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Safer Trucking For Cities

Most of the deaths of cyclists in Boston are because of large trucks.

more information from the Boston Cyclists Union here

See You Tonight At The Boston Cyclists Union Soul Party!

hummugGreg Hum plays drums on his bike, organizes the annual Midnight Marathon Bike Ride, and shares stories and more on his personal blog, The Humble Cyclist. Tweet at him, bro: @thehum. 

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Tonight, the Boston Cyclists Union is hosting their Second Annual Spring Kickoff Party. Here’s the scoop from the Facebook event page:

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Order tickets via Eventbrite:

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On Thursday, April 25 we’re expecting over 300 guests at our second annual Spring Kickoff party and this year it’s all about the soul of the bike movement. What brought you to where you are today? What got you so all-fired interested in making Boston the best biking city in the world? Where is all that fire coming from?
Be thinking about this as you enjoy free beer, free food, and Northern Soul you can really move to. You know we always throw a good party and this time we’re hoping to pack this venue with people, but keep you’re eyes here or on our Facebook page to hear about our special guests, DJs, beer donors, and food donors as they express their support for a Boston that’s safe for everyone to mount a bike and ride, from 6 years old on up to 97.
If you come, you’ll enjoy free beer from Cambridge Brewing Co. and Boston Beer Co., free food from El Pelon, M&M Ribs, Chow Thai and other awesome local businesses, and you can take a peek at some amazing bikes from Boston Classic Bikes.
You’ll also have a chance to enter the raffle and win a new bike or other gear with a $750 gift certificate from Ashmont Cycles in Dorchester. Before and after a crazy short 15-minute presentation about what we’ve accomplished and the year ahead, join the Soul Dance Party with DJ Trislam and DJ Dandy Dan.

bcu_dance_party

(Photo Source)

Please thank our fantastic event sponsors for supporting better biking in Boston:

  • Jason & Fischer Attorneys at Law
  • Ashmont Cycles
  • Buckle Farm
  • Cambridge Brewing Co.
  • El Pelon
  • M&M Ribs
  • Boston Beer Co.
  • Chow Thai Café
  • DuVine Cyling & Adventure
  • Flat Top Johnny’s
  • Katalyst Kombucha
  • M&M Ribs
  • Noelle Janka Yoga
  • Nola’s Fresh Foods
  • Sarah Freeman and Sam Sherwood
  • Siva Cycle
  • Spindrift Soda
  • Phi Tran, Bike Union Board president
  • Van Shabu & Bar
  • Zipcar

The event is free to all Union members over 21–if you are not yet a member or need to renew your membership, buying an Eventbrite ticket makes you a member! 

We hope to see you there!!!

Please note that this is a 21+ event. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to our members. Refunds for those under 21 are available by calling 617-620-1989—but our future events will be all ages and your membership will be good for entry to those for one year.

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I’ll be volunteering at the registration table from 7-8pm. Be sure to say hi or give me a high-five! I’ll see you all there!

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See You Tonight At The Boston Cyclists Union Soul Party!

hummugGreg Hum plays drums on his bike, organizes the annual Midnight Marathon Bike Ride, and shares stories and more on his personal blog, The Humble Cyclist. Tweet at him, bro: @thehum. 

____________________________________________________________________

Tonight, the Boston Cyclists Union is hosting their Second Annual Spring Kickoff Party. Here’s the scoop from the Facebook event page:

———

Order tickets via Eventbrite:

buc_soul_party_poster

On Thursday, April 25 we’re expecting over 300 guests at our second annual Spring Kickoff party and this year it’s all about the soul of the bike movement. What brought you to where you are today? What got you so all-fired interested in making Boston the best biking city in the world? Where is all that fire coming from?
Be thinking about this as you enjoy free beer, free food, and Northern Soul you can really move to. You know we always throw a good party and this time we’re hoping to pack this venue with people, but keep you’re eyes here or on our Facebook page to hear about our special guests, DJs, beer donors, and food donors as they express their support for a Boston that’s safe for everyone to mount a bike and ride, from 6 years old on up to 97.
If you come, you’ll enjoy free beer from Cambridge Brewing Co. and Boston Beer Co., free food from El Pelon, M&M Ribs, Chow Thai and other awesome local businesses, and you can take a peek at some amazing bikes from Boston Classic Bikes.
You’ll also have a chance to enter the raffle and win a new bike or other gear with a $750 gift certificate from Ashmont Cycles in Dorchester. Before and after a crazy short 15-minute presentation about what we’ve accomplished and the year ahead, join the Soul Dance Party with DJ Trislam and DJ Dandy Dan.

bcu_dance_party

(Photo Source)

Please thank our fantastic event sponsors for supporting better biking in Boston:

