Diversity

Ride for Black Lives Boston XII - CRW Diversity

Date: 
Jun 25, 2022
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In front of the New England Aquarium

1 Central Wharf
Boston , MA
Directions: 

Take the Mass Turnpike to I-93 North.
Take Exit 17 off I-93 for Government Center.
Turn left at Surface Road and continue for three blocks.
Turn left at Milk Street, and the Aquarium will be straight ahead.

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Join us for the first CRW Diversity ride as we gather with Ride for Black Lives Boston (RFBL), Bikes Not Bombs, Boston Bike Party, and other organizations in riding in solidarity against acts of oppression, police brutality, and violence against people of color. This ride by RFBL Boston will focus on riding in solidarity celebrating Black Joy. Black People in our communities are able to find happiness even in the presence if multiple, ongoing challenges and tribulations that are rooted in white supremacy and a history of racial oppression.  We begin our CRW ride just outside the New England Aquarium, where we will take a short urban ride to White Stadium in Roxbury. Once there, we'll meet with RFBL who will begin a presentation at 11:30 am, which includes speeches, music and other activities. Once the presentations conclude, there will slow-rolling march back to downtown. This is a diversity event that includes some riding, however, it will be a slow roll so wear a kit, don't wear a kit... ride your commuter bike, fixie or whatever you wish.      

Once the presentation by RFBL concludes, we will riding from Franklin Park to the BREATHE LIFE TOGETHER BLOCK PARTY at DEWEY SQUARE. Please bring locks for your bike if you plan to stay for the event. Free and open to all, the Breathe Life Together Block Party will feature a pop-up roller rink, free skate rentals, live music, performances, live DJs, painting and food trucks to celebrate and activate Rob "ProBlak" Gibbs mural Breathe Life Together. Together we aim to cultivate accessible, collective public space of joy, care sustenance and belonging that centers and supports diverse communities, families, and youth from across Boston. 

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
60
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Ride for Black Lives Boston XI - POSTPONED

Date: 
May 28, 2022
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In front of the New England Aquarium

1 Central Wharf
Boston , MA
Directions: 

Take the Mass Turnpike to I-93 North.
Take Exit 17 off I-93 for Government Center.
Turn left at Surface Road and continue for three blocks.
Turn left at Milk Street, and the Aquarium will be straight ahead.

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Join us for the first CRW Diversity ride as we gather with Ride for Black Lives Boston (RFBL), Boston Bike Party, and other organizations in riding in solidarity with the systems and acts of oppression, police brutality, and violence against people of color. This ride by RFBL Boston will focus on the immigration crisis, especially around racism and discrimination happening to Black and Brown refugees. We begin our CRW ride just outside the New England Aquarium, where we will take a short urban ride to White Stadium in Roxbury. Once there, we'll meet with RFBL who will begin a presentation at 10:00 am, which includes speeches, music and other activities. Once the presentations conclude, there will slow-rolling march through several neighborhoods. This is a diversity event that includes some riding, however, it will be a slow roll so wear a kit, don't wear a kit... ride your commuter bike, fixie or whatever you wish.      

The route will most likely have several adjustments, so check back.  

Notes: 

The CRW portion of this ride has been postponed due to weather, check back next month.

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
60
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International Women’s Day: Together We Ride

Date: 
Mar 13, 2022
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Dropping temperatures, gusty winds and the possibility of icy roads.
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Lexington Green

1903 Mass Ave
Lexington , MA
Directions: 

From route 128 take Exit #31 east (Rts. 4 & 225) 1.7 miles to Lexington Center. Park in the surrounding neighborhoods and bike to the start. Meet at by the Minuteman Statute.

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International Women's Day ride 

Notes: 

International Women's Day (March 8th) is a worldwide celebration of women's achievements and a day of education, empowerment, and action. It's purpose is to promote gender equality across the globe since 1911. The theme for IWD 2022 is #BreakTheBias: " Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women's equality. Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias. Let's pedal together to honor the achievements, persistence and future of women around the world. (This ride is sponsored by the women's program committee and is open to all).

Icy roads and or bad weather will cancel the ride. Will post here by noon on Saturday 3/12

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
60
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The Massachusett-Nipmuc Ride

Date: 
Dec 5, 2021
Ride Leader(s): 
Phillip Stern
Rudge McKenney (6173326242 before 9 pm)
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Horn Pond Parking Lot

93 Lake Avenue
Woburn , MA
Directions: 

From I-95/Rte-128 take Exit 51A for US-3 S/Cambridge St. Head south for 2.8 miles.
Turn left onto Pond St, just after Whole Foods in Horn Pond Plaza. (Pond St turns into Lake Ave.)
Drive 0.7 miles and the parking lot is on the left by the pond, directly across from Horn Pond Apartments at 48 Lake Ave, Woburn MA.
There is a commuter rail stop at Wedgmere Station in Winchester 1.9 miles from the ride start. The schedule is here: https://mbta.com/schedules/CR-Lowell/timetable

Memorial Elementary School

107 Eliot Street
Natick , MA
Directions: 

From Rt 128 take Exit 21 Rt 16 West. Travel 5.5 miles on Rt. 16. The School is in South Natick (0.5 miles past the S. Natick traffic light) on your right.

