets Alliance?

Because LivableStreets is so volunteer-driven, there’s tons of opportunity to help out should you choose to pursue it. On the advocacy committee, if you have a good idea, more experienced volunteers (who have an incredible wealth of knowledge about transportation issues) will help you take it as far as you can.

What would your bumper sticker say?

“Yeah, my bike is in the shop”


> Watch the Remove McGrath video Paul created and read the full Spotlight here.

> If you are interested in volunteering with LivableStreets, come to our Volunteer Fridays from 12-2pm at our office, 100 Sidney Street, Cambridge! Next one happening tomorrow!

Public Meetings and Events


Bike Week

Saturday, May 11-Saturday May 19

@ all over Massachusetts!

See all the events here>> 


Grounding McGrath: Determining the Future of the Route 28 Corridor

Wednesday, May 15, 6-8pm

@ Albert F. Argenziano School, 290 Washington St, Somerville  

Meeting details here>>

Open Streets on the Avenue of the Arts

Sunday, July 14th, 11am-4pm

@ Huntington Avenue, Boston

Open Streets on Blue Hill Avenue

Sunday, September 29th, 11am-4pm

@ Blue Hill Avenue, Boston

Presented by Circle the City

Event details here>>

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