This project's funding goal was not reached on April 20, 2011.
About this project
THE NEW ENGLAND BICYCLE EXPO RINGS IN NATIONAL BIKE MONTH
May 7th-8th, 2011 (9am-5pm) @ Arts at the Armory in Somerville, MA
Warm, sunny bike-friendly days are finally here! Help us in funding our event celebrating the 2011 cycling season on May 7th & 8th as the first annual New England Bicycle Expo (NEBE) rings in national bike month, at Arts at the Armory in Somerville, MA.
True to its theme of “Think Globally, Act Locally”, NEBE will focus on the region’s own bicycle industry as it features both its best-known and just-emerging bicycle companies. In addition many organizations will be on hand for this premier event designed to showcase the products and services cyclists need to recharge for the 2011 cycling season, including bicycle parts and apparel manufacturers, frame builders, component designers, tour organizers, civic organizations, cycling clubs, seasoned urban commuters and more.
Arts at the Armory is conveniently located at 191 Highland Avenue, just minutes off the Minuteman Bikeway, Interstate 93 and the Davis Square Red Line stop. Exhibits will be spread throughout this newly renovated space, with plenty of room to talk one-on-one with company representatives and exchange stories and advice from fellow cyclists. Special areas will also be marked for live blogging, free workshops offering education on safe cycling, emerging bicycle technologies and bicycle advocacy (please refer to the website www.newenglandbicycleexpo.com for details). Outside, there will be meeting points for the bike swap, mural project, as well as organized bike rides and a bicycle valet service. Our program inside also includes live music in the amazing hi-n-dry studio's in the basement presented by Meghan Chiampa from desert race boston,
The Hotel Sponsor Le Meridien in Cambridge is offering discounted rates for those coming from outside of Boston and a link can be found on our event website. There will also be live music presented by Meghan Chiampa at Desert Race Boston and the crowing of our bicycle fashion show champion on Sunday (fashion show entrants excepted all weekend)
Your help through Kickstarter will help us meet our event costs including building rental, merchandise and advertising costs, bands and staffing, the establishment of our organization as a non-profit and much much more. As this is our first year we are working with the growing pains of a young event and organization and your financial assistance helps us tremendously. We are offering rewards as best we can and your assistance will reflect in our amazing program.
Arts at the Armory winner of the Boston Pheonix 2010 non-gallery art space and non-traditional music venue is a perfect fit for our event with an inspiring main hall and cafe for exhibitors, two galleries for presentations, music studios in the basement and the lawn across the street graciously offered by The Little Sisters of the Poor for the bike swap.
Nothing beats the bicycle as a combined source of alternative transportation, financial savings, respecting the environment and health. The New England Bicycle Expo is where it will all come together.
Facebook - New England Bicycle Expo
Meetup - New England Bicycle Expo
Twitter - @NEBicycleExpo
(Help us spread the word by visiting our website, printing a flyer and setting it out for everyone to see)
We welcome volunteers of all backgrounds and affiliations and would appreciate your assistance in all stages of our program development. Your time and effort will help us shape our event to be the best as possible. We have a wonderful venue, Arts at the Armory, and I encourage you to review the maps on our website of the several areas we have to use including a beautiful main floor, balcony, Sponsor exhibit Café and galleries. Our events have also expanded to include a bike swap across the street and an outdoor mural project. I encourage you to take the time to review our website, maps and schedule, join the meet-up group and follow us on facebook to find the best fit for your availability. By being a volunteer at this years New England Bicycle Expo you are helping to shape future events.
As a volunteer you will find that our schedule is extremely exciting and offers many options for assistance from help during a specific event for a few hours, to a full day, two days or even before the actual event as we hit the streets spreading the word of the expo and planning. Our schedule is filling up as we are host to panel discussions, blog presentations, local bike tours, a mural project, possible Fashion Show, live music, accessories auction and much more.
If you are traveling from outside the Boston Area I am extremely happy to offer discount rooms at the unbelievable Le Meridien Hotel in Central Square Cambridge, MA. It is five turns from Arts at the Armory and is an incredible Hotel in an amazing section of Boston. Conveniently located on the Redline, staying at Le Meridien offers you easy access to our event and the best train line in Boston to get you to the best places in town.
Before this letter comes to a close and you hopefully go on to complete the volunteer contract written below I want to summarize how this event came about and what you are becoming a part of. Last year I launched my own athletic company, Island Nine Athletics and I found that in order to meet people in the bicycle industry I would need to attend extremely expensive expositions in Florida and Las Vegas. The financial risk of attending these events made them extremely discouraging especially when I wanted my company to focus on local customers. There was little incentive to attending these events where I would be drowned out by the large bicycle corporation’s expensive exhibits. In my market research I discovered that the densest population of cyclists was in The Northeast. Yet we did not have a regional bicycle expo, or at least have not had one in some time. There was little option other than organizing one on my own and here we are today. By volunteering at this first years show you are helping break ground on a tremendous event for the future. Exhibitor cost will always be reasonable and we will help give emerging companies a way into the market to strengthen our own tremendous regional bicycle industry.
Rob Hill – N.E.B.E. Organizer
New England Bicycle Expo
989 Memorial Drive Unit 692
Cambridge, MA 02138
Island Nine and Desert Race Boston present The New England Bicycle Expo May 7th and 8th 2011
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