  • Jason & Fischer Attorneys at Law
  • Ashmont Cycles
  • Buckle Farm
  • Cambridge Brewing Co.
  • El Pelon
  • M&M Ribs
  • Boston Beer Co.
  • Chow Thai Café
  • DuVine Cyling & Adventure
  • Flat Top Johnny’s
  • Katalyst Kombucha
  • M&M Ribs
  • Noelle Janka Yoga
  • Nola’s Fresh Foods
  • Sarah Freeman and Sam Sherwood
  • Siva Cycle
  • Spindrift Soda
  • Phi Tran, Bike Union Board president
  • Van Shabu & Bar
  • Zipcar

The event is free to all Union members over 21–if you are not yet a member or need to renew your membership, buying an Eventbrite ticket makes you a member! 

We hope to see you there!!!

Please note that this is a 21+ event. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to our members. Refunds for those under 21 are available by calling 617-620-1989—but our future events will be all ages and your membership will be good for entry to those for one year.

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I’ll be volunteering at the registration table from 7-8pm. Be sure to say hi or give me a high-five! I’ll see you all there!

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Bike Jobs Roundup

Get a job, get that cash, get more bikes, ride more bikes. Ohhhhhh yeaaaaaa.

Electric Bike Company Looking for a Customer Service Rockstar (Cambridge or Remote)

Part-Time Bookkeeper at Bike Frame Manufacturing Company (Watertown)

Help Wanted – Bicycle Sales Associate (Cambridge)

Help Wanted – Experienced Bicycle Mechanic (Cambridge)

Bicycle Service Manager (Watertown)

Assistant Manager for Sales, Marketing and Promotions (Watertown, MA)

Bicycle Mechanic (Stoneham)

Experienced Bike Mechanic (North End)

Marketing Manager Bicycle Tour Company (Arlington MA)

Bicycle Tour Guide/Customer Service Associate (North End)

Sales Associate and Bicycle Assembler at Bikes Not Bombs Bike Shop (Jamaica Plain)

Bicycle Mechanic at Bikes Not Bombs Bike Shop (Jamaica Plain)

Membership and Development Manager — Boston Cyclists Union (Boston)

Bike Delivery Person

BCU Hiring Membership And Development Director

From the BCU website:

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Membership and Development Manager – Boston Cyclists Union
The Membership and Development Manager is the main generator and organizer of the Boston Cyclists Union’s rapidly growing membership and volunteer corps, also overseeing other fundraising and development opportunities.

  • Hours: Full time
  • Reports to: Executive Director

About the Boston Cyclists Union:
The Boston Cyclists Union works to make the city healthier and more enjoyable by promoting the bicycle. Our fast growing 1,000-member grassroots organization is becoming one of the most active and effective advocacy groups in the city. In 2012, our membership doubled. In 2013, we hope to double it again. The Boston Cyclists Union’s work is helping to increase ridership in Boston, Cambridge, Brookline, and Somerville. We want to Connect the City with a complete system of physically separated bikeways designed so that anyone, from an 8-year old child to an 80-year old grandmother will feel safe and comfortable riding a bike.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead and manage programs and events designed to retain, maintain and grow Bike Union membership.
  • Identify grant opportunities, communicate with foundation officers, and create drafts for grant proposals.
  • Identify contract opportunities, communicate with contractees, and create drafts for contract proposals.
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director, develop and guide major donor strategy.
  • Set membership strategy, membership numbers and budget goals to produce desired results.
  • Develop targeted membership materials and campaigns with diverse communities and partners (e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Phone-A-Thons, events, etc).
  • Manage lead generation and customer retention programs.
  • Collect and analyze historic and survey data to create new programs and refine existing membership programs.
  • Champion new practices in membership maintenance and recruiting and implement new strategies.
  • Develop and conduct volunteer trainings focused on member recruitment and increased member engagement in Union activities.
  • Develop and manage business and employer membership and member discount proragrams.
  • Work with the Executive Director and Development Committee to improve upon existing and create new programs and outreach for membership.
  • Responsible for a wide variety communications involving all facets of membership including new programs, weekly and ongoing communications, and all member messaging and branded materials.
  • Collaborate with Development Committee and skilled volunteers on membership materials.
  • Create organization-wide themes, talking points and messaging across all trainings and membership materials.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Deep commitment to the Boston Cyclists Union mission.
  • 3-5 years experience in a similar field.
  • Strong interpersonal and relational skills.
  • Demonstrated track record of successful project planning and goal reaching.
  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team.
  • Excellent communicator.
  • Superior analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Experience with direct mail, e-mail campaign marketing, phone banking, and social media communications.
  • Organized, and detail oriented.
  • Professional, positive, outgoing, friendly demeanor.
  • Desire and ability to implement systems that will allow your work to scale quickly and significantly to be able to reach more people.
  • Extra points for working knowledge of Salesforce, Constant Contact, Vertical Response and/or InDesign.

