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Roy Wallack hired to pen book on Richard Long’s life

SANTA ANA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Longtime bike journalist Roy Wallack has been commissioned to write a book about Richard Long, the co-founder of GT Bicycles.  Long died in 1996 in a motorcycle accident while driving to Big Bear, California for a NORBA National.

Boston City Summer Bike Program

From the email:

CELEBRATE BIKE TO WORK DAY WITH MAYOR WALSH AND BLUE BIKES!

Register now for Boston’s National Bike to Work Day Festival on Friday May 18, the City’s annual celebration of bicycling hosted by the Boston Transportation Department!

This year, Mayor Walsh will be joined by Andrew Dreyfus, the President and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, to celebrate the rebranding of our public bike share system as Blue Bikes. The new brand recognizes Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as the new title sponsor of the publicly-owned system, which we’re expanding this year.

You can join one of a dozen bike convoys at stops all across the Boston area or ride over on your own. When you arrive at City Hall Plaza, you’ll be greeted by bike-friendly exhibitors and free breakfast provided by Clif Bar, High Brew Coffee, Iggy’s Bread of the World, and Whole Foods – Charles River Plaza. You must pre-register for the event in order to be eligible to receive a limited edition 2018 Bike to Work Day shirt. Shirts will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Blue Bikes members can receive Blue Bikes sunglasses. Registration, a map of the convoys, and other event details can be found at boston.gov/bike-to-work-day.

People who identify as female or gender non-conforming practice bike skills in a parking lot.

LEARN TO RIDE AT A WOMEN’S LEARN-TO-RIDE CLINIC

Are you a Boston resident who identifies as female or gender-nonconforming? Do you want to learn to ride a bike or sharpen existing bike skills? If so, you’re invited to participate in the Boston Transportation Department’s free clinics. The “Basic Skills” clinics are for you if you’ve never ridden a bike before, haven’t been on a bike for years, or can ride a little but need to build basic skills like starting, stopping, turning, and hand signaling. “Intro to Street Skills” clinics are for you if you have the basics down, but want to build your confidence riding on the street. Pre-registration is required for all clinics. Bikes and helmets are provided upon request. Find more information at boston.gov/women-bike.

Schedule of planned events:

  • Basic Skills | Tuesday, June 19, 6 pm – 8 pm, Mattapan
  • Basic Skills | Wednesday, July 11, 6 pm – 8 pm, Roxbury
  • Basic Skills | Wednesday, July 25, 6 pm – 8 pm, Charlestown
  • Basic Skills | Wednesday, August 8, 6 pm – 8 pm, Allston
  • Basic Skills | Saturday, September 8, 10 am – 12 pm, Dorchester
  • Intro to Street Skills | Saturday, September 8, 12 pm – 2 pm, Dorchester
  • Basic Skills | Saturday, September 29, 10 am – 12 pm, Roxbury
  • Intro to Street Skills | Saturday, September 29, 12 pm – 2 pm, Roxbury
  • Basic Skills | Saturday, October 13, 10 am – 12 pm, East Boston
  • Intro to Street Skills | Saturday, October 13, 12 pm – 2 pm, East Boston
Two people presenting as females ride bike share bikes on a street in Boston. They are smiling and appear to be having fun.

LEARN ABOUT BIKE SHARE AT A BOSTON BY BIKE(SHARE) RIDE

Are you a resident of Boston who is interested in the region’s public bike share system but haven’t yet tried it out? Join one of four Boston by Bike(share) events hosted by the Boston Transportation Department this year. These events are a great way to try bike share for free and learn more about the different membership options available. An experienced ride leader will take you on a group bike ride through the neighborhood, traveling along comfortable on- and off-street routes. Helmets will be provided and participants should be a minimum of 16 years old. Information about our Boston by Bike(share) events can be found at boston.gov/bikes.

  • East Boston by Bike(share) | Wednesday, June 27, 6 pm – 8 pm
  • South Boston by Bike(share) | Wednesday, July 18, 6 pm – 8 pm
  • Dorchester by Bike(share) | Wednesday, August 22, 6 pm – 8 pm
  • Roxbury and South End by Bike(share) | Wednesday, September 19, 6 pm – 8 pm
Two people presenting as female ride bikes along the Staniford St cycletrack.

RIDE CONNECT HISTORIC BOSTON WITH US

Connect Historic Boston (CHB) is an initiative between the City of Boston and the National Park Service to link historic sites through downtown Boston. While construction on the full project continues, the Boston Transportation Department will be able to take people on a ride of the substantially-complete bike trail.

Meet us on June 22 at 5:30 pm at South Station. We’ll ride along the CHB Trail, and make a few stops along the way to discuss the project. The ride will take approximately one hour and will end near a Red Line T stop.

