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Re2Pack, food for the summer and the MassCommute Bike Challenge

With commencement only two weeks away, you are probably (a) taking finals and writing papers, (b) preparing for commencement, or (c) moving off campus for the summer or (boohoo!) for good.

We can’t offer you much help with the first two things but if you are indeed moving off campus, you should know that TuftsRecycles has a list of things that they collect for recycling, among them: books and school supplies, carpets, crutches and air casts, electronics, clothing and linens, hangers, and unopened cans of food. Look for the proper boxes in the dorms and check the TuftsRecycles website for more details.

World Peas CSADo the CSA folks miss their fresh organic vegetables? I know I do. Most local farmers’ markets won’t start for a few more weeks (usually after Memorial Day). Download a schedule of farmers’ markets near Tufts from our website to look for one near you. In the meantime, don’t forget to sign up for the summer CSA with World PEAS, a program of the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project sponsored by Community Teamwork Inc. and the Freidman School of Nutrition.

Don’t forget - the 2012 Bay State Bike Week is going on from May 14-20 and you can still register and help Tufts win the MassCommute Bicycle Challenge. Tufts’ total miles wentfrom 130 to 537 in a week but we are still a distant 4th behind BU. Come on, Jumbos! If you signed up, contact us at the Office of Sustainability. We have a few t-shirts to give away. (Supplies limited)

Best of luck and enjoy the sunshine!

Fannie
- Communications & Outreach Specialist, Tufts Office of Sustainability

Somerville 2012 Bay State Bike Week Events

May 14 (Mon): Rush Hour Race
7:45 am – 10:00 am
Redbones

DRIVER vs. CYCLIST vs. T RIDER

What’s the fastest way to get from Davis Square to Kendall Square? Join three local celebrities as they “race to work” using three modes of transportation (bikes, cars, and the T). Stop by the start, come along for the ride, or stop by the finish. Light refreshments anf good times provided at both ends.

We’ll start the festivities at Redbones in Davis Square at 7:45, with the race kicking off at 8:30 AM. We expect to arrive at Genzyme (500 Kendall St) between 8:45 and 9:15.

This event is being organized by Livable Streets, the Somerville Bicycle Committee, and the Cambridge Bicycle Committee. For more information, http://livablestreets.info or events@livablestreets.info. 617-621-1746. The event is being sponsored by Genzyme.

May 16 (Wed): Somerville Bike Commuter Breakfast
7:30 am – 9:00 am
Star Market Parking Lot

Come join us for a free bike commuter breakfast on your way to work on Wednesday May 16!! The breakfast will be held in the parking lot of the Somerville Star Market on Beacon St near Petsi’s Pies. The event is sponsored by the Somerville Bicycle Advisory Committee (http://somervillebikes.org) with refreshments provided by Star Market and Petsi’s Pies and free bike check-ups provided by Bike Boom. Stop by and chat with members of the Bike Committee and fellow cyclists and advocates. Rain date is Thursday May 17.

Contact information: Ken Carlson  kencarlson8@gmail.com  617-909-3150

May 17 (Thu): Ride of Silence
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Seven Hills Park

Join MassBike for the annual worldwide Ride of Silence in honor of bicyclists killed or injured riding on public roads, and raises awareness among drivers to be more careful around bicyclists. We will gather in Seven Hills Park (behind Davis Square T Station) at 6:30pm to get organized. The ride will start at 7pm sharp. We will ride 6.8 miles slowly and silently through Cambridge and Boston to Boston Common. Please RSVP to rides@massbike.org so we know how many riders to expect. If you would like us to honor a particular cyclist at the end of the ride, please send us his or her name. Helmets required, lights strongly recommended.

May 20 (Sun): Somerville Parks Bike Tour
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Somerville City Hall

The Somerville Bicycle Committee and Somerville Historic Preservation Commission team up to lead a bicycle tour of Somerville’s parks.

Many of them used to be something other than parks. Ride with us to learn more.

We’ll meet at 2 pm at Somerville City Hall, leaving promptly at 2:15. The 8-mile ride will go at an easy pace with several stops, and should be finished by around 4:30.

Please bring a $3 donation to support the activities of the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission.

A tentative map of our route is at http://g.co/maps/kyuzt.

For more information, contact rnewman@thecia.net.

To search for more events near you,
visit http://baystatebikeweek.org/events/

Bay State Bike Week is coming up! Help Tufts win the Mass Commute Challenge

bay state bike weekThe gloomy weather may not encourage you to go outside today, but have a look at the 10-day forecast, savor that long row of numbers in the 60s, and dust off your bicycle: the 2012 Bay State Bike Week is going on from May 14-20! Presented by MassDOT and MassBike, this “annual celebration of human-powered, two-wheeled transportation” is full of local eventsfrom organized rides, film screenings, scavenger hunts, etc., making Massachusetts the only state in the nation with a truly statewide bike week.

