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MassBike Revamps Educational Programs for Fall 2015: Skratch Labs, Pro Legend Tim Johnson Push Classes “Beyond the Pamphlet”

Mass Bike - September 2, 2015 - 9:25am

As the kids head back to school this fall cyclists can too with the launch of MassBikeU. A total redesign of the MassBike educational program, classes will now be offered on a wide variety of topics of interest to riders ranging from beginner basics to advanced skills taught by MassBike staff, local professional athletes, Tour de France mechanics, and other experts on their chosen subject matters. Class will officially be in session this fall leading off with Tim Johnson’s Cyclocross 101 course September 22 and Skratch Labs Women’s “Bike and Brunch” cooking class at Trade October 18.

“For years we’ve had success offering a lot of basic bicycle skills classes. But we had some requests – from both members and retailers – for a broader spectrum of course offerings,” said Richard Fries, MassBike executive director. “While tennis is just, well, tennis, a bicyclist can embrace so many elements that include travel, commuting, mechanical expertise, fitness, on-road, off-road, urban planning, diet, and much, much more. We want to show people this entire world.” This broader range will enhance the traditional class offerings of bicycling basics that MassBike has taught for years and will continue to offer.

MassBikeU Dean Brian Murphy

Heading up the program is newly appointed MassBikeU Dean Brian Murphy. “I am delighted to be working with Richard Fries and the staff of MassBike on our exciting educational initiative. The launch of our Fall semester courses represents the beginning of what we expect to be a broad curriculum of innovative courses offered to a diverse audience of cyclists.  Our mission is to position MBU as a leader in cycling education, while actively engaging our current individual, business, bike shop and bike club members as well as recruiting new MassBike members.”

Unique and innovative courses will be offered alongside the existing curriculum of bicycling basics to round out a calendar suited for a wide range of interests, both on and off the bike. Tim Johnson’s cyclocross class will be a seasonally well timed, on the bike course for those who are looking to learn some new skills. According to Fries, Johnson “is one of the most articulate teachers for cyclocross in the English language. Any cyclist – from a commuter to a tourist to a charity rider – will vastly improve their cycling abilities with this class.”

The Skratch Labs class at Trade is expected to fill quickly. The October 18 class will feature a cooking class taught by Allen Lim, Biju Thomas, and Lentine Zahler, a two hour ride coached by local professionals, and a delicious brunch. The opportunity is unique as Skratch Labs founder Allen Lim has truly changed the athlete and food relationship. Lim stated “I like real food or food made from scratch better than prepackaged alternatives, because in my professional experience, when athletes are on the rivet, real food is less likely to come back as vomit. While real food is not as easy or convenient than opening a packaged laced with excess ingredients and food additives, neither is living an active and healthy lifestyle.”

On MBU guest professors Lim, Thomas and Zahler, Fries commented “With their amazing cookbook for athletes The Feedzone Allen Lim and Biju Thomas changed how nearly every professional cyclist views food and nutrition. To have these guys with Tour de France pedigree offering classes on cooking is a unique opportunity.” MBU will bring in guest instructors for special events supplement their regular roster of local instructors.
For more information on MassBikeU and classes being offered please visit massbike.org/education

Calorie Neutral Ice Cream Ride

Greater Boston Cycling and Fitness Meetup - August 22, 2015 - 10:37pm

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

Although the weather forecast has changed for the better and it looks like we should get a bike ride in tomorrow without rain, Tougas Family Farm will not be open very long so this destination is no longer an option.

This means that my mission to cycle to all the ice cream shops in the greater Boston area continues. Starting at the Framingham High School parking lot, we will ride about 30 miles round trip to Trombatta Farms for ice cream. While this is a no person left behind ride, please be sure you can maintain at least 12 - 13 mph average speed on rolling hills of Boston's western suburbs. We will stop and regroup at major turns.

