John Siemiatkoski

  • donated 2017-10-13 12:09:16 -0400

    MassBike Light Brigade

    $2,815.00 raised
    GOAL: $5,000.00

    MassBike is on a mission to shine bright lights across the Commonwealth. As we approach darker months of the year and the fall time-change, rider safety can become more challenging. Throughout the entire month of October, MassBike will raise funds to purchase lights from Planet Bike, to distribute to area colleges across the state and key locations around downtown Boston prior the end of Daylight Savings Time.

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    "Although only 20 percent of bike rides happen after sunset, more than 50 percent of bike fatalities happen during those hours," said MassBike Executive Director Richard Fries. "Simply being seen is one of the most important ways to make a bike rider safer. But too often - especially during this time of year - we find people caught on their bikes with inadequate lighting." This can be a simple lack of awareness or they cannot afford lights. In either case, MassBike wants to help make sure riders are seen on the roadways and get to where they need to go safely.

    The lights being distributed will be from Planet Bike. "These are higher quality lights than most giveaways and their batteries - which are replaceable - will last, on average, about a year," added Fries.

    A donation of just $10 donation will provide a set of lights to a rider in need. Lights will be distributed on Thursday November 2, just prior to the end of Daylight Savings Time that weekend at area colleges including UMass/Lowell, Bunker Hill Community College, Salem State University, Roxbury Community College. More locations will be added as the distribution date approaches.

    The goal of the program is to give out 1000 lights in one single day. Can you help us get there? Donate today!

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  • commented on COMMENTARY: Will Crashes Spark Tactical Suburbanism? 2016-08-24 04:23:52 -0400
    Wow! What a great post! There is no magic bullet. We need constant vigilance. More bicyclists need to get engaged in advocacy. A friend said years ago, for many cyclists “advocacy isn’t their issue, until it’s their issue.” If you ride a bike and come across something wrong, make it your issue. The Marines have a saying, “Every Marine, a rifleman.” Well, it’s time to fight! Many have soldiered on for years on advocacy issues with little or no awareness or appreciation from our riding buddies. It’s not too hard to get involved – start small with one thing. Like taking photos of debris on the road and sending them to the DPW to ask they clean it up. Simple, takes a few minutes, and congratulations, you are an advocate!
  • posted about Monthly Membership on Facebook 2016-08-09 19:23:01 -0400
    As a bicyclist, MassBike has my back. Every month, I'm paying them back with an automatic donation. You should too!

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  • posted about Donate on Facebook 2017-08-08 10:28:02 -0400
    MassBike has my back when I ride. I've got theirs with this donation.

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