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!

Weekly Meetings & Events Roundup

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

Monday, June 9

Event: Somerville, 18th Annual Redbones Bike Party
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Redbones BBQ, Chester Street, Somerville, MA
Description: This is Redbones' annual celebration of biking, brews, and BBQ! Entry: $15.00 includes food & drink + a raffle ticket & bicycle valet parking. Additional raffle tickets: 1 @ $2.00 & 3 for $5.00 Party proceeds go to MassBike & NEMBA.


Event: Newton, BikeNewton Weekly Ride
Time: 5:45 PM
Location: Newton Main Library, 330 Homer Street, Newton Centre, MA
Description: Mondays at 6pm BikeNewton leads a group Bike Ride starting and ending at the Newton Main Library at 330 Homer Street Newton Center. Arrive at 5:45. These are family-friendly "No Rider Left Behind" rides; Anyone may ride as long as their bikes are in good working order, and they are confident they can handle a leisurely 7 to 10 mile ride. Children must be with an adult, all riders must wear helmets, and adhere to safety rules of the road. Read More.


Public Meeting: Hadley, Roadway & Intersection Improvements at Route 9 & Route 47
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Hadley Senior Center at Hooker School, 46 Middle Street, Hadley, MA
Description: This is a MassDOT hosted meeting. According to MassDOT, "The proposed project consists of minor roadway widening to provide four travel lanes and include bicycle accommodations consisting of usable 5-foot shoulders on either side of the road, in accordance with applicable design guides. Additional construction improvements include: ADA/AAB compliant sidewalks and wheelchair ramps; new granite curbs; installation of a new water line; installation of new traffic signal equipment including accessible pedestrian signal push buttons; roadway resurfacing; new signs; and new pavement markings." Read More.


Tuesday, June 10

MassBike Volunteer Night
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: MassBike Office, 171 Milk Street Suite 33, Boston, MA
Description: Do you enjoy hanging out with fellow cyclists, conducting sparkling conversation, and eating pizza with a refreshing Harpoon beer or soda? Then you won’t want to miss Volunteer Night on the second Tuesday of every month, from 5:30 - 8pm. It’s a chance to have some fun and help MassBike with a few easy administrative tasks. The more help we get from volunteers, the more time MassBike staff can spend making bicycling better. Just let us know you’re coming so we know how much pizza to order! RSVP to volunteer@massbike.org or call us at 617-542-2453. Our office is located at 171 Milk Street, Third Floor, in Boston’s Financial District. The closest T Stations are Aquarium (Blue Line) and State Street (Blue & Orange Lines).


Wednesday, June 11

Public Meeting: Cambridge City Council Transportation Committee Meeting on Grand Junction Path
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Cambridge City Hall, Sullivan Chamber, 795 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA
Description: Cambridge City Councillor Dennis Carlone has scheduled a meeting of the city council's Transportation and Public Utilities Committee on Wednesday, June 11, to explore the way forward for a shared-use, rail-with-trail path along the city's Grand Junction corridor. This meeting will feature participation from the city's Community Development Department, the Friends of the Grand Junction Path, and other community stakeholders and biking advocates. There will also be some discussion about the concept of creating an east-west, shared-use path to connect Danehy Park to the future Grand Junction path. Members of the public are encouraged to RSVP for this meeting. Everyone is also welcome to offer testimony during public comment.


Public Meeting: Cambridge Bicycle Committee
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Community Development Dept., 344 Broadway, 4th Floor, Cambridge, MA
Description: This is a monthly recurring meeting open to attendance by the public. The Cambridge Bicycle Committee, established by City Council in 1991, works to improve conditions for bicyclists in the City of Cambridge and promote bicycling as a means of transportation. The committee is made up of community members who take an active interest in bicycling issues in Cambridge, as well as City staff from the Community Development Department, the Department of Traffic, Parking, and Transportation, the Police Department, and the Department of Public Works.