What you need: a helmet, spare tube, 1 - 2 water bottles, and a sense of fun and adventure. No ear buds or headphones please. I cannot say if they sell lunch food at Trombetta Farms, but can confirm that they have ice cream, so if you think this is more than sufficient as a nutritious and satisfying lunch, then you're all set (really, ice cream is a complete food!). Otherwise, you might want to bring something with you to eat at lunch.

Arrive at 10am at Framingham High School parking lot for a 10:15am departure. Look for a white Subaru Crosstrek with a bike rack on the roof.

Framingham, MA 01701 - USA

Sunday, August 23 at 10:00 AM

Attending: 6

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/224646561/

Concord-Chelmsford 27-mile loop

Greater Boston Cycling and Fitness Meetup - August 15, 2015 - 12:49am

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

I was planning to do a repeat of the 41-mile double loop ride that I came up with last year and has been done a few times since in this group. However, it looks like I won't have time for the 2nd loop, so I'm offering a slightly extended version of the first loop. Maybe somebody else wants to lead the second loop?

The extension is that rather than catching up with the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail in Kate's Corner, we head further north and catch up with it in Chelmsford Center. That adds about four miles, for 27 miles total.

Here's the new route and cue-sheet, including the 4 extra miles:


Let's meet up at 9:15 am and be ready to start at 9:30 am. Aiming to be back before 12:30 pm.

The public parking lot on Keyes Rd, right in the center of Concord (it has public restrooms and a water fountain).

You need to be okay with a 12-15 mph pace. We will wait for everyone at the top of major hills and at confusing intersections, but please don't sign up if you can't keep at least a 12 mph average pace with relatively few stops.

What's required: 
* Road bike in good repair 
* Bike helmet 
* At least one full large water bottle (you can refill at lunch) 
* Spare tube, and air

What's recommended: 
* Basic repair tools 
* Snack 
* Cell phone

A few lunch options:

• If you bring your own, then the picnic tables by the brook right off the parking lot are ideal. 

• Main Streets Market & Cafe has a small take-out shop right next to these picnic tables that serves "Burritos, Pizzas, Hotdogs, Sandwiches, Smoothies & Ice Cream". They sometimes get too crowded and run out of stuff. Also, I walked by them today and noticed that it now says cash only.

• Their main restaurant is in the same building, with an entrance on Main St. It would take too long to eat there, but they are great if you are looking for ice coffee or homemade lemonade to go. 

• Helen's Restaurant is across the street, at 17 Main St. Standard coffee and sandwiches, cash only.

• Haute Coffee is in an alley on the right, 100' down Walden St. Fancy coffee and sandwiches. 

Concord, MA 01742 - USA

Saturday, August 15 at 9:30 AM

Attending: 9

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/224627554/

Kayak at Charles River Canoe & Kayak

Greater Boston Cycling and Fitness Meetup - August 14, 2015 - 9:02am

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

Have had a lot of fun doing this in the past.  Lets get to the water for kayaking / canoeing in Charles river.

We will meet at 10:00 am at the Kayak rental location, do the paper work for rentals and be on the water by 10.30. This is also a scenic stretch of flat water with lots of wildlife along the river, you may bring your camera, but keep it safe from water.

There is rental charge for the kayaks/canoes. We will plan to do about 2 hours, so if renting solo, it would be around $25.00pp, dual/shared ones would be 16.00pp.  Do bring your license/ID, bottle(s) of water, suntan lotion / hat. After the trip, will plan to have lunch at Margaritas in Waltham overlooking the river.

Will set this up as a multi-group event limiting total to 15-20 people.  There is already a long wait list from members of the other group so please make sure you can attend if you sign up

waltham, MA - USA

Saturday, August 15 at 10:00 AM

Attending: 20

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/224472823/

Boston Bike Party: Gone Wild!

Greater Boston Cycling and Fitness Meetup - August 10, 2015 - 11:09am

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

♫♫ In the jungle, the mighty jungle, Bike Party rules the night ♫♫

Release your inner party animal and take a ride on the wild side!

We’ll swing, slither, and swoop through the streets with our paws on our handlebars, howling with joy toward all we pass. Unleash your beastly moves at party stops where our animal kingdom will rage together under the new moon!

