Weekly Meetings & Events Roundup

Here is your weekly roundup of meetings and events happening around Massachusetts.

Wednesday, July 9

Public Meeting: Lawrence, Union Crossing Pedestrian Improvement Project
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Lawrence Public Library, Main Library, 3rd Fl, 51 Lawrence Street, Lawrence, MA
Description: MassDOT will host this meeting. According to MassDOT, "The proposed project will install pedestrian enhancements, including: new sidewalks, lighting and street trees on Union Street, and a new pedestrian plaza at the northeast corner of Union and Canal Streets, including a new bus shelter." Read more.


Thursday, July 10

Public Meeting: Mattapan, Morton Street Bridge Project
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Location: Economy Plumbing - Training Room, 875 Morton Street, Mattapan, MA
Description: MassDOT will host this meeting. According to MassDOT, "The purpose of this meeting will be to specifically discuss the 10 day closure of the bridge from August 8th to the 17th."


For more information, please contact John Romano, MassDOT Municipal Liaison at 857-368-8905 or john.romano@state.ma.us. Read more.


Public Meeting: Cambridge, Greenough Boulevard Waterfront Restoration Project
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Shady Hill School, Assembly Hall, 56 Coolidge Avenue, Cambridge, MA
Description: The Department of Conservation and Recreation and The Solomon Foundation will host this follow up meeting to a meeting held in March. The concept of the project envisions a new multi-use path along Greenough Boulevard between the Eliot Bridge in Cambridge and the Arsenal Street Bridge in Watertown, with significant landscaping improvements and riverfront restoration. The Greenough Boulevard roadway would be reduced from its current four lanes to two lanes, with the space reallocated to the multi-use path and parkland.


This is a very exciting opportunity to provide a greatly enhanced environment for all forms of active transportation, and strengthen connections with existing pathways and the regional active transportation network.


You can view the presentation from the March meeting here, and you can view the project website here.


Saturday, July 12

Volunteer: Arlington, Bikeway User Counts
Time: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM - Shifts Available
Location: Kickstand Cafe, Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA
Description: The Town of Arlington will be holding their summertime Bikeway User Counts. These counts of users of the Minuteman Bikeway will take place at the Swan Place entrance to the Bikeway - where KickStand Café is located; counts will run 7 AM to 7 PM on Saturday, July 12.


Arlington town planners are seeking volunteers for this important project; the bikeway user population has doubled in the last two years - and this happens even when counts are in bad weather. So check your calendar and let them know if you can help for an hour or two. No previous experience neccessary.


Simply e-mail JGlushko@town.arlington.ma.us or call 781-316-3093 with your name and your preferred time to help with counts.


This year we will try to add a new element to the count: we will separate the bicyclist and jogging populations so that we can count how many are male and how many are female.


PLEASE NOTE: Deadline to sign up for this volunteer opportunity is 5 PM on Tuesday, July 8th.


Looking for meetings and events happening next week or beyond? Check out our Event Calendar.

Have a public meeting or free event you'd like us to list? Email us at bikeinfo@massbike.org and we may be able to include it in our calendar.

Weekly Meetings & Events Roundup

There is only one meeting in the calendar for this week, but it is an important one. Read on!

Monday, June 30

[caption id="attachment_22729" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Charlesgate Park, before the Bowker Overpass. Photo: Friends of the Charlesgate.[/caption]

Public Meeting: Boston, Bowker Overpass Deck Replacement Project
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: Johnson Conf. Rooms, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
Description: MassDOT is planning to perform emergency interim repairs on the aging Bowker Overpass, which carries car traffic between Storrow Drive and the Fenway in Boston. In the meantime, planners at MassDOT are conducting a "Bowker Overpass Long Range Planning Study", which is anticipated to look at long term alternatives for the overpass. Many community members and advocates are interested in seeing resources dedicated to removing the overpass in the near term, and restoring the original Charlesgate Park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. The current configuration is less than optimal for bicyclists and pedestrians; wide and fast moving roadways cut off park land, and restrict access to the Charles River Esplanade and Back Bay Fens.


