For those interested in collector's items, check out our 30th Anniversary MassBike T-Shirt here. With our new logo in place, we will not be re-printing these comfortable, cotton shirts, so get them while they last! Did we mention they are 50% off?! That's right; these limited-edition gems are now only $7.50.
If you need to buy stocking stuffers, a great place to shop is at your local bicycle shop. MassBike members receive a 10% discount on parts and accessories--unless otherwise noted--at a number of bike shops across the state. For a list of our MassBike Business Partners and discount amounts, look here. Bicycle Lights, wool socks, and waterproof clothing all make great winter-appropriate gifts.
Another great, tax-deductible option is to purchase a MassBike membership for the bike-loving person or family in your life. Membership options start at $35, and you will receive plenty of benefits, all of which are listed here.
And finally, you can give the best gift of all - a better place for biking. Click here to make a donation to MassBike so that we can keep working hard on your behalf to make the roads a little friendlier.
Like a child that has gotten just a little too big for her bike, MassBike recently adopted a new logo to reflect the increasing professionalism and growing importance of the organization. Just like that child's bike, we have gotten a lot of miles out of our old logo, and it worked well for us when we needed it. But the old logo's fine details, small size of the letters, and unusual color choices compelled us to adopt something a little more contemporary and slicker.
Like all things, give the new logo a chance before you decide you don't like it. Wait until you see it on shirts, stickers, brochures, business cards, and bikes - and we think you'll see why it is a dramatic improvement over our past logo. We liked this one because:
- It is simple.
- It indicates the mission of the organization (better bicycling for Massachusetts).
- When placed next to other logos, our name will appear more legible.
- The slanted box indicates motion (and we are certainly moving toward a bike-friendly state).
Stay tuned as we begin producing MassBike merchandise with the new logo, and act quickly to get your t-shirts, water bottles and other items with the old logo - they're soon to be collector's items!
MassBike is looking for an energetic, qualified person to help us keep the office organized, efficient and flowing smoothely. Because we have over 3,000 members, a big chunk of that time will be processing new memberships and renewals, undertaking bulk mailings, and keeping on top of our online store. But like any office in a growing organization, the phone calls, email inquiries, and documents do tend to pile up, and this person will also be responsible for making sure that the office keeps up with the general administrative tasks that need to be handled.
The ideal candidate for this entry-level position is someone who has good time-management skills, is detail oriented, and understands the importance of individual tasks in relation to the bigger mission of the organization. This could also be a position wherein a qualified candidate could grow into a higher-responsibility role at MassBike, depending on interests and abilities. Some of the duties specifically include:
- Provide top-notch services to members, donors, and customers.
- Handle all membership, donation, merchandise, bicycling skills class, and event registration inquiries and orders, by mail, phone, and online store.
- Generate and send monthly membership renewal mailings and emails.
- Track membership, renewal, and fundraising statistics on a monthly and annual basis.
- Coordinate monthly Volunteer Nights and other volunteer activities.
- Manage inventory.
For more information, check out our job posting here. Job applications can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, and it’s best to send them in by Wednesday, December, 7th (the sooner, the better). We are looking to hire a qualified applicant as soon as possible, so please spread the word!
Casey Overpass Public Meeting
Monday, November 21
5:30-6:00pm Open House
6:00-8:30pm Public Information Meeting
William Hinton Laboratory- Auditorium (also known as the State Lab)
305 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
While either option will improve overall traffic flow through the area, there are compelling reasons to favor the at-grade option. You can find a lot of information about the project and the proposed alternatives here, but briefly some of the benefits of the at-grade option would be:
- Bike lanes through the entire corridor
- Safer and more convenient connections to transit
- Supports street-front economic and neighborhood development
- Better connections between abutting green space and the parks of the Emerald Necklace
- Separate paths for walkers and cyclists (in addition to on-street bike lanes)
- No dark or hidden spaces in the corridor
- Includes Washington Street improvements making it safer for walkers, cyclists, and motorists
- Saves taxpayer dollars
If you don't have time to attend the meeting this Monday, please email your support to John Romano at MassDOT (email@example.com) and copy Jullieanne.Doherty@cityofboston.gov and your local elected officials. Be sure to reference Project File No. 605511.
