No on Question 1

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Oct 272014
 

Quincycles urges Massachusetts voters to vote  ”No on Question 1″ on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

Do you want to drastically cut your gas tax? Then ride your bicycle to work, or walk to the store, or take public transportation on your next trip to Boston. Those are proven ways to lower your gas tax. However, as a matter of public health and safety, Quincycles supports gas tax indexing and urges voters to vote NO on Question 1.

Recently, members of Quincycles heard a presentation given by Steve Miller of the Harvard School of Public Health. Steve introduced us to innovative safety-focused engineering designs from around the world, some of which are being implemented in Boston and Cambridge that allow motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists to share the roads in safer and smarter ways in congested urban areas like Quincy. These infrastructure improvements have proven results of lowering the amount of injuries and fatalities and have increased the safety for all who use the roads. One example is a Dutch designed intersection where the four corners of an intersection are expanded to make the distance to cross the street shorter for pedestrians, rounded to protect bicyclists from right-turning trucks and cars, while at the same time maintaining the usual flow of traffic.

However, these safety-focused designs require financial commitment. They are not prohibitively expensive, but they are new and become more difficult to implement if there are not sufficient revenues to support them. A NO vote on Question 1, to maintain gas tax indexing, is a vote to support the necessary revenues the Department of Transportation needs to both maintain and improve upon our current network of roads, bridges, and highways. A NO vote allows gas tax revenues to increase with inflation to support both repair and maintenance projects, and also for investment in innovative and safety-focused infrastructure designs with a proven track record of public safety and effectiveness.

We understand that tax increases are not popular. However, we also believe that residents of the Commonwealth want and deserve the safest roads that money can buy.  For the sake of public health and safety, we urge a vote of NO on Question 1.  Together, let’s think in fresh new ways, and make the necessary investments, to make our streets and roads as safe and user friendly as possible.  And again, if you want to cut your gas tax, then ride your bike!

Quincycles Board of Directors

Joe Hern, Tim Lanham, Irene Lutts, Mike Smeglin, Maura O’Gara, Nathan Pipho

Sep 292014
 

Shining Sea Bikeway

Quincycles is excited to announce that we will be holding our second “Destination Ride” of the year on Saturday, October 18 when we will ride The Cape Cod Shining Sea Bikeway.  Participants are invited to bring their own bicycles and meet us at 8:30am at the North Falmouth parking lot, 21 County Road, North Falmouth, MA 02556 (directions posted below).

The Shining Sea Bikeway is rated by some as one of the Ten Best Bike Trails in the world!  Lined with familiar Cape Cod flower and tree species, it makes for a wonderful ride from Falmouth to scenic Woods Hole. Following the Old Colony rail line, the newer extension passes through Sippewissett Marsh, by cranberry bogs and overlooks Chapaquoit Beach. The route winds along the coastline and crisscrosses the Salt Pond Bird Sanctuary.

Our ride will have two parts.  First, we will ride for approximately 60  minutes at a leisurely pace along the trail to Woods Hole.  After taking a break for coffee and breakfast treats, we will then take the return ride back to the North Falmouth parking lot. We would love to have a number of people join us, so invite your friends.  If you have a Quincycles t-shirt please wear it!

For questions please contact Tim Lanham at timothy.lanham@comcast.net who will serve as the ride coordinator.

For more information about the trail please click here:  Cape Code Shining Sea Bikeway.

DIRECTIONS to North Falmouth Parking lot:   Drive to Cape Cod and make your way to Rt 28 S (You go onto Rt 28 South after you cross the Bourne Bridge onto the Cape). Follow Rt.28 south and take  the Rt 151 E exit towards Mashpee / North Falmouth. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Rt 151 West. Turn left onto 151 West. Continue onto County Rd for about 100 yards and the parking lot is on your right.

Weather related cancellations/notices/updated will be posted here, on facebook, and sent out by email.  To be added to the Quincycles email list please email info@quincycles.org.  We look forward to a great ride!