According to MassDOT, "The purpose of the meeting will be to introduce the Contractor, SPS New England, review the schedule and give an update of the Bowker Overpass Long Range Planning Study. The project consists of interim repairs to the superstructure and deck of the Bowker Overpass and associated ramps. Accelerated deterioration of the bridge structures requires that these interim repairs be conducted during the preliminary phase of the Bowker Overpass Long Range Planning Study."


Restoring the original vision of Charlesgate Park, and Emerald Necklace as a whole, should be important priorities for MassDOT in fulfilling its Healthy Transportation Compact, and working towards its stated mode shift goal to triple the share of trips taken by bike, transit, and walking. MassBike encourages community members to attend this meeting and share their thoughts on the future of the Bowker Overpass. Read more.


Looking for meetings and events happening next week or beyond? Check out our Event Calendar.

Have a public meeting or free event you'd like us to list? Email us at bikeinfo@massbike.org and we may be able to include it in our calendar.

Volunteer Opportunity: Help Out With Bike Valet at Cambridge Dance Party

Have you always wanted to try your hand at Bike Valet?

This Friday, June 27, MassBike will be providing Bike Valet services at the City of Cambridge's annual Dance Party on Mass Ave in front of Cambridge City Hall. We need help starting at 6 PM and ending at 11 PM.

During your shift, you'll have the chance to take a break and check out the Dance Party music, vendors, food, and festivities. 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.

Can you help out this Friday? Please email Lenka at Lenka@MassBike.org to sign up!

As you know, Bike Valet is volunteer powered. As a volunteer, you will help raise the status of bicycling by providing a service that treats people who ride bikes like the VIPs we all are, and you will support MassBike's mission to make bicycling better and safer throughout Massachusetts.

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.

We hope you will join us.

Weekly Meetings & Events Roundup

Here is your weekly roundup of meetings and events happening around Massachusetts.

Tuesday, June 24

Public Meeting: Cambridge, Grand Junction Rail Corridor Open House
Time: 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: MIT Stata Center, 1st floor (Rm. 32-124), 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA
Description: The concept of building a multi-use path along the Grand Junction railroad running through Cambridgeport, MIT, and Kendall Square is gaining interest. This path would form an important link in a future network of off-street mutli-use paths throughout the Boston area that would provide people who bike, walk, and run stress free transportation corridors.


According to the meeting announcement, "MIT has hired consultants to evaluate the feasibility of a multi-use path along the corridor. The study is in its initial phases and as part of the outreach program they would like to hear your thoughts prior to beginning design work. Refreshments will be provided. For questions regarding the open house, please contact Melissa Shakro at the MIT Office of Campus Planning, mshakro@mit.edu or 617-324-7317."


Wednesday, June 25

Public Meeting: Cambridge, Pearl Street Community Meeting
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Amigos School, 15 Upton Street, Cambridge, MA
Description: This meeting is hosted by the City of Cambridge. According to the city, "As part of the City’s Street and Sidewalk Reconstruction program, Pearl Street is scheduled to be reconstructed between Granite Street and Massachusetts Avenue. In February 2014, a community meeting was held to discuss the design for Pearl Street. The City is anticipating that this work will begin in the Summer/Fall 2016. Due to the large scope of work, the project will be divided up into 2 phases. One phase will consist of roadway and sidewalk reconstruction on Pearl Street between Granite Street and Erie Street and the other phase will consist of roadway and sidewalk reconstruction between Erie Street and Massachusetts Avenue. Contact: Chris Neil, cneil@cambridgema.gov, 617-349-4825"


Thursday, June 26

Public Meeting: Boston, Greenway Ramp Parcel Study
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Boston City Hall, 9th Floor, Board Room, Boston, MA
Description: This meeting is hosted by the City of Boston in conjunction with MassDOT and the Boston Redevelopment Authority. According to the meeting announcement, "Staff from MassDOT and the BRA, along with their consultant team, will provide an introduction to the Ramp Parcel Study. The Ramp Parcel Study will review the current conditions of Central Artery/Tunnel Parcels 6, 12, and 18 as part of the state requirement to cover the ramps, and provide recommendations for each parcel's permanent surface treatment. This first meeting will also offer the public an opportunity to begin to share their vision for the ramp parcels." Read more.


