June Recap - a note from Executive Director Richard Fries

June was a busy one here at MassBike. After the excitement and events of bike month in May, June was all hands on deck to get back at it working to improve your ride experience across the state.

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MassBike Helps Enlighten Cape Cod Workers

 

One cannot help but notice them. These young adults ride in small packs, often on a variety of inexpensive bikes, all about Cape Cod. Like a flock of birds, they arrive on cue in early June.

They are seasonal workers, mostly from Eastern Europe and Africa, who keep the tourist economy going. On Cape Cod there are 4,000 of them from 59 different countries and the majority of them ride bikes for transportation.

And MassBike, working with MassDOT’s MassRides team, is working to keep them safe.

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Omnibus Bill Hearing

Massachusetts lawmakers heard testimony Tuesday on many bike and pedestrian related bills including the omnibus bill An Act to reduce traffic fatalities (S1905/H2877). Advocates from across the state testified on behalf of the bill emphasizing its greater intentions to serve all that are on our roadways, beyond just bikes.

The legislation sponsored by Rep. David Rogers, of Cambridge, Rep. Jonathan Hecht, of Watertown, and Belmont Sen. William Brownsberger, includes a range of approaches to reducing road deaths, such as a local option for authorizing traffic enforcement cameras, a hands-free requirement for using mobile devices, and improving reporting protocol for crashes that involves people on foot or on bikes.

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An Act to reduce traffic fatalities hearing June 13

A hearing has been scheduled for our omnibus bike safety bill, An Act to reduce traffic fatalities (S.1905/H.2877). The Joint Committee on Transportation will hear testimony next week in support of and against various bills at the Massachusetts State House.

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We're hiring!

We're hiring here at MassBike for a part time Administrative Coordinator position! Please see the job description for more details. To apply please email a resume and cover letter to Richard@massbike.org

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MassDOT Registry of Motor Vehicles Adds New Bicycle Safety Advice to Massachusetts Driver’s Manual

New language aims to reduce “dooring” incidents and other bicycle-automobile collisions

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has announced that the MassDOT Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) added several new key guidelines to the Massachusetts Driver’s Manual (Driver’s Manual) this year as part of an ongoing effort to promote road safety by educating bicyclists and motorists to be aware of their actions as they travel.

Today, MassDOT also produced a video educating drivers how to safely exit a vehicle to prevent bicyclist injury. To view this video, click here.

The updated RMV Driver’s Manual includes a section outlining the benefits of the “Dutch Reach” method for drivers as they open the doors of automobiles that are parallel-parked and will include new content regarding the use of separated bicycle lanes and “bicycle boxes,” which have become more prevalent in Massachusetts.

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40th Anniversary Party

Our 40th Anniversary Party last week at John Hancock Financial was a fun celebration that marked bicycling milestones and honored those who have been a part of the movement since the beginning. Special thanks to our host and partner for the event, John Hancock Financial, and to Boston Triathlon for making this night possible.

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Stand in Solidarity for Vision Zero

We need you to stand with us tomorrow morning.

On Wednesday, Mayor Walsh made public comments suggesting that safety on our streets is the responsibility of the most vulnerable - people walking and biking. This is contrary to the Mayor's declaration of the City's commitment to Vision Zero which is based on creating a built environment that is safe. 

Yesterday, the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition formally responded to Mayor Walsh’s remarks, (see below) and we are following up with an demonstration tomorrow morning at City Hall.

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Craft Sportswear and MassBike Both Celebrate 40 Years with Partnership

Craft Sportswear and MassBike celebrate forty years of making cycling better in Massachusetts. Since 1977, Craft Sportswear has been boosting the sport experience by designing innovative and functional sportswear while becoming a favorite among Bay State cyclists who ride in all conditions. MassBike, also founded in 1977, has overseen explosive growth in bike friendly infrastructure and laws statewide.

To mark this milestone, Craft Sportswear will provide MassBike memberships to clubs and organizations placing custom cycling clothing orders in 2017. This innovative partnership improves conditions for Bay State cyclists no matter where they ride or what weather conditions prevail.

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Investigation into June 16, 2016 Fatal Bike Collision in Lincoln Complete

The office of Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan issued the following press release today on the investigation of the tragic death of Eugene Thornberg in Lincoln last June.

Investigation into June 16, 2016 Fatal Bike Collision in Lincoln Complete

LINCOLN – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Lincoln Chief of Police A. Kevin Kennedy have announced that the investigation into the June 16, 2016 fatal bicycle crash that occurred on Concord Road in Lincoln has been completed.

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