Salary
Starting salary is $32,000. We are a small, extremely fast-growing non-profit and strong performance will be rewarded as our budget allows. Full-time, exempt position.

How to Apply:
Send a compelling cover letter and resume to info@bostoncyclistsunion.org. Please include “Membership and Development Manager Candidate, YOUR NAME” in the subject line, and be sure to mention where you saw the job advertised. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. We strongly encourage applicants to submit their application by February 20, 2013. People of color and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Boston Cyclists Union is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political orientation.

BCU Hiring Membership And Development Director

From the BCU website:

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Membership and Development Manager – Boston Cyclists Union
The Membership and Development Manager is the main generator and organizer of the Boston Cyclists Union’s rapidly growing membership and volunteer corps, also overseeing other fundraising and development opportunities.

  • Hours: Full time
  • Reports to: Executive Director

About the Boston Cyclists Union:
The Boston Cyclists Union works to make the city healthier and more enjoyable by promoting the bicycle. Our fast growing 1,000-member grassroots organization is becoming one of the most active and effective advocacy groups in the city. In 2012, our membership doubled. In 2013, we hope to double it again. The Boston Cyclists Union’s work is helping to increase ridership in Boston, Cambridge, Brookline, and Somerville. We want to Connect the City with a complete system of physically separated bikeways designed so that anyone, from an 8-year old child to an 80-year old grandmother will feel safe and comfortable riding a bike.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead and manage programs and events designed to retain, maintain and grow Bike Union membership.
  • Identify grant opportunities, communicate with foundation officers, and create drafts for grant proposals.
  • Identify contract opportunities, communicate with contractees, and create drafts for contract proposals.
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director, develop and guide major donor strategy.
  • Set membership strategy, membership numbers and budget goals to produce desired results.
  • Develop targeted membership materials and campaigns with diverse communities and partners (e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Phone-A-Thons, events, etc).
  • Manage lead generation and customer retention programs.
  • Collect and analyze historic and survey data to create new programs and refine existing membership programs.
  • Champion new practices in membership maintenance and recruiting and implement new strategies.
  • Develop and conduct volunteer trainings focused on member recruitment and increased member engagement in Union activities.
  • Develop and manage business and employer membership and member discount proragrams.
  • Work with the Executive Director and Development Committee to improve upon existing and create new programs and outreach for membership.
  • Responsible for a wide variety communications involving all facets of membership including new programs, weekly and ongoing communications, and all member messaging and branded materials.
  • Collaborate with Development Committee and skilled volunteers on membership materials.
  • Create organization-wide themes, talking points and messaging across all trainings and membership materials.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Deep commitment to the Boston Cyclists Union mission.
  • 3-5 years experience in a similar field.
  • Strong interpersonal and relational skills.
  • Demonstrated track record of successful project planning and goal reaching.
  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team.
  • Excellent communicator.
  • Superior analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Experience with direct mail, e-mail campaign marketing, phone banking, and social media communications.
  • Organized, and detail oriented.
  • Professional, positive, outgoing, friendly demeanor.
  • Desire and ability to implement systems that will allow your work to scale quickly and significantly to be able to reach more people.
  • Extra points for working knowledge of Salesforce, Constant Contact, Vertical Response and/or InDesign.

Salary
Starting salary is $32,000. We are a small, extremely fast-growing non-profit and strong performance will be rewarded as our budget allows. Full-time, exempt position.

How to Apply:
Send a compelling cover letter and resume to info@bostoncyclistsunion.org. Please include “Membership and Development Manager Candidate, YOUR NAME” in the subject line, and be sure to mention where you saw the job advertised. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. We strongly encourage applicants to submit their application by February 20, 2013. People of color and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Boston Cyclists Union is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political orientation.

Bike Events This Weekend In Dorchester

From the good folks at Dotbike come this awesome list of events this weekend!

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Saturday July 14th 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 3rd Annual Roslindale Farmer’s Market Bike Day - Join the 3rd annual Bike day at the Roslindale Farmer’s Market in Adams Park in Roslindale with many bike related vendors and free valet bike parking!

Saturday July 14th 10 a.m – 2 p.m. Kite, Bike and Frisbee Festival at Ronan park - Come and enjoy the outdoors at one of Dorchester’s hidden gems – Ronan Park – for the Kite, Bike and Frisbee Festival. Join your community in celebrating many ways to enjoy the outdoors and Boston’s public parks with a backdrop of incredible views of Boston Harbor and the Islands. Bring a picnic, fly a kite, throw a frisbee, learn to ride a bike, play at the playground. There is something here for everyone! Family friendly event not to be missed!  Free hot dogs while supplies last, first 30 kids get a free kite, bring your bike and helmet!