Public Meeting: Cambridge, Kinnaird Street Community Meeting
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Moore Youth Center, 12 Gilmore Street Cambridge, MA
Description: This meeting is hosted by the City of Cambridge. According to the city, "As part of the City’s Street and Sidewalk Reconstruction program, Kinnaird Street is scheduled to be reconstructed between Putnam Avenue and River Street. In April 2014, a community meeting was held to discuss the design for Pearl Street. The City is anticipating that this work will begin in spring 2015.


Over the past few months, city staff has spent time evaluating the existing conditions and analyzing the suggestions that were brought forth to staff at the first community meeting, and have performed parking and traffic studies on Pearl Street. On Thursday, June 26 at 6:30pm in the Moore Youth Center (located on Gilmore Street), the Community Development Department and the Department of Public Works will be hosting a second community meeting that will be focused around the design phase of this project. We encourage you to attend to provide input as to what you would like to see.


Contact: Chris Neil, cneil@cambridgema.gov, 617-349-4825"


Friday, June 27

Event: Boston, City of Boston Bike Friday
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 AM
Location: City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA
Description: The City of Boston hosts this monthly bike festival during the summer. MassBike and other bike organizations and vendors will be on site. According to Boston Bikes, "Bike Fridays are our way of saying, “Thanks for riding your bike today.” We think it’s important to celebrate everyone who rides in Boston, and we want to make it easier for new riders to start commuting. On one Friday a month throughout the summer, we host a big party for cyclists at City Hall, and we make it easy for you to get here by bike." Read more.


Event: Cambridge, Cambridge Dance Party
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 AM
Location: City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA
Description: Mass Bike will be providing Bike Valet services at City of Cambridge's annual Dance Party on Mass Ave in front of Cambridge City Hall. We are seeking volunteers to help out with this fun event starting at 6 PM and ending at 11 PM.


During your shift, you'll have the chance to take a break and check out the Dance Party music, vendors, food, and festivities. 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.


Can you help out this Friday? Please email Lenka at Lenka@MassBike.org to sign up!


Looking for meetings and events happening next week or beyond? Check out our Event Calendar.

Have a public meeting or free event you'd like us to list? Email us at bikeinfo@massbike.org and we may be able to include it in our calendar.

MassBike and Partners Launch Cape Cod Regional Bike Safety Education and Awareness Campaign

[caption id="attachment_21134" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Biking on Cape Cod. Photo: MassBike[/caption]

Back in February, we reported about our ongoing work to improve bike safety for seasonal workers who flock to Cape Cod every summer. Bicycling is often the most convenient, or only mode of transportation available for these workers who come from around the world on J-1 visas to work in area restaurants and resorts.

MassBike has been working with a coalition of partners including the Barnstable County Commissioners office, Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority, and various local police departments across Cape Cod, and we are pleased to announce the launch of the Regional Bike Safety Education and Awareness Campaign.

Plans call for a busy season of outreach and activities to ensure that seasonal workers, and all people who ride a bike on Cape Cod, have the knowledge and equipment to travel safely and enjoyably by bicycle.

Visibility while riding after dark has been an ongoing concern, so making sure people who rides bikes have lights is a top priority. MassBike made the connection between light vendor Planet Bike and coalition partners, who secured a discounted purchase of approximately 2,000 lights. These lights will be distributed at various outreach events. In addition, police officers will have a supply of lights in their cruisers, and will be instructed to distribute them to people they identify who are riding at night without lights.

[caption id="attachment_22697" align="alignleft" width="133"] Go By Bike in Bulgarian[/caption]

To address a recognized language barrier, we added a new language to our series of Go By Bike safety pamphlets. Go By Bike is now available in Bulgarian, in addition to existing versions of the pamphlet in 9 different languages. Go By Bike will be distributed at orientation events for seasonal workers and at various other events throughout the season. Go By Bike covers the basics on riding a bicycle, including equipment, how to ride in mixed traffic, and using lights at night.

