North Shore Chapter Update

The North Shore Chapter of MassBike is open to anyone who participates in or supports cycling of all kinds in the 22 Essex County communities east of I-95, plus Middleton. Active membership in MassBike is strongly encouraged.

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Pioneer Valley Chapter Update

2018 has been a year of transition for MassBike state-wide. Our Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin County group is no exception. New leadership is now in place, actively working throughout the Valley. Additional Board of Directors positions are available for qualified candidates.

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Central Mass Chapter Update

Written by MassBike Central Mass Chapter Secretary Lesli Cohen

Since our inception in April of 2018, the newly formed Central Massachusetts chapter of MassBike has had a busy spring and summer full of activities and accomplishments. Our Board of Directors, consisting of Rebekah Weiner as President, Dawn Lovejoy as Vice President, Lesli Cohen as Secretary, and Bill Millett as Treasurer, and our at large representative Elizabeth Wicks, have hit the ground pedaling. We’ve held regular monthly chapter meetings (every third Thursday of the month) and there are several plans in the works for exciting activities in beautiful Worcester County.

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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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