Don’t have a bike? A limited number of Blue Bikes (formerly known as Hubway) will be available. Please be sure to register if you want to ride a Blue Bike. Registration is optional for riders who have their own bikes, but does help us in planning. All riders will need to sign a waiver. Helmets will be required.

Do You Want Protected Bike Lanes On The Longfellow?

From Cambridge Bike Safety:

The Longfellow Bridge, a critical bike connector to Boston, is going to be restriped and reopened in May. You may be surprised to learn that in the final design, the inbound bike lane will be similar or worse than it is today: it will continue to have a dangerous 5 1/2-foot painted bike lane between fast-moving cars and trucks on one side, and the storm grates and detritus that builds up next to the crash barrier on the other side. The outbound lane will be slightly better, with a small 2-foot buffer separating bikes from one lane of car traffic with no protection.

According to Boston’s bike counts, one-third of AM rush hour commuters are on bicycles. Those families, commuters and visitors deserve a safe space to ride! We have been working to convince state officials to install pilot protected bike lanes by restriping both lanes, inbound and outbound, with buffers and flexposts to provide separation and permanent protection for the commuters, families, and other people traveling over this bridge on bikes.

To make this vision a reality we need to keep the pressure on state officials. Please take these two actions today to ensure help us transform the Longfellow Bridge from a highway to a safe, mulit-modal connector for everyone, including those walking and bicycling!

  1. Call or email your state representative’s and senator’s offices (look yours up here or find the list of Cambridge reps below) as soon as possible and tell them how important it is to you as a constituent that MassDOT update the design to include safe, protected bike lanes on the bridge in both directions. Please copy us or email us afterward (info@cambridgebikesafety.org and info@bostoncyclistsunion.org) so we can keep a count. Talking points are below.

  2. Sign this petition asking state officials to stripe a safe bike lane with a buffer on the inbound side of the Longfellow. If you’ve already signed, share the link with your friends by email or Facebook.

Background:

A group of advocates led by the Boston Cyclists Union, Cambridge Bicycle Safety, and others has been working to convince state officials to change their plans for the inbound side of the bridge, and use painted buffers and flexposts to provide separation and permanent protection for the commuters, families, and other people traveling over this bridge on bikes.

Specifically, we are asking MassDOT to keep the bridge to one travel lane inbound for cars, in order to install an inbound protected bike lane that would allow cyclists to cross the bridge safely.

  • With only one general travel lane, the protected bike lane can be designed to be quite wide, which will have two ancillary benefits: (1) emergency vehicles like ambulances will be able to safely use the bike lane/buffer when needed (with bicyclists pulling over to the side), (2) bicyclists will be able to safely ride side by side and pass each other on the steep climb up the bridge.

  • We know that one lane is all that’s needed, given that there’s only been one car lane over the past 5+ years of construction, and the traffic implosion that had been predicted never materialized. Also, designating only one travel lane for motor vehicles will reduce speeding.

  • Due to these benefits, the Cambridge City Council officially endorsed this proposed design, and two of our state representatives, Mike Connolly and Jay Livingstone, have publicly written to MassDOT asking them to improve safety by adopting this design. (It’s still important to call Mike and Jay to thank them, so they know this is something people really care about.)

  • Also important to note: the change we are asking for can easily be made, even at this late stage. It primarily involves simply painting different lane markings on the bridge, and does not need to delay the project.

For more information, see the Boston Cyclists Union’s post on the history of the Longfellow bridge project. MassDOT’s currently planned design is using data on mode shares from 9 years ago. In that time, Cambridge bike counts have doubled, and the Longfellow bridge has operated with one vehicular inbound travel lane for 5 years without incident. The bridge must be updated to reflect current trends and emphasize safe, healthy mobility with protected bike lanes in both directions.

Be sure to include Longfellow Bridge in the subject, and if possible add a personal story why this is essential for your safe commute and enjoyment of public spaces.

Sincerely,
The CBS Core Team

Write or call your statehouse legislators using the email addresses and phone numbers below. If you don’t know who they are, visit: https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator

Be sure to include Longfellow Bridge in the subject, copy us (info@cambridgebikesafety.org and info@bostoncyclistsunion.org), and if possible add a personal story why this is essential for your safe commute and enjoyment of public spaces.

