MassDOT Registry of Motor Vehicles Adds New Bicycle Safety Advice to Massachusetts Driver’s Manual

New language aims to reduce “dooring” incidents and other bicycle-automobile collisions

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has announced that the MassDOT Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) added several new key guidelines to the Massachusetts Driver’s Manual (Driver’s Manual) this year as part of an ongoing effort to promote road safety by educating bicyclists and motorists to be aware of their actions as they travel.

Today, MassDOT also produced a video educating drivers how to safely exit a vehicle to prevent bicyclist injury. To view this video, click here.

The updated RMV Driver’s Manual includes a section outlining the benefits of the “Dutch Reach” method for drivers as they open the doors of automobiles that are parallel-parked and will include new content regarding the use of separated bicycle lanes and “bicycle boxes,” which have become more prevalent in Massachusetts.

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40th Anniversary Party

Our 40th Anniversary Party last week at John Hancock Financial was a fun celebration that marked bicycling milestones and honored those who have been a part of the movement since the beginning. Special thanks to our host and partner for the event, John Hancock Financial, and to Boston Triathlon for making this night possible.

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Stand in Solidarity for Vision Zero

We need you to stand with us tomorrow morning.

On Wednesday, Mayor Walsh made public comments suggesting that safety on our streets is the responsibility of the most vulnerable - people walking and biking. This is contrary to the Mayor's declaration of the City's commitment to Vision Zero which is based on creating a built environment that is safe. 

Yesterday, the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition formally responded to Mayor Walsh’s remarks, (see below) and we are following up with an demonstration tomorrow morning at City Hall.

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Craft Sportswear and MassBike Both Celebrate 40 Years with Partnership

Craft Sportswear and MassBike celebrate forty years of making cycling better in Massachusetts. Since 1977, Craft Sportswear has been boosting the sport experience by designing innovative and functional sportswear while becoming a favorite among Bay State cyclists who ride in all conditions. MassBike, also founded in 1977, has overseen explosive growth in bike friendly infrastructure and laws statewide.

To mark this milestone, Craft Sportswear will provide MassBike memberships to clubs and organizations placing custom cycling clothing orders in 2017. This innovative partnership improves conditions for Bay State cyclists no matter where they ride or what weather conditions prevail.

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Investigation into June 16, 2016 Fatal Bike Collision in Lincoln Complete

The office of Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan issued the following press release today on the investigation of the tragic death of Eugene Thornberg in Lincoln last June.

Investigation into June 16, 2016 Fatal Bike Collision in Lincoln Complete

LINCOLN – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Lincoln Chief of Police A. Kevin Kennedy have announced that the investigation into the June 16, 2016 fatal bicycle crash that occurred on Concord Road in Lincoln has been completed.

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Boston Cyclist Killed in Hit and Run

MassBike Grieves Loss of Rick Archer, 29, Victim of Boston Hit-and-Run
Boston Police, Media Lauded for Giving Tragic Crash Due Priority and Attention

BOSTON (May 2, 2017) - The Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition is saddened by the news of the death of Rick Archer, 29. Archer was struck early Sunday morning by a hit-and-run driver.

Archer is the fourth Massachusetts bicyclist to die in 2017.

“First and foremost we want to offer condolences to the friends and family of this young man. We cannot begin to fathom the depths of this sudden and unspeakable tragedy,” said Richard Fries, executive director.

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Design Exception Review - Concord Rotary

MassBike, serving in an advisory role on MassDOT’s Design Exception Review Committee, has formally asked the state not to grant a request to have no bicycle accommodation in the Concord rotary.

Founded in 2003, the DER Committee serves as a design forum for both internal district engineers and external organizations such as the Federal Highway Administration and nonprofit advocacy groups such as MassBike. While mostly serving as an advisory panel, the DER Committee has placed more attention in recent years on healthy transportation elements.

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Design Exception Review - Holyoke

MassBike, working MassDOT’s Design Exception Review Committee, has formally expressed disapproval for a plan in Holyoke that would fail to provide safe passage for bicycle riders and pedestrians under Interstate 91 along Lower Westfield Road, near the Holyoke Mall.

Founded in 2003, the DER Committee serves as a design forum for both internal district engineers and external organizations such as the Federal Highway Administration and nonprofit advocacy groups such as MassBike. While mostly serving as an advisory panel, the DER Committee has placed more attention in recent years on healthy transportation elements.

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Diverged Ride and Digression Ride, Overland Base Camp's annual trail fundraiser rides

From our good friends at Overland Base Camp, we have the following announcement on their Diverged and Digression Rides on April 22nd and 27th. Each ride will benefit MassBike as well as a local trail association! Thank you Overland Base Camp for your generous support.

Following release is from Overland Base Camp:

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MassDOT Announces New Shared-use Tri-Community Bikeway in Stoneham, Winchester, Woburn

Boston – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has announced that construction of the Tri-Community Bikeway will begin in the spring to create a multi-use path system from Winchester to Stoneham with a western spur to Woburn.

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