I had intended this report to be more celebratory, given we did not record a single bicycle fatality in October. Mind you we were very busy helping to prepare for the November 19 World Day of Remembrance. We’re helping to drive a powerful report on the death of Dr. Anita Kurmann; we helped organize and attended the ghost bike service in Beverly for Peabody firefighter Dan Pimenta. And we also continued to work on the legacy of Joe Lavins, another talented doctor, of Lexington.
But I SO MUCH wanted to comment on the glorious light of October and pedaling about paths and trails and roads amid summer temperatures reluctant to leave us. Foliage rides in Fall River, Topsfield and Carlisle yielded experiences of near rapture for me. A trail ride with our board member Jon Brideau, including a detour for the Swamp Walk and a bakery, added to the gifts of the warmest October of recent record.Read more
Massachusetts ranked as 4th Bicycle Friendly State by the League of American Bicyclists
The League of American Bicyclists (League) released its 2017 Bicycle Friendly State ranking. This is the League’s 9th Bicycle Friendly State rank and first since 2015. Massachusetts was ranked as the fourth Bicycle Friendly State (BFSSM).
To see each state’s ranking, report card, and learn more about the data used for the ranking please visit the following links:Read more
I often refer to Massachusetts as the World’s Largest College Town, and in September we got a strong reminder of that. The entire Bay State just buzzes with students on bikes from Boston and Cambridge, to Northampton and Amherst - be they wobbly freshmen or established post-docs - going to and fro.
We often state that the number one thing a person can get to make a bike ride safer is not a helmet, bell, light or mirror. What makes a bike rider safer is another bike rider.Read more
MassBike is on a mission to shine bright lights across the Commonwealth. As we approach darker months of the year and the fall time-change, rider safety can become more challenging. Throughout the entire month of October, MassBike will raise funds to purchase lights from Planet Bike, to distribute to area colleges across the state and key locations around downtown Boston prior the end of Daylight Savings Time.Read more
Many folks refer to August as the “Dog Days of Summer.” We hope you had time to turn some miles, perhaps visit some new places, and be with your family and friends. For MassBike, August proved to be an extremely busy month.Read more
KINGSTON, Mass. - Grief struck the South Shore cycling community Saturday when news spread that Bill Sykes, 65, one of the most influential people in New England cycling, had been critically injured after a collision with a car.
The crash reportedly occurred Saturday in Kingston while Sykes enjoyed a training ride with longtime friend and former Irish pro Paul McCormack.Read more
For many, the month of July means vacation. For MassBike, however, summertime is a busy season where we press forward with our work to improve conditions for bicyclists in order to help make you feel like you belong on the roads of the Bay State. The work contained in this monthly update is made possible through the support of our members and donors. We encourage you to get involved and support MassBike through a donation or as a volunteer.
Sadly, we ended the month learning about a motorist striking and killing bicyclist Dan Pimenta. An experienced rider who raised thousands of dollars to find a cure for multiple sclerosis, Pimenta was struck and killed while riding along Hale Street in Beverly. A veteran Peabody firefighter, the loss is hard to fathom for friends, family and members of the North Shore cycling community. Dan Pimenta was the sixth bicycle rider killed on Massachusetts roads this year. While statistically cycling is safer than ever, we work for a day when there are zero traffic fatalities.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more