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Passport To Summer Bike Fun!

Written by Boston Biker on May 15

From the email:

Would you like to get to know more of your biking neighbors and their favorite sites and streets this summer? 
 
Join Dot Bike, Roxbury Rides, Mattapan Food & Fitness, Quincycles, and  Rozzie Rides for the 2017 Neighborhood Ride Series with I Bike Boston and the Boston Alliance for Community Health. 
 

 
Ride with Us! All are Welcome!
 
Starting on Saturday, May 20th, the Neighborhood Ride Series will bring area residents together for an introduction to a different neighborhood by bicycle each month. The Neighborhood Ride Series is a women-organized series seeking to foster the participation of communities not typically seen in mainstream bike culture. Rides are appropriate for ages 16+ (under 16 with parent present). Helmets are required for all participants.
 
Win Cool Stuff
 
Get your Neighborhood Ride Series Passport stamped as you enjoy all 5 of the rides across South Metro-Boston this summer. For every ride you complete you will be entered to win great prizes from local businesses!
 
For More Info
 
Join the Boston Neighborhood Bike Ride Series Facebook Group to receive all updates and messages related to this ride series. Questions? Call 857-264-1893 or email[email protected]
 
Please help us to spread the word by including the Neighborhood Ride Series on your organization’s calendar, forwarding this email, and sharing via social media using the images attached and hashtags #IBikeBoston and #BikeYourHood
 
We can’t wait to ride with you!
 
Lynn, Vivian, Michelle, Irene, and Jessica
 

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Monthly Bike Parties Roll Into Boston; First Boston Bike Party Next Tuesday!

Written by greg on May 21

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Greg Hum plays drums on his bike, organizes the annual Midnight Marathon Bike Ride, and rides bikes after eating too much. He shares stories and more on his personal blog, The Humble Cyclist. Tweet at him, bro: @thehum

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Back in 2009, BostonBiker reported back on some observations from adventures with the monthly San Jose Bike Party group bike ride:

  1. San Jose Bike Party

    1500 people, no joke this thing is huge

  2. People stop at stop signs and red lights (mostly)
  3. People in cars are nice to the party members
  4. All ages (family, child, old, college, high school etc)
  5.  People love their cruisers/low riders/choppers/old shitty mountain bikes out there.
  6.  It is done at night
  7.  Music is provided by several bike trailers, and a musical couch
  8.  BIKE PARTY!!!!
  9. Seriously…BIKE PARTY!!!!!

Fast forward four years, and I’m very pleased to announce that Shane’s observations are soon going to become a reality in Boston:

Bike Parties are coming to Boston, and the first one is next Tuesday night, May 28th! 

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From the Boston Bike Party website:

Bike Party is a phenomenon which has grown out of San JoseCalifornia and spread across the country.  Massachusetts has a vast and diverse biking community with a lot of potential for some great social rides, and it’s about time we got a Bike Party of our own!

The idea is simple: we have fun while riding around together on bikes.  It’s a monthly social ride to make friends, hang out with fellow bikers, and promote biking in the Boston/Cambridge area by showing all the walkers and drivers how we have a good time!

There is no cost to join us, and no obligation.  It’s just an informal bike night out around town to have fun and socialize.

Hopefully we’ll see you at the first Boston Bike Party!

1. Keep to the right lane and off of sidewalks
2. Never ride against traffic
3. Stop at red lights
4. Ride straight and predictably
5. Ride smart. Don’t ride inebriated or unsafely.
6. Remind others to be safe. Help remind others who aren’t following the rules.
7. Stick together! It isn’t a race to the end, it’s a social ride together. If the group is held back, wait. If you’re falling back (which is hard) catch up!

You are each responsible for your behavior! All participants ride at their own risk.

 

Elodie, Boston Bike Party’s founder, a recent Boston transplant and France native, felt inspired to bring Bike Parties to Boston after participating and falling in love with DC Bike Parties while living there.

The DC Bike Party Experience from Charles Pulliam-Moore on Vimeo.

I imagine an amazing party on wheels akin to the closest thing Boston has to a Bike Party: the annual JP Halloween bike ride:
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I’ll have the Hum Drum out for this one. See you on Tuesday!

-Greg


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    • Two Days Left To Register To Vote In Cambridge! October 16, 2017
      TweetFrom the email:   Are you registered to vote? The last day for Cambridge municipal election registration is this Wednesday, October 18 at 8pm. Hi all, All seats on Cambridge City Council are up for election this November 7, and the make-up … Continue reading →
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