The bill actually does some really good things, like consolidating seven "core" and 13+ other programs into just five new "core" programs (see graphic below). Most transportation advocates are especially happy to see the National Highway Performance Program, which will create measures to maximize the effectiveness of our infrastructure investments. The legislation also eliminates earmarked projects, which most people seem happy about.
What concerns people in the bike community is that the three main sources of federal bike funding are consolidated into the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program. This is potentially bad on three fronts:
- There could be a 20-30% reduction in overall bike/ped funding under this legislation, even though it supposedly "maintains current funding levels."
- There could be more eligible uses for bike/ped funding, including things like vegetation management and wetland mitigation. This would mean more competition for less money.
- Since bike/ped funding is no longer in a separate program, it might be easier for DOTs to redirect the funding to other roadway uses, though right now it is unclear what other uses would be eligible. Senator Boxer (D-CA) has already reduced the number of eligible road uses (a major step forward), but the language of the bill is still in flux.
Another issue bicyclists have taken issue with is the "mandatory side path rule" included in the bill. This clause states that on federally owned roads, bicyclists must use a side path if one is present. Especially for those who feel more comfortable traveling on the road, this is a major problem, and the League of American Bicyclists has started a petition for people to sign against this clause. But we need to emphasize that while the side path rule is bad, the overall reduction in funding is a much bigger problem, with ramifications in every community in the United States.
We do have strong allies trying to improve the situation, but their success is uncertain. Senator Merkley (D-OR) has introduced an amendment that would dedicate a 2% minimum of surface transportation funding to biking and walking, and Senator Cardiff (D-MD) introduced and amendment that would strip all road programs from other eligible uses of bike/ped funding. While neither has been adopted, they are part of a larger conversation going on before the bill hits the senate floor for a vote.
We have already called on you to defend bike funding twice over the past several weeks (here and here), and both times the anti-bike amendments were unsuccessful. We may be calling on you yet again to help us defend bike funding, but we're not quite there yet. We are working with our partners to develop a national strategy for defending bike funding, and will let you know just as soon as possible what you can do to help.
MassBike is the oldest bike advocacy organization in the Bay State and the only one with a statewide focus. We only have two staff members (though are looking for a third), so our interns have the opportunity to take initiative and really add significantly to the organization's mission.
Internships are unpaid, but we are happy to work with students getting academic credit. We want this to be a valuable learning experience, and so take time at the beginning of the internship to discuss interests and then assign appropriate tasks, check in frequently during the course of the term, and then end with an exit interview to see how we could improve the educational experience for future interns.
Time commitments generally range from 8 - 12 hours per week, but we are willing to be flexible based on other time constraints. Obviously, the more time you put into the internship, the more you get out. We currently have two specific internships, with descriptions listed below:
- Update the MassBike blog, including researching and composing timely articles
- Enhance MassBike's Social Media Tools: Twitter and Facebook
- Update the MassBike Calendar of Events
- Contribute to the "Quick Release," MassBike's biweekly newsletter
- Correspond with members who have bike-related issues or concerns
- Compose technical memoranda regarding federal and state transportation funding
- Prepare fact sheets, packets, and other materials for the 2012 National Bike Summit
- Coordinate with local bicycle groups or other advocacy organizations around the state for the National Bike Summit
- Analyze upcoming legislation relevant to bicycling
Qualifications for the internship positions:
- Strong communication skills, both written and oral
- Ability to work independently
- Knowledge of Word Press, Microsoft Suite, Adobe Suite, and/or other relevant software preferred
- Attention to detail
- Interest and participation in bicycling strongly preferred
- Flexibility to pitch in wherever needed in a small organization
To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. In your one-page cover letter briefly explain your interests, prior work experience, and what you would like to get out of an internship with us.