House

Rep. Dave Rogers (24th Middlesex)
617-722-2370        Dave.Rogers@mahouse.gov

Rep. Marjorie Decker (25th Middlesex)
617-722-2692        Marjorie.Decker@mahouse.gov

Rep. Mike Connolly (26th Middlesex)
617-722-2060        Mike.Connolly@mahouse.gov

Rep. Jonathan Hecht (29th Middlesex)
617-722-2140        Jonathan.Hecht@mahouse.gov

Rep. Jay Livingstone (8th Suffolk)
617-722-2013        Jay.Livingstone@mahouse.gov

Rep. Denise Provost (27th Middlesex, Somerville)
617-722-2263        Denise.Provost@mahouse.gov

Senate

Sen. Patricia Jehlen (2nd Middlesex)
617-722-1578        Patricia.Jehlen@masenate.gov

Sen. Sal DiDomenico (Middlesex and Suffolk)
617-722-1650        Sal.DiDomenico@masenate.gov

Sen. Joseph Boncore (1st Suffolk and Middlesex)
617-722-1634        Joseph.Boncore@masenate.gov

Felt Bicycles offers special edition cycling kit to support Project Bike Love nonprofit

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Felt Bicycles is now offering a special edition cycling kit designed by its in-house creative team and made by JL Velo. The jersey and bib short combination was originally designed exclusively for participants in the Felt Freedom Ambassador Program.

Restrap produces bags for Wald bike baskets, launches new Rando bags

MAYSVILLE, Ky. (BRAIN) — British bag maker Restrap has  signed a manufacturing and distribution agreement with Wald Sports to produce a collection of Basket Bags specifically made for Wald bike baskets. The company also has launched a new front bag, the Rando.

Speak Up For A Safer Beacon Street On Monday!

From the email:

page2image2536.jpegNow is the time to speak up for a safer Beacon Street!

On Monday, October 2nd, the City of Boston is holding a “drop-in” meeting to share an update on the Beacon Street redesign project, a Vision Zero corridor project.

The City has incorporated feedback from the public meeting in June into an updated design, and will have team members on hand to answer questions.

Vision Zero Beacon Street Redesign Public Meeting
Monday, October 2, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
@ the Boston Public Library, lower lobby in front of Rabb Hall
700 Boylston Street, Boston

You can do a few things to help out:

  1. Share this email with your community and encourage your family, friends, and neighbors to join you on Monday.
  2. Spread the word via social media before and during the meeting using #visionzero and #crashnotaccident. 
  3. Speak up at the meeting. Tell the city about your personal experiences and the improvements you’d like to see on Beacon Street.

Here are a few suggested talking points:

  • Thank you for your commitment to Vision Zero and making Beacon Street safer for everyone!
  • Please keep the bike lane separated uninterrupted to the intersection at Mass Ave, rather than having a mixing zone.
  • Thank you for doing a road diet in order to create a safer street with shorter crossings for pedestrians and dedicated space for bicycling.
  • Thank you for improving pedestrian signal timing by making more crossings concurrent with a Leading Pedestrian Interval. Please do so with ALL pedestrian crossings in the project area, ensuring that the WALK signal lasts the full length of the concurrent green, along with making all pedestrian signals automatic 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Thank you for adding ‘No Turn on Red’ signs. Please add them at ALL intersections.
  • Please extend the bike lane further eastbound to the Fiedler Footbridge and to Arlington St as part of this project rather than in the future.

Beacon Street has been the site of several serious crashes in the past few years, and this project is an important step in bringing the number of fatalities on our streets to zero.

We know that improving Beacon Street will save lives. We hope to see you on October 2nd!

LivableStreets Alliance
http://www.livablestreets.info/

Top pro road team to race 3T’s Strada, with single chainring, disc brakes and wide tires, next season

LAS VEGAS (BRAIN) — At least one team will ride a single-chainring, disc brake road bike in some of the world’s biggest races next season. The Aqua Blue Sport team, an Irish-based Pro Continental squad, will race the 3T Strada bike in 2018. The team, which is gunning for a Tour de France wild card invite and WorldTour status in the coming seasons, includes American pro road champion Larry Warbasse.

Interbike calls on mechanics to participate in contest

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Interbike is calling on all mechanics to sign up for its Mechanics Challenge, now in its second year

Continental shows 48V mid-drive motor and gearbox unit at Eurobike

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — Continental hopes to jump ahead of its mid-drive competitors Bosch and Brose, with the launch of its 48V system that combines a gearbox and electric motor into a package not much larger than current motor-only mid-drive systems.  Continental is best known in North America for its car and bicycle tires, its rubber business is a small part of the company’s mostly electrical automotive systems business and other technologies it develops for various industries.

Eurobike Award winners honored for product innovation

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — Eurobike received more than 458 applications from brands for this year’s Eurobike Awards. A panel of six judges honored 43 winning products, and 11 companies took home Gold Awards during a ceremony held at the Messe Friedrichshafen on Wednesday evening. “We are delighted by the large number of entrants in the Eurobike Awards and the high level of innovation displayed among them,” said Stefan Riesinger, the head of Eurobike

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