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There’s plenty of wild adventure at the 5th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival. The Festival, a benefit for Massbike, presents 11 short films featuring two-wheeled travels around the globe – and this year’s journeys are the most exotic yet. From lava-fields in Iceland to abandoned wilderness roads in Kyrgystan, 2014 takes viewers further than ever before.

However - for many bicycle lovers, sooner or later kids come into the picture. How do children fit in with the fancy-free life of a bicycle tourist? In two of this year’s featured films, we are introduced to the world of family bike travel.

One of these filmmakers, Charles R. Scott (the “Family Adventure Guy”), circumnavigated Iceland with his 10 year old son and 4 year old daughter. Charles will be present at the event for an informal Q&A during intermission – learn about making those family adventure dreams a reality!

This year’s Grand Jury Prize goes to a phenomenal film called The Road From Karakol. It’s just about the opposite to the family films in every way – here, Kyle Dempster sets out on a solo journey across Kyrgystan, heading so deep into the wilderness that the roads grind to a halt.

In addition to the films, a festive atmosphere is on tap at this most-anticipated Bike Month event. A social hour begins at 6 PM and features a Cookie Showcase highlighting the delicious offering of local bakeries. Also included is the “Great Jersey Giveaway” raffle, which will outfit winning guests with bike clothing for their next adventure. One lucky attendee will win a free Ciclismo Classico bicycle vacation valued at over $3,500.


Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival
Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
The Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington, MA
Social Hour 6-7 PM; films 7-10 PM
Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door
Raffle: Win a trip to ITALY!
Tickets at: http://regenttheatre.com/details/5th_annual_ciclismo_classico_bike_travel_film_festival
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/375842999223197/

Bike party in East Somerville! May 7th

Happy spring! – May is National Bike Month! And how better to kick it off than to join the Mass BikePike Tour team at its 2014 Bike Month Party on May 7th at the East End Grille in vibrant East Somerville? We're thinking East Somerville doesn't get enough bike events so we're bringing the love eastwards!

Bring a friend or meet new friends, enjoy free appetizers and a cash bar, and learn more about this year's edition of The Friendliest Ride in the East. We'll have fun giveaways and a discount code for any attendees who sign up for the tour at the event!

If you haven't been to East Somerville recently, you're in for a treat. The neighborhood is at the tail end of a streetscape project making it more walkable and bikeable. There is plenty of bike parking in the neighborhood.

RSVP requested at https://massbikepike7may.eventbrite.com as we have limited space.

About the Mass BikePike Tour:
Ride off the beaten path at The Friendliest Tour In The East! Join the Mass BikePike Tour this August, and explore the quiet side of the Bay State at this benefit ride for MassBike.
The Mass BikePike Tour takes you on Massachusetts’s most gorgeous back roads - visiting swimming holes, pristine New England village greens, ice cream stands, wineries, and the only Trappist brewery in the USA.
Each evening features a pre-dinner “social hour”, a nightly campfire/stargazing, and optional field trips to local attractions. The ride is affordably priced and there may be some volunteer opportunities that will allow you to join us for free.

Short people's road bikes?

Hello! A friend and I are going to do a charity bike ride but neither of us has a bike to use (she recently moved and doesn't have one, mine is in use as a work vehicle) so we're looking for appropriately sized road bikes to either borrow or buy.

I'm a 5'3" guy and she's about 5 feet even. Most of the inexpensive road bikes I've been finding on craigslist are way too big for either of us.

We'll be riding 25 miles on the rolling hills of Hollis New Hampshire, a charity ride I've done for several years now--last year I did it on a borrowed mountain bike with huge fat knobby tires and it almost killed me. In previous years I've used my 1991 mountain bike that has road slicks and it worked fine (that bike now has a trailer on it and the back brakes disengaged to make room for a bent rear tire, and serves me well as a cargo vehicle at work).