 

Sep 162014
 

Quincy is doing PARK(ing) Day 2014!

Bring your bikes and help transform a parking space for the day!

Friday, September 19, 2014 

You’ve heard of a drive-in…now there’s a

PARK-IN!

Join Councilor Kirsten L. Hughes, the Quincy Chamber of Commerce, and the Planning and Community Development Department as we participate for the first time in worldwide annual PARK(ing) Day. Instead of a street parking space there will be popcorn, fun activities, and a chance to share what your community means to you! For just ONE DAY come and hang out at the three parking spaces in front of the Wollaston Theater.

wolly park in flyer

Sep 082014
 
Hub on Wheels
Members of Quincycles look forward to participating in Boston’s 10th annual “Hub on Wheels” citywide bicycle ride/festival on Sunday, September 21st.  Along with thousands of other cyclists, choose from 10, 30, and 50 mile routes and experience a car-free Storrow Drive, explore historic neighborhoods, and take in views of the Boston Harbor.  It is an extra special experience not to be missed!  Members of Quincycles will be meeting at the Wollaston T station at 6:20am sharp that morning to take the train to South Station.  We will then bike to the starting line at Government Center.   If you would like to join us, please confirm with Tim Lanham at timothy.lanham@comcast.net.  If you choose to participate, regardless of whether you join us or not, wear your Quincycles t-shirts if you have them!  Note:  all participants must register to participate.  Registration is found at http://www.bostoncyclingcelebration.com/.
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Jul 282014
 

Quincycles is excited to announce that the Thomas Crane Library, 40 Washington Street, Quincy has declared August 2014 as “Bike Month.”  Special activities will include screening of bicycle-themed movies on Thursdays, two workshops on basic bicycle maintenance hosted by local Quincy bicycles shops, and a meeting of Quincycles on Thursday, August 21 at 6:00pm.  All events are free and open to the public.  We hope to see you there!

MOVIES  Thursdays at 7:00pm (Aug 28 at 6:00pm).  Click here for more info:  Bike Month Movie Flyer 2014

+ Aug 7 – “Bikes not Bombs”  Boston based “Bikes not Bombs” ships thousands of bikes overseas every year, trains youth how to fix and maintain bikes, and runs a retail shop.  Join director Jodi Sugerman-Brozan for a screening of several short films.

+ Aug 14 – “Power to the Pedals” Cambridge resident Wenzday Jane’s mechanical skills and innovative actions are reshaping her community.  Sustainable solutions suggest that things don’t have to be the way they are.  Following the screening, a panel discussion will be held with the film maker, members of Quincycles, and Kristina Johnson of the Quincy Planning Department.

+ Aug 21 – “The Bicyclists”  An independent film that has been receiving rave reviews wherever it has been screened.   “This could be a hipster’s delight.  A female character named Steve?  Actors on fixies?  Featuring hip local music?  Awesome.”  – Vancouver Voice.   Not Rated.

+ Aug 28 – “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure”  (Note:  special Family-focused screening time of 6:00pm) Classic Family Fun!  Pee Wee lives an idyllic life until someone nabs his most prized possession:  his fire engine-red customized bicycle.  Rated PG.

WORKSHOPS Click here for more info: Bike Month Workshops Flyer 2014

+ Wednesday, Aug 20 at 6:30pm – “Basic Bike Maintenance”  Led by Mike Fink of “Boston Bike Guy” participants will learn how to do a basic bike inspection, lube a chain, learn the difference between a derailleur and a cassette, and leave knowing how to perform some important fundamental maintenance.

+ Tuesday, Aug 26 at 6:30pm – “Bicycling De-mystified”  Led by Paul Anderson of “Anderson Bicycle” participants will learn about different kinds of bicycles and bike accessories and receive tips for great local places to ride.