This month, Boston is our jungle, and Bike Party has Gone Wild!

** This is a casual paced, night time, social, bike ride with a few hundred participants.  Typically we have 2 or 3 party stops to regroup, hang out, dance, make friends, & have fun.

** Check out the Facebook Event Page to invite your friends and to get updates on the Route and other fun things.

** If you've never been to a Boston Bike Party ride, this video shows what it's all about.

** Check out the LOOKBOOK for ideas on how to dress (optional, but fun!)

Boston, MA 02116 - USA

Friday, August 14 at 7:30 PM

Attending: 12

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/224444217/

Calorie Neutral Ice Cream Ride

Greater Boston Cycling and Fitness Meetup - August 2, 2015 - 9:19pm

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

Please join the first 2015 calorie neutral ice cream bike ride. We will meet at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School parking lot (enter on Lincoln Street and park toward the rear of the lot) and ride to Uhlman's Ice Cream in Westborough (http://uhlmansicecrea..., which I have heard has very good ice cream (my VP swears by this place!). Total riding is 33 miles, so there are no calories for any ice cream eaten during this ride.

Important stuff: Helmets are mandatory and no ear buds or headphones please. You should have 1 - 2 filled water bottles and a spare tube that fits your tire. Lunch is optional (I don't know if there is anywhere along the way to buy something, but, frankly, isn't ice cream a complete meal???). Although this is a no rider left behind ride, it's important to keep a minimum of 11 - 13 mph average pace. I will have printed cue sheets available at the start of the ride.

Sudbury - USA

Sunday, August 9 at 10:00 AM

Attending: 3

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/224363281/

Pepper and Maple Tour

Greater Boston Cycling and Fitness Meetup - July 30, 2015 - 10:49am

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

The ride starts at the Tyngsborough Elementary School, which is near Route 3 Exit 34.  I know it's remote, but on Sunday morning you'd be surprised how quickly you can get there.

The route goes through the towns of Tyngsborough, Dunstable, Groton, Pepperell, Townsend, Brookline NH, Hollis NH, and Nashua NH. Highlights include the Nashua River Rail Trail, Fitch's Bridge, expansive farmland views in Hollis, and lunch at Hollis Country Kitchen.  The ride is classified as fairly hilly, at least for Greater Boston standards, but no hills are steep and grueling.

You should average at least 12 mph on rides that have some "normal" small hills. I average around 14-15 mph for the most part. If there are many sign-ups, we will split into multiple groups with somewhat different speeds in this range. Bring a road bike; or if using a hybrid, be in good shape and use smooth tires.  This ride has some rolling hills, but the scenery, great pavement, and low traffic on these roads makes it totally worth it.

Route map and GPS info for 46 miles: http://ridewithgps.co...

For 32 miles: http://ridewithgps.co...

Cue sheet for both: http://crw.org/cueshe...

My car is a blue Hyundai Accent, and I will leave extra printed cue sheets on my windshield for any latecomers who want to ride on their own. 

East Pepperell village on Mile 10 has some food, ice cream and stores.  For the 32 mile ride there really is no other food, so bring some snacks.  Food along the 46 mile route after Pepperell is quite limited, so we won't have a meal till we reach 31.2 miles at Hollis Country Kitchen right in Hollis center at 3 Proctor Hill Road.  Their website isn't that great but I found their menu.  They have a wide selection of standard sandwiches, meals and breakfast and I've found their food to be quite good for the purpose, with outdoor seating. 

A forecast of steady rain during the ride time of 10:00-2:30 postpones the ride to another weekend. A few drops here and there, and the ride is still on.  If weather is a problem, check this page at 8 AM on the day of the ride for a final decision. 