Anyone have a bike to lend or to sell that fits the bill? Thanks!
It may be freezing now, but we are dreaming about long summer days and beautiful rides! The Mass BikePike Tour is holding its 2014 Kickoff Party on March 10th at the bike-friendly Asgard Pub.

Bring a friend or meet new ones, enjoy free appetizers and a cash bar, and learn more about this year's edition of The Friendliest Ride in the East. We're really excited about the route and all the attractions along the way!

RSVP requested at https://massbikepike2014kickoff.eventbrite.com as we have limited space.

About the Mass BikePike Tour: (early-bird pricing ends March 1st!)

Ride off the beaten path at The Friendliest Tour In The East! Join the Mass BikePike Tour this August, and explore the quiet side of the Bay State at this benefit ride for MassBike.

The Mass BikePike Tour takes you on Massachusetts’s most gorgeous back roads - visiting swimming holes, pristine New England village greens, ice cream stands, and the only Trappist brewery in the USA.

Each evening features a pre-dinner “social hour”, a nightly campfire/stargazing, and optional field trips to local attractions. The ride is affordably priced and there are some volunteer opportunities that will allow you to join us for free.

Films wanted!

Dear cycling friends,

Get the reels and wheels moving - professional and aspiring filmmakers are invited to enter the 5th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival.

The Festival is a highlight of Bike Month 2014, and is the ONLY film festival in the USA that focuses specifically on bicycle travel.

Even if you aren’t a filmmaker, please save the date for a fantastic evening of inspiring films at the Regent Theatre. The Festival will take place on Wednesday, May 28th, and is a benefit for MassBike. As we have done in the past, the festival will include a wide array of cookies, the Great Jersey Giveaway, and the chance to win a Ciclismo Classico bicycle tour.

CALL FOR ENTRIES INFORMATION
The 5th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival invites professional and amateur filmmakers to submit for consideration films ranging from 3 to 60 minutes.
Films must feature bicycle travel of any type: organized tour or informal travel, domestic or international. One of our best-received films from last year involved an epic journey from Marblehead to Swampscott – so you don’t have to jump on a plane to get a great film.

New for 2014: in addition to the Grand Jury prize and the Audience Award, we'll have the Bay State prize, for the best film submitted by a Massachusetts resident. This award will include some first-class Massachusetts goodies!

SUBMISSION DEADLINE is March 1, 2014
Submission regulations, where to send and more info is available at http://www.ciclismoclassico.com/filmfest
Filmmakers will be notified of Selection Committee’s decision by April 1st.

About The 5th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
The Regent Theatre, Arlington, MA
Social Hour 6-7 PM; films 7-10 PM
A benefit for MassBike
http://www.ciclismoclassico.com/filmfest

Want to see our 2013 Film Festival winners?
Grand Jury Prize: The New Woman: Annie “Londonderry” Kopchovsky
Audience Prize: Three-Legged Horses (best finale ever!)
Hi all,

Apologies for the extra posting - this is only the 2nd time in 17 years that we've had any weather doubts for the Ciclismo Classico Jingle Ride, but the forecast for Sunday's ride veers wildly between 68 degrees (!!!) to 45 and pouring. We really want to have the ride and raise the funds for Horizons for Homeless Children - but actively crappy weather will cancel the ride.

So - long story short - if you are interested in the Jingle Ride and want to know if it's definitely happening, we're making the call early Sunday morning. Please check http://www.ciclismoclassico.com anytime after 7:30 AM for the full scoop.

And one more note if you go - we've added another fun stop to the ride. In addition to the cookies-and-cocoa stop in Harvard Square, the kind folks at the Asgard in Central Square have offered a free beer to our Jingle Ride crew on our way back from Boston. A perfect place to relax, if the weather cooperates! Don't forget your lock (and maybe some fenders too!) if you will be joining us!

