Weekly Meetings & Events Roundup

From all of us at MassBike, we hope you had a safe, fun, and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend! Here is your weekly roundup of meetings and events happening around Massachusetts.

Tuesday, May 27

Public Meeting: West Bridgewater, Hockomock River Bridge Replacement Project
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: The Howard School Cafeteria, 70 Howard Street, West Bridgewater, MA
Description: MassDOT will host this meeting. According to MassDOT, "The purpose of this project is to replace the existing bridge structure on Route 106 (West Center Street) spanning the Hockomock River to address the structural deficiencies present and provide accommodations for bicycles and pedestrians within the project limits. Bicycle accommodations will be provided by useable shoulders in accordance with applicable design guides." Read more.


Construction Alert: East Arlington, Massachusetts Ave
Time: All day
Location: Cambridge city line to Pond Lane, Arlington, MA
Description: According to the Town of Arlington: "MassDOT's East Arlington Mass. Ave. Rebuild is starting. Expect to see construction signs and pre-construction activity to begin along the route starting the week of May 27th, with construction beginning later in June. The primary goal of the project is to upgrade the aging infrastructure and improve safety for all users. This will include resurfacing the road, rebuilding sidewalks, replacing outdated traffic signals, adding crosswalks and bump-outs for pedestrians, and bike lanes for bike riders. The project is expected to take two construction seasons." Read more here on the Town of Arlington's website.


Wednesday, May 28

Public Forum: Boston, "State of the Green Line"
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Boston Public Library, Rabb Lecture Hall, Boylston Street, Boston, MA
Description: Transit riders and bicyclists often share common concerns. This forum, hosted by State Senator William Brownsberger, will address rider concerns about service and capacity issues. MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott will attend, accompanied by a panel of MBTA personnel to answer questions and hear concerns from riders. This is an opportunity to speak up for bicycle access on the Green Line, the only MBTA line that does not allow bikes on board at any time.  With the MBTA committed to spending $118 million on new Green Line cars, set to hit the tracks by 2017, now is the time to speak up. If you have any questions, contact Andrew Bettinelli, Legislative Aide to Sen. Brownsberger: andrew.bettinelli@masenate.gov or (617) 722-1280.


Event: MassCommute Bicycle Challenge Bike Bash
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Flat Top Johnnies, 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA
Description: The Bike Bash is the event wrap up party which celebrates the conclusion of the MassCommute Bicycle Challenge! All Challenge participants are invited to join in on the celebration. The Bash is an opportunity to acknowledge and award winning teams and all riders! There will also be a raffle with over $3,000 in prizes. Read more.


Event: 5th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: The Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington, MA
Description: There’s plenty of wild adventure at the 5th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival. The Festival, a benefit for MassBike, presents 10 short films featuring two-wheeled travels around the globe – and this year’s journeys are the most exotic yet. From lava-fields in Iceland to abandoned wilderness roads in Kyrgystan, 2014 takes viewers further than ever before. One of the filmmakers, Charles R. Scott (the “Family Adventure Guy”), circumnavigated Iceland with his 10 year old son and 4 year old daughter. Charles will be present at the event for an informal Q&A during intermission.
In addition to the films, a festive atmosphere is on tap at this most-anticipated Bike Month event. A social hour begins at 6 PM and features a Cookie Showcase highlighting the delicious offering of local bakeries. Also included is the “Great Jersey Giveaway” raffle, which will outfit winning guests with bike clothing for their next adventure. One lucky attendee will win a free Ciclismo Classico bicycle vacation valued at over $3,500. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Order tickets here.


Thursday, May 29

Public Meeting: Dorchester, Mt. Vernon Street Redesign
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Corcoran Mullens Jennison Community Building, 270 Mount Vernon Street, Dorchester, MA
Description. This BRA-hosted meeting will focus on roadway layout, open space, and wayfinding. Plans for this street redesign may include physically separated cycle tracks. MassBike encourages area residents to attend the meeting and speak favorably about the idea of including cycle tracks in the final design. For more information, contact John.Read@Boston.gov / 618-918-4262.


