The Wellesley Police Department and Sustainable Wellesley are teaming up to raise money for a community bike maintenance station and tire pump, in an effort to make Wellesley even more bicycle friendly.

A permanent community bike maintenance station and tire pump will encourage bicycle safety and reduce traffic, and ensure that everyone has access to the tools they need to maintain their bikes.

The Wellesley Police Department, lauded state-wide for their pedestrian and bicycle safety education work, has offered an easily accessible spot outside the police station. This will create a gathering space for repair classes, bicycle safety classes, bicycle rides, and more.

“The bicycle maintenance and tire repair station will make Wellesley even more welcoming for bicyclists of all ages and abilities,” said Wellesley Police Chief Pilecki. “With this station, the public will have free access to the most commonly used bike repair tools,” Pilecki said.

“Our community is a wonderful place to walk and bike,” said Quentin Prideaux, President of Sustainable Wellesley. “Many trips in town are less than a mile or two and as fast, if not faster, by bike. To see an example of the station, please click here,” Prideaux said.

Donations can be made on the Sustainable Wellesley’s website, Facebook page, or by check — made payable to Sustainable Wellesley and sent to 5 Hilltop Road, Wellesley, MA 02482.  Click here to donate and help reach the $2000 goal.  Sustainable Wellesley is a 501c3 non-profit. Donations are tax-deductible and eligible for work-match funding.

Phyllis Theermann

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With Fall in the air, you may be doing some housecleaning. Here are a few resources for you to dispose and share some small, medium and large items in your home. Have other ideas/suggestions. Please let us know.

– PRESCRIPTIONS – Got medicines that you are not taking and/or are expired? Please dispose of them safely and properly by bringing them to the Wellesley Police Department’s drug take-back container.

 

– PAINT? PAPER? – Sunday, Oct. 1 there is a Shredding Event at the RDF and Paint Collection Day is Sat., Oct. 7.

 

– BUILDING MATERIALS – If you have a home improvement project on your fall agenda, you may end up with leftover building materials that are in good shape. If you don’t need it, but it can be reused, consider donating to the Reuse Center at Boston Building Resources (a 501(c)(3) charity) so someone else can use your item for home maintenance, repairs, or improvements.

Cabinetry, appliances, windows, doors, bathroom fixtures, lumber, flooring, electrical, tools, hardware, tile … whether it’s gently used, a misorder, or you just bought too much, your unneeded items can help someone else improve their home.

Keep good-quality materials out of the landfill
Save on disposal fees
Pick-up service available
Fill out a materials donation offer form –  material and financial gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

 

Quentin

Wellesley Middle School Students Thank Drivers For Not Idling During The Turn Off Your Key and Make Wellesley Middle School Idle Free Celebration

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Students in photo with Wellesley Police Officer Rosenberg: Grace Flannery, Julia Panell, Sophie Majernik, Ellie Mitchell, Kaitlin Braun, Catherine Smith.

A dozen or so Wellesley Middle School students offered daffodils as a gift of thanks to drivers NOT idling in the large school car line on Monday afternoon, March 21st during the Turn Off Your Key and make Wellesley Middle School Idle Free celebration. Balloons decorated the new No Idling signs that were installed by the Public Works Department along Kingsbury Street, and Wellesley Police Officer Evan Rosenberg ensured the safety of the event while thanking folks for not idling.

The event, hosted by the Wellesley Middle School Green Team, Wellesley Green Schools, and the Natural Resources Commission, celebrated the beginning of Spring and WMS’s commitment to clean air.  Daffodils were generously donated by Wellesley Bank.

“We wanted to find a positive way to encourage people not to idle,” said Sue Morris, one of the Chairs of Wellesley Green Schools. “With the assistance of the administration, teachers such as  Catherine Longley-Cook and Matthew Clarke, and enthusiastic students we were able to share the flowers and  a note saying ‘Spring Flowers thrive in clean air…thanks for not idling your car’.  Sign were posted along Kingsbury Street with inspiring facts such as:

  • Avoid a costly ticket – 5 minutes is the legal limit (per MA law) to idle a car and fines are $100 for 1st offense & $500 for 2nd

  • Breathe healthier air – 40+ hazardous air pollutants and carcinogens are emitted from engine exhaust

  • Save gas – 2 minutes of idling uses as much fuel as traveling 1 mile

  • Let kids walk – 3 lbs of pollution per month are generated by every vehicle dropping off & picking up kids at one school

  • Help kids with asthma – children’s asthma symptoms increase dramatically as a result of car exhaust

  • Live longer – exposure to car exhaust can inno idling signcrease the chances of getting heart & lung disease as well as cancer

  • Help stop climate change – car emissions contribute to global warming

  • Turn off your key…make WMS Wellesley Idle Free!!

For more information about idling, please click here, to learn more about Wellesley Green Schools, please email info@sustainableWellesley.com. Video of event is here courtesy of Wellesley Public Media.