You can also register and help Tufts win the MassCommute Bicycle Challenge, a competition open to anyone who lives, works or attends school in Massachusetts. Simply pledge to bike for all or part of Bay State Bike Week and let’s get Tufts on theleaderboard this year. Look at the real-time stats to see how we’re doing against our competitors. MIT is leading now and we’re 5th. Come on, register now! Prizes will be raffled off at the Bike Bash wrap up party.
If you still need convincing to get on that bike, have a look at this infographic shared by Tufts Bikes.

Let’s get rolling!

Fannie

- Communications & Outreach Specialist, Tufts Office of Sustainability

May 14-20: Bay State Bike Week, MassDOT and MassBike

May 14-20 is Bay State Bike Week, a week when Massachusetts celebrates bicycle transportation. Once again, MassDOT and the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike) have collaborated to make Bay State Bike Week an exciting statewide happening, with events scheduled throughout Massachusetts.

Bay State Bike Week is an annual celebration of human-powered, two-wheeled transportation. It is fitting that Massachusetts would be the only state in the nation with a truly statewide bike week, given our long history of biking. Bay State Bike Week has grown from a small crop of bike path coffee set-ups and organized rides to a cornucopia of film screenings, bike breakfasts, festivals and more. We certainly can’t plan all the events ourselves. We depend on thousands of hours of work from local advocates, bike shop owners, and just people who like seeing others go by bike to make this week work. Last year we had over 180 events, and we’re hoping for even more this year!

The 2012 Bay State Bike Week website is live!  Please visit the website to learn more about events that are already registered, how to participate in an existing event, or how to organize your own bicycling event for 2012. Also check Facebook and/or on Twitter for events.

If you are interested, you can also register for the MassCommute Bicycle Challenge through the Bay State Bike Week website.

Apr 27: Green Streets Initiative: Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge

An update on the Green Streets Initiative:
It’s about that time: Next Friday is April’s Walk/Ride Day!

The Green Streets Initiative’s Corporate Challenge is a competition among Boston area employers to see which workplace has the highest percentage of staff going car-free or car-light on Walk/Ride Days. And Tufts University is competing. Simply check in HERE daily to help Tufts win!

It won’t be hard for Tufts to have a good showing. If you haven’t done so already, simply start telling your colleagues about it. Your organization will at least be in the running and have a baseline to compare participation in future months.

Please feel free to contact us for inspiration, ideas and support in getting your organization on board. We are also happy to analyze your organizations check-in data with you.

With best regards,
The Green Streets Initiative Team

Feel free to contact any of us at walkridedays@gmail.com.

Part-time Project Manager, Parking & Transportation (Somerville, MA)

The City of Somerville is seeking a temporary part-time Project Manager professional to help implement several new and innovating parking programs and technologies. The Planning/Project Manager is responsible for reviewing and managing several new parking initiatives, such as online permitting, reviewing new parking meter technologies, implementing a new vehicle seizure and on-vehicle notification program, and analyzing demand-based parking programs. The position will also provide direct support for the management team and help represent Traffic and Parking within the local community and at professional organizations or associations.

Contact: Matt Dias at mdias@somervillema.gov.

Mar 29: Streetalk – Boston Under After Hours

Thursday, 3/29 @ 6-9PM
Central Square Theater 4
50 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge

We’ve all asked the age ol’ question, “Why doesn’t the T stay open later?” Now you can find out why. Come watch the Boston Under After Hours documentary about what happens after the T shuts down, and the MBTA employees who work 1:30am-5:00am to make the system run smoothly the following day. With current fare increases and service cuts pending, this question is even more relevant. Why not keep the T open longer for more revenue? What can you do to keep the T going? Get insight in to the inter-workings of the T, and the current MBTA’s financial situation and service plan. Discussion with filmmakers, MBTA, and On The Move following the film.

Stay for a social hour afterwards to meet and chat with filmmakers and the stars of the film. Popcorn and snacks provided and $2 Harpoon.

Tickets: $6.00.

This event is hosted by LivableStreets Alliance and sponsored by On the Move Coalition

Mar 30-Sep 28: GreenStreets Walk/Ride Day Commuter Challenge

Every last Friday of the month is the Green Streets Initiative‘s Walk/Ride Day – go car-free, check in your commute, and help Tufts win the inaugural Walk/Ride Corporate Challenge!

Walk Ride

Beginning March 30 until September 28, help create safe, healthier and more vibrant streets and communities by greening your commute.  Biking, walking, public transit, telecommuting and carpooling all count! The Corporate Challenge is a competition among Boston area employers to see which workplace has the highest percentage of staff going car-free or car-light on Walk/Ride Days.

Check in each Walk/Ride Day (the last Friday of every month) at http://greenstreets.mapc.org/.

All participants will also be entered into a raffle to win cool prizes.

Plan your green commute now and don’t forget to check in every last Friday of every month!

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