Jingle on and hope for sun,
Karin T

PS: more details about the ride are at http://www.ciclismoclassico.com/jingle-ride-2013

Jingle Ride NEW DATE - December 22nd

Hi all,

Due to the iffy weather forecast for this weekend, we've gone ahead and moved the 17th Annual Ciclismo Classico Jingle Ride one week later, to Sunday, December 22nd.

Our Rudolph has a broken hoof so we're more cautious about riding in possible snow than we normally would be.

The ride will have all the same awesome as previously advertised, just one week later. Same start, same finish, same amazing charity to support (Horizons for Homeless Children)

Here's the 411: http://www.ciclismoclassico.com/jingle-ride-2013

Hope you can make it!
Tuesday 12/10: Boston Bike Party - Sparkle Motion
Time: 7:30 pm (usually departs 8 pm)
Place: Dewey Square (across from South Station)
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/771014652912567

Saturday 12/14: Santa Cycle Rampage
Time: 9 am
Place: ULA Cafe, 284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain
Bike from brewery tour to brewery tour, all day.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/574909049244322 and http://www.facebook.com/SantaCycleRampageBOS

Saturday 12/14 POSTPONED to Sunday 12/15: Somerville Illuminations Bike Tour
Time: Meet 5:50 pm, depart 6 pm
Place: outside main entrance to Somerville High School, 81 Highland Ave.
See Somerville's glorious holiday lights by bike. Ride will last about an hour.
More info: http://SomervilleBikes.org/EventsRides.html and https://www.facebook.com/events/624904464217404

Sunday 12/15 POSTPONED to 12/22: Ciclismo Classico's Jingle Ride
Time: 11 am
Place: Kickstand Cafe (formerly Carberry's / Jam 'n Java), 594 Mass. Ave., Arlington Center
More info: this previous LJ post and https://www.facebook.com/events/679731465393390

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Elves wanted! (rescheduled to 12/22/13!)

The Jingle Ride is coming! I hope you can join us for the happiest ride around: you and 100 new friends, many in costume, with motorists and passersby cheering you on instead of cursing at you :) See below for details.

If you've been on the ride before, please note the starting point is under new ownership. It's now called the Kickstand Cafe, and the owners are very bike-friendly!

Happy December riding everyone!
-Karin T, who has Christmas lights on the trailer year-round

Put some antlers on your helmet, tie some jingle bells to your bicycle, and join fellow holiday merrymakers at the 17th Annual Ciclismo Classico Jingle Ride.
On Sunday, December 22nd (NEW DATE!), bring family and friends to Arlington for a leisurely and festive bike parade to Boston and back. This 22-mile ride rolls through Harvard Square, the Charles River bike path along the Esplanade, Boston Common, and Newbury Street – we may stop and sing carols for passersby, or just parade along showing some creative holiday spirit. We’ll also enjoy hot cocoa and cookies at Harvard Square, courtesy of the Harvard Square Business Association!

Join the Jingle Ride!
Date: Sunday December 22nd (NEW DATE!!), 2013 (ride will be cancelled if there is extreme weather)
Time: registration opens at 10:15 AM, ride leaves promptly at 11 AM
Distance: 22-mile leisurely loop from Arlington to Boston and back
Starting point: Kickstand Café (formerly Jam n Java), 594 Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington Center, MA
Cost: Suggested donation of $25 (children under 18 are free if accompanied by an adult). All proceeds go to Horizons for Homeless Children.
RSVP is required. Please RSVP at http://www.ciclismoclassico.com/jingle-ride-2013/ or contact Marc at 781-646-3377.
Or – join the event on facebook!
The Somerville Bicycle Committee's annual fall Tour de Somerville takes place this Saturday, October 19. This year's theme is "Over, Under, Around, and Through" (thanks blacktigr for the suggestion).

We'll explore Somerville's many bridges, tunnels, overpasses, and underpasses. We know of at least 40, which is a lot for a city of just 4 square miles. Our tour route will cross, or at least pass by, as many of these as possible. We will visit the sites of two bike path projects now under construction: the Somerville Community Path extension between Cedar and Lowell Streets, and the Wellington Undercarriage (a new boardwalk under Route 28, linking the Mystic River paths at Assembly Square to Shore Drive).