Thursday, June 12

Public Meeting: Cambridge, Bicycle Network Open House
Time: 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: Cambridge Main Library, Community Room, 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA
Description. This City of Cambridge hosts an open house for its Bicycle Network Plan. According to the city, "Here is your chance to say what you would like the future to look like. What would make this the most bicycle friendly city on the planet? What are the ways, small or large, short-term or long-term, that would make a difference for you? Come also for the camaraderie and your chance to win prizes! (Plus, there’s free snacks – what more could you want?) The Cambridge Bicycle Network Plan is underway and we are looking for input from everyone who bikes or would like to bike in the city – whether they are eight years old or 80 years old. There are many ways to share your ideas: please go to our Bikes in Cambridge page for all the information."


Friday, June 13

Event: Boston, Boston Bike Party
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Copley Square, Boston, MA
Description: Monthly social ride through the streets of Boston and neighboring cities. This month's theme is "Bike Prom". Visit the Facebook event page and website for more details.


Sunday, June 15

Event: Newton, Tour de Newton
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: Multiple locations, Newton, MA
Description: The annual Tour de Newton is a great event for kids, adults, and casual bicyclists. The ride starts simultaneously in all 13 villages. You’ll be riding with your village neighbors and have a trained leader/sweep to guide you. The 20 mile, 13 village fun ride stops at each of Newton’s villages, where you’ll be welcomed with refreshments, a village badge, and an overview of the village by the locals. Ride the whole 20 mile loop, or just a few villages, whichever you like. It’s a great fun way to see and learn about the whole city. Tour de Newton has a modest fee this year to cover expenses (but the t-shirts and buttons are free for participants!) Adults can register for $10, children for $5, or families (up to 7 people) for $25. More info here. Register here.


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

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

Monday, June 2

Event: Newton, BikeNewton Weekly Ride
Time: 5:45 PM
Location: Newton Main Library, 330 Homer Street, Newton Centre, MA
Description: Mondays at 6pm BikeNewton leads a group Bike Ride starting and ending at the Newton Main Library at 330 Homer Street Newton Center. Arrive at 5:45. These are family-friendly "No Rider Left Behind" rides; Anyone may ride as long as their bikes are in good working order, and they are confident they can handle a leisurely 7 to 10 mile ride. Children must be with an adult, all riders must wear helmets, and adhere to safety rules of the road. Read More.


Tuesday, June 3

Public Meeting: Somerville, Beacon Street Reconstruction Project 75% Design
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: John F. Kennedy Elementary School, 5 Cherry Street, Somerville, MA
Description: MassDOT will host this public meeting to discuss 75% design plans for the planned reconstruction of Beacon Street. Plans call for grade-separated cycle tracks in both directions along portions of the street, standard bike lanes along other portions, and streetscape improvements throughout the corridor.


Public process for this project is nearing an end, and this may be the final public meeting. Therefore, it is more important than ever for Somerville residents to attend the meeting and speak in favor of the cycle track concept. View the 75% design presented at the public meeting on May 13 here, and view the project website here. Read more.


Public Meeting: Taunton, County Street (Route 140) Reconstruction Project
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: MassDOT District 5, Training Room, 1000 County Street, Taunton, MA
Description: This is a MassDOT hosted meeting. According to MassDOT, "The proposed project consists of widening Route 140 to two 12’ foot lanes with a 4’ outside shoulder in each direction at the railroad crossing, resurfacing of the Route 140 roadway from Mozzone Boulevard to the Route 24 SB ramp signals, providing drainage improvements, improving the Route 140 alignment to eliminate the existing centerline “S” curve and improving the geometry of the existing Route 24 Southbound On-ramp deceleration lane through widening and increased taper length. It is anticipated that the proposed work will improve the Level of Service, decrease traffic congestion and provide pedestrian and bicycle access along the southwesterly side of Route 140." Read more.


Meeting: Milford, Friends of the Milford Upper Charles Trail Monthly Meeting
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Milford Senior Center, North Bow Street, Milford, MA
Description: The Friends of the Milford Upper Charles Trail invite hosts it's monthly meeting. Agenda for the meeting: Phase 3 Missing Link Updates, Maintenance / Enhancement Project Updates, Learn what we are all about and please consider volunteering. All meetings are open to the public. Read more.