Tyngsboro, MA 01879 - USA

Sunday, August 2 at 9:30 AM

Attending: 2

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/224284078/

Finding Marie Antoinette in Plainville

Mass Bike - July 27, 2015 - 2:14pm

A Route 1 Bike Lane Puts 20th Century Policy in a 21st Century Lens

By Richard Fries, Executive Director

Like many cyclists, I’m also a motorist. Our family of five gets by fine with just a 2006 Subaru which comes in handy for hauling things about the suburbs. Whenever I find myself idling in traffic alongside one of those lifeless commercial strips I try to find those other signs of life. For there, amid the wrappers and bags and cups strewn from us engorged citizens in our cars, we see the dirt path.

These traffic patterns are always there. They are not laid down not by civil engineers, funded by the state, or given the approval of Boards of Selectmen. The foot traffic there pounds the earth into cement density that could never yield grass. The route may go over a guard rail designed only for the safety of the motorist. The line may continue through a peeled-back corner of fence, down an embankment, and behind a loading dock.

The user of this path is one of the suburban shadow people. This person is neither a conservationist nor a bird watcher nor an “avid” walker. This is a poor person trying to get to a job filling and emptying a Fryolator for the person that strews trash on that same path from the window of their Escalade. This is the shadow economy of the suburbs that receives no accommodation from the engineers, town officials and architects who devote all sorts of thought and resources to getting customers into the front door but give almost no consideration to getting their staff to the back door.

This path gets no ribbon cutting, no free buffet for reporters, no grand opening.

This shadow person is paid $9 per hour to do dishes for folks like me who don’t want to pay more than $6.99 for a lunch. This person may also have a job earning tips at the Cheesecake Factory. For that the hourly pay may be as low as $3 per hour.

This shadow person also does not live in a vacuum. Like me, she needs to live near family, schools, medical care, super markets, and drug stores.

So working full time at this wage this person may make less than $19,000 per year. Given suburban design and policy, this shadow person is compelled to get a car. But the $10,000 in annual expenses to legally operate a car – fuel, car payments, insurances, registration, maintenance, etc. –  would cut that income in half. Read your local police log. A great number of arrests are folks driving without a license, suspended licenses, without insurance, and without registration.

Should they use the bus? You try the bus. In suburban areas they run infrequently, deposit passengers alongside unsafe retail strips without sidewalks, and they don’t run very late for folks working in food service.

Circumstantial logic drives this shadow person to one solution: the bicycle.

Mind you, this shadow person is NOT an avid cyclist who wants to ride a bike; this shadow person is somebody who needs to ride a bike….with the intent of doing so only until they can get a car.

When I took this job in January I had grandiose notions of merging hipster urban bike advocacy with the powerful market of the suburban club riders. Sure I took in the importance of Safe Routes to School and childhood obesity. I understood the significance of rail trails and intermodality. And I could snuff out any delightful back-yard conversation to a stultifying halt with talk about peak oil, the diabetes epidemic, carbon footprints, diesel particulate counts, etc.

But in my work to date I have come to the sober reality that cycling’s most important constituency does not even want to be on a bicycle. They don’t give a crap about l’Alpe d’Huez or filet brazed frames or their lactic threshold. They just need to get a few miles down the road to work or a community college or a supermarket and back. So they ride bikes. Often the tires are under-inflated. The brakes barely work. And the chain is loud.

It ain’t all that sexy. I don’t have a whole lot in common with these folks. And if I found myself at a barbecue with such folks they likely would not care to hang out with me.

This situation came to light for me recently when The Attleboro Sun Chronicle called for a reaction to the Board of Selectmen in Plainville, Mass., howling about their town being forced to include a bike lane on Route 1 where the new Plainridge Park Casino had just opened. The MassDOT required certain traffic improvements along U.S. Route 1 when the casino went in. These included bike lanes.

Sounding a lot like a panel of Fox News commentators with all the typical logical fallacies, the board mocked the inclusion of the bike lanes noting that people should never ride a bike along Route 1 and such markings would somehow lead to somebody being killed. They ridiculed this as being “politically correct.”

I spoke to the reporter for about 10 minutes and about one-hundredth of what I said got in the the article, which is here.

