Bikes Abound at the Mattapan Playway

[caption id="attachment_22866" align="alignleft" width="300"] Families get ready for the Bike-a-Thon.[/caption]

On August 9th, MassBike worked with the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition and the Boston Public Health Commission to host a playway at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Mattapan. The event happened concurrently with the Mattapan Square Farmers Market and the 4th Annual Mattapan on Wheels bike ride. Mattapan on Wheels had two routes, an 8 mile family-friendly ride and a 16 mile expert route that showcased a route to downtown Boston from Mattapan.

Boston Bikes provided bicycles to participants who did not have their own. Boston Cyclists Union was at the event providing bike maintenance for riders. When the bike riders arrived back at the Church of the Holy Spirit, they participated in fitness activities including tennis, jumping rope, and a bike rodeo.

Healthy foods were generously donated by Kind Snacks and Equal Exchange. MassBike would like to thank Jon Ramos of Southie Bikes for providing music via his bike trailer, as well as Boston Bikes and Boston Cyclists Union for participating in the event!

Quincy Bikeability Assessment Is Focused on Safety

[caption id="attachment_22851" align="alignleft" width="300"] Pedal and Park Bike parking on the eastern side of Wollaston Station.[/caption]

On August 5th, MassBike conducted a bike audit on streets near the Wollaston T station in Quincy, MA. The audit is a part of a larger pilot assessment program focused on multi-modal transit in cities and towns across the country. Quincy joins Lansing, Michigan and Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas as a part of the project to increase awareness of multi-modal transit use and safety enhancements.

Quincy is an interesting case study because it is focused on increasing safety and usability for bikeable and walkable routes to the transit station. The reports will be submitted to Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and will contribute to a toolkit of best practices for creating a model that can be replicated nationwide for conducting bikeability, walkability, and transit-focused assessments.

The participants of the bike audit included representation from the Federal Transit Authority, Federal Highway Administration, US DOT Volpe Center, MassDOT, MAPC, MBTA, the City of Quincy, MassBike, and WalkBoston.

Want to Work at Fenway Park?

We are so pleased to be working with the Red Sox by offering Valet Bicycle Parking at Fenway Park. Now, we need some enthusiastic volunteers to help us before the game. If you want to hang out at Fenway, support Massachusetts cyclists, and even get to see some of the game, please contact us today.

Volunteers help with setup, parking bikes, getting cyclists to the parking area, and ensuring a seamless and hassle-free experience for users. After your shift, you will get a special volunteer pass so you can catch some of the game.

We need immediate help for the upcoming games.

Saturday, August 16: 5:00-7:00
Sunday, August 17: 11:30-1:30

During your shift, you'll have the chance to take a break. No previous Bike Valet experience necessary - we will train you.

If you are interested, please email Lenka@MassBike.org for more information. If you can't help out on the 16th and 17th, email Lenka@MassBike.org to ask about other Fenway Park Bike Valet opportunities.

Volunteers make up a huge part of our success, so we want to make volunteering with us even better. Anyone who volunteers ten hours of their time will automatically earn a MassBike membership.


Healthy Food and Fitness at the DSNI Playway

On Saturday, July 26th, MassBike worked with the Dudley Square Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) and the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) to help put on a playway event on Moreland Street and Winthrop Street in Dudley Square.

Playways are temporary street closures in which the street is blocked for cars to traverse and inhibits the reclamation of streets for people and play. At DSNI's playway, the focus was on promoting healthy foods and fitness through yoga demonstrations, a bike rodeo, ball playing, and tug-of-war. DSNI youth took charge of managing informational tables focused on gardening, healthy food choices, and neighborhood development. Healthy foods were generously donated by Kind Snacks, Harvest Co-op, Equal Exchange, and Iggy's Bread of the World. Art supplies were donated by Artist & Craftsman.

MassBike would like to thank Bikes Not Bombs, Boston Bikes, and Mary Thomas of Wild Seed Yoga for participating in the playway event.