Meet at 10 am at Seven Hills Park, behind the Holland Street MBTA entrance in Davis Square. We'll depart promptly at 10:15. The ride will be about 13 miles long, mostly flat, and will end by 1 pm.

Somerville police will help escort the ride. We will have a rest stop about halfway through, at Blessing of the Bay Boathouse on Shore Drive, with snacks from Redbones.

In case of steady rain, we'll postpone the ride to Sunday, October 20, same starting place and time.

A tentative route map is at http://goo.gl/maps/EYBJG . Because the route passes through many construction projects, it is subject to change, even at the last minute.

Our ride also has a Facebook event.
Slightly self-promoting here, but more because I could use a getaway and thinking about bike trips makes me happy. Enjoy!
http://www.adventurecycling.org/resources/blog/top-5-massachusetts-bicycle-vacations/

And if you want to chat about the Mass BikePike Tour or volunteering at it (awesome opportunity!) please drop me a line at karin AT tugboat23 DOT com. Thanks!
(x-posted with DSLJ)

Bike week procrastinators unite!

Happy bike week!

Are you missing out on bike breakfasts, wishing you’d planned ahead so you could score as many free bagels as possible?

Well it’s not too late – the best event of Bike Week isn’t technically during Bike Week…it’s the 4th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival and it’s NEXT MONDAY, May 20th.

The festival is a benefit for Massbike, and it is the only film festival in the USA that will make you want to drop everything and ride off into the sunset (or at least head away for a weekend). This year, our Grand Jury Prize winner is a fascinating story of a 23-year old Boston mother of three who cycled the globe in just 15 months – in 1894!

We are also the only film festival to feature a Cookie Showcase of the area’s best bakeries - which is what happens when event planners have a sweet tooth.

One lucky attendee will win an amazing door prize – a spot on Ciclismo Classico’s Piedmont and the Lake District tour (a $2,800 value!). We’ll also be raffling off an eclectic collection of cool bike jerseys to outfit you for your next ride.

Details:

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Regent Theatre, Arlington MA (7 Medford Street)

Social hour 6:00 PM; Films begin 7:00 PM

Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door

http://www.ciclismoclassico.com/filmfest

Check us out on facebook!
Construction started on the Fitchburg cutoff over three years ago; and just last week I tried to traverse it. It started out great: paved, a nice bridge over some of the swampier sections and then .... it just STOPPED. I understand construction can take a while, but the path is less than a mile long. Does anyone have any information on when or if construction is supposed to be completed?

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Hi LJ friends,

May is National Bike Month, and I’m inviting you to the most inspirational event of the month – the 4th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival on May 20th at the Regent Theatre in Arlington. It’s a benefit for Massbike.

It is the only film festival in the USA that will make you want to drop everything and ride off into the sunset (or at least head away for a weekend). This year, our Grand Jury Prize winner is a fascinating story of a 23-year old Boston mother of three who cycled the globe in just 15 months – in 1894!

In addition to this seriously “old-school” tour, we’ll see more recent explorations with destinations from Iran to Scotland to…Swampscott!

We are also the only film festival to feature a Cookie Showcase of the area’s best bakeries - which is what happens when event planners have a sweet tooth.

One lucky attendee will win an amazing door prize – a spot on one of Ciclismo Classico’s “More Miles for Less” tours – a $2600 value! We’ll also be raffling off an eclectic collection of cool bike jerseys to outfit you for your next ride. Hope to see you there!

Details:

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Regent Theatre, Arlington MA (7 Medford Street)

Social hour 6:00 PM; Films begin 7:00 PM

Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door

http://www.ciclismoclassico.com/filmfest

Check us out on facebook!

Summer is coming...really!