But the reporter noted my comments on how such accommodations are going to be increasingly part of the 21st Century streetscape. He left out my comments regarding how the hired help – even if is just one person – often uses bicycles to get to their job at the casino or the Wendy’s or the Best Buy.

One selectman, himself an “avid” bicyclist sent me a private e-mail incredulous that I would infer that cycling along Route 1 is safe. Whether it is safe or not is not germane to the discussion; folks are doing it any how. And giving them a bike lane – at no cost to the local taxpayers, thank you – makes it a tiny bit safer.

I welcome the interest – and opinions – of the local selectmen. The discussion is long overdue. They are right; the road they have is unsafe for bicyclists and pedestrians and motorists, too. Pointing out problems is easy. We know, according the Brookings Institution, that less than 30 percent of American 18-year-olds even have a drivers license, let alone a car. This is the labor market behind that drive-thru window giving those selectmen their Big Macs.

The Sun Chronicle, in a follow-up editorial, cited the bike lane as “bureaucracy run amok” a week later. You can read it here.

My question to the reporter, which is how do you want young people and poor people to get to those jobs, never got a response. When I asked it of Selectman Robert Rose I also got no response.

Is this a problem? Yes. But the response of the locals is a parody of Marie Antoinette. “What? They have no car? Well let them drive trucks!”

To suggest that maybe people do not have access to a car is like suggesting the sun rises in the west. They are dumbfounded.

Here is Plainville, with a per capita annual income of just over $35,000, hosting a retail strip offering low-wage jobs to local residents. Nearby towns such as Attleboro and Woonsocket, R.I., have an even lower average income. But without a car, those residents are pretty much whistled out of the labor pool (and the customer base). The local bus service run by the Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority  – whose snappy slogan is “We’ll Get You There” – offers one bus per hour to Plainville from Attleboro and it drops folks off a long, long way from the Casino. Not that there would be a sidewalk for that humiliating schlep to the job. And the last bus is gone after 6:30 p.m. so good luck with that job in the hospitality sector.

Political leadership is not supposed to whine about problems but to develop solutions. This MassDOT policy will continue to apply to all those strip malls where our youth and our college students and our poor citizens may need to use alternative means of transit. And whenever a big developer or a casino can foot the bill instead of the taxpayer they will require such places to include bike (and hopefully pedestrian) facilities.

The New York Times recently cited two independent studies that confirmed that the number one barrier to escaping  poverty is neither crime nor education nor addiction. The tallest barrier is the lack of transportation.

The article is here.

But my revelation on the need for bike advocacy to impact the lives of such poor folks did not come about entirely by the Plainville Board of Selectmen. Nor is it a story of “those people.”

This is the story of an 18-year-old kid from a coal mining town who got into college in Tampa, Fla., arguably the worst example of strip mall hell long before anybody had seen a bike lane, a rail-trail or a “sharrow.” And that kid lived by bike amid that high speed traffic chaos working first as a dishwasher and later as a cook while he got through college. That bicycle, which he rode through darkness and rain, helped him graduate debt free. And while his classmates gained weight and gathered up debt, he continued to live mostly by bicycle through a wide variety of jobs in a wide variety of locations for decades.

The money he saved living by bike enabled him to purchase a home in Lexington, Mass., and raise three college bound kids. And that crazy bicycle lifestyle kept his body in such good health that 35 years later he still wears the same size jeans he wore in high school, gets by with no medications, and out dances all of his nephews and nieces at weddings.

This is the ultimate example of how to abide by Republican fiscal values.

That kid is me.

Here we are in Massachusetts, the world’s largest college town, where 17 percent of those young job creators we cherish live by bicycle. They are working in your restaurants, your stores, your cafes, your taverns, and your casinos. Perhaps making their commutes to and from those jobs a touch safer, even just a touch safer, is worth the pittance of an investment.

This endeavor, however nominal, is certainly not deserving of ridicule. We all deserve better leadership.

