[*BCM*] MassBike August Update

Dorie Clark bikexec at massbike.org
Wed Aug 4 09:25:55 EDT 2004

            You Did It! MassBike Scores Major Legislative Victory
            Thanks to your grassroots efforts, MassBike won a major
legislative victory late last week. The Massachusetts State Senate overrode
Governor Romney’s veto of legislation to require the Registry of Motor
Vehicles to update its Drivers Manual and driving test to include
information about bicycles and bike safety. The State House of
Representatives also overrode the veto last week.

            As it stands now, Drivers Education does not adequately discuss
how drivers should relate to bicyclists on the road. This is the time when a
captive audience of citizens becomes educated about driving, and it is
essential to include information about all roadway users. We at MassBike
feel this is a tremendous step forward and we are extremely appreciative of
all our members who wrote and called their Senators.

            MassBike would like to thank Speaker Finneran and Senate
President Travaglini for their help in bringing this vote to the floor;
State Rep. Anne Paulsen of Belmont, who tirelessly championed the measure;
            For more information, read our press release


            Register (or Volunteer) Now! MassBike Bike Festival and Time
Trial on Saturday, August 28
            Don’t miss the cycling event of the season! MassBike’s Second
Annual Bike Festival is around the corner. We’ll be gathering on Saturday,
August 28 at the Fenn School in Concord for a day of fun rides of all
lengths and an afternoon time trial.

            We also need volunteers for the event—who, incidentally, will
get in free. This is a great way to get involved and help out! If you’re
interested in assisting with things like registration, ride sweeping,
leading kids’ activities, ride marshalling, timing the time trials, helping
with materials pickup/setup, etc., please contact Karin at
oberon119 at hotmail.com or call 617-542-2453.

            Click here for more details and to register


            MassBike Seeks Fundraising Director
            MassBike—Massachusetts’ statewide bicycling advocacy group—seeks
a Director of Fundraising. We are looking for a responsible, driven, and
well-spoken candidate to head up our efforts in all fund-generating
activities, including event planning, grantwriting, direct mail,
merchandise, advertising, and major donor gifts. Previous fundraising
experience and familiarity with cycling community are a plus, but not
required. Talented recent grads are encouraged to apply. Salary:
$24,000/year, including 100% of health insurance. Start date: Mid-August.
Please send resume and cover letter to bikexec at massbike.org.


            MassBike Fall Internships Available
            Do you care about the environment, transportation issues, and
physical fitness? MassBike, Massachusetts’ statewide bicycling advocacy
organization, is seeking fall interns for a substantive, meaningful
experience. Our internships are unpaid, but we are committed to ensuring
that our interns take on critical projects and develop their professional
skills. Internships are available in Graphic Design, Fundraising,
Advocacy/Outreach, and Tech/Web. Please send a resume and cover letter to
bikeinfo at massbike.org.


            Share Your Thoughts with the MBTA
            The next MBTA Riders Oversight Committee meeting will be held on
August 16, from 11am to 1pm at the MBTA Board of Directors Room, 3rd floor,
Ten Park Plaza, in Boston. During the meeting’s public comment period, this
will be an opportunity to share your thoughts about the MBTA’s bike ban
during the Democratic National Convention. You may also want to take the
opportunity to urge the MBTA to place bike racks on the Silver Line and
other buses (currently only the three Crosstown routes have them), or other
Bikes-on-the-T issues which are important to you.


            Join MassBike!
            If you’re not currently a MassBike member, please consider
joining now. We are a fast-growing, active organization working to make
bicycling better, safer, and more fun in Massachusetts, and we are getting
results. With your grassroots mobilization, we were able to overturn a
gubernatorial veto just last week to pass pro-bicycling legislation. With
your contribution and membership, we will be able to accomplish even more in
the coming year.

            Already a member? MassBike memberships make terrific gifts for
friends or relatives who care about cycling (and can use our 10% discount at
bike shops and B&Bs across the state).

            Click here to join

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