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A Royal Walk/Ride Day Ride

It will be worth getting up early for the chance the have the streets to ourselves on April 29th, Walk/Ride Day. Walk/Ride Day Program Coordinator Sarah Fresco will be leading a 5 am bike ride to Stitch House, a Dorchester yarn and fabric store and Walk/Ride Day sponsor, where they will join a group of knitters for refreshments, knitting and a chance to watch and dish about the royal wedding.

Knitters who are interested in being a part of this ride: please note that we will be meeting outside Gather Here, 270 Broadway, Cambridge MA 02139.  Gather Here is Cambridge's newest yarn and fabric store and a Walk/Ride Day Sponsor at 4:45 am and will be departing promptly at 5 am.  

Invite your friends, bring your knitting and consider dressing for the occasion.

Questions? sarah.cambridge.walk.ride.days@gmail.com

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Volunteers Invited to Assist TROMP on April 29th Walk/Ride Day Traffic Safety Project

TROMP, a Cambridge-based non-profit that advocates for "safe and responsible travel", needs volunteers for two outreach projects on April 29th, Walk/Ride Day.

From 8:00 AM-9:30 AM volunteers will meet at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Sacramento Street, near the Baldwin School.  

From 5:00 PM-7:00 PM volunteers will meet at the corner of JFK Street and Mount Auburn Streets, in Harvard Square.

TROMP staff and volunteers will work alongside the Cambridge police to help change the culture of travel. Volunteers will have one-on-one conversations thanking travelers, drivers, bikers and pedestrians for obeying the laws. For those who may use poor judgment, volunteers will help them understand how their individual travel actions affect everyone else's on the road.

TROMP also has another event scheduled for May 19, in Central Square.

Anyone interested in participating should contact TROMP program coordinator Melanie Arzt at manager@trompcambridge.org.

Congratulations to the Winners of the Best Shoveled Block in Somerville Contest

Somerville BSB 2010 winners Nicole Rioles, Somerville Walk/Ride Day Program Coordinator (far left) with Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone (far right) congratulated the winners and thanked them for keeping Somerville sidewalks safe for walking all winter long.

Bikes, Music and Fun at the New England Bike Expo

NEBE_flyer April 27, 2011 is Walk/Ride Day.  Invite friends, family and coworkers to walk, bike or take the bus or train and sign-in here.  One lucky participant will win two tickets to The New England Bike Expo on May 7 and 8, 2011, at the Somerville Armory.

Friends of Green Streets: Hide a Golden Shoe

Goldenshoe_01 In Cambridge every May, walkers are rewarded by warmer temperatures. A few can reap even more rewards on their walks when they find a special, hidden "golden shoe". One of the many ways that Cambridge celebrates "Go Green Month", the golden shoes come with instructions that allow the winners to claim a prize package.

If you had a golden shoe to hide anywhere in Cambridge that a walker might find it, where would you hide it?  Let us know where and why, and you could win the chance to hide a shoe there.  Email your entry to walk-ride-days@comcast.net by May 1, 2011. We will announce the winner (but, of course, not the location!) on May 5, 2011.

Tufts UEP Students Leading the Way to Build Community Support to Extend Dorchester Bike Path

A team of Tufts University graduate students from the Department of Urban Environmental Planning and Policy (UEP) have been working in collaboration with Green Streets to support and expand Walk/Ride Day Program in Boston.  The public is invited to attend a community meeting at the Port Norforlk Yacht Club on March 26th from 10am to 12pm. The meeting will be run by UEP graduate students, in collaboration with the Boston Cyclists Union, Dot Bike, Boston Natural Areas Network and Representative Marty Walsh. 

The objective of the meeting is to collect resident and stakeholder feedback on a potential greenway link between the Neponset River Trail and UMass Harborwalk.  The meeting will consist of a presentation by the Tufts research team as well as hands on mapping and feedback exercises for the meeting participants. Dorchester residents and other interested individuals are encouraged to attend.

Contact dotcoastgreenwayuep@gmail.com with any questions or comments.

Green Streets' Stationer to Close, Unless Buyer is Found

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Green Streets' director was recently quoted lamenting the closing of a Cambridge treasure: stationery store Bob Slate. Perhaps a new buyer will emerge. Read more here.

Help Green Streets' and Our Colleagues' Missions by Supporting Anderson Bridge Underpass

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Please follow this link, to sign on to build safe walking and biking into Boston's future.  Public comment period is extended until March 4th.  Add your voice to those supporting the Anderson Bridge Underpass. 

January 2011 Raffle Winners

Ceallaigh Reddy-sm Ceallaigh Reddy, Program Coordinator, Islamic Legal Studies Program, Harvard Law School was our Walk/Ride Day Breakfast winner of a bike safety vest. Ceallaigh said that she was very excited to "finally" have a Green Streets vest, something she'd wanted for a while. Walk/Ride Day's impact on her? Though she already leads a pretty green lifestyle and often "goes green" by taking the T to work, Walk/Ride Day inspires her to go greener and healthier, by walking or biking to work instead.

Sasha Barajas, of Brighton, and a Human Research Coordinator for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, was the January raffle winner of Urban Adventour's $75 gift card. Said Sasha, "I'm so very excited! My tandem bicycle riding dreams can now come true! Thank you so much!"

The 2011 MBTA Bus Challenge

Amigos and King Students-cr Following the successful 10 in 2010 Cambridge Bus Challenge and due to popular demand, Green Streets will be sponsoring a 2011 Bus Challenge again this year:

Ride 11 different bus routes in the MBTA system, sign in online, and join us in January, 2012 for a celebration of those who met the challenge! Jeff Young and Erik Scheier2 Ronald Leaks