By: Tom

Items For Sale - July 23, 2015 - 8:00am

Very gently used Mavic Cosmic Elite aero wheels for sale. These are great bomb-proof daily riders for someone looking to upgrade from stock rims. Great hubs that roll really well. Only ridden a few hundred miles. Asking $300. Photos available..just email me!


Salem to Gloucester Ride

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

This is an approximately 34 mile, easy to follow road ride with nice views. It will begin at Salem Common, then head northeast over the Beverly Bridge to Water St. The road takes a couple of turns before Route 127 is found after the small beaches. Turn right onto 127 and follow it to West Beach in Beverly on the right, where we will take a short break, get water etc. It is then about eight miles of rolling hills to Stage Fort Park in Gloucester. This will be on the right, look for the sign since it's easy to miss. We will take another break here before heading back to West Beach. Here, an alternative route crossing 128 will be expplained and used to ride back to the Common.

This generally out and back ride is easy to follow, but one way maps will be available. Please have a bike in good condition, water, sunscreen etc. The pace will be approximately 14-18 mph, but slower or faster can be accomodated.

After the ride, Salem has many restaurants to enjoy lunch or a drink before heading out to enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Salem, MA 01970 - USA

Saturday, July 25 at 10:00 AM

Attending: 12

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/224068889/

A Tale of Two Cities

Mass Bike - July 15, 2015 - 10:10am

Are We Getting Bikes to Everybody? 

By Richard Fries, Executive Director

I’m going to make a hideous assumption here that many of you readers actually drive through the Boston metro area on occasion. So the next time you are stuck in traffic on the Zakim Bridge, itself an architectural accent to the Boston skyline, look down towards the Science Bridge. There you may notice an equally attractive, albeit more modest, bridge.

Behold the North Bank Pedestrian Bridge which connects Paul Revere Park in Charlestown to Cambridge.

I first noticed this bridge only recently after attending a meeting at the Department of Conservation and Recreation. The entire East Cambridge landscape has unfolded for me as of late. The streetscape and infrastructure is a honeycomb of bike paths, lanes, cycle tracks and signals for bikes and pedestrians.

Victory has a thousand mothers. Boston and Cambridge have been blessed with a great network of government and non-government organizations all working to improve access and intermodality.

This shock to my senses came not from the plethora of innovative infrastructure. The shock came from my re-entry to Cambridge after a day spent in Brockton on a bicycle.

In Brockton there is not a single inch of bike infrastructure. My inspection of the MBTA Commuter Rail station, where I had hoped to find some semblance of accommodation for bikes proved deflating. One lonely bike stood locked to the fence. And on the way out of the lot a misaligned, tire-eating storm drain grate awaited that ride.

Physically everything about Brockton is currently designed to make a cyclist feel un-welcome.

Since taking this job I have discovered similar environments in Pittsfield, North Adams, Worcester, Fall River and Springfield.

My company in Brockton also struck me. While our tour was led by Paul Chenard of the Old Colony Planning Commission, we were joined by some local cyclists. Aboard a fixed-gear rode Ryan.

With a sinewy body, Ryan had been riding for about four years. A native of Brockton, he got into cycling while living in Jamaica Plain, one of Boston’s most progressive neighborhoods. When he lost his job in Boston, however, he moved back to Brockton.  Whereas in J.P. he felt aboard his bike as if he belonged. But in Brockton one feels as if they simply do not matter.

All the bike-ped stuff happening in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge and Newton is working to improve the streetscape and the quality of life there. And more and more people wish to live closer to this fountain of convenience and health. Neighborhoods once avoided by the well-to-do – from the South End to the Seaport, East Cambridge to Savin Hill are being transformed. Some call this gentrification; others call it displacement.

But what is tragic is that folks like Ryan, who can least afford the expense of a car, are being shoveled into communities that have engineered them into an automotive corner. Here is a city with inexpensive housing where the largest employer is the city itself. Folks in the city are there often to take advantage of the affordable housing. But to get around they then have to annually carry a $9,000 bag of financial cement in the form of a car.