We presented our recently released video "Shifting Gears" to the chiefs of all 15 police districts on Cape Cod. With this training, our hope is that more police officers will be able to recognize and ticket drivers for unsafe and illegal behavior around bicyclists.

In addition, MassBike will have a presence at a number of social events, including orientations and beach parties put on for seasonal workers. We will directly engage attendees, distribute information, fit helmets, and distribute lights.

We will report on further updates on planning and program rollout as they emerge.

Read more about the Regional Bike Safety Education and Awareness Campaign in this article on Cape Cod Today.

The People's Pint Launches "Training Wheels", a New Session IPA for Lovers of Bikes and Beer

If you love bikes and craft beer, keep reading...

Training Wheels is a delicious new session IPA by The People's Pint with an extra special bonus: a percentage of profits will be donated to support MassBike's work and mission to make bicycling better across Massachusetts!

The People's Pint, a brewpub located in downtown Greenfield, has been serving up their own delicious craft beer and locally sourced food since 1997. The People's Pint has been promoting bicycle transportation in Western Massachusetts in its own unique way since 2003. Participants earn credit for every mile traveled by bike, which can be redeemed for gift certificates to be used in the brewpub. To date, they have recorded over 63,000 miles traveled by bike instead of by car.

According to The People's Pint, Training Wheels is a "hop forward American session ale, low on alcohol but big on hop aroma, with generous additions of local and west coast hops which impart an aroma of tropical fruit and resin."

So where can you enjoy a glass of Training Wheels? If you live in or are visiting the Pioneer Valley, stop by The People's Pint in downtown Greenfield, open daily for lunch and dinner.

You can also order a cold pint of Training Wheels from the tap at The Foundry in Northampton.

Training Wheels is also available by the bottle in stores. You can find it on the shelves at the following establishments:

Eastern MA

Craft Beer Cellar - Belmont
Craft Beer Cellar - Braintree
Craft Beer Cellar - Winchester
Berman's Liquors - Lexington
Pemberton Market - Cambridge
Colonial Spirits - Acton
The Vineyard - Ayer
Kappy's - Fitchburg
Stan's - Athol

Western MA

Big Y Supermarket - Northampton and Greenfield
Ryan and Casey - Greenfield
Deerfield River Package - Deerfield
Provisions - Northampton
State St Wine - Northampton
Liquors 44 - Northampton
Tru Beer - Easthampton
Big E's - Easthampton
Spirit Haus - Amherst
Atkins Farm - S. Amherst
Spirit Shoppe - Sunderland
Deerfield River Package - Deerfield
Spirit Shoppe - Deerfield
Petersham General Store - Petersham
Four Seasons - Hadley
Whole Foods - Hadley

Cheers!

Free Bike Safety Training for Schools - Sign Up Now!

Did you know that MassBike offers free bike safety trainings to children grades 4 – 8? Each school year, MassBike's Safe Routes to School Tranings teaches thousands of elementary and middle school children how to ride their bikes more safely. Since beginning our youth education outreach, we’ve brought our school-age workshops to schools in Worcester, Cambridge, Salem, Franklin, Framingham, and dozens of other communities around the Commonwealth.


Would you like your local school to be next?


If so, we are currently scheduling classes before the end of the 2013-2014 school year, and for the coming 2014-2015 school year. To get the wheels spinning, contact Erin Reed at MassDOT by email at erin.reed@state.ma.us or by phone at 857-719-5489.


The MassBike Safe Routes to School curriculum reviews basic maintenance, rules of the road, proper helmet fitting, and overall visibility. Our instructors tailor the message to age-level to ensure that these critical safety lessons are most appropriate, effective and empowering. Classes are made possible through MassRIDES, a program of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation that promotes biking, walking, and transit use.


Weekly Meetings & Events Roundup

Here is your weekly roundup of meetings and events happening around Massachusetts.

