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Weigh In on the Massachusetts Pedestrian Plan

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A draft plan of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s statewide Pedestrian Transportation Plan is available for public comment through October 17th. We need you to give feedback in order to make the plan as strong as it can be. Review the plan here and act now!

City of Boston Releases Vision Zero Update

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Earlier this month, the City of Boston released a 2017/2018 Vision Zero Update, tracking their progress in reducing fatal and severe crashes, and summarizing their progress on safety improvement policies and projects. In addition, the City announced five new Neighborhood Slow Streets zones, which will receive traffic calming measures and safety improvements that will provide visual and physical cues to slow drivers to 20 mph.

The Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition will be releasing a third annual progress report for the City of Boston in early 2019. The Coalition is committed to reviewing the City’s performance annually to ensure public accountability in reaching its goals. To read the Coalition’s 2016 and 2017 reports, click here, and stay tuned for the 2018 report.

If you are interested in learning more about Vision Zero efforts around the country, check out the Vision Zero Cities conference taking place in NYC on November 7 and 8.

Get in the Zone at Our October Advocacy Committee Meeting


What is zoning and transit-oriented development (TOD)? How does it affect you, your neighborhood, and what gets built (or not built)?

Join us at our next Advocacy Committee meeting on Wednesday, October 24th as we welcome Jarred Johnson of Transit Matters/Codman Square CDC and a guest from the City of Somerville (currently undergoing a citywide re-zoning process) to shed light on all things zoning and TOD. Learn more about current zoning and displacement issues in Metro Boston, as well as tips for better advocacy in this space that intersects so closely with transportation issues.

RSVP to let us know you can join us!

Register for Our Upcoming StreetTalks

Seats are filling up fast for our two upcoming StreetTalks. RSVP now to reserve your space!

Broken Buses + Incomplete Streets: Addressing Inequity in our Transportation System

Everyone in Metro Boston deserves safe, affordable, and reliable transportation options, but communities of color have been chronically neglected when it comes to prioritizing improvements on our streets. Join us for our fall StreetTalk where we will discuss why and how city transportation planning needs to address these systemic inequities head-on.

Event Details:
Thursday, October 25, 2018, 5:30-8:30 pm
@ Roxbury Innovation Center, Think Space
2300 Washington Street, Boston 02119


StreetTalk 10-in-1

Join us for the 8th Annual StreetTalk 10-in-1 as we invite 10 innovative transportation and community thinkers to take the stage and share their big ideas. Enjoy 10 rapid-fire “TED”-style talks, with plenty of inspiration to be had! One of our most popular events of the year – don’t miss it!

Event Details:
Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 5:30-8:30 pm
@ Old South Meeting House
310 Washington Street, Boston 02108


Job Opportunities

  • Manager of Fare Inspection Design, MBTA: The MBTA seeks a Manager for Fare Inspection Design to design the fare inspection process under a proof of payment system as part of a new Automated Fare Collection project. The successful candidate must demonstrate attention to detail, understanding of complex technological and policy issues, and ability to work on a cross-functional team. To learn more and apply, click here.
  • Director of Transition, AFC 2.0, MBTA:  The MBTA seeks an experienced manager to complete the transition of internal and external customers to the MBTA’s next-generation fare collection system, Automated Fare Collection (AFC) 2.0. The successful candidate must demonstrate a depth of experience in working across a large organization, with a wide range of stakeholder groups, working directly with the public, and marshalling resources toward a time-critical milestone. To learn more and apply, click here.
  • Various, City of Boston Transportation Department: The City of Boston is still hiring to fill 20 new positions! To learn more, click here.

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Guest editorial: An anonymous mechanic asks who got a cost of living raise this year

Editor’s note: This anonymous guest editorial first appeared in PBMA Mechanics Minute, a weekly newsletter from the Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association. You can subscribe to the newsletter at So ..

Beeline Bikes opens new franchise in Sacramento

SAN CARLOS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Beeline Bikes has launched its newest mobile bike shop, in California’s Capitol city. Beeline Bikes of Sacramento marks the second territory owned by Bzur Haun, who acquired Beeline Bikes NorCal in August 2017

Interbike announces schedule for Supplier Seminars at next week’s show

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Interbike on Tuesday announced the return of the Supplier Seminar Series presented by the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association, consisting of several educational seminars designed specifically for suppliers and their staff.

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BRAIN Dealer Tour of the Grand Valley kicks off Tuesday

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (BRAIN) – Bicycle Retailer & Industry News staff is returning to Colorado, but this time editors and sponsors will visit shops in Grand Junction, Fruita and Palisade.

GT Bicycles sponsors Whistler Mountain Bike Park

WILTON, Conn. (BRAIN) — GT Bicycles is the new sponsor of Whistler Mountain Bike Park, in Whistler, British Columbia and will supply frames for all bikes including rental, retail, and programs at the park.  “GT is all about the business of having fun on two wheels, and to do so in Whistler, with some of the world’s best trails, is incredible,” Mike Marro, GT’s global senior brand manager.

GT Bicycles sponsors Whistler Mountain Bike Park

WILTON, Conn. (BRAIN) — GT Bicycles is the new sponsor of Whistler Mountain Bike Park, in Whistler, British Columbia and will supply frames for all bikes including rental, retail, and programs at the park.  “GT is all about the business of having fun on two wheels, and to do so in Whistler, with some of the world’s best trails, is incredible,” Mike Marro, GT’s global senior brand manager. “This partnership gives us a unique opportunity to connect with the gravity community and get more riders on GT bikes.” GT’s rental fleet will consist of over 300 Furys as the downhill option and nearly 200 Sanctions and Forces as the all-mountain/enduro options

Your turn to weigh in on the big questions: BRAIN’s State of Retail comes to the web

This issue's question: What do you do to improve operations and profitability in your store? LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — State of Retail is one of the most consistently read departments in Bicycle Retailer ’s print magazine, which is published 18 times per year.

Step back in time with these 5 retro bike games

Over the years there have been a few attempts at bringing cycling into video games, and although it’s fair to say that some were a lot more popular than others, that didn’t stop them from eating into plenty of our free time. In this article we take a look back at five memorable titles that kept us clocking the miles even while our bikes were tucked away in the shed. 

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1. Downhill Domination

Launching exclusively onto the Playstation 2 back in 2003 (we know, right?!), Downhill Domination was a strangely satisfying mashup of reality and fantasy where a player would race downhill head-to-head against multiple opponents on ludicrously steep, obstacle-ridden terrain. 


Unusually, a player could choose a number of real world bikes from Specialized, Foes, GT, and Karpiel and even upgrade individual components with real world parts from the likes of Mavic, Marzocchi, Manitou and Maxxis. Stranger still, if you did well enough at the game then you were rewarded with the opportunity to play as mountain bike legends Eric Carter or Tara Llanes.

Playing it was an odd experience that combined the racing element of many driving games with the ability to freestyle like many skate games. Weirder still was the in-game combat which — similar to that of the Sega Mega Drive classic Road Rash — allowed players to comically punt one and other out of the running.

It was a pretty good game too, and achieved high praise among many of the gaming industry’s most respected review titles.

2. Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX

3. No Fear Downhill Mountain Biking

4. Paperboy

5. Pro Cycling Manager/Cycling Manager

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