Public Meeting: Southampton, Sidewalk Construction on Routes 5, 9 & 10
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Norris Elementary School, 34 Pomeroy Meadow Road, Southampton, MA
Description. This is a MassDOT hosted meeting. According to MassDOT, "The purpose of this meeting is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed Amherst- Hadley- Northampton-Southampton- West Brookfield- Sidewalk & Wheelchair Ramp Construction on Routes 5, 9, & 10 project. The proposed project consists of sidewalks, ramps, crosswalks and associated safety signalization and signs to provide an accessible and ADA/AAB code-compliant passage for pedestrians. The proposed improvements will provide a safer environment for motorists and pedestrians during anticipated traffic conditions." 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.

Take a Virtual Ride Along the Somerville Community Path Extension

After years of championing, Boston-area biking and walking advocates scored a huge victory in April when MassDOT, the MBTA, and the City of Somerville announced that funding for the extension of the Somerville Community Path would included as part of the Green Line Extension Project. MassBike has been actively campaigning for the Community Path to be extended since the beginning of planning for the Green Line Extension project.

The biking and walking advocacy community recognizes that this path will be a game-changer. Once this 1.9 mile section of path is complete and linked with planned bridges across the Charles River, it will create a family-friendly active transportation corridor stretching all the way from Bedford to downtown Boston.

To add to the excitement, MassDOT just released a video of a virtual ride along the proposed path extension. The video starts in the vicinity of the relocated Lechmere Station, then heads northwest along a series of bridges and underpasses through the new Green Line extension, eventually meeting the current terminus of the Community Path at Lowell Street in Somerville.

Take a look:



MassDOT has already begun the community engagement process, hosting a public meeting on May 14. Stay tuned to MassBike's blog and Twitter and Facebook accounts for info on future public meetings about this project, as well as updates about the project when they become available.http://www.youtube.com/embed/ZcU03_W9z1Q

A Recap of Bay State Bike Week in 16 Awesome Photos!

[caption id="attachment_22481" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Brookline Bike Parade at Amory Park. Photo: Sarah Snider[/caption]

Last week was Bay State Bike Week, the annual celebration of human-powered, two-wheeled transportation in Massachusetts. Individuals, community groups, companies, and local governments organized all kinds of events ranging from bike safety rodeos for kids to group rides to bike trivia nights. This year, there were 119 registered events, and over 12,000 event participants statewide.

Here is just a sampling of photos from all the amazing events that took place last week. A big thank you to all of the event organizers who sent us photos!

Let's start things off with Bike Friday, the City of Boston's monthly bike festival on City Hall Plaza:



In Worcester, WalkBike Worcester, Mass in MotionMA Dept. of Environmental Protection, and Central Mass. Regional Planning Commission hosted the Bike Commuter Breakfast on Worcester Common:

In Andover, Merrimack Valley Transportation Management Association and Junction Transportation Management Organization sponsored Andover Parklet Day, and City Manager Buzz Stapczynski stopped by on his bike commute to work!



This year “Team Ellenzweig”, of Ellenzweig Architecture & Planning, grew to eight people, and have already logged over 300 miles in the MassCommute Bicycle Challenge! Way to go!



On Tuesday, MassBike showed some love to afternoon commuters in Cambridge. We setup an "Air & Oil" station at the foot of the Mass Ave. bridge near MIT for commuters heading home from Boston into Cambridge:



Northampton hosted its annual Commuter Breakfast, and Mayor David Narkewicz showed up to speak!



On Thursday, MassBike set up a Commuter Breakfast on the Southwest Corridor in Boston. For those who stopped by, we had some doughnuts and delicious cold brew coffee, generously donated by Render Coffee. We gave out all sorts of Bay State Bike Week goodies like t-shirts, bells, and ankle reflectors. We also cheered on the hundreds of people riding their bikes to work who passed by our station.



@RevEverett tweeted on Friday about the donated food and coffee they'd be providing at Blessing of the Bikes on Sunday:





Harvard University hosted their Bike Breakfast, complete with on site bike tune-ups:



And in Greenfield, Franklin Regional Council of Governments hosted their Bike Breakfast at the John Olver Transit Center:



Meanwhile in Brockton, bike commuters were treated to breakfast and Bay State Bike Week goodies at Brockton Bike to Work Day, hosted by Old Colony Planning Council.