Some of you may know I work on the Mass BikePike Tour, an annual bike tour celebrating our state and raising money for Massbike. (we are their #1 donor the past few years).
This past summer I actually got to work at the event, and I truly fell in love - it offered a great mix of super riding that was as challenging as you'd wish, the friendliest riders, and just a wonderful "summer vacation" vibe. I hope you'll join me at the 2013 edition - the early bird discount ends at the end of the month, and the ride will sell out, so sign up asap. Here's more information below:

Give us two vacation days – and we’ll give you a Massachusetts bicycle adventure!

The Mass BikePike Tour is a scenic bicycle tour celebrating all the best that Massachusetts has to offer! Taking place from August 1st to 4th, it is “The Friendliest Ride in the East” and is suitable for novice to experienced cyclists. It’s a GREAT use of limited vacation time - join us after work on Wednesday and we’ll enjoy the next four days of exploring on two wheels. You’ll return home Sunday afternoon with new friends and fun memories.

2013’s ride features the rolling hills and picturesque towns of north-central Massachusetts, from the Johnny Appleseed Trail to the Connecticut River Valley. The ride will also head north into Keene, NH, and (long ride only) Brattleboro, VT.

The Mass BikePike Tour offers two routes each day. The shorter route is between 25 and 45 miles and the longer route is between 45 and 70 miles.

Each evening features a pre-dinner “social hour”, and optional nightly field trips to local attractions. The Mass BikePike Tour is affordably priced – less than $400 if you sign up before March! – and proceeds go to the MassBike Coalition. There are some volunteer options that allow you join us for free. For more information please visit www.massbikepike.org.
Want to see Somerville's holiday lights, but you couldn't get a ticket for the trolley tour?

Then join the Somerville Bicycle Committee and the Somerville Arts Council for the third annual Illuminations Bicycle Tour this Saturday!

We'll meet up in front of the main entrance to Somerville High School at 5:50 pm, leaving promptly at 6 pm. The ride will be about 45 minutes long.

Please wear warm clothes, and use a headlight and taillight on your bike. We encourage additional festive lights on your bike or your person, as well as costumes and good cheer.

We'll ask for a $5 donation to the Arts Council.

For those who want to take a longer ride, we'll have maps available for self-guided tours, with suggested meetup times of 7:15 and 8:30 pm.

Before or after our ride, you can mingle with the Trolley Tour crowd at City Hall. Hot chocolate, coffee, and treats will be available there.

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Note: want motorists to beep at you in a good way? This is the most goodwill I've ever felt on a bike - it's worth riding just for that :)

Put some antlers on your helmet, tie some jingle bells to your bicycle, and join fellow holiday merrymakers at the 16th Annual Ciclismo Classico Jingle Ride.

On Sunday, December 9th, bring family and friends to Arlington for a leisurely and festive bike parade to Boston and back. This 22-mile ride rolls through Harvard Square, the Charles River bike path along the Esplanade, Boston Common, and Newbury Street – we may stop and sing carols for passersby, or just parade along showing some creative holiday spirit. We’ll also enjoy hot cocoa and cookies at Harvard Square, courtesy of the Harvard Square Business Association!

Join the Jingle Ride!
Date: Sunday December 9th, 2012 (ride will be cancelled if there is extreme weather)
Time: registration opens at 10:15 AM, ride leaves promptly at 11 AM
Distance: 22-mile leisurely loop from Arlington to Boston and back
Starting point: Jam N’ Java, 594 Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington Center, MA
Cost: Suggested donation of $25 (children under 18 are free if accompanied by an adult). All proceeds go to Horizons for Homeless Children.
RSVP is required. Please RSVP at http://www.ciclismoclassico.com/jingleride2012 or contact Marc at 781-646-3377.

xposted with davis_square

Davis T: Move your bike TONIGHT...

They seem to be building a new bike parking (cage?) at the Davis T and the signs say that any bikes left there will be removed tomorrow 'morning' (Tuesday, Nov 6.) and stored for a while prior to disposal.