There are buses and the commuter rail but those are extremely restrictive to one’s schedule. Simple access to supermarkets, drug stores and schools via such transit requires a rather complicated logistical process. And heaven forbid one misses that last bus at 9 p.m.

There is hope. MassBike is targeting these communities with the support of the Department of Transportation and the Department of Public Health to identify simple low-cost solutions to make cycling a safer and healthier option in places such as Brockton. And folks like Paul Chenard, who showcased to me the wide plains of Brockton’s geography which could easily accommodate bike lanes and cycle tracks with minimal impact on motorists, see nothing but hope.

Communities such as these have been orphaned by bike advocacy. Perhaps the time has come to create a cycling lifestyle for folks who most need the benefits.

Call to Action – Complete streets and Amtrak roll-on service – Votes on Wednesday!

Mass Bike - July 13, 2015 - 4:00pm

From the League of American Bicyclists:

This Wednesday, the Senate Commerce Committee is voting on a number of amendments to the transportation bill, including amendments to support complete streets, and standardized roll-on service for bicycles and wheelchairs on Amtrak.

Please join us in asking your Senator to Support both of these key Amendments.

AMTRAK roll on service- Please ask your Senator to support the Manchin Amendment 

Demand for multi-modal transportation options, including the increasingly popular combination of bikes with buses and trains, is growing across the country. Currently, only a handful of Amtrak stations and train services allow convenient roll-on access, and where they do, the service is popular and well-used. The Manchin Amendment would require Amtrak to report to Congress on what standardized roll-on service should look like and what it would take to get there.

 You helped us win in the House, now we need your help in the SenateThis spring we asked for your help to pass this amendment in the House. If we can win it in the Senate then its a done deal.  (If its not in the Senate version – then the two sides will have to work it out in a conference between the House and Senate).  Winning in one chamber puts us in a strong position- but winning in both is a sure thing!

Safe Streets policy- Please ask your Senator to support the Heller, Schatz, Markey Amendment 

We’ve called it complete streets, safe streets and uniform accomodation- now help us call it the law. This amendment would ensure that the design of Federal surface transportation projects provides for the safe and adequate accommodation of both motorized and non-motorized users in the planning, development and operation of transportation projects!

Click here to send your message.

Boston Bike Party - Treasure Island!

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

Grab your trusty two-wheeled ships and foul-mouthed parrots. This month, we set sail across the high seas on the hunt for TREASURE ISLAND. Are ye with us or arrrre yeeeee WITH US?! Leis and coconut trees await all ye castaways forced to walk the plank!


-Ye Boston Bike PaarRRRRty's Treasure Island Captain

What is Boston Bike Party? It's a monthly, social bike ride around the city with music, lights, and fun. It's a great way to connect with the awesome bike community and make some new friends. This 1 minute video will explain what its like to be a part of Boston Bike Party.

We have over 400 cyclists coming via our Facebook Event Page.  Check it out and to see who else is going and to easily invite your friends.

We raise masts at 7:30pm, & set sail at 8pm!

Here is the Route and be sure to check out the Lookbook for ideas on what to wear to this island adventure.  

Boston, MA 02116 - USA

Friday, July 10 at 7:30 PM

Attending: 4

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/223815680/

By: Janeen McCormick

Items For Sale - June 21, 2015 - 9:16pm

Blue Carbon Road Bike RC8 56cm. Custom green paint. Carbon fork, stays, water bottle cages, seat post and handle bars. Mavic wheels. SRAM Red components. Blue is a boutique bike maker out of Atlanta Georgia. This bike was custom built and painted for Kenda women’s road racing team. It was only raced on 3 times. Low miles. Retailed for over $6500. Will sell for $2500. Excellent condition.

BMC Carbon Mountain Bike 03 Fourstroke 18″. Matte black paint. Fox shocks and was built with all the high end components, brakes etc in 2008. Only ridden 5 times. Has been in storage since 2010. Retailed for over $5500. Will sell for $2250. Excellent condition.

Contact Janeen McCormick


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