Monday, June 16

Public Meeting: Arlington, Information Session on Mass Ave. Reconstruction
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Thompson School Gymatorium, 187 Everett Street, Arlington, MA
Description: The purpose of this meeting will be to introduce the MassDOT team and to provide an overview of the 2014 construction season to residents and other stakeholders. MassDOT has also assigned a liaison who will be available to answer questions from the public about the project and report any concerns during the project. If you have a concern or question you may reach Nathaniel Cabral-Curtis at 617-482-7080 x236 or ncabral-curtis@hshassoc.com.


Tuesday, June 17

Public Meeting: Somerville, Somerville Bicycle Committee Meeting
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: City Hall, 93 Highland Avenue, Basement employee lounge, Somerville, MA
Description: The Somerville Bicycle Committee meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M., at City Hall, 93 Highland Avenue, in the basement employee lounge. Meetings are open to the public, and volunteers and help are always welcome! Read more.


Thursday, June 19

Public Meeting: Southbridge, Route 131/Main Street Bridge Rehab Project
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Town Hall, Rice Conference Room, 41 Elm Street, Southbridge, MA
Description: This is a MassDOT hosted meeting. According to MassDOT, "The proposed project consists of removing and replacing the existing sidewalks, bridge railings, water line and bituminous wearing surface over the arch. The structurally deficient arch will be reinforced and strengthened. A vehicular and pedestrian travel route will be in place for crossing the bridge during all stages of construction. A new concrete sidewalk will be constructed from the bridge along the westerly side of the roadway to meet with the existing concrete sidewalk. New roadway pavement will be placed for the length of the project." Read more.


Public Meeting: Norton, Plain Street Bridge over Canoe River
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Community Room Norton, Public Library, 68 East Main Street Norton, MA
Description: This is a MassDOT hosted meeting. According to MassDOT, "The proposed project consists of replacing the structurally deficient bridge, which consists of three metal culverts, with a new single-span concrete beam structure that meets current state and federal standards. New bridge rail and highway approach rail will be included. Sidewalks are proposed on each side of the bridge and approach roadways within the project limits, and five-foot shoulders are proposed to accommodate bicycles. " Read more.


Looking for meetings and events happening next week or beyond? Check out our Event Calendar.

Have a public meeting or free event you'd like us to list? Email us at bikeinfo@massbike.org and we may be able to include it in our calendar.

Is Bike Share in the Future for the Pioneer Valley?

[caption id="attachment_22612" align="alignleft" width="300"] Is a system like Boston's Hubway bike share in the future for the Pioneer Valley? Photo: MassBike[/caption]

The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) is currently working to determine the feasibility and interest in a bike share program for the Pioneer Valley. As part of this process, they have launched a new online survey to help gauge demand for such a program in the region.

Bike share systems, like Boston's Hubway, allow riders to check bikes out from self-service kiosks and use them for short, "point A to point B" trips. When implemented successfully, bike share systems can compliment existing transit systems to give people greater car-free mobility, and boost the number of bike trips in a particular city or region.

According to their website, PVPC is working with the communities of Holyoke, Springfield, Amherst, and Northampton, as well as the colleges UMASS Amherst, Springfield College, Springfield Technical Community College, Mt. Holyoke College, Hampshire College, Amherst College, and Smith College to complete a feasibility study for establishing a pilot-scale Regional Bike Share program.

If you are a resident of the Pioneer Valley resident, or know somebody who is, we encourage you to take 2 minutes to fill out the survey.

Click here to fill out the survey in English.

Click here to fill out the survey in Spanish.

MassBike Welcomes Barbara Jacobson as Program Manager

MassBike is very pleased to welcome our newest staff member, Barbara Jacobson, as Program Manager. Barbara will be overseeing and implementing our work bringing bicycle education and training to youth and adults across Massachusetts through the Mass in Motion, Safe Routes to School, and REACH programs.

Barbara is currently earning her Masters in City Planning as a part-time student at Boston University. Says Barbara, "I am passionate about connecting bicycling with public health and bring my academic research to the realm of bicycling advocacy. My favorite part about bicycling is discovering new routes, public art, open spaces and local restaurants."

Welcome aboard, Barbara!


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