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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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/jingler
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They don't actually say when the removal will start. I'd bet you have at least 4hrs. :/
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
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.
email@example.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!
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.
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
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.)
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:
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 pm: Spokes 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.
Saturday, September 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.
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 am: Tour 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.
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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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:
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Davis Square to Horn Pond in Woburn. The whole west side of the pond is an old parkway that has been closed to car traffic. You've got the pond on one side and woods on the other.
Davis Square to Lowell, the first half of which uses the Minuteman Bikeway and Narrow-Gauge Bikeway in Bedford. This is a good way to get to the Lowell Folk Festival, July 27-29.
Davis Square to Andover. Almost all of this is on quiet back roads. This route, plus a short jaunt north on Route 28, is a good way to get to the Bread & Roses Festival in Lawrence on Labor Day, September 3.
Davis Square to Concord, via the Minuteman Bikeway and the stone-dust Battle Road path through Minute Man National Historical Park in Lexington and Lincoln. This is neither the shortest nor the fastest way to travel, but it travels through pleasant historic scenery. You'll appreciate the shade on a hot summer day. The section of Mass. Ave. in Lexington, between the two off-road trails, has a substantial hill climb in both directions.
Davis Square to Winthrop Beach, also known as the Scaryville ride, through the heart of industrial Everett and Chelsea. Very different from the rest of these routes! I don't recommend this for narrow-tired road bikes.
Here's a map of the bridge and the two parks that it connects (from Boston Cyclists Union)
From the exhibit description:
The exhibition investigates themes of production, use and impact. The region’s expanding collection of bicycle fabricators ranges from one-person frame shops to internationally recognized custom manufacturers. Admire the craft, beauty and innovation of bikes by Firefly Bicycles, Parlee Cycles, Royal H Cycles, Saila Bicycles and Seven Cycles. A Hubway bike, Montague’s folding bike and MIT Media Lab’s GreenWheel Electric Bicycle Electric Power Module demonstrate new ways the bike can have an impact on Boston’s transit systems.
Let’s Talk About Bikes explores the many urban cultures spawned by the bicycle: alternative societies such as SCUL; leisure riders and events like Hub on Wheels; community educational groups such as Cycle Kids; the work cultures of pedicabbies and bicycle messengers; and enthusiasm for cycling demonstrated through clubs, teams and races.
(parenthetical note: does anyone still read this LJ community? I see very few responses to recent posts here)
This Monday evening, June 4 ETA: POSTPONED to Monday, June 11 because of expected rain, from 5 to 9 pm, Redbones will hold its 16th annual Bike Party and Benefit for MassBike and New England Mountain Bike Association. The party will be outdoors on blocked-off Chester Street in Davis Square, in front of the restaurant.
A $15 ticket gets you food and drink, bicycle valet parking, and a raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5. The drawing for various prizes starts at 7:30 pm. There will be music from the Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society.
Many Somerville parks used to be other things -- schools, a railroad tower, a train station, a water tower. Ride with us to learn more about our city's history.
Here's a map of our tour route, and our Facebook event. The 8.5-mile tour will go at an easy pace with several stops, and should be finished by around 4:30.
Our ride will be the last event of Bay State Bike Week.
Of course, you're welcome to skip volunteering and just sign up to be a participant!
About volunteering at the CYCLE Kids Breakaway Charity Ride:
Date: Sunday, May 20th, 7 AM to 4 PM (ride is from 8 AM to noon; post-ride celebration and lunch is from noon to 3 PM)
Location: deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA.
Volunteer needs (partial list): rider registration, rider support, rest stops, lunch preparation, and clean-up
We'd be thrilled for Breakaway volunteers to commit to work the whole day, but we will work with your schedule. Volunteers will receive a simple breakfast, a Breakaway t-shirt, and a catered box lunch in thanks for their important efforts!
You can learn more about our organization at cyclekids dot org
Contact me (Karin) about volunteering at karin at tugboat23 dot com. Thanks!
It’s at the Regent Theatre in Arlington and is a benefit for Massbike. There’s a social hour starting at 6 PM and the films start at 7 PM.
With help from our sponsors Adventure Cycling Association, we scoured the globe for the best films and we have some amazing bike travel adventures on tap. The judging was very competitive and we only accepted a fraction of the films we received.
The 2012 festival includes a scenic journey from Mongolia to India, a humorous attempt to ride a rickshaw down the length of Vietnam, and an exploration of Egypt in the months after the Arab Spring. These films will make you want to drop everything and go ride your bike!
One lucky attendee will win a free trip from Ciclismo Classico ($2,600 value!)
We also have the Great Jersey Giveaway, a raffle for a wide array of donated bike jerseys. Plus, we’ll have cookies from all of Arlington’s best bakeries for nibbling during the films – and the Regent is now able to serve beer and wine (because what is better with cookies?)
Hope you’ll join us – more info and tickets (only $10 in advance!) at http://www.ciclismoclassico.com/filmfes
A fantastic charity ride benefiting kids is seeking volunteers! It is an excellent volunteer experience and are a good fit for solo volunteers or those who want to volunteer with friends or family. Please contact me (Karin) directly at karin AT tugboat23.com if you’re interested.
Of course, you’re welcome to skip volunteering and just sign up to be a participant!
About volunteering at the CYCLE Kids Breakaway Charity Ride:
Date: Sunday, May 20th, 7 AM to 4 PM (ride is from 8 AM to noon; post-ride celebration and lunch is from noon to 3 PM)
Location: deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA.
Volunteer needs (partial list): pre-ride preparation (publicity, office work), rider registration, rider support, rest stops, lunch preparation, and clean-up
We’d be thrilled for Breakaway volunteers to commit to work the whole day, but we will work with your schedule. Volunteers will receive a simple breakfast, a Breakaway t-shirt, and a catered box lunch in thanks for their important efforts!
