|Peter's Hill, Boston, MA|
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Saturday, May 24, 2014
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Tuesday, May 6, 2014
|Team Big Orange Bike rides the 2013 Bike-A-Thon|
Sophie, Clementine and I will be riding 30 miles in our CETMA Largo as part of the Joy-Riders Team, on June 8th, in order to raise funds for Bikes Not Bombs. This will be Clementine's longest ride yet! This is a big bike. It has a plywood box. The kids will be my cargo. People will say we're crazy. Please, sponsor our lunacy as generously as you are able. We appreciate your support to help us each reach our fundraising minimums. Thanks!
The BNB Mission: Our Mission Bikes Not Bombs uses the bicycle as a vehicle for social change. We reclaim thousands of bicycles each year. We create local and global programs that provide skill development, jobs, and sustainable transportation. Our programs mobilize youth and adults to be leaders in community transformation.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Here's a link to a recap of last year's event with lots of photos: 2013 JP Bikes Spring Roll.
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Sunday, January 26, 2014
I told the girls it would be cold and that if we rode our bike it would take us almost an hour to get there, or in their terms: "three Doras". I told them we could take a bus and two trains, but that would take us an hour and a half at best. Finally, I offered to suck it up and drive, which would take us no more than 45 minutes. They chose the bike! I love my kids. We bundled up and headed on over. It wasn't too cold at all, although the wind was off of the charts. On the way in, my two year old was battered a bit by the canopy being tossed by huge gusts of wind. Wish I had a photo of the girls bent over at their waists and the canopy flat across their backs from the wind, but I'd forgotten to start the camera. On the way back, they fared better as the five year old was better equipped to lean into the canopy to prevent it from flattening out.
|If not for the tiny kid leaning into it, that canopy would be flat across the box from the force of the wind.|
|Rock'n Roll is good for the soul.|
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
I had a problem with the way one of the routes I utilize was being plowed in the winter. I sent an email to the kind folks at Boston Bikes:
First off, it was really nice to chat with you when we found ourselves both riding from the Harvard area to JP, last week.
Next, I've a question about Canterbury St, by Baby Nat's, that I hope you may be able answer.
Canterbury is blocked off to MV traffic by two Jersey barriers. However, many local bicyclists utilize Canterbury as a neighborway. In the winter, this access point is typically covered by 6 - 10 feet of snow by the end of the season, as plows (not sure if they're public or private plows) just love to dump snow here. As of yesterday, it's been covered in a sheet of ice.
As I was sliding across this sheet of ice on my back last night after having wiped out while riding my bike, I realized that perhaps something could be done about this pinch point. Technically, Canterbury St is a public road in its entirety. Is it legal for plows to pile up snow on top of the Jersey barriers thus making the neighborway impossible to traverse via a bicycle for several months.
Would it be possible to have this neighborway be free from mounds of snow and sheets of ice, this winter, pretty please?
Thanks for all you do!
I included a couple of photos.
Less than a week later, it snowed, and...
Here's what this area looked like last year-ish:
#1 said she didn't feel good and that she didn't want to go to school. I told her if she got ready quickly and with a smile, then we'd could ride our bike to school in the rain. Otherwise, she'd have to ride in the car with Mom. Guess which option she chose:
1. Bike in the rain.
2. Car in the rain.
Sunday, January 5, 2014
We were able to jury rig a repair with a couple of bungee cords that I keep on board. It got us to the hill and back. I must say I am pretty proud of how my oldest reacted when the side of the box she was riding in popped off. She stayed calm, pulled the side of box in towards her and calmly let me know what was up. She rocks. I patched it up with some brass tacks when we got home.
#2 was tuckered out by the time we got home.