Bike! Bike! Northeast

September 6-8, 2013 | Worcester, MA

Bike! Bike! Northeast

Bike! Bike! Northeast is a regional, annual gathering organized by and for community bicycle projects. This conference is a space for shops, cyclists, and related advocacy groups to converge in a different city each year to have workshops and strengthen our social network.

Bike! Bike! Northeast is hosted this year by Worcester Earn A Bike, with the support of several other community and DIY projects in Worcester. We've got workshops, movies, demonstrations, bike rides, and lots more fun in store.

Registration is open! Register here! Trike

September 6


September 6



Kick-Off Critical Mass

Worcester Common

Critical Mass is a de-centralized, democratic, and international series of bike rides / demonstrations, designed to empower cyclists and bring increased awareness of alternative modes of transportation. We'll also use it as an opportunity to give an orientation tour of Worcester's geography and landmarks. Bring your bike and meet up at the Turtle Boy statue, the unofficial mascot of Worcester. Critical Mass will end at the Collective A-Go-Go for the Bike-in Movie and BBQ.


Bike-In Movie and Vegan BBQ

Collective A-Go-Go

After Critical Mass, stick around for a tasty BBQ and an outdoor screening of the classic film Pee-wee's Big Adventure. The Go Go is a 19-year old radical collective in the woods.

September 7


8 - 9am

Breakfast / Check-in

9 - 10:30am

Bike Painting

The Shop (97D Webster Street)

Painting old frames is a great way to spruce up old beaters. Community shops can re-paint junk bikes to make them more desirable to customers or volunteers. This skillshare will focus on the cheap and easy method, using off-the-shelf products. Part 1 will cover a basic overview of the process, and a demo of the stripping and priming steps. Some supplies will be provided, but bring your own frames, paint, and supplies if possible. E-mail info |at| for more info.

Shop Talk

Earn-a-Bike (34 Cambridge Street)

Worcester Earn A Bike's Jon Sher facilitates an open discussions on all the challenges, accomplishments, and experiences that go along with operating a community-focused bike program. Anyone involved with a community bike shop or any kind of bike-related activism is invited to come and share their experiences.

11 - 12:30pm

DIY Bike Touring

The Shop (97D Webster Street)

Bike Touring can be daunting, but it doesn't have to be. Join us for a discussion of bikes, gear, routes, and more. Learn how to get by on the cheap, whether it be making your own panniers or camping on the low-down. Come ready to share your long-hauling stories, too!

Bike Business and Startup Panel

The Shop (97D Webster Street)

Are you a part of a bicycle-themed business or startup? Are you interested in starting one? We'll be discussing Pedi-cabs, trash removal, bike shares, swapping business strategies, and more. Find out how existing businesses have continued to evolve year after year, as well as new ideas for innovative startups.

12:30 - 2pm


2 - 3:30pm

Bike Power

The Shop (97D Webster St)

Learn from Earn-a-Biker Scott Guzman about building bike powered machines like bike generators, bike blenders and bike powered grain mills.

Grant Writing Workshop

The Shop (97D Webster Street)

Come with your questions about grant writing, finding sources of funding, and what funders are looking for. Before you get here, think about how you would tell a funder why your community bike shop is the best investment they can make right now in your community - what is the need, and why are you the best solution? Then we'll dig into how to find the best match and everything else you need to know about how to get started. Hosted by grant-writer Ellen Gugel.

4 - 5:30pm

Group Ride: Canalfest / Pride

Starting at the Shop, ride down to Worcester Pride and the Canalfest. Ride ends at the Firehouse for dinner and the after-party!

5:30 - 7:30pm

Dinner @ The Firehouse


After-Party and Show

The Firehouse

An awesome show at Worcester's finest DIY venue and collective. Starring:

All Ages, BYOB. RSVP on Facebook. A group ride will leave from the Shop at 8PM.

September 8


10 - 11am


11AM - 1PM

Closing Circle


An open discussion for discussing all things Bike! Bike!, past, present and future. Talk about what worked (and what didn't), help plan the location of Bike! Bike! Northeast 2014, and co-ordinate plans for participating in Bike! Bike! International (October 2013).


Victory Ride


Bike! Bike! closes with a group ride around the scenic Holden Resevoir. More details TBA.

Registration is Open!

If you're coming to any part of Bike! Bike! NE, let us know! Click here to register. We'll get in touch ASAP!

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