Sharpen Your Activist Skills in the Boston Neighborhood Bike Leadership Institute

Grassroots organizing is key to effecting change on our streets and in our communities. We want to empower more of you with the resources, connections and tools to advance the pace of change in your neighborhood and we’re thrilled to announce the launch of our first-ever, two-part leadership training: The Boston Neighborhood Bike Leadership Institute.

Dates: Saturday 4/13 and Saturday 4/27
Time: 10 a.m. — 4 p.m.
Location: 550 Dudley St., Roxbury, MA 02119

The Leadership Institute builds off the past two years of the Boston Neighborhood Bike Forum, and offers a more immersive, focused training opportunity. The people most impacted by a lack of transportation choices, unsafe road conditions and other environmental justice issues are also those least represented in our organizations, and the ones who best know the solutions to these problems. As we strive to build more equity and inclusion into our advocacy work, we are reserving half of all spots in the Leadership Institute for people of color, and giving preference to applicants from Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan and East Boston.

Participants in the 2017 Neighborhood Bike Forum

Registration is capped at 30 participants. We will also prioritize participants looking to launch, grow or strengthen a local bike group (i.e. DotBike, Southie Bikes, Rozzie Bikes, the West Roxbury Bike Committee, JP Bikes, etc.) or who want to get more involved in the Boston Cyclists Union’s Activist Group. 

The training will include:

  • History of Transportation Organizing in Boston, led by Stuart Spina and Lee Matsueda from ACE 
  • Strategies for building a mass movement and changing public perception, led by Cicia Lee from Momentum 
  • Community Organizing 101 — Relational organizing, choosing an issue and building a campaign, tactics and targets, 1:1s and leadership development
  • Infrastructure 101 — Breaking down the tools and terminology used by planners and engineers in road design
  • Civics 101 — Who has the power? Who is DCR, BTD, MassDOT, and what is the role of City Councilors, State Reps, Mayors and City officials
  • A chance to develop and deepen relationships across neighborhoods and discuss our collective organizing strategy 

Childcare, food and Spanish interpretation will be provided with a sliding scale payment.

The deadline to apply for the Leadership Institute is March 24. Since we will not have space for everyone who applies, we will notify to confirm your spot ASAP, and by March 27 at the latest. 

If you have any questions, please contact Director of Organizing Eliza Parad.

Please also share this opportunity with your networks!