September 2018 Walk/Ride Day Newsletter
Hello Green Streets friends!
Friday, September 28 is Walk/Ride Day! No matter your transportation style, make sure to check-in (or “log”) your commute any day through the following Tuesday, October 1, to enter the raffle & redeem retail rewards. (You can always check-in again to modify; the last version is the one that is recorded!)
Check-in Raffle Prizes
Small party platter from Pemberton Farms
2 tickets to the Lyric Stage Company of Boston
An adult kick scooter from Micro Kickboard (September raffle)
2 Bike Benefits stickers and 2 Blue Bikes single trip passes
And don’t forget! logging your commute in August, September & October wins you a spot in our raffle of another Micro Kickboard adult scooter
Check-in Questions of the Month
Have you ever been in touch with your local, state, or national politicians about transportation issues?
If so, what was the nature of the issue? (cycling, transit, pedestrian, etc.)
September Walk/Ride Day Theme: City Transit
The majority of Green Streets community members rely on urban transit to commute to work. Just over one-third of us are subway riders, 17% take the commuter rail, and 16% ride a bus. While we know our current transit system is in need of expansion and repair, we should take advantage of this Walk/Ride Day to reflect on the benefits we reap from our existing transit network.
Did you know that public transportation compared to driving:
makes us all safer and that
transit riders tend to be more trusting of others compared to drivers?
From a recent Mobility Lab article: "instead of a trying experience, traveling by public transportation should be thought of as an opportunity to appreciate one of the greatest joys of living in a city, being in the company of other people."
Take a look at our new Participant Voices page for inspiring city transit stories and more!
Events (many more listed here!)
Walk/Ride Day - September 28:
Free yoga classes, free ice cream, free coffee, and other free and discounted goodies throughout our region
Starting at 7 am: Free Pancake Breakfast at Ferris Wheels Bike Shop in Jamaica Plain
8 to 9 am: Somerville Bike Committee / Whole Foods Commuter Breakfast on Beacon Street
10 am to 5 pm: Free electric bike demos and trials at Superpedestrian's Cambridge HQ (and every Friday!)
Post Walk/Ride Day:
Cambridge Annual Bow Tie Ride: Sunday, September 30, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Biketoberfest 2018: A Bike Union Bash: Thursday, October 4, 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Free ferry day: October 7
Future of Transportation Showcase: Kendall Square, Tuesday, October 23, 11 am to 2 pm
Thinking about switching to solar? Josh Lapin, founder of Synesthesia Solar, has pledged to donate $500 to support Green Streets for each home-owning Walk/Ride Day participant or friend of Green Streets who switches to solar with him. Just fill out this brief form and Josh will reach out to help you explore solar options.
Pemberton Marketplace in Cambridge offers a unique combination of specialty groceries, a garden center, and premium gifts. Currently located just up the streets from the original store, Pemberton Marketplace proudly serves the local community and maintains the standards of quality and service from generations past.
Use the Green Gas Card next time you purchase gas and offset your vehicle's emissions while also supporting local organizations like ours. Find out more here.
And, of course, thank you to our retail partners, raffle donors, and ongoing sponsors!
Green Streets Updates:
More Surveys Requesting Your Opinions on Transportation
2018 Online City of Cambridge Public Opinion Survey (Closes October 1, 2018, Cambridge residents)
Petition to Build the Cambridge Protected Bike Lane Network by 2023
MBTA's Better Bus Project Survey
Cambridge Initiative to provide feedback for the better bus project
Call for Board Members and Intern
Green Streets is growing it's Board of Directors. If you are eager to influence strategy and programming at Green Streets and would like to see more active and sustainable commuting in your community, consider applying for a Board position. Applications will be accepted through October 31.
Green Streets is looking for a non-profit management intern for the year (or a semester) . Send your resume and interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to the help of two amazing volunteers, Hayley Yudelman and Anya Sheldon, we have freshened up our website. Take a look at gogreenstreets.org and feel free to send any comments/suggestions.
Walk/Ride Days are an opportunity to discuss and experiment with your commute once a month or to celebrate your normal commute. Simply logging a commute is the most important action to your workplace's leaderboard rank and enters you into a raffle for fabulous prizes from over 100 local retailers.
Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@WalkRideDays) for more theme-related facts, cartoons, and stories. Share your Walk/Ride Day photos and stories with us by tagging #walkridedays or #walkrideday on social media.
Have a great rest of your day, week, and weekend, and please stay in touch!
Janie Katz-Christy, Director
Sophie Schmitt, Associate Director