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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

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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

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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

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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.

FSA names Vandermolen managing director as Bohlen retires

MUKILTEO, Wash. (BRAIN) — Full Speed Ahead Inc. (FSA) has named Mark Vandermolen managing director of its U.S.

Erik’s agrees to buy Rasmussen Bicycle Shop in West Des Moines

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (BRAIN) — Erik’s Bike Shop, which has more than two dozen locations across the Upper Midwest, expects to have its first location in Iowa soon, with an agreement to buy Rasmussen Bicycle Shop in West Des Moines. The transaction is expected to be finalized on May 9. Headquartered in Bloomington, Minnesota, Erik’s other locations are in Minnesota, Kansas, Illinois, and Wisconsin

Todson and Hutchinson enter exclusive importer deal

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.

Worksman is off and running in South Carolina

Historic New York City bike maker moves some production to new facility in South Carolina. CONWAY, S.C. (BRAIN) — With dignitaries from state government, the mayor and the city council chairman in attendance, the Myrtle Beach Economic Development hosted Worksman Cycles’ official ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday for its factory here

CSG reports revenue declines in fourth quarter, full year 2016

MONTRÉAL (BRAIN) — Dorel Industries reported a decline in fourth-quarter revenue in its cycling division Thursday.

David Pruitt steps down as Performance CEO, Pat Cunnane becomes interim president

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (BRAIN) — David Pruitt, a long-time Performance Bicycle employee who helped negotiate the retail chain’s sale to ASI, has stepped down as CEO effective this week. Pat Cunnane, ASI’s CEO, has been named Performance’s interim president.

How to build mountain bike dirt jumps

Learning to jump a mountain bike first requires you to find a proper jump you can practice on. Building things is fun, so let’s look at how to build tabletops — a great place to start. 

We’ll then move on to building doubles, hip jumps and step-ups. For tips on learning how to ride the jumps, see our guide to how to jump a mountain bike.

The tools you’ll need for building dirt jumps

  • A sharp spade
  • A shovel
  • A medium-sized wood saw
  • A gardening brush
  • A wheelbarrow
  • A gardening hoe
  • A gardening fork

The rules of building dirt jumps

Only build where you have permission. Clean up after yourself.

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How to build a tabletop jump in 11 easy steps

1. Clean up

First up, thoroughly clear any debris, etc from the area where you want your tabletop to stand.

2. Build solid foundations

Have a search for dead wood that you can use to make a solid foundation to your jump.

3. Scope out the centre of your jump

Lay the wood widthways across the table where you think the centre of the jump will be. This will make it easier when you want to turn your jump into a double (the idea is that you can pull out the middle without affecting the take-off or landing — more on that below).

4. Start digging

5. Dump the earth on the logs

6. Pack it down

7. Get shaping

8. Shape the transition

9. Smooth out the transition

10. Shape that lip

11. Leave it to set

How to build small doubles

1. Start removing dirt from the middle

2. Now you can pull out those logs

3. Smooth it

4. Reuse those logs and dirt

How to build big doubles

1. Plan it out

2. Pile up your logs

3. Lay down the dirt

4. Shape it into a slope

5. Pack it all down

6. Start building your take-off

7. Shape the take-off

8. Smooth the take-off

9. Leave it to set

How to build hip jumps

1. Find your location

2. Clear the area

3. Start making your take-off

4. Build your landing

5. Smooth it all off

 Step-ups

1. Find your location

2. Make your foundations

3. Start building it up

4. Shape the landing

5. Smooth out your landing

6. Remember to give the landing a wide base

7. Shape the take-off

8. Smooth it, smooth it

9. Leave it to set

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

FSA discontinues use of Gravity brand for adjustable-height seatposts

Component maker says it wants to avoid market confusion with Gravity Dropper brand. MUKILTEO, Wash.

Verde to represent IZIP for PR and brand communications

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Verde Brand Communications is now handling PR and brand communications for?IZIP, an Accell North America brand. “E-bikes are becoming increasingly popular with people turning to them for their weekly commutes and weekend adventures,” said Rob Kaplan, vice president of sales at IZIP.