For more info or to register for the ride, please visit http://conta.cc/breakaway-2012
And, thanks! Enjoy the beautiful day.
There is a link to the Somerville guide for bicylists there.
Please share this with other lists.
Be safe and considerate of others!
Have a great weekend!
The Friendliest Ride in the East returns to the Berkshires this August
The 6th annual Mass BikePike Tour is a scenic bicycle tour of Western Massachusetts. Taking place from August 2nd to 5th, it is “The Friendliest Ride in the East” and is suitable for novice to experienced cyclists.
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. The longer route also includes optional challenges like a Mt. Greylock hillclimb or a scenic detour to Bennington, VT!
Each evening features a pre-dinner “social hour” for participants to mingle. The Mass BikePike Tour is affordably priced and proceeds go to the MassBike Coalition. For more information please visit www.massbikepike.org.
“This was our first tour--but definitely not our last. The staff of the Mass BikePike Tour consistently went above and beyond the call of duty.”
-John-Paul Ferguson, California resident on the 2011 ride
· One of Bicycling Magazine’s “Top ten multi-day tours”
· Named to spryliving.com’s “America’s best bike rides”
· Featured in Adventure Cycling Magazine, the Boston Globe, the Hartford Courant, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, the Springfield Republican, and the Berkshire Eagle
Bike Week 2012 is coming! Save the date for this great event:
Bikes Can Beat Childhood Obesity – Join the CYCLE Kids Breakaway Charity Ride on May 20th
• Choose from a hilly 62-mile metric century (perfect for an early season challenge), a scenic 36-mile route, or a fun 5-mile family ride to nearby Codman Farm.
• After the ride, enjoy live music, lawn games, and a gourmet lunch under a tent at the beautiful deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA.
• Acclaimed Chef Paul O’Connell of Chez Henri will be grilling a fresh, savory lunch on site – we'll bet this is the best you’ll ever eat at a charity ride.
• You decide whether to fundraise or not, depending on which registration fee you choose – it’s up to you!
Celebrate Bike Week 2012 in a meaningful way – give the gift of bicycling to the next generation of CYCLE Kids!
For more information or to sign up today, please visit http://conta.cc/breakaway-2012
PS: we also offer a fantastic “Wellness Sponsor” program if your workplace would like to reward employees with free entries to the ride. Please contact us to learn more about this exciting employee benefit.
The submission deadline is on April 1st - less than a month away! - so pedal your short (3-60 minutes) bike travel film on over to us. You could win a free Ciclismo Classico bike vacation! All the details are at www.ciclismoclassico.com/filmfest.
The festival itself is on May 17th the Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA. In addition to the films, attendees will enjoy our famous Cookie Showcase, copious door prizes, and special guest Liz Roberts, CEO of Terry Bicycles. The Festival is a benefit for MassBike.
Dress warmly -- temperatures will be in the low 30s. Your bike should have a working headlight and tail-light, but the more lights, the better, both for safety and in keeping with the theme.
Please bring a $5 donation to support the Somerville Arts Council. This event is jointly sponsored by the Arts Council and the Somerville Bicycle Committee.
Here's a map of tomorrow's bike tour. Edit (since the map was changed after I posted this): The red line shows the bike tour route. The blue pushpins are notably-lit houses that the tour passes by.
This is a fairly slow ride that goes by some of the most well lit houses in the city. The tour is about an hour long with many stops to chat and see the lights.
Meet Location: Somerville High School
Meet Time: 6:00pm
Required: warm clothes & bike lights
Recommended: holiday lights, costumes & good cheer
Suggested Donation to the Somerville Arts Council: $5
Afterwards: Hot drinks & treats at City Hall
Hope to see you all there.
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Put some antlers on your helmet, tie some jingle bells to your two-wheeled friend, and join fellow holiday merrymakers at the 15th annual Ciclismo Classico Jingle Ride.
On Sunday, December 11th, a grand parade of cyclists, many in holiday costumes, will meet in Arlington for a leisurely bike excursion to Boston and back. This 22 mile ride rolls through Harvard Square, the Esplanade, Boston Common, and Newbury Street. The group makes occasional stops to sing carols for passersby, and enjoys bringing some unexpected holiday cheer to all who witness the group.
The ride concludes with a party in Ciclismo Classico CEO Lauren Hefferon’s Arlington home – complete with food, hot drinks, and a roaring fire.
NEW for 2011 – ride includes “picnic” lunch in Boston, and we are encouraging more people to ride as a team or group. There will be new prizes for best-dressed team (of 4 or more riders), and biggest team. We’ve also streamlined the riding route.
Jingle with Ciclismo Classico!
Date: Sunday December 11, 2011 (rain/snow date Sunday, December 18th)
Time: 11 AM to 2:30 PM
Distance: 22 mile leisurely loop from Arlington to Boston and back
Starting point: Jam N’ Java, 594 Mass. Ave in Arlington Center
Cost: Suggested donation of $25 (children under 18 are free if accompanied by an adult). Includes an on-the-go lunch. All proceeds go to CYCLE Kids.
Fun stuff: Prizes for best costume, best decorated bike, and (NEW FOR 2011) best-dressed team of four or more riders, and biggest riding team.
More info: http://www.ciclismoclassico.com/jingler
Note: Whether you are a tin soldier or “Olive, the Other Reindeer”, there needs to be a helmet on your head!
RSVP is required – contact MJ Keeler at 781-646-3377 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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http://goo.gl/NpP19 - Google map of the tour
The maps indicate each site by number, and the tour guide describes each site and includes clickable URLs for most of them.
Please comment with any additions or corrections. Eventually I'd like to turn this project over to the Arts Council to include on their website.