Springfield had a multitude of events throughout the week, hosted by MassBike and our partners Pioneer Valley Planning Commission and LiveWell Springfield. Here is the happy recipient of a brand new bike helmet!



Capping off the week on Sunday, the annual Brookline Bike Parade rolled down Beacon Street, with festivities afterwards at Amory Park.




Have more Bay State Bike Week photos you'd like to share? Email us at bikeinfo@massbike.org and we may add your photos to the post!

Weekly Meetings & Events Roundup

Here's the weekly meetings and events roundup for the week of May 19.

Tuesday, May 20

Public Meeting: Springfield, I-91 Viaduct Rehabilitation 25% Design
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Basketball Hall of Fame, 1000 Hall of Fame Avenue, Springfield, MA
Description: MassDOT will host this meeting to discuss their project rehabilitating the I-90 viaduct through downtown Springfield. The project does not contain any specific benefits when complete for people who bike or walk in Springfield, but we still encourage Springfield resident to attend and learn about the projected and any detours or delays planned during construction. Read more.


Public Meeting: Somerville Bicycle Committee Meeting
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: City Hall, Basement Employee Lounge, 93 Highland Avenue, 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.


Wednesday, May 21

Event: Westfield, Ride of Silence
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: South Middle School, 30 West Silver Street, Westfield, MA
Description: The Ride of Silence is a worldwide event in which bicyclists gather in their communities and ride to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while riding on public roadways. The event is aimed to raise awareness of cyclists' presence on the road and to remind motorists to share the road. An eight-mile ride traveling at no more than 12 miles per hour will travel through the streets of Westfield. Helmets are required to participate. Read more.


Event: Boston, 2nd Annual Ride of Silence
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA
Description: The Ride of Silence is a worldwide event in which bicyclists gather in their communities and ride to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while riding on public roadways. The event is aimed to raise awareness of cyclists' presence on the road and to remind motorists to share the road. An eight-mile ride traveling at no more than 12 miles per hour will travel through the streets of Boston. Helmets are required to participate. Learn more and view the planned route on the Ride of Silence Facebook Page.


Thursday, May 22

Event: Danvers, North Shore Rail Trail Workshop
Time: 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, 15 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA
Description. The Metropolitan Area Planning Council will host this interactive workshop on how to accelerate the development of trail projects in a cost efficient and successful manner. Communities in the North Shore and North Suburban regions are especially encouraged to attend. Read More.


Public Meeting: Cambridge, Cambridge Common/Flagstaff Park Improvements Project
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Harvard University, Larsen Hall, 1st floor, 14 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA
Description. The City of Cambridge, MassDOT and Representative Marjorie Decker will host a public meeting on the Cambridge Common/Flagstaff Park Improvements Project. MassDOT’s contractor, Newport Construction, is expected to begin work in early June, and the project includes reconstructed pathways within the Common, new benches, trash/recycling receptacles, additional lighting, new trees and grass, playing fields and irrigation. Also included is the addition of a two-way multi-use path across the street through Flagstaff Park, along Massachusetts Avenue. Contact Kelly Dunn at kdunn@cambridgema.gov with any questions.


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 Partners with the City of Cambridge to Discuss "City Bicycling" with Immigrant Populations



Last week, MassBike instructor extraordinaire Laura Smeaton led a workshop on "Biking in the City" for under-served immigrant populations in the City of Cambridge. Over 40 adults and 25 children learned more about riding comfortably in their own neighborhoods by asking questions and discussing topics such as overcoming common barriers to bicycling.

The great turnout was a result of tireless publicity by the City's Community Engagement Team. The workshop's formation was due in large part from MassBike's partnership with the Cambridge Public Health Department, Food and Fitness Council, and Community Development Department (CDD).

All agencies devoted significant time, expertise, and energy to fulfilling their goal to connect under-served Cambridge families to fitness opportunities, including bicycling. CDD provided bike maps, helmets, and water bottles to all those in attendance, while MassBike handed out the "Parents Guide to Bike Safety" in over 5 languages, though all 9 are found on our website.

