MassBike Summer Century and Family Ride Wrap-up



 

On the last Saturday in July MassBike held its 3rd Annual Summer Century & Family Ride and it was a terrific success! The weather cooperated with the first few rain drops starting to fall just as we finished packing up.   Over 280 cyclists joined us for a great day of riding and a delicious barbeque lunch. Riders took on routes from 8 to 100 miles which traversed the heart of early American history, from Paul Revere’s Ride through Lexington and Concord and to nearby battlefields. Longer rides visited the towns and villages that sent the first Minutemen and refueled at well stocked rest stops in Groton and Carlisle.

With the success of the ride, the proceeds help MassBike better advocate for bicyclists across Massachusetts. MassBike works through legislation, education, and infrastructure projects to get more people on bicycles and to make our roads and paths safer. Your support is important to making sure that bicyclists are protected in Massachusetts!

One reason our event was so successful was because of our fundraisers who went the extra mile to raise additional funds in support of MassBike! In addition, a big thank you goes out to all of our board members and volunteers who helped to organize the event and make sure that everything went smoothly on Saturday.

We also want to thank our fantastic sponsors who donated their products and services! Thanks goes out to Redbones BBQ, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cascadian Farms, Honest Tea, Izze, Ride Studio Cafe, Luna Bar, Food Should Taste Good, Jason & Fischer, Italia Outdoors Food and Wine, Easy Rider Tours, Road ID, REI and Mass Land Law, who helped provide support and fuel our riders throughout the day.

Photos of the event are posted on the MassBike Facebook page. If you have any you'd like to share, please send them to century@massbike.org.

Thanks to all our riders for joining us, we hope to see you again in 2013!

MassBike Chosen as Beneficiary of CLIF Bar 2 Mile Challenge

The Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike) is excited to announce that it has been chosen as the August 2012 beneficiary of the CLIF Bar 2 Mile Challenge. Each month, CLIF Bar picks a different bicycling non-profit as the beneficiary of its nationwide challenge to get people out of their cars for trips under 2 miles.  For every trip logged on 2milechallenge.com during the month of August, CLIF Bar will donate $1 to MassBike, up to $10,000!  This is not just for bike commuters: any bike ride counts as a trip! With thousands of MassBike members and many more dedicated cyclists throughout the state, we are confident that we’ll hit the 10,000 trip mark.

“MassBike is thrilled to have been chosen as the August beneficiary of CLIF Bar 2 Mile Challenge. CLIF Bar has shown a clear commitment to creating a more bicycle friendly America, donating $100,000 annually to non-profit bicycle organizations,” said David Watson, MassBike Executive Director. “CLIF Bar’s history of community involvement and sustainability is a model for the business community.”

Reaching 10,000 logged trips should be attainable if each of our 3,000 members logs just 3 trips.  And this contest is nationwide, so cyclists everywhere can log their trips as well to benefit MassBike. So call your sister in Chicago, your brother in law in Nashville, your nephew in Ann Arbor and ask them to register!

Create an account at 2milechallenge.com by clicking “Join the Ride”. Then enter your trips each day in August. Every trip logged will help MassBike with our advocacy and education efforts throughout the Bay State.

Education Program Update: Classes Coming Up



The Education Program has really gotten rolling this summer! We were excited to offer our first Bikeable Communities Training in Northampton on June 30th, and had a good crowd of advocates there to learn about the process of making positive change. We also held our first on-bike skills class for the summer on June 24th, and are looking forward to more classes in the coming months. Read below for more information.

Bikeable Communities Training



The class in Northampton went well, with about a dozen people joining to learn more about the local decision making process. The training went over the different levels of government (local, regional, state and federal) and their role in the process. More importantly, the presentation focused on how individuals and community groups can plug into the process to influence the decisions being made. In the end, breakout sessions identified two potential projects for the Pioneer Valley - better bike facilities on Route 5 in S. Deerfield, and a community-based child education program at a local elementary school.

Next Training

While the details are still coming together, the Bikeable Communities Training will be held next in Berkshire County in the middle of August. The specifics (date and location) will be announced in the coming days, but if you are in the area, please do send an email to education@massbike.org to find out more information.

Basics of Better Biking (On-Bike Class)



The next four-hour on-bike skills class, Basics of Better Biking, will be held on Saturday, July 21 at Boston University. The class is designed for adults who want to get back into bicycling, improve cycling skills, learn to ride more effectively and safely in traffic, and/or participate in a large-scale benefit ride. Topics covered include bike and helmet fitting, starting and stopping your bike in traffic, shifting gears, scanning and yielding, choosing the correct lane position in the road, handling intersections, and more.

To register, send an email to education@massbike.org by Friday, July 20.