Check below for some of our upcoming volunteer opportunities, visit our volunteer page, or email email@example.com for more information or to tell us you’d like to help out.
MassBike Volunteer Night
5pm-8pm; 171 Milk Street, Suite 33, Boston
Volunteer nights are a great opportunity to help your statewide bicycle advocacy group, while having a good time and meeting great people. We meet every second Tuesday of the month at the MassBike office (171 Milk Street, Suite 33, Boston) from 5-8pm. Volunteers help MassBike to send out our monthly membership renewal reminders, prepare membership packets, and help out with other activities as they come up. We provide the pizza and drinks. Volunteer night is a great way to meet some other bicyclists.
I've been reading lately about all the great bike things going on around the state, and I didn't want to leave our second biggest city totally out of the conversation. I'm a MassBike instructor based out of Worcester, and I thought it would be nice to write a little bit about biking here in Central Massachusetts.
In many ways, Worcester has a lot going for it. Two major infrastructure projects - Newton Square and Lincoln Street - have been finished, making cycling in those parts of the city much better now. The Blackstone River Bikeway, which will eventually go from Worcester to Providence, is moving right along. And local bike advocates organized six events here for Bay State Bike Week last year.
However, let’s be honest - there are also some obstacles to biking in Worcester. For one thing, the hills around here are daunting. For me, the only way to consistently go by bike is to just get out there and tackle them. The other major barrier I see is that there are zero bike lanes, except for the ½ mile one next to Lake Park. The hills we can't do very much about, but we can certainly push for more bike lanes and other infrastructure! Seeing what Boston has done for biking, and in such a short period of time, tells me that it can be done in Worcester. If more bikers get out there, the city will notice.
As is, I'm getting a reputation at work because I'm the only one (of 200 employees) who commutes by bike. But that doesn’t bother me, because I had my physical this week. My blood pressure is normal (I had hypertension); I lost eight pounds and 3½ inches from my waist since September; and I'm saving at least $133/month in gas alone to boot! I really believe I have my relationship with MassBike to thank. The skills class and commuter workshop material gave me a lot more confidence on the road and some solid tips that required only minimal changes in my routine.
I'm looking forward to getting more people out there on the streets of Worcester and working with other advocates to push the city on bike infrastructure. If there were better infrastructure and more bike education, then maybe everyone would have a better check-up!
For the second time in as many months, an outpouring of emails and calls to our senators has saved Transportation Enhancements from being eliminated. Thousands of concerned citizens across the country contacted their senators, and MassBike joined a group of advocates in meeting with Senator Brown's transportation policy advisor to convince the senator to vote against this amendment. These efforts resulted in 60 votes against Senator Paul’s (R-KY) amendment, including from our own two senators. This is a very promising show of bipartisanship in support of biking.
Unfortunately, this does not guarantee that bike funding is secure. In March, Congress will dive into the issue of a new transportation authorization, meaning that ALL surface transportation funding is back on the table. House Republicans have already indicated dramatically scaling back the federal role in transportation funding, probably meaning that little more than interstate highways would receive money.
Bipartisan support is key to our continued success in defending bike funding. We depend on our members and friends of biking to continue contacting members of Congress as these threats emerge. We will keep you posted as things develop in Washington.
An essential job for any growing nonprofit like MassBike is developing the membership and funding that support its work. We are currently looking for a Development Manager to continue efforts on corporate sponsorships, working with foundations, and applying to grants so that we can undertake the advocacy and education that make our state better for biking.
While you can read the full job posting here, a few of the qualities we are looking for include:
- College degree or equivalent relevant work experience,
- Two or more years of development experience,
- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral,
- Flexibility to pitch in wherever needed in a small organization.
Job applications can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, and it's best to send them in by Wednesday November 9th (though we'll take applications until the position is filled). We are looking to hire a qualified applicant as soon as possible, so please spread the word!