Saturday July 14th 10 a.m – noon Pedal Through Boston Urban Wilds - Join BNAN staff and avid cyclist Jessica Mink for a guided tour of Jamaica Plain and Roslindale’s most notable and cherished Urban Wilds. Beginner and intermediate level bikers welcome! Bring your personal bike and helmet. Advance registration required by contacting 617-542-7696or info AT bostonnatural DOT org. Meet at Nira Rock Nira Ave and Day Street, Jamaica Plain

Sunday July 15th 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Circle the City Car-Free Corridor between Franklin Park and Jamaica Pond - Lot’s of great events associated with this event which will include street closures so you can ride between Franklin Park and Jamaica Pond Car Free!  see our site and http://www.emeraldnecklace.org/circle-the-city/ for more info.

Sunday July 15th 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Circle the City Bike Tour of Dorchester and Roxbury with Jessica Mink and the Boston Cyclists Union starting on the Southwest Corridor at Green Street (Please arrive 10 minutes before departure).  Be prepared to ride on city streets with traffic.  The ride will mainly use streets with low traffic and/or bike lanes and finish up on the Southwest Corridor.



BCU Seeking New Board Members

got this in the email, if you are interested in being on the Boston Cyclist Union’s board give them a hollar

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HELP MAKE BOSTON A BETTER BIKE CITY…

JOIN OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

www.bostoncyclistsunion.org 
The Boston Cyclists Union is helping Bostonians lead healthier lives by promoting the bicycle for transportation. Among other things, we repair bikes, educate new riders, and organize neighborhood residents who would like to voice support for friendlier street designs, bike paths, and public spaces.

The Union is growing in all ways — the number of projects we’re working on, volunteer opportunities, and more.

The Board Selection Committee of the Boston Cyclists Union is currently seeking applications from prospective Board Members who are passionate about the Boston Cyclists Union’s mission.

As a Board Member you will be responsible for three areas:

  1. Governance (strategy, planning, fiduciary responsibilities)
  2. Involvement in programs/committees that develop the Union
  3. Development (raising funds, community awareness and recruiting quality volunteers)

Minimum Requirements:

  • proven experience as a volunteer and fundraiser
  • interest and ability to be an ambassador for the Union
  • a commitment to the Union, including time and flexibility to help grow the Union, including making a fundraising commitment and a board donation
  • practical skills/experience in at least one of the following areas: finance and accounting, non-profit law, PR, marketing, creative/design, project management, business management, urban planning, government, transportation or policy
  • attendance at monthly Board meetings, Board retreats, Union special events and committee/project meetings

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Application Process

Only candidates that provide a complete and thoughtful career profile will be considered.

To apply for this position:

  1. Follow this link for the online application:  http://bostoncyclistsunion.org/featured/board2012/
  2. Email your resume to: boardselection@bostoncyclistsunion.org

Application Deadline: July 11, 2012




Dorchester Open Studios Ride

From dotbike, sounds like a great time.

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Hi Dot Bikers,

It’s nearly time again for our always fun exploration of public art in Dorchester by bike.

Dorchester Open Studios is happening Oct 21 – 23rd at several locations throughout the neighborhood.

Discover Dorchester’s public art treasures with DotBike and the Boston Cyclists’ Union

Join other cyclists on a ride on Saturday morning October 22rd starting a 11 a.m. in Codman Square in front of the Great Hall (corner of Washington and Talbot)

The ride of about 8 miles is at a relaxed paced with several brief stops to view some of the great outdoor art in our neighborhood. We’ll also be passing and pointing out locations of several of the group and home studios that will be open from noon to five on both Saturday and Sunday as part of Open Studios. Helmets are required.

RSVPs are appreciated to dotbike@bostonbiker.org or 781-367-9200 Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.



Volunteer Tuesday Oct 11 – Important Bike Counts For Neponset Greenway Grant

From Dotbike.

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Hi Dot Bikers,

DCR is submitting a federal grant application to try to get $10 million dollars to close the remaining gaps in the Neponset Greenway/Harbor Walk trail system. This includes the section between Tenean Beach and UMass Boston (we call this the Dorchester Coast Trail project on dotbike.org) and the section from the current end of the trail to Mattapan Square. If the money is granted it will mean a continuous off road path along the Dorchester Coast and Neponset River from Castle Island to Hyde Park.

Current usage stats will help to strengthen the application and there isn’t much data out there. The Boston Cyclists Union is organizing a one day counting blitz next Tuesday Oct 11th. We need people to count a five different locations during the morning and evening rush hour periods (the grant proposal needs to emphasize commuting via the trail).

If you can volunteer this Tuesday go to this survey http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8LXGKYJ to see the times and locations for the counts and sign up for a shift or two.

Thanks!