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Indian Burial Ground sign
Foliage
Muffin the Ripper pony at Ponyhenge
Dirt road
Quiet road
Horse sculpture
Snails
Cambridge Reservoir with rock and foliage

Postponed by weather from Native American Heritage Day, November 26, 2021.
The day after Thanksgiving is Native American Heritage Day. We will ride to South Natick in honor of the Massachusett-Nipmuc tribe.
Since ancient times they followed the seasons and roamed central and eastern Massachusetts in search of fish, clams, fowl, game, and wild plants and berries. They were decimated by disease as a result of European contact and were forced circa 1650 by the colonists to scatter or assimilate and take up a sedentary life in "Praying Towns" like South Natick from which they were gradually dispossessed.
Our ride will visit their burial place next to the Bacon Free Library in South Natick at mile 35.6. We will have coffee across the street at the Charles River Coffee House, which is built on the site of the old Bailey Hotel, a favorite meetup spot for recreational and racing cyclists in the 19th century.
Note: There is one mile of good dirt road starting at mile 45.6 that is rideable on a road bike.
This is a ride created by New England Cycling Coalition for Diversity. NECCD has given us permission to use this route.

Notes: 

62 mile Ride:
Pace: about 15-17 mph moving average
There is one mile of dirt road. It is rideable on a road bike.
Start / Finish / Parking: Horn Pond Parking Lot at 93 Lake Ave, Woburn, MA.
Time: Get there by 8:45 AM so we are ready to roll at 9:00 AM.
Stops: mile 35.6 for history and coffee
Distance: 62.3 miles
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37925859

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25 Mile Ride:
Pace 13 mph with Ride Leader
Start: Memorial Elementary School, Joseph East Alinger Drive, Natick, MA
Time: 11:00 AM
Distance 25 miles.
Route: https://ridewithGPS.com/routes/38099846

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
20
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Alewife-Waltham on Bike Paths

Date: 
Aug 17, 2021
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Minuteman Bikeway Trailhead (Arlington/Cambridge)

Alewife Station Access Rd and Steel Place
Cambridge , MA
Directions: 

To reach the Cambridge Minuteman trailhead by subway, take the MBTA Red Line to the Alewife Station. Bicycles are allowed on weekends and during off-peak hours on weekdays; see mbta.com for details.

To reach the Cambridge Minuteman trailhead by car from I-95, take Exit 29A to MA 2 toward Boston. Go 5.9 miles and take the Alewife Station exit. The Alewife Station Access Road becomes Steel Place. Go 0.4 mile and turn left into the parking garage (fee charged).

The Minuteman Bikeway starts on the north side of the Alewife building, at the intersection of Steel Pl and Alewife Station Access Rd. This is the intersection of three bike paths: Fitchburg Cutoff, Alewife Linear, and Minuteman.

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This ride is co-sponsored by the AMC Boston Bike Committee and Charles River Wheelers

Come enjoy an 18 mile mostly bike path tour along the Charles from Alewife to Waltham via Watertown and back. You won’t believe how bucolic some sections along the river this urban area ride is! There are some surface streets we must use to connect the paths. Be aware, though we are mostly on bike paths, there are many crossings and expect heavy bike, and pedestrian traffic and quick turns. Following the rules of the road is a must for safety. Due to the type of ride we will plan on an overall speed of approx. 11-12 mph overall speed with a short stop in Waltham. To keep the group well guided and sort of together through the many turns and crossings, we will ask riders to participate in the "human arrow" method (more detail at the pre-ride brief). Helmets required, bright, highly visible clothing and blinky lights are highly recommended. Please download the ride from the RWGPS link to your smartphone, gps device, or print a cue sheet (plus we will have the human arrows!). Feel free to contact the leader for any questions. Meet at 5:30 pm sharp, ready to ride at the start of the Minuteman Bikeway across the street from the Alewife MBTA Station Parking Lot, on the Arlington Side. Search on “Start of Minuteman Bike Path” in google maps to get exact location. Ride must start on time due to approaching sunset. For those interested after the ride, we may be having something to eat at nearby Jasper White's Summer Shack. There is a small outdoor seating area.