Laura spoke in great detail about the many different types of bikes one can ride, the benefits of bicycling, basic equipment and parts of a bike, locking strategies, the MBTA's bicycle policies, rules of the road, and tips for handling busy city streets. Many questions were asked. One highlight was when a participant listed off all of the reasons why she enjoys bicycling: it's fun, a chance to be outside, and healthy!

Stay tuned for more updates from MassBike's bustling education program. We're excited to be partnering with diverse agencies from the City of Cambridge in order to deliver bicycling skills training courses and workshops to introduce people to the joys of city bicycling.

What's Happening On The Norwottuck Rail Trail

[caption id="attachment_22427" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] The Connecticut River Bridge. Photo: Denimadept[/caption]

Residents of the Pioneer Valley have been patiently waiting for construction on the Norwottuck Rail Trail to finish. That trail, along with the Manhan Rail Trail and the Northampton Bikeway, make up the robust network of rail trails that provide low-stress biking and walking routes which connect the Pioneer Valley communities of Amherst, Hadley, Northampton, Easthampton, and Haydenville.

The Department of Conservation (DCR), the state agency in charge of maintaining these trails, recently provided an update on construction progress and anticipated closure and reopening dates for sections of the Norwottuck trail slated for work.

Perhaps the biggest inconveniences during construction has been the closure of the Connecticut River Bridge. Trail users have been detoured to the Route 9 bridge - which has a shoulder but no marked bike lane in either direction - to cross the river between Northampton and Hadley. According to DCR, bridge work is complete, but the pathway remains closed. "The pathway on both sides is still an active work zone with paving, concrete work and heavy equipment. Please continue to detour this section."

Work was recently completed on the Damon Road parking lot in Northampton, and a new pre-cast concrete boardwalk is being installed at the Route 9 tunnel in Hadley.

Weather permitting, the entire section of trail from Damon Road to North Maple Street in Hadley, including the bridge, will reopen on or near Memorial Day. Construction heading further east into Amherst will happen in phases and is expected to be completed by September 2014.

MassBike has put together a helpful map that details each construction phase and possible alternative routes during construction. As always, use caution when trying a new route.

Visit this DCR web page about the trail construction for an anticipated work schedule and closures.

We have also previously reported on construction detours on the Manhan Rail Trail and will continue to provide updates as we learn more information.

Registration For BikeMass, Our Summer Century Event, Is Now Open!



You've been waiting for it and now it's here... registration for BikeMass, our 5th annual summer century and family event, is now open! This year, we have a new name and a new look. Previously called Summer Century, the new name BikeMass encompasses the spirit of our mission - better bicycling "for the masses." But the spirit of the event remains the same - a beautiful ride through the rolling hills of the Concord and Assabet River valleys, stops at farms along the way, and family fun, food, and beverages at NARA Park in Acton.

If you are planning to do a century ride this summer, look no further! This is your chance to get in those miles and support MassBike's work to make bicycling better across Massachusetts. After the ride, join us back at NARA Park for some post ride fun, including food and drinks. Non-rider tickets are also available, so you can bring the whole family to partake in the food, drinks and activities!

Here is the day-of-event schedule:

7:00 am Century Ride start
9:00 am Metric Century Ride start
11:00 am 30 mile Ride start
1:00 pm Lunch starts
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm Family fun, food, and drinks. Details TBA.


We can't wait to see you there!


Weekly Meetings & Events Roundup

Here is a roundup of public meetings and events happening this week - Bay State Bike Week edition! There are several important public meetings happening this week, including the Beacon Street 75% Design Plans Meeting in Somerville on Tuesday, and Connect Historic Boston in Boston on Thursday. In addition to the events and meetings listed here, be sure to check out the Bay State Bike Week event listings to find great events going on in your area!

Tuesday, May 13

Event: MassBike Air & Oil Station - Cambridge
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Foot of Harvard Bridge, Northeast Corner of Memorial Drive/Mass Ave Intersection, Cambridge, MA
Description: MassBike is showing some love to the afternoon commuters! We'll be cheering on passing bikers, offering free air for your tires and lubrication for your chain if you need it, and giving away cool free stuff! Read more.


