Introducing MassBike's New Executive Director, Galen Mook: A Q&A

Mook_BikeTalk.jpgMassBike’s Board of Directors has named experienced and well respected community organizer and local activist Galen Mook as the organization’s new Executive Director. Mook will take over helm of the statewide advocacy organization in July as Massachusetts is seeing an explosion in growth of the number of people biking for fun, exercise, commuting, and competition. Cities and towns are responding to this demand by increasingly investing in safer street design and expanded multi-use paths.

As co-founder of the CommonWheels Bicycle Collective in Allston, MA, co-host of the bi-weekly radio program BikeTalk881 and co-founder of BU Bikes when he was a student at Boston University, Galen deeply understands the needs of local advocates. He also has extensive bike industry experience, working for Landry's Bicycles for the past five years. In this Q&A Galen speaks about why he’s excited to lead the organization at this critical time, his vision for MassBike’s future growth, and what biking means to him.

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MassBike Names Galen Mook as New Executive Director

Experienced Grassroots Advocate Will Lead Statewide Bike Advocacy Group at Time of Growing Popularity in Bicycling

The MassBike Board of Directors has named well respected community advocate Galen Mook as the organization’s new Executive Director. Mook will take over helm of the statewide advocacy organization in July as Massachusetts is seeing an explosion in growth of the number of people biking for fun, exercise, commuting, and competition. Cities and towns are responding to this demand by increasingly investing in safer street design and expanded multi-use paths.

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Why Do We Tolerate Blind Spots, Both Physical and Cultural?

A response to the recent press release from the office of Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan on the crash that killed Bernard "Joe" Lavins in October 2016:

By RICHARD FRIES

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced earlier this week that there would be no charges against the driver who drove his 18-wheel tractor trailer over Bernard “Joe” Lavins in Cambridge’s Porter Square on October 5, 2016.

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Investigation into October 5, 2016 Fatal Bike Collision in Cambridge Complete

The following is  a press release from the office of District Attorney Marian T. Ryan:

Investigation into October 5, 2016 Fatal Bike Collision in Cambridge Complete

CAMBRIDGE – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that the investigation into the October 5, 2016 fatal bicycle crash that occurred on Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge has been completed. 

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Autonomous Vehicle Fatality: a Wake up Call

Autonomous Vehicle Fatality: a Wake up Call (by T4MA, MassBike, and WalkBoston)

On March 18, an autonomous vehicle (AV) killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. Initial evidence suggests that the backup driver was distracted, and the vehicle did not make any attempt to avoid the collision. This should serve as a wake-up call. We believe that with the right policies and procedures in place, autonomous vehicle testing can be safe. However, it is clear that at least in some conditions, this is not yet the case.

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OmniBike Bill Moves Forward with New Draft

Have you traveled with your bike? Maybe you visited Pennsylvania where there is a 4 foot passing rule for motorists overtaking cyclists. How about Arizona? The traffic cameras there discourage motorists from running red lights. If you haven’t biked in China, perhaps you’ve bought a toy truck made in China. All trucks in China have side guards, so toy trucks made in China also have side guards.

Senator Brownsberger and Representatives Rogers and Hecht have authored a bill alongside advocates from various organizations such as the Vision Zero Coalition, Livable Streets, WalkBoston and the Boston Cyclists Union, and MassBike. An Act to reduce traffic fatalities (formerly S.1905/H.2877, now due to a new draft can be found as S.2362 with an updated House bill number coming later this week) was reported favorably on from the Joint Committee on Transportation and now will move onto the Ways and Means Committee.

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Governor Baker Authorizes $1.4 Billion for Enviornmental Bond Bill

From the office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito:

Baker-Polito Administration Files Legislation Committing Over $1.4 Billion to Climate Change, Environmental Protection, and Community Investments

Projects Will Continue the Baker-Polito Administration’s Strong Leadership on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, and Environmental Stewardship

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Richard Fries Steps Down as MassBike Executive Director

Richard Fries Steps Down as MassBike Executive Director

Richard Fries will step down as executive director of the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, better known as MassBike. Having served as executive director for three years, Fries will retain a position on the organization’s Board of Directors.

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Experts to lead Boot Camp Panels

At MassBike's second Bike Advocacy Boot Camp on Saturday, February 10, leaders in DIY activism, advocacy, and education will come together for a day of panels and discussion. The day long event provides an intensive conference and workshop designed to engage and educate local advocates. 

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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $1.5 Million to Design Northern Strand Community Trail

The following is a press release from the Baker-Polito Administration:

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $1.5 Million to Design Northern Strand Community Trail
Funding Will Produce Design and Construction Documents for Trail Construction

LYNN – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced the commitment of at least $1.5 million to fund designs for the Northern Strand Community Trail in Everett, Lynn, Malden, Revere, and Saugus. The funding, awarded through the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs’ (EEA) Gateway City Parks Program, enables the design of the trail, development of bid-ready construction documents, and receipt of all necessary construction permits. When completed, the trail will span ten miles and run through the communities of Everett, Lynn, Malden, Revere, and Saugus along the rail bed of the former Saugus Branch Railroad. 

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