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Meeting On Seaver St. Reconstruction – April 2nd 6:30 p.m.

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 29

From the BCU, via DotBike:

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On Tuesday the Public Works Department is planning to unveil a draft proposal for cycletrack that will connect JP, Roxbury and Dorchester. Now we need to speak up and support the plan (if we like it).
Your voice makes a difference! Be there.
 
Seaver Street Reconstruction Meeting
Tues., April 2, 6:30pm
United House of Prayer
206 Seaver St.
Roxbury

Here’s a quote from the official announcement from the the city:

Please join your neighbors to discuss the proposed roadway and urban design improvements on Seaver Street from Walnut Avenue to Blue Hill Avenue. The project consists of traffic improvements and traffic calming, new street lights, enhanced cross walks and a dedicated cycletrack for bicycles.


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Roxbury Bike Tours

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 16

from the email

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Olmsted by bike

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.

RSVP ($10) here. The tour meets across the street from United House of Prayer at the Elm Hill Ave entrance of Franklin Park.

Start:Saturday Sep 24, 2011 10:00 AM
End: Saturday Sep 24, 2011 12:00 PM

Prices
$10.00

Location
Rear gates of the Franklin Park Zoo by the Playstead field Playstead Rd at Pierpont Rd Roxbury, MA 02119
United States

Contact: Discover Roxbury, www.discoverroxbury.org, 617-427-1006.

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Roxbury Endurance Ride

If you didn’t have time to go on the previous rides with Discover Roxbury, this is the one you want. Don’t think of this as a tour, it’s more of an adventure. On this ride we’ll bike to the top Roxbury’s highest peaks,
along some of its major roads, and past historic monuments. Stops will be limited to give us more riding time to cover as much of the neighborhood as possible.

Meet at Roxbury Crossing Station (1400 Columbus Ave). Limit 20 people. Helmets are required.
Purchase tickets ($10) at Brown Paper Tickets here.

Start:Saturday Aug 20, 2011 10:00 AM
End: Saturday Aug 20, 2011 12:00 PM

Prices
$10.00

Location
Roxbury Crossing Station
1400 Columbus Ave
Roxbury, MA 02120
United States

Contact: Discover Roxbury, www.discoverroxbury.org, 617-427-1006.

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Roxbury’s Main Streets

Travel to the four corners of Roxbury: Egleston Square, Mission Hill, Dudley Square, and Grove Hall. Meet the directors at the Main Streets programs, hear how and why each is unique, and receive recommendations on places to eat and shop. Our tour will begin in front of Mission Church and travel
down Tremont St and Malcolm X Blvd to Dudley Square. After a brief visit, we’ll continue uphill to Grove Hall. From there we’ll bike through Franklin Park and finish our ride in Egleston Square where we can direct riders back to the Southwest Corridor. Helmets are required.

Limit 20 people. Tour is weather permitting. Meet at Mission Church, 1545 Tremont St.

Buy tickets ($10) here.

Start:Wednesday Jul 13, 2011 6:00 PM
End: Wednesday Jul 13, 2011 7:30 PM

Prices
$10.00

Location
Mission Church
1545 Tremont St
Roxbury, MA 02119
United States

Contact: Discover Roxbury, www.discoverroxbury.org, 617-427-1006


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A Summer Of Cycling In Roxbury

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 02

Another great email with events

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RSVP and inquiries to Derek Lumpkins 617-427-1006, [email protected]

A Summer of Cycling in Roxbury

Roxbury, MA – For the second year running, Discover Roxbury and the Franklin Park Coalition are teaming up to lead bike-friendly tours of Roxbury’s green spaces and rolling hills. In addition to burning calories on the rides, the two organizations will answer burning questions that exist about the community.

The rides are weather permitting and open to riders of all skill levels. Riders must provide their own bikes and helmets are required.

Wednesday, May 26, 5pm-7pm
Eliot Sq-Franklin Park
This is where it all began! Start in Eliot Square, the heart of colonial Roxbury, and ride through nearly 200 years of historic architecture to the top of Highland Park. From there it’s downhill into the 20th century past Malcolm X’s home, through Melnea Cass’ neighborhood, and into areas where Elma Lewis left a strong impression on residential Roxbury and in Franklin Park. Once inside the park, tour old ruins, enjoy the lush forest, and ride over Frederick Law Olmsted’s arched bridges. At the end of the ride, purchase a light meal at the Golf Clubhouse and watch the setting sun on the terrace.