Bike to the Ballpark Is a Home Run

 

[caption id="attachment_22834" align="alignleft" width="283"] Free Valet Bike Parking at Saturday and Sunday Home Games[/caption]

Did you park your bike with us at Fenway Park on July 19th or July 20th? If so you were one of the many who took advantage of the free Valet Bicycle Parking for Bike to the Ballpark. The launch of this program was a big hit, and we are extremely pleased to announce that MassBike is continuing to partner with the Boston Red Sox through our Valet Bicycle Parking service for #biketotheballpark.

Now through September, every Saturday and Sunday home game will offer this convenient, free way to arrive at the ballpark. Coast in, hand your bike to one of our trained staff, and enjoy some baseball. When you are done cheering on the Sox, come back, claim your bike, and ride away.

If you have tickets for this weekend’s August 2nd or August 3rd game, ride your bike and avoid the expensive parking lot down the road. After all, not only is it free to park your bike with us, the Valet Bicycle Parking offers the closest parking to Fenway during a game. In other words, if you Bike to the Ballpark this weekend, you can get the best parking and it costs nothing.

The MassBike free Valet Bicycle Parking is located by Gate D, at the corner of Yawkey Way and Van Ness Street. It is best to approach Fenway Park on your bike from the Boylston Street side of Fenway.

For any questions about Valet Bicycle Parking, please contact bikeinfo@massbike.org or call 617-542-2453 (BIKE).

We’ll see you at the game!

 

Action Alert: Help Move Bill Before Legislative Session Ends!

We have a chance to move the bike lane protection bill forward this week!

One of the bills we filed in the Massachusetts Legislature in January 2013 has a chance to move forward, but we need your help before midnight Thursday.

The Act To Protect Bicyclists In Bicycle Lanes (S 1640) protects bicyclists by prohibiting motor vehicle operators from parking in on-street paths or lanes designated by official signs or markings for the use of bicycles, or placing the vehicle in such a manner as to interfere with the safety and passage of bicyclists. Motorists frequently endanger bicyclists by parking in bicycle lanes, forcing bicyclists to merge into traffic. There is currently no applicable state law, and some communities are passing local ordinances that will result in inconsistent rules and enforcement unless statewide action is taken. (Click here for the full text of the bill.)

This is not a theoretical problem - we all encounter it every day on roads across Massachusetts. Just this week, we heard about a bicyclist being attacked by a motorist after complaining that he was parked in a bike lane.

The bill was reported favorably by the Joint Committee on Transportation, and has been sent to the Senate Ways and Means Committee. We want to get it out of Ways and Means this week!

It would significantly  increase the chances of passing the bill this year if we can get it approved by Ways and Means before the formal session ends on Thursday.

We need you to do the following TODAY or TOMORROW:

  1. Call or email your State Senator ask that he or she ask Senator Stephen Brewer, chair of Ways and Means,  to approve S 1640.

  2. If your Senator is one of the sponsors of the bill or is on the Ways and Means Committee, it is especially important that you contact them:


  3. Sponsors:


    William N. Brownsberger
    Sonia Chang-Diaz
    Kenneth J. Donnelly
    James B. Eldridge
    Patricia D. Jehlen

    Committee Members:


    Stephen M. Brewer, Chair
    Jennifer L. Flanagan, Vice Chair
    Sal N. DiDomenico, Assistant Vice Chair
    Gale D. Candaras
    Eileen M. Donoghue
    Benjamin B. Downing
    Patricia D. Jehlen
    Brian A. Joyce
    Thomas P. Kennedy
    Thomas M. McGee
    Michael O. Moore
    Marc R. Pacheco
    Anthony W. Petruccelli
    Michael F. Rush
    James E. Timilty
    Richard J. Ross
    Donald F. Humason, Jr.

  4. CC action@massbike.org on your emails, or send us a message telling us who you contacted.

  5. Share this Action Alert with your friends!


Don't know who your State Senator is? Find out here.

We're sorry to report that the other bill we filed in this session,  the Act To Protect Vulnerable Road Users (S 1639) would have added legal protection for bicyclists, pedestrians, wheelchair users, and other vulnerable users of the road. Unfortunately, that bill was "sent to study" by the Joint Committee on Transportation, which means it is effectively dead for this session. A new legislative session begins in January, and we will decide whether to refile the bill or take other action at that time.

Same-Day Registration Available for BikeMass - You Can Still Ride!

No need to worry if you missed online pre-registration for this Saturday's BikeMass event.