They don't actually say when the removal will start. I'd bet you have at least 4hrs. :/

This Saturday: Tour de Grave

The Tour de Grave is a Boston Cyclists Union trip to some of the Boston area's famous and lesser-known graveyards in honor of Halloween. Trip leaves at 9:30am in order to avoid the majority of ghosts, and will be about 25 miles and take about 4 hours. Steady rain cancels. Helmets required. Appropriate costumes are encouraged for this ride!

We'll make stops at the following burying grounds and cemeteries: Tollgate, Walter Street, St. Joseph's, Baker Street Jewish Cemeteries, Gardens at Gethsemane, Westerly, Centre Street Jewish Cemeteries, Grove Street Jewish Cemeteries, Fairview, Mt. Calvary, New Calvary, Mt. Hope, St. Michael's, and Forest Hills

Where: We will meet in Franklin Park at the Giraffe Entrance to the Zoo

When: Saturday October 27, 2012 at 9:30AM

For more information contact Dick Bauer 857-540-6293
or Jessica Mink 617-312-9714

http://bostoncyclistsunion.org
Bike To The Sea will hold its annual Fall Colors Ride tomorrow, Sunday October 21.* This will will be our first ride along newly completed sections of the Northern Strand Trail in Malden and Saugus. Arrive at 9:30 am at the trail kiosk located across from 195 Canal Street in Malden. The ride will head north at approximately 10 am.

Riders will enjoy an 18-mile loop that includes the Malden and Saugus sections of the Northern Strand; a quick stop by the Saugus Iron Works; a pedal through the Breakheart Reservation, Lake Quannapowitt, and Pine Banks Park; finishing up along the Malden River Route back to Canal Street. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served at the finish.

swinslow4152@gmail.com or Steve Winslow at 781-397-6893.

* ride was originally scheduled for last Sunday 10/14 but was rained out. Tomorrow's weather will be ideal!
The Cambridge Bow Tie Ride, which was scheduled to start today 1 pm at the Cambridge Main Library, has been CANCELLED due to rain. There is no rain date; Cambridge's next ride will be in the spring.

On Saturday, October 13, the Somerville Bicycle Committee will lead the 20th annual Tour de Somerville.

This year's theme is "Edge of the City". We'll ride as close as possible to the Somerville city limits, in a 15-mile counter-clockwise loop. Our tour will visit the industrial grit of Boynton Yards and Inner Belt, the emerging development of Assembly Row, the leafy campus of Tufts University, and the parklands of the Mystic River and Alewife Brook.

Somerville police will help escort the ride, and Redbones will provide light refreshments at a rest stop by the Mystic River.

Meet on Saturday, October 13, at 10 am, at Seven Hills Park (behind the Holland Street MBTA entrance in Davis Square). We will depart promptly at 10:15.

In case of steady rain, we'll postpone the ride to Sunday, October 14, same time and location.

It’s getting colder - wool socks on today's commute anyone?? - so some (not all!) cycling fun is heading inside. Kick off the fall season at the 8th annual Boston Bike Film Festival in Arlington on October 12th!

Mark your calendar for this festive event that raises funds for Massbike and Bikes Not Bombs. We outgrew the Brattle – so join us at the Regent Theatre in Arlington for a great bike-themed night out:

5 PM optional “Ride to the Movies” mellow group ride leaves from Park Street Station. Sign up at http://bostonbikefilmfest.org

7 PM social hour! Features live music with Slow Boat Home, silent auction, door prizes, light bites from cyclist-favorite Redbones, and a cash bar. The first 100 attendees to arrive at the Festival will receive a free 24-hour pass for Hubway.

8 PM films! Some great features ranging from the hilarious “The Man Who Lived on His Bike” (complete with a “making of” companion piece); a feature on Georgena Terry, the barrier-breaking polio survivor behind Terry Bicycles; some inspiration from Bikes Not Bombs’ bike projects in Africa, and many more!

