[*BCM*] MassBike Mid-June Update
bikexec at massbike.org
Wed Jun 15 17:37:24 EDT 2005
Major MassBike Victory: Police to Receive Bike Law Training Statewide
In a major victory for Massachusetts bicyclists, MassBike persuaded the
Municipal Police Training Committee, which trains police officers across the
state, to incorporate MassBikes training materials on bicycle laws into
their professional development training for veteran officers starting this
summer, and pledged to incorporate this training for new recruits in the
near future. Currently, Massachusetts police officerslike most of their
peers across the countryreceive no bike law training. This key change is a
major component of one of MassBikes main legislative initiatives for 2005,
the Bicyclists Bill of Rights and Responsibilities, and we believe it makes
the bill more likely to succeed.
Click here for our press release on the bike law training victory
MassBike Volunteer Night: Please Join Us TOMORROWThursday, June 16
Pizza, friends, and envelope stuffing! We really need your help with our
monthly membership mailing. Please join us from 5:00-8:30 p.m.
tomorrow--Thursday, June 16-- for our monthly MassBike Volunteer Night. Its
a great way to have fun and help the cause. You can find us at 20 Park
Plaza, Ste. 528, Boston (Arlington T stop). PLEASE NOTE NEW SUITE NUMBER.
Please RSVP to mike at massbike.org.
Additionally, thank you to everyone who generously supported MassBike with
our Summer Appeal. We raised a terrific $5460, which will benefit our Safe
Routes to School advocacy, working to make it easier for kids to bike and
walk to school. The lucky winner of the Landrys/Cannondale bike giveaway
was Don Mitchell of Arlington. Happy riding, Don!
MassBike is Hiring: Development Associate
MassBikeMassachusetts statewide bicycling advocacy groupseeks a full-time
Development Associate. We are looking for a responsible, driven, and
well-spoken candidate to help grow MassBikes membership and funding base.
Areas of responsibility include membership, event planning, grant-writing,
bike shop and business partner outreach, and direct mail. Previous
fundraising experience and familiarity with cycling community are a plus,
but not required. Talented recent grads are encouraged to apply. Salary:
$24,000/year, plus health insurance; salary review after six months. One
year minimum commitment required. Must be able to work some nights and
weekends. Start date: Late July/early August. Please send resume and cover
letter to bikexec at massbike.org.
Click here for more details
Please Turn Out for Bicyclists Bill of Rights hearing: Wednesday, June 29
Especially with the Municipal Police Training Committees decision to
incorporate bike law training, things are looking very positive for the
Bicyclists Bill of Rights and Responsibilities, which is in the legislature
s Public Safety Committee. Please show your support and help the bill
advance by coming to the next hearing and testifyingnothing matters more to
legislators than hearing from citizens about why they think a bill is
important. Join us on Wednesday, June 29 at 10:00 a.m., Hearing Room A-2.
RSVP to bikexec at massbike.org and we can provide you with additional
information about the bill and how to testify.
Click here to learn more about the bill
MassBike Social: Thursday, July 7
Kick back with fellow cyclists, and enjoy free beer from Harpoon Brewery and
goodies from the Blue Frog Bakery. Join us after work from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at
the Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Avenue, Boston (near Harborlights, in the
Marine Industrial Park). This is your chance to spread the word about
MassBikeget in free when you bring a friend and introduce them to bike
advocacy! Regular suggested donation is $5-$10.
Find out more here
Kids-Only Bicycle Race Sponsored by NEBC: Saturday, June 25
Kids 5-12 are welcome at the ninth annual NEBC Kids-Only Bicycle Race,
taking place at Manchester Field in Winchester. NEBCthe Northeast Bicycle
Clubis a MassBike Business Partner. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. on
Saturday, June 25 and the event will be held rain or shine. Helmets are
required, and a parent or guardian must be present. Entry is free, though a
$5 per racer donation is appreciated.
For more information, click here
Three Fun Upcoming Events: Outriders Boston-to-Provincetown Ride; Blackstone
River Bikeway Ribbon-Cutting; Womens Cycling Clinic
Here are three great events in the next two weeks:
--Saturday, June 18. Outriders does their annual one-day,
Boston-to-Provincetown ride. Check out www.outriders.org for more
--Monday, June 20. At 10 a.m., join Congressmen Jim McGovern and Richard
Neal for a ribbon-cutting celebration for the Blackstone River Bikeway. The
event takes place at the intersection of Millbury and Cliff Streets in
Worcester near the Millbury line.
--Tuesday, June 28. Landry's Bicycles in Natick is hosting a Women's Cycling
Clinic with local pro racers Sara Bresnick-Zocchi (Ford Cycling Team,
mtn-bike racing) and Nicole Freedman (Ford-Basis Women's Cycling Team, road
racing). Topics will include women's-specific equipment, female sports
nutrition, coaching and training, and more. For details, see Landry's
website at http://www.landrys.com/Pages/events.html
Speak Out for More Access in the Green Mountains National Forest
It's quick and easy, but our friends at NEMBA (the New England Mountain Bike
Association) really need your help! The mountain bike policy in the Green
Mountains is one of the most restrictive in the country, with only 37 miles
of trails out of 906 miles being open to cycling. Help change this by
sending emails by July 5th. Your voice is key if we are to get greater
access to this incredible forest. We even have a sample email letter for you
to personalize and fire off. As a Massachusetts resident, it's important to
show that this area could become a great new mountain bike destination!
Click here to send an email
MassBike Partner Ride: The Volkswagen Mt. Washington Century: Sunday, August
Take a 40, 80 or 100 mile bike ride to benefit Tin Mountain Conservation
Center, a MassBike Business Partner.This Century is held the day after the
infamous Mt. Washington bicycle Hillclimb. It is a beautifully scenic,
challenging supported ride starting at Great Glen Trails at Pinkham Notch,
winding through breathtaking valleys around Mt. Washington and culminating
at the Mt. Washington Auto road fields for a celebratory barbecue.
Participants not only enjoy a fantastic ride, but help Tin Mountain
Conservation Center, a local organization that furthers environmental
education of children and adults in the Mt. Washington valley and western
Maine. 2005 is TMCCs 25th birthday. TMCC has reached over 35,000 children
through in-school classes, field trips, summer and winter camps as well as
numerous nature programs/outings.
Pledges are encouraged and the prizes include an American Airlines ticket, a
Marinoni bike frame, a weekend for 2 at the Old Tavern Inn Vt., and many
more . The first 300 registrants also receive a 2005 Mt. Washington Century
For info, click here
Volunteers Sought: Webmaster; Professional Facilitator for January Board
Do you have a couple extra hours a week and a good knowledge of Dreamweaver?
MassBike is looking for someone to help us with basic, regular website
updatesfor instance, adding events to our events pageand/or someone whod
like to dig into improving our new website even more substantively. If this
sounds interesting to you, please email bikexec at massbike.org.
Its never too early to plan in advance. MassBike is always working to
improve, and we are hoping to have a professional facilitator lead our
day-long board retreat in January 2006 (the exact date has not yet been set
and is somewhat flexible). Because MassBike supporters are a talented and
eclectic group, we were hoping that one of you is a professional facilitator
with experience in leading strategic planning sessions and/or retreats, and
that you might be willing to volunteer your services. If so, please email
our board member Jeff Bayard (jbicycling at aol.com) to discuss things further
and determine if it sounds like a good match.
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