Event: MassBike Volunteer Night
Time: 5:30 PM - 8:30 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. RSVP to chinh@massbike.org or call us at 617-542-2453.


Public Meeting: Somerville, Beacon Street 75% Design Plans Meeting
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Argenziano School Cafetorium, 290 Washington St, Somerville, MA
Description: The City of Somerville will present its 75% design plans for the planned reconstruction of Beacon Street. As in previous designs, plans are expected to call for grade-separated cycle tracks in both directions along portions of the street, and standard bike lanes along other portions. MassBike strongly encourages Somerville residents to attend the meeting and speak in favor of the cycle track concept. Read more.


Wednesday, May 14

Meeting: Cambridge Bicycle Committee
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: 344 Broadway 4th Floor, Cambridge, MA
Description: 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. Read more.


Public Meeting: Somerville, Community Path Extension
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Holiday Inn in Somerville, 30 Washington Street, Somerville, MA
Description: The Green Line Extension (GLX) Project Team will hold a public meeting to review the latest design plans for Community Path. More information about the project is available on the Green Line Extension website.


Thursday, May 15

Event: MassBike Commuter Breakfast - Southwest Corridor
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: Southwest Corridor Bike Path at Ruggles Street, Boston, MA
Description: MassBike is showing some love to the morning commuters on the Southwest Corridor! We'll be cheering on passing bikers, offering free coffee and snacks, and giving away cool free stuff. Read more.


Public Meeting: Boston, Connect Historic Boston
Time: 5:00 PM Open House, 6:30 PM Presentation, 7:00 PM Q & A
Location: Offices at the Government Center Parking Garage, 1 Congress Street, 11th Floor, Boston, MA
Description: The City of Boston will host this public meeting. According to the city, "the purpose of this meeting is to provide the public with updated information about the City of Boston’s Connect Historic Boston Project including: 1.) The latest design elements and features of the project, 2.) Construction that is on public recreation land, in historic districts and/or on historic properties, 3.) The City’s proposal to secure a right-of-way via temporary and permanent easements, and 4.) Next steps for the design and bidding process."


MassBike strongly encourages Boston residents, particularly those living in the North End and West End, to attend the meeting and speak in favor of the project. Read more.


Public Meeting: Cambridge, Amory Street Community Meeting
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: DPW office, 147 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA
Description: The Community Development Department and the Department of Public Works will be hosting a community meeting to discuss the upcoming Amory Street sidewalk and roadway reconstruction project. The project will also include pedestrian safety improvements and we are encouraging area residents to attend this meeting to learn more about the design and other important information related to the project. If you have any questions, please contact Chris Neil at cneil@cambridgema.gov.


Public Meeting: Reading, Reconstruction of West Street Project
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Walter S. Parker Middle School, 45 Temple Street , Reading, MA
Description:  The purpose of this MassDOT-hosted meeting is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed Reconstruction of West Street project. According to MassDOT, "the proposed project consists of pavement reclamation, utility relocation, the construction of new cement concrete sidewalks, the installation of new granite curbing, drainage improvements, the installation of new traffic signals and improved traffic signing and pavement markings. Bicycle accommodations are provided along West Street and consist of a usable shoulder." Read more.


Event: Greenfield, Bike Trivia Night @ The People's Pint
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: The People's Pint, 24 Federal Street, Greenfield, MA
Description:  This monthly trivia night will be all about bikes! Show your bike-knowledge prowess, enjoy delicious craft brews, and support MassBike all at once. Visit the People's Pint website to learn more.


Volunteer Opportunity: Help Out With Bike Valet and Outreach at Radio 92.9 EarthFest

MassBike will be providing Bike Valet parking and doing outreach at the annual Radio 92.9 EarthFest on Saturday, May 17. Many event goers will arrive by bike, but bike parking is very limited in the Hatch Shell area, so we need your help to make sure Bike Valet can handle all the bikes we expect to park this year.

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 VIPs, and you will support MassBike's mission to make bicycling better and safer throughout Massachusetts.