Tickets are $15 in advance, and $20 at the door – buy them now at http://bostonbikefilmfest.org

The Blackstone River Bikeway in Rhode Island

This is a very pleasant route from South Attleboro MBTA station to the beginning of the Blackstone River Bikeway, entirely on quiet back roads and side streets:

http://goo.gl/maps/9RvKw

Once you get on the Bikeway, you can ride 10 miles to Woonsocket. Some day, when Massachusetts gets its act together, it will go all the way to Worcester.

(Unfortunately, Woonsocket is a pretty depressing destination. I don't recommend spending much time there, unless you're going to the Museum of Work and Culture.)

Bike lockers

Hello,

Does anyone have any recomendations for outdoor bike locker brands.  EG the boxes that you see in some cities transit stations and on some college campuses.   I'm found some in internet searches, but haven't found any reviews/recomendations.

I'd be putting them in the back of a rental property as a benefit to tenants so they wouldn't have to carry their bicycles up from the basement or expose them to the elements.

Some google images of what I mean:
 https://www.google.com/search?num=10&hl=en&site=&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1366&bih=667&q=bike+locker&oq=bike+locker&gs_l=img.3..0j0i5j0i24l8.750.2258.0.2549.11.11.0.0.0.0.95.686.11.11.0...0.0...1ac.hfVKGo8bi0k



This is a list of bicycle-related events taking place this fall in Somerville and neighboring communities.   Please leave comments here with any additions or corrections.  I'll try to keep this post up-to-date.

Saturday, September 8, starting at 9 am:  Mystic River Watershed Association's Meet Me At The Mystic festival, primarily a kayak and canoe event, will also include a bicycle tour.   All events start at the Mystic Lakes Dam (which separates Upper and Lower Mystic Lakes) in Medford.

Saturday, September 8, 5-9 pmSpokes 2012 bike festival in Union Square, Somerville, preceded by a Tasting Tour at 3 pm 2:30 pm and followed by a SCUL mission at 9 pm (civilians invited).  A Somerville Arts Council ArtsUnion production.

Saturday, September 15, 9 am 12:30 pm: Fay, Spofford and Thorndike "Bike Fest" in Malden. There will be a ribbon-cutting for the Malden section of the Northern Strand Trail, around 9 am ETA: Ribbon cutting has been postponed, because the trail is not quite ready for that yet.  The rest of the event will proceed as scheduled   and a cook-out at 11 am .  On the Northern Strand trail near Canal and Medford streets in Malden.  More details at the above link or at  BikeToTheSea.com for updates.

Saturday, September 15:  Harbor-to-Bay Bike Ride for AIDS - Boston to Provincetown.  

Saturday, September 22, 10 am:  Medford History Bike Tour: Oldest Trees in Medford.  Meet at Whole Foods,  2151 Mystic Valley Parkway (Route 16).   Includes lunch at the end, on the lawn of the Royall House and Slave Quarters on George Street . Free for Medford Historical Society members, $5 for everyone else.  (Heavy rain cancels the event.)

Saturday, September 22, noon to 5:30 pm:  TD Bank Mayor's Cup bike race on streets surrounding Boston City Hall Plaza

Sunday, September 23, 8 am: Hub On Wheels -  huge 50-mile bike ride (with shorter options), starting at Boston City Hall.

SaturdaySeptember 29, 9 am:  Middlesex Canal historic bike tour, an annual event usually led by Dick Bauer, Bill Kuttner, and Robert Winters.  Starts at Sullivan Square station in Charlestown, passing through Somerville and Medford on the way to North Billerica and Lowell.  Cyclists return to Medford or Boston by MBTA commuter train.   More detailed information is now at MiddlesexCanal.org .

Sunday, September 30, 1 pm:   Cambridge Bow Tie Bike Tour, starting at the Cambridge Main Library park on Broadway.  More info will be posted to  CambridgeBikes.org as the ride date gets closer CANCELLED due to rain; no makeup date.