You can register for all of the rides at NARA Park in Acton the day of the event, beginning 1 hour before the start time for each ride.

$85 (100 miles), $70 (62 miles), $55 (30 miles) - all rides include great rest stops, on-road support, Redbones, and Harpoon.

It's going to be a beautiful day, and we want to share it with everyone, so we are not charging extra for day-of registration!

All proceeds help MassBike make bicycling better across Massachusetts!

Click here for more details.

 

BikeMass Online Registration Ends At Midnight!

Advance registration for BikeMass ends tonight at midnight! Register Now

Day-of-event registration will be available at NARA Park beginning 1 hour before the start of each ride. There is a $10 surcharge for day-of registration.

The weather looks good, so why wait?

Register today, save $10, and reserve your spot for a ride, Redbones, and Harpoon!

Volunteer for Fenway Park Bike Valet #biketotheballpark



This coming Saturday and Sunday, the Boston Red Sox and MassBike will be launching a pilot bike valet parking service at Fenway Park.

Bike Valet is volunteer powered, and we are seeking volunteers who want to help make sure the pilot weekend of Fenway Park Bike Valet is a huge success. Duties will include helping with setup/breakdown, parking and retrieving bikes, and ensuring a seamless and hassle-free experience for users.

We need help at the following times:

Saturday, July 19
Full Shift (4 - 11:45 pm)
Shift 1 - Setup & Opening (4 - 7:30 pm) FULL
Shift 2 - Middle (7:30 - 10 pm)
Shift 3 - Closing & Takedown (10 - 11:45 pm)


Sunday, July 20
Full Shift (10 am - 6:15 pm)
Shift 1 - Setup & Opening (10 am - 2 pm)
Shift 2 - Middle (2 - 4:30 pm)
Shift 3 - Closing & Takedown (4:30 - 6:15 pm)


Can you help out? Please email nathaniel@massbike.org and indicate which shift(s) you are interested in.

During your shift, you'll have the chance to take a break. No previous Bike Valet experience necessary - we will train you. Full shifts are preferred, but if you can only help out for a portion of the time, we can accommodate that.

Volunteers make up a huge part of our success, so we want to make volunteering with us even better. Anyone who volunteers ten hours of their time will automatically earn a MassBike membership.

Boston Red Sox and MassBike Announce Fenway Park Bike Valet

[caption id="attachment_22780" align="alignleft" width="300"] Bike valet parking pilot program offered for games on Saturday July 19 and Sunday July 20.[/caption]

The Boston Red Sox and MassBike join together to present Fenway Park Bike Valet, a free bicycle valet parking service for ticket holders. The service will be piloted at home games on July 19th and 20th with an eye towards expanding the service to more games in the future. Up to 200 people per game are anticipated to use the bike parking service.

Fenway Park will join a handful of major league teams currently provide bike valet service, including the San Francisco Giants, Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs.

“We’re excited to team up with MassBike to offer this convenient and secure service to our fans,” said Christopher Knight, Manager of Facilities Services & Planning. “We encourage fans to ‘Bike to the Ballpark’ during their next visit to Fenway Park and enjoy the health and environmental benefits of bicycling.”

MassBike will oversee operations for the valet service. They have extensive experience providing bike valet at large events including serving Earthfest which sees 100,000 attendees. MassBike’s system utilizes best-practices from across the country and includes secure parking in a fenced-off area, bike-specific racks, and claim checks to provide a smooth and efficient experience for people to drop off and retrieve their bikes.

"MassBike is thrilled to partner with the Boston Red Sox to encourage more people to ride bikes,” says MassBike Executive Director David Watson. “Biking is the fastest way to get in and out of Fenway at game time, and once people see how fun and easy it is, they are more likely to make bicycling a regular transportation choice.”

The bike valet will be located outside Gate D on the corner of Yawkey Way and Van Ness Street. The service will open two hours prior to game time and close one hour after the game ends. Bike valet parking is free of charge for ticket holders.

For more information on the Fenway Park Bike Valet, contact Christopher Knight, Boston Red Sox at 617-226-6121.

Bike valet will be managed by MassBike staff with help from volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering for either day, please email nathaniel@massbike.org.


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