Public Meeting: Worcester, Blackstone River Bikeway Segment 7
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Central Mass Regional Planning Commission, Worcester Union Station, 2 Washington Square, Worcester, MA
Description: This is a MassDOT hosted meeting. According to MassDOT, "The purpose of this hearing is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed Blackstone River Bikeway (Segment 7) including Bridge Rehabilitation W-44-041, McGrath Blvd. over Madison Street project. The Segment 7 of the Blackstone River Bikeway (BRBW) is a 10-foot bikeway between Brosnihan Square and Union Station at Washington Square and is located primarily along city streets. Bicycle accommodations consisting of a bicycle lane have been provided in accordance with applicable design guides." Read more.


Wednesday, June 4

Event: Moving Massachusetts Forward Gubernatorial Debate
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Boston Public Library, Rabb Lecture Hall, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
Description: The election of the next governor of Massachusetts is a huge opportunity to improve cities and communities across the state. Hear from the future governor of Massachusetts and let all the candidates know you care about transportation & smart growth. The forum is sponsored by Transportation for Massachusetts and Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance, and coordinated by LivableStreets Alliance with Kendall Square Association. Moderators Paul McMorrow, Associate Editor at Commonwealth Magazine, and Doug Foy, CEO of Serrafix, will keep the forum dynamic, lively, and informative. RSVP here.


Thursday, June 5

Event: Florence, Dinner & Bikes
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: VFW Hall, 18 Meadow Street, Florence, MA
Description. Please join us for a traveling road show of vegan food and bicycle inspiration. Joshua Ploeg will delight with a vegan and gluten free buffet dinner, Elly Blue will present about Bikenomics and the economic case for bicycling, and Joe Biel will show a program of short films about bicycle activism. The event is followed with a book signing and time for questions, discussion of local issues, and perusing the traveling bookstore. Presented by MassBike Pioneer Valley Chapter, Northampton Cycling Club, The People's Pint, & Speed & Sprocket Cycle Works. Admission cost, including dinner: $10 pre-registration, or $15 at the door. Register here.


Saturday, June 7

Volunteer Opportunity: Bike Valet at Cambridge RiverFest
Time: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Location: Central Square, Cambridge, MA
Description: MassBike will be providing Bike Valet parking at Cambridge RiverFest. We will have two separate Bike Valet locations, with an early shift and late shift available at each. Site 1 will be located at Lafayette Plaza at the corner of Columbia Street and Main Street. Site 2 will be located at Barron Plaza at the southeast corner of Mass Ave and Prospect Street. During your shift, you’ll have the chance to take a break and check out the Cambridge River Fest music, vendors, food, and festivities. No previous Bike Valet experience necessary – we will train you. As a special thank you, volunteers will receive a Hub Bicycle saddle bag. Read more and sign up here.


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.

A Big Congrats to Lexington for Achieving Bronze-Level Bike Friendly Status!

[caption id="attachment_22572" align="alignnone" width="800"] Lexington's innovative parklet. Photo: Boston.com[/caption]

Last week, the League of American Bicyclists released their list of Bicycle Friendly Communities for 2014, and named Lexington as Bronze Level winner. Lexington joins Arlington, Boston, Cambridge, Newton, Northampton, and Somerville as a Massachusetts Bicycle Friendly Communities, and brings the commonwealth's total to seven.

According to Lexington Patch:
The application process was coordinated by Bicycle Advisory Committee chair Peggy Enders, who worked with Town staff and bicycle advocates over the winter to assemble the data needed as part of the comprehensive assessment process required of applicants.

“The application process was essentially an exercise in benchmarking Lexington’s accomplishments in becoming a more bike friendly community,” Enders said. “There are a number of areas where the town has accomplished a great deal and other areas where there is room for improvement. It would be wonderful to receive a higher level designation in the future; the bronze level award is a great start that demonstrates Lexington’s growing commitment to bicycles and those who ride them.”

The League of American Bicyclists' Bicycle Friendly Community award recognizes cities and towns that have taken steps to improve conditions for bicycle transportation, and incentivizes communities to continue improving through technical assistance.

Congratulations, Lexington!


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