We are seeking volunteers to help us with the following shifts:

  • Friday, May 16, 1 PM - 4 PM: Bike Valet load-in and set-up. Volunteers for this shift will help with loading in Bike Valet supplies the day before EarthFest. We may be able to let people go early if we work quickly, but volunteers should plan on staying the whole time. Sign up on Meetup.com or email Nathaniel to reserve your spot.



  • Saturday, May 17, 9 AM - 2 PM: Bike Valet First Shift. Volunteers for this shift will help setting up Bike Valet between 9 AM - 10 AM, then help with with parking bikes and returning bikes at Bike Valet from 10 AM - 2 PM. During your shift, you'll have the chance to take a break and check out the Earth Fest music and festivities! No previous Bike Valet experience necessary - we will train you! Sign up on  Meetup.com or email Nathaniel to reserve your spot.



  • Saturday, May 17, 2 PM - 6 PM: Bike Valet Second Shift. Volunteers for this shift will help with parking bikes and returning bikes at Bike Valet. During your shift, you'll have the chance to take a break and check out the Earth Fest music and festivities! No previous Bike Valet experience necessary - we will train you! Sign up on Meetup.com or email Nathaniel to reserve your spot.



  • Saturday, May 17, 10 AM - 5:30 PM: MassBike Outreach Tent. 
    Help MassBike connect with new supporters at Radio 92.9 Earth Fest. We will have an outreach tent at the Hatch Shell where we will be engaging with event goers and talking about the important work we do to make biking better across Massachusetts. Volunteers will help hand out MassBike materials, encourage people to join, and distribute Bay State Bike Week t-shirts, ankle reflectors and bike bells

    During your shift, you'll have the chance to take multiple breaks and check out the Earth Fest music and festivities! We may be able to let people go early, but volunteers should plan to stay the entire time. If you have some experience with outreach and/or are excited about improving conditions for bicycling in Massachusetts, this is great opportunity for you! Sign up on Meetup.com or email Nathaniel to reserve your spot.


Can you help out with any of these shifts? Please signup on our Meetup.com page or email me directly and tell me which shift you'd like to sign up for.

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.

MassBike Releases Bike Safety Training Video for Police Departments



MassBike has partnered with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Boston Police Department (BPD) to produce a police training video called “Shifting Gears: Bicyclists & Public Safety." The video is the product of a unique partnership between MassBike, DPH’s Mass in Motion Program, and the Boston Police Academy to enhance the safety of bicyclists and other roadway users.

The eleven minute long video will be coupled with an information card and an optional classroom education component. It is intended for local police departments to use as training for officers to become familiar with or enhance their knowledge of bicyclist behavior and applicable laws, and motorist interactions with bicyclists and applicable laws.

Specific topics covered in the video include bicyclists’ right to the road, dooring, safe passing, yielding to bicyclists on turns, parking in bike lanes, bicyclists’ compliance with rules of the road, hand signals, yielding to pedestrians, lights at night, wrong-way bicycling, and crash investigation.

“With many more bicyclists using our roadways than ever before, and with numbers expected to continue growing, our duty as public safety officers is to promote safety for all road users,” said BPD Commissioner William Evans. He added, “it is important for police departments to have the knowledge needed to correctly enforce laws for both motorists and bicycle riders. We think this video will be an effective tool to that end.”

“Promoting active and healthy forms of transportation, such as bicycling, is an important part of achieving the public health outcomes of reducing obesity and chronic disease in communities across Massachusetts,” said DPH Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett. “Law enforcement plays an important role in promoting roadway safety and awareness, which makes bicycling a more accessible mode of transportation for a wider range of potential riders,” she added.

According to MassBike Executive Director David Watson, “one injury or fatality is too many, and increasing safety is the key goal of this video. This video addresses a recognized knowledge gap and contains practical information for police officers, delivered by police officers. It’s not just about enforcement, it’s about education too.”

MassBike, DPH, and BPD are working with partners across the Massachusetts to distribute the video and accompanying materials.http://www.youtube.com/embed/hhkEb0ie7Cg


Donate Join Volunteer
Accept Credit Cards