Massachusetts is the only state in the nation with a statewide bike week!
Every May, Massachusetts residents and bike commuters come together to celebrate human-powered, two-wheeled transportation during Bay State Bike Week (BSBW). From Cape Cod to the Berkshires and everywhere around and in between, Commonwealth participants organize bike-centric events to encourage new riders and raise awareness about bicycle transportation.
To find an event near you, register an event, or find more information visit baystatebikeweek.org
Join us to sample food and drink from across Massachusetts as we take a look at MassBike's 40 years of building better bicycling in the Commonwealth. The evening will feature a silent auction with rare and unique cycling items plus a fantastic raffle.
Executive Director Richard Fries will serve as MC to lead a number of special guests in sharing their stories and involvement with MassBike over the years. Guests of honor will be presented with Lifetime Achievement awards to celebrate their impact on the bicycling community.
Featured speaker of the evening will be Jason Gay of the Wall Street Journal. He has written for publications including Vogue, GQ, Rolling Stone and The New York Observer. Born in Boston, he now lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Lifetime Achievement Award categories will include:
The Thomas Menino Award is given to the person inside of government that demonstrated the political bravery necessary to promote bicycling in a car-first culture.
- Joseph P. Kennedy II - While serving as the representative of the U.S. Eighth Congressional District, he drafted the "Bike Bill" in 1991 to devote 3 percent of the Federal Highway Trust Fund to improve bicycling. This was the first attempt to devote any federal funds to bicycling in post World War II America.
Sen. William Brownsberger - A former selectman and state representative, he pedaled to Beacon Hill year round. That continued after he became a state senator, repeatedly filed and fought for passage of pro-bike legislation.
Rep. Anne Paulsen - She rose from the Belmont school committee and board of selectmen to become a state rep, where she served for more than a decade. Having led the Beacon Hill bike caucus, she filed and passed several pieces of Legislation including measures that required bike accommodation on every new state road.
Nicole Freedman - As a competitive cyclist, she was a national champion and Olympian. Then she became an urban planner. After Bicycling Magazine named Boston one of the worst cities for bikes, Mayor Menino tasked her as the bike czarina. She re-made Boston, then worked in Seattle, and returned to Newton, where is continuing to do great things for bikes.
The Art Longsjo Award will be presented to the individual who has dedicated the most to promote cycling as a sport. As Bill Strickland wrote: "Only overload your jersey pockets for someone else."
- Dick Ring - A national caliber athlete in both cycling and speedskating, he unpinned his number while at the start line of the Fitchburg Longsjo Classic when an announcer failed to arrive. That launched more than 50 wonderful years of legendary announcing, coaching and promoting of the sport of cycling.
Diane Fortini - Having been a rider, a promoter, a shop owner, and most notably perhaps the nation's most respected official, she has been an organizational anchor for the sport in New England. A founding board member of the New England Bicycle Racing Association.
Paul Boudreau - He raced well. But he organized better. He helped create Essex County Velo, founded the Gran Prix of Gloucester. which remains the crown jewel of New England 'cross, and created the Beverly Gran Prix, which has become one of region's premier criteriums.
John Allis - Born in Boston, he started racing bicycles while at Princeton. He was part of the first ever U.S. team to compete at the World Championships since the era of Major Taylor. While in France, he won an amateur classic, a feat that was noted in The International Herald Tribune. Upon returning home he made the Olympic team and won a national road title before helping to found Wheelworks. But he is fondly known for training hundreds, perhaps thousands of Harvard students, smoothly ripping their legs off aboard a fixed gear.
- The Col. Albert Pope Award is given to the business leader that has demonstrated the most support for bicycle advocacy through a variety of gifts.
- The Massachusetts Bicycle Club Award is dedicated in the spirit of the founders of the League of American Wheelmen and the state's first bicycle clubs. This award is given to the bicycle organization and/or event that has done the most to promote the culture and sport of bicycling.
- The Paul Dudley White Award honors the individual who has given tirelessly to promote bicycle advocacy in the Bay State during their lifetime.
Tickets are now available for this evening of MassBike history and recognition of those who built the groundwork of our organization and the bicycling movement.
