Boston Cyclists Union is excited to welcome to town Doug Gordon, co-host of The War on Cars podcast, for a special 3-hour training session on combating bikelash. (Bikelash is defined as hostility toward the increasing presence of bike infrastructure and people on bikes.) With several hotly contested projects this year — most notably Centre St. in West Roxbury, and Powderhouse Blvd. and the Broadway bus/bike lane in Somerville — it's necessary to better equip the cyclist community to address bikelash. Gordon, aka @BrooklynSpoke, is an expert strategist and “master of images that subvert anti-bike stereotypes,” according to People for Bikes.
At 9:30 a.m. there will be time for checking in, mingling and refreshments. The training will start promptly at 10:00 a.m. and end at 1:00 p.m. Snacks will be provided but not a full meal.
The training will be a combination of a presentation of the elements of bikelash, how to predict and respond to them as well as how to shape conversations in the media. There will also be time to discuss local examples of responding to bikelash in the Boston area and time to work on responses to current and future instances of bikelash.
This training is sponsored in part by a generous grant from the Mazer Foundation.
Boston Cyclists Union appreciates your contributions to cover costs of the training but they don't want the cost to be prohibitive to anyone's participation. If that's the case, contact Becca at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the event.
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