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
60
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Alewife-Charlestown Loop

Date: 
Aug 12, 2021
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Alewife Station

135 Alewife Brook Parkway
Cambridge , MA
Directions: 

Alewife Station is reachable by car on Route 2, and there is ample paid parking; by car or bicycle on Alewife Brook Parkway; on paths from the west (Fitchburg Cutoff path), north (Minuteman Commuter Bikeway) and east (Linear Park). And Alewife Station is the terminus of the Red Line light rail, which takes bicycles except during peak hours in the peak direction. Ride groups meet in front of the parking garage on Steel Place.

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Come enjoy a 19 mile mostly bike path tour along the Charles from Alewife to Charlestown and back. A highlight will be the new-ish bike bridge from Charlestown to Cambridge. There are some surface roads in West Cambridge to access the Charles. Be aware this is an urban ride and though we are mostly on bike paths, there are many crossings and expect heavy vehicle, bike, and pedestrian traffic. Following the rules of the road is a must for safety. Due to traffic, we will plan on an overall speed of approx. 12 mph overall speed with no formal rest stops. To keep the group well guided and sort of together through the many turns and crossings, we will ask riders to participate in the "human arrow" method (more detail at the pre-ride brief. Helmets required, bright, highly visible clothing and blinky lights are hightly recommended. Please register on the AMC system, but beyond that the ride is show and go and registrants will be accepted by the leaders without any follow-up or screening. Please download the ride from the RWGPS link to your smartphone, gps device, or print a cue sheet (plus we will have the human arrows!). Feel free to contact the leader for any questions. Meet at 5:30 pm sharp, ready to ride at the start of the Minuteman Bikeway across the street from the Alewife MBTA Station Parking Lot. Ride must start on time due to approaching sunset. For those interested after the ride, we will be having something to eat at nearby Jasper White's Summer Shack. There isn't any outdoor seating, but it's very large and open inside.

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
60
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Marshall "Major" Taylor Celebration Ride

Date: 
Jul 11, 2021
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Wellesley High School

50 Rice St
Wellesley , MA
Directions: 

From Rt. 128, north or south, take Rt. 16 west/Wellesley exit. Proceed west on Rt. 16 past the intersection with Rt. 9 (at about 1.1 mile), and then past several (2 or 3) traffic lights. After the traffic light at the intersection with Rockland/Forest St., Rice St. is the next left. Turn left on Rice, and after a short distance the High School will appear on the left. The High School is about 0.4 mi from the Wellesley Hills commuter rail station: take Washington Street west, turn left onto Forest Street and right onto Paine Street. Schedule is here: https://mbta.com/schedules/CR-Worcester/timetable

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Wellesley High School

50 Rice Street

Wellesley, MA

 

Notes: 

In the 1890's, Major Taylor had the unofficial title of world's fastest bicyclist.  He won countless races including the 1899 World Championship 1 mile race at Queen's Park in Montreal in 3:02 minutes.  On today's ride, several participant's names will be drawn at random to receive Major Taylor Cycling Jerseys.

Available to any leader: 
Yes
Rider Limit: 
100
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Hanson Ride (every Sunday weather permiting) 9AM START

Date: 
May 9, 2021
Ride Leader(s): 
Mike Togo (7818785445 before 9pm)
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Shaws Plaza Shopping Center-Hanson

470 Liberty Street
Hanson , MA
Directions: 

From North/West:Take Route 93 South to Route 3 South. Take exit 13. Turn Right onto Washington Street (Route 53). Right onto Silver St. Right onto Main St. Right onto Rt 139. Next left onto Center Street Left onto Old Cross Street Right onto Brook St. Left onto Cross Street. Right onto Rt 58. Go past Town Hall. Take the left after the next set of lights by the Dunkin Donuts. From South:Take 3 North. Take either Rt 14 or Rt 27 to Route 58. Follow Route 58 to the parking lot. Take the first left after the traffic lights and the Dunkin Donuts. The ride start is about 2 miles from the Hanson commuter rail station: go east on Rte 27 a short distance, then north on Phillips st, east on Holmes St, and north on High St. Train schedule is at https://mbta.com/schedules/CR-Kingston/timetable

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 If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.

 

Should you need to cancel your registration, please contact the ride leader directly. I would recommend that you arrive at the Hanson Ride by 8:30.

The Hanson Sunday Ride is your chance to ride on roads that are not common for CRW and take in terrain so gorgeous that you might wonder how you have missed it. The HSR are full of cranberry bogs, lakes, farms, woods, and the flattest terrain in Massachusetts. Arrive by 8:30. 9AM start. Park near the bank at the far end of the parking lot.

 

Check the South Shore Mellow Riders on FaceBook for updates and cancelations. eBikes are welcome!

 

 

 

Notes: 

Please bring your bike ready to roll. The average speed is 14 -16 mph. It would be helpful to download the posted ride map on your GPS device before you arrive. 

 

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