Jul 212014
 

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Quincy bicyclists gathered on Sunday, July 20 at Union Congregational Church, Rawson Road, Wollaston for a blessing of their bicycles by Pastor Jack Swanson (seated in the middle of the photo – pastor of Union Congregational) and Pastor Nathan Pipho (third from left – President of Quincycles and pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church).  After receiving a blessing, participants took a four mile ride through Wollaston before returning to the church for a cook out hosted by the church.   The event was held in partnership with Quincycles and served as our monthly “Easy Rider Ride” for bicyclists either new or returning to bicycling.

July Bike Rides

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Jun 302014
 

Quincycles is pleased to host two exciting rides in July:

On Saturday, July 12 at 7:30am we invite intermediate cyclists on our “Beaches of Quincy Ride.”  We will meet at Anderson Bike Shop, 380 Washington St, and begin our ride by riding to the two beaches at Quincy Point and the four beaches at Germantown.  We will then ride to the two beaches at Houghs Neck and then to Adams Shore to view Front Beach and views of Boston. Onwards to Squantum along Wollaston Beach finishing with Orchard Beach and Nickerson Beach. We will return to Anderson’s Bike Shop with a leisurely ride through Quincy back streets. Total distance approximately 30 miles and 3 hours.   This ride is our monthly “Second Saturday” ride.  Upcoming rides will be held August 9, September 13, October 11, and November 8.

On Sunday, July 20 at 1:00pm we invite cyclists of all abilities to our “Blessing of the Bicycles Ride.”   We will meet at Union Congregational Church, 136 Rawson Road, Wollaston for a short blessing over the bicycles.  We will then take a leisurely 5 mile ride through Wollaston before returning to the church for a barbeque on the church lawn.   This ride is our monthly “Easy Rider Ride.”  Upcoming rides will be held August 16 and September 20. 

All Quincycles rides are free and open to the public.  For more information about these rides, please email us at info@quincycles.org.

May 152014
 

The following is the conclusion to the 2014 Annual Report presented by Nathan Pipho, the President of Quincycles, at the first Annual Meeting of Quincycles – May 15, 2014.    

The Future
Quincycles is well served by the rich gifts and talents of its leaders and members.  Members of Quincycles are committed to establishing a bicycle culture in the city of Quincy and are willing to put time and energy into making it happen.  Through the efforts of too many people to name (lest I forget someone unintentionally), a strong foundation has been established for Quincycles to continue to lead the way towards the fulfillment of this vision.

I am encouraged by our promotional outreach rides schedule for 2014.   “Second Saturday” rides of approximately 20 miles offered April through November, and “Easy Rider Rides” offered on the third Saturday of each month as a way to encourage new or returning bicyclists on a rides fitting to them will help us continue to build the network of bicyclists in Quincy.   Participating in the DPW Bicycle Safety Rodeo on May 17, the Quincy Flag Day Parade on June 14, and the Quincy Farmer’s Market will help us continue to be visible in the community.

It is my hope that Quincycles will be constructively persistent in working with the Mayor’s Bicycle Commission to implement bicycle infrastructure on our city streets.  Planning Department Director Dennis Harrington, a supporter of bicycling in Quincy, said at a 2013 Bicycle Commission meeting,  “Nothing will help more than paint on the streets.”  I believe bike lanes will encourage more riders and more riders will encourage even more riders.

I would like to close with a story.  This morning I spoke with a 77-year-old Chinese resident of Quincy who was learning English in one of the ESL classes at my church.   He told me he rides his bike twice a week from North Quincy to the Kam Man Market, 219 Quincy Avenue to get groceries.  It occurred to me that this man, and perhaps most bicyclists in Quincy, will never participate in a meeting or event of Quincycles, but it is precisely for them we work.  Our work is not just to improve conditions for ourselves, but for the countless numbers of our neighbors who are already bicycling as a way of life.  May we always remember that our work has a direct impact on the lives of our neighbors and the overall health of Quincy.

I am privileged to serve as President of Quincycles and to work with so many great people in this noble effort.  I look forward to what the future holds as we continue our work and our riding fun.

Faithfully submitted,

The Rev. Nathan Pipho
Thursday, May 15, 2014