SundayOctober 7, noon:  HONK! Festival Parade to "Reclaim the Streets for Horns, Bikes and Feet”, from Davis Square to Harvard Square Oktoberfest.  Watch http://honkfest.org/schedule/ for updates.

Friday, October 12: Boston Bike Film Festival at the Regent Theatre, 7 Medford Street in Arlington Center. Social hour (silent auction, light bites from Redbones, and cash bar) starts at 7 PM; films start at 8 PM.

Saturday, October 13, 10 am: Somerville Edge of the City Tour (the Somerville Bicycle Committee's 20th annual Tour de Somerville), starting at Seven Hills Park in Davis Square.  If there is steady rain on Saturday, ride will occur instead on Sunday, October 14.

Sunday, October 14, 10 am: Bike To the Sea's Fall Colors ride.  Start across from 195 Canal Street in Malden. Ride the completed sections of the Northern Strand and then circle up through the Breakheart Reservation and Lake Quannapowitt.  Watch BikeToTheSea.com for updates. Postponed to October 21 because of rain.

Saturday, October 20, 1:30 pm:  Walking and Cycling Tour of the proposed Somerville Community Path extension.  Meet at East Street and North Point Boulevard in Cambridge, across the highway from Lechmere station.   Come on foot or on bicycle.  Both tours will proceed to Cedar Street in Somerville.

Saturday, October 20, 11 am: Melrose Cycles.  Meet-up at Melrose City Hall YMCA and ride to Oak Grove MBTA station.  The event includes a tour of the new bike storage facility at Oak Grove, demonstration of MBTA bus bike racks, free helmets, bike repair demos, children's activities, and refreshments.

Sunday, October 21, 10 am: Bike To the Sea's Fall Colors ride.  Start across from 195 Canal Street in Malden. Ride the completed sections of the Northern Strand and then circle up through the Breakheart Reservation and Lake Quannapowitt.  Watch BikeToTheSea.com for updates.

Saturday, October 27, 9:30 amTour de Graves - bike tour of historic cemeteries.   Meet at 9:30 am at the Giraffe Entrance to the Franklin Park Zoo.   Ride will be about 20 miles long and take about 4 hours.   Appropriate costumes are encouraged!  Led by Dick Bauer.  

Last Friday, the state Department of Conservation and Recreation finished and opened the last missing link of the Alewife Brook bike path, alongside Route 16 in Somerville and Cambridge.

Instead of having to negotiate a narrow dirt path, you can now walk or bike on a beautiful new boardwalk, just north of the Henderson Street bridge (map here). The newly paved and widened path now runs continuously between Mass. Ave. in Cambridge and the Mystic Valley Parkway bridge.

I posted some photos to the Somerville Bicycle Committee's Facebook page, and have included one below, behind the lj-cut. Also, here'a a Google map showing all of the Alewife path sections in Arlington, Cambridge, and Somerville.

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Midnight Pedalers - Boston by Bike ... at Night

Twenty-third Annual Tour of Architectural and Historic Sites

This year's overnight bike ride is Saturday, August 11 (into the 12th, of course).

Meet in front of Trinity Church, Copley Square at 11:15pm, leave Copley around midnight. Traditionally, dawn finds the group at Castle Island, and there's breakfast at the end in Christopher Columbus park. Riders are requested to bring a bike light, wear a helmet and something reflective, have a spare inner tube (that fits your tires), and bring something for breakfast. Commemorative T-shirts available.

It's not a particularly taxing ride (about 30 miles or so) with stops to look at different sights along the way. Riding around the city at night when there is almost no traffic is a great experience. It's fun to be out in a large group and to learn something of the history of the city.

Sponsored by the Back Bay Midnight Pedalers. More information available at 617-522-0259.

Article about past ride: http://bit.ly/94Co8K
Pictures from past rides:
- http://www.mit.edu/~jweiss/BBMP/
- http://www.masspaths.org/photos/mid2008/

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