Premium Supporter Tickets $100 (includes a VIP cocktail hour before the event with MassBike board and staff, special guests including featured speaker Jason Gay, and all award nominees, plus priority access to special 40th Anniversary items throughout the year)
MassBike Member Tickets $50
Non-MassBike Member Tickets $75 (Not a member? Don't worry! Your event ticket includes a 1 year membership with MassBike!)
We will have complimentary bike valet on site for guests who ride to the event. There are also Hubway stations nearby.
For those who drive, there are two lots with paid parking nearby. Massport Lot H at 701 Congress St and Massport Lot K at 301 Congress St.
The venue is also accessible via public transit by taking the Silver Line. Take the SL1 or SL2 from South Station to Silver Line Way. Buses run every few minutes from South Station.
- The Thomas Menino Award is given to the person inside of government that demonstrated the political bravery necessary to promote bicycling in a car-first culture.
Save the date! Bike 62, 100 or 125 miles from Rutland, Mass., around the Quabbin Reservoir, a pristine jewel in the heart of Massachusetts. Not much traffic; plenty of hills. This is not a race.
Ride the the best one-day Boston to Provincetown bicycle ride on the calendar. This 126 mile ride is a social ride and requires no fundraising. Even better, it is a weekend happening and a great way to kick off your summer vacation and bicycling season. Registration includes t-shirt, 1-way luggage transport, Friday dinner in Boston, and Sunday brunch in P’town. Volunteers needed, too!
Ride Start: Cyclorama Building of the Boston Center for the Arts, at the intersection of Tremont and Clarendon Streets. Check in between 6:00 and 6:30 am; there are no bathroom and water facilities at the start.
During the Ride: Maps are provided and the route is arrowed with our distinctive green triangles. There are 5 checkpoints with refreshments: Halifax, Sandwich, Yarmouthport, Wellfleet and Truro.
Ride Finish: Bas Relief Park, Bradford Street, Provincetown.
What You Get:
- All registered riders receive ride day support of 5 checkpoints, luggage (one bag) transportation to Provincetown, a map and a commemorative t-shirt (at the finish).
- All participants, registered riders and official volunteers are invited to attend both the Friday Night Dinner/Meet and Greet in Boston and the Sunday Brunch in Provincetown at no additional cost. Guest tickets to each event may be purchased for $20 each.
Please visit www.outriders.org for additional information
Registration is now open for the Cycle Massachusetts State Bike Tour! and it is shaping up to be another wonderful tour. Enjoy riding through Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire.
The famous statewide charity tour for bike advocacy is also known as the Friendliest Ride in the East. Come for a weekend or a whole week depending on YOUR schedule. Here’s some highlights for 2017:
- Jump from a plane! That’s right – you’ll have the option to cycle to Jumptown in Orange, MA, and try skydiving!
- Three states in one ride – not only will you explore Massachusetts, but also the quiet roads of Vermont and New Hampshire
- Family riding weekend! Opening weekend is especially family-friendly complete with shorter rides to kid-approved destinations, a popsicle party, and an all-ages outdoor movie!
Cycle Massachusetts is from August 5th through 11th (2, 4, 5, and 7 day options available) and all proceeds support MassBike! Sign up today: ride is limited to 150 riders to preserve the small-group camaraderie! Early bird pricing lasts only through February 28th!
Blazing Saddles is one of the earliest rides of the fall century season. Travel through the rural towns of Boston's North Shore and southern New Hampshire. Ride along beautiful rivers, lakes, and bridges; past New England churches, town halls, and farms. The terrain includes rolling hills, long sunny flats, and rural roads. The nearby ocean provides cool breezes, trees provide plenty of shade in places, and the sun lends warmth on those open flat stretches.
Blazing Saddles includes routes of 32,50, 62, and 100 miles. The 100-mile route has 2 full rest stops at approximately 50, and 75 miles, plus a water stop at 25 miles (exact mileage may vary). Other routes have 1 full rest stop.
The 2017 DEATH RIDE Tour is a fundraising event to support the Blazeman Foundation, WAR on ALS. Each participant is required to raise a minimum of $300 in contributions by Day One of the Tour.
To register, set up a fundraising page, or for more information please click here.