Thursday, June 24, 5:30pm-7pm
Forest Hills Cemetery- Franklin Park
Ride to the southern reaches of Roxbury and tour historic green spaces: Forest Hills Cemetery and Franklin Park. The cemetery was originally founded as a public burial ground in 1848 by the Mayor of Roxbury and is the final resting place for prominent Roxburyites such as abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, surgeon Susan Dimock, entrepreneur Joseph “Wally” Walcott, and arts leader Elma Lewis. After touring the cemetery, ride through Franklin Park alongside the 200-acre forest and catch the view from Schoolmaster Hill where Ralph Waldo Emerson once lived. At the end of the ride, purchase a light meal at the Golf Clubhouse and watch the setting sun on the terrace.

Saturday, July 24, 10am-12pm
Roxbury’s Main Streets
Travel to the four corners of Roxbury: Egleston Square, Mission Hill, Dudley Square, and Grove Hall. Meet the directors at the Main Streets programs, hear how and why each is unique, and receive recommendations on places to eat and shop. Our tour will begin in front of Mission Church and travel down Tremont St and Malcolm X Blvd to Dudley Square. After a brief visit, we’ll continue uphill to Grove Hall. From there we’ll bike through Franklin Park and finish our ride in Egleston Square where we can direct riders back to the Southwest Corridor.

Saturday, August 7, 10am-12pm
Radical Roxbury
Feel free to wear tie dyed t-shirt. This tour will explore the more radical side of Roxbury’s history. 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.

Wednesday, September 15, 5pm-7pm
Olmsted’s Roxbury
Frederick Law Olmsted, a nationally renowned landscape architect, is best known in Boston for his work on the Emerald Necklace. Parts of the Emerald Necklace form Roxbury’s borders to the west and the south. But, few people are aware that Olmsted and his company were also responsible for many smaller parks scattered around Roxbury. Complete the summer of cycling on a tour of parks that help make Roxbury such a beautiful place for biking. We’ll begin in Eliot Square and wind our way around the community to tour existing parklands as well as areas which were once park, but didn’t survive the growth of the city.


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“Stop The Highway” Learn About The History Of Transportation Advocacy In Roxbury

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 29

Got this in the mail today, looks interesting if you got the time you should check it out.

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Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010
12:00 Noon
Dudley Branch Library

“Stop the Highway” – the campaign that successfully halted the proposed ‘Inner Belt’ of Interstate Highway 95 that would have cut through towns from Concord to Boston and would have destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses in Roxbury. Many were displaced before a coalition of organized communities brought the plan to a halt.

Today’s Orange Line, Melnea Cass Blvd, Malcolm X Blvd, and many other changes are in place as a result of the organizing and leadership activities of Roxbury citizens and the Black United Front.

This is Roxbury’s recent history – that some never knew or heard of. Hear — and contribute to — this first of a 3-part series in the documentation of Roxbury’s role in shaping national policy on transportation and community planning.

Part One January 30 with Chuck Turner

Part Two February 27 with Leonard Durant

Part Three April 3 with Leonard Durant

Here is a photo of what was the plan for the intersection of Ruggles and
Tremont: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ferriswheelsbikeshop/4313240361/

Scary!


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Roxbury Main Streets Bike Ride

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 13

Got this in the email, looks like fun

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Tune up your bikes and come for one more ride around Roxbury. On today’s ride we’ll visit Roxbury’s four Main Streets programs, hear their directors explain why each is unique, and receive recommendations on places to eat and shop. Our tour will begin in Grove Hall and travel through the foliage of Franklin Park to emerge at Egleston Square. From there we’ll bike along the Southwest Corridor Park to Mission Hill and then finish our ride in Dudley Square. The 4-mile ride is open to bikers of all skill levels, but HELMETS ARE REQUIRED.

Co-presented with the Franklin Park Coalition.

Saturday, October 17, 10am-12pm. Limit 20 people. Weather permitting.
Free with RSVP to [email protected]
The tour meets at the park next to the Flames restaurant in Grove Hall, 469 Blue Hill Ave.


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