Next Class

Saturday, July 21st, 9:00 - 1:00 PM
Boston University, Agganis Arena (Meet at the corner of Harry Agganis Way and Commonwealth Ave.)
Pre-registration required.
For more information, click here.

Help Us Make Bicycling Better in Massachusetts - Volunteer with MassBike

We most definitely appreciate all the financial support we receive from our members, but we couldn't succeed without the help of our member volunteers.  Volunteering is a great way to give back to the MassBike community while having fun and connecting with others. We have a number of great volunteer opportunities coming up and would love to see you all out there. Read below for more details.

If interested please RSVP to volunteer@massbike.org with your availability and the volunteer opportunity you would like to participate in.

Sunday 7/15/2012

Summer Sundays in the Park - Bike Valet

     Where: Pine Bank, Jamaica Pond, Jamaica Plain

     When: 5:30 - 8:30pm

     What: Help us valet park bikes at the Summer Sunday evening concert and enjoy some classical music from Boston Landmarks Orchestra Brass Ensemble! Must be comfortable standing for the duration of the volunteer time and moving bikes around.

Saturday 7/28/2012

Summer Century (Lexington, Groton, Great Brook Farm)


Lexington High School -  6:30 AM - 11:00 AM

  • 3 people to direct riders to the start

  • 4 people at registration desk + helpers (need one person to monitor the cash box).  Others to register and hand out goodie bags.  Also to monitor water, snacks, etc.


Groton - 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM.

  • 5 people needed to monitor water, Gatorade, snacks, minor first aid (sun tan lotion, band aids, etc. Anything major, call 911)


Great Brook Farm -  8:30 AM - 11:00 AM

  • 3 people needed to monitor water, Gatorade, snacks, minor first aid (sun tan lotion, band aids, etc. Anything major, call 911)


End of Ride @ Lexington HS - 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM

  • 8 Servers to dish out Redbones Barbecue

  • 6 cleaners/helpers


6th Annual Mass BikePike Tour - Registration extended until July 15th!

The registration deadline for the 6th Annual Mass BikePike Tour (August 2-5) has been extended until July 15th! There are only a handful of spots left so get yours now before it is too late! This is a wonderful event that offers beautiful riding in the Berkshires and proceeds benefit the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition.

  • The Mass BikePike Tour is designed to satisfy all levels of riders, whether they’re new to riding or looking for a challenge

  • It is the Friendliest Ride in the East – plenty of time to visit tourist landmarks with new friends, or sample the local ice cream.  A social hour wraps up each day of riding.

  • The Mass BikePike Tour is extremely affordable – just $415 for four days of riding paradise, camping, and hearty, delicious meals!


Car-free?  No problem!  We offer a shuttle option to take you and your bike to and from the ride.

For more information or to sign up today, please visit www.massbikepike.org. Space is limited and we sold out the ride last year – so don’t delay!  We also have volunteer opportunities - you can work two days, then ride two days for FREE.
Register today, you are sure to have a great time!


Save On The MassBike Summer Century & Family Fun Ride

There is still time to save when you register for the 3rd annual MassBike Summer Century & Family Fun Ride on July 28th!

 



 

The MassBike Summer Century & Family Fun Ride is a great ride through historic parts of Massachusetts, which goes to benefit your state-wide bicycle advocacy organization. The ride helps to support MassBike's advocacy efforts, so by joining us you'll help to make bicycling better in Massachusetts. When you ride with us, not only do you get to ride, but your registration gets you free Redbones lunch, a ride t-shirt, and the good feeling that comes along with knowing that you are helping to make our roads and paths better for Massachusetts bicyclists!

MassBike works everyday to make sure that your daily commute or weekend ride is safe and enjoyable. MassBike works through legislation, education, and infrastructure projects to get more people on bicycles and to make our roads and paths safer. Your support is important to making sure that bicyclists are protected in Massachusetts.

The ride begins at Lexington High School and will traverse the heart of early American history, from Paul Revere’s Ride through Lexington and Concord and to nearby battlefields. Longer rides visit the towns and villages that sent the first Minutemen. After your ride, Redbones Barbecue is cooking up lunch (included with your registration) – their famous pulled pork, BBQ beef, and portobello sandwiches!

There are two ways to register. The first way is to pay a low registration fee of $15 and commit to fundraise for MassBike. Fundraisers have the low minimum of $100 and our registration page will help to make reaching out to your friends and family easy. The second way is not to fundraise, but pay a higher registration fee only. Pre-registering MassBike members pay $35 to register, and non-members pay $40. All day-of registrations will be $45. Kids from 10-17 are only $25, and kids under 10 are free!

Plus, the first 300 riders to register receive our ride t-shirt! So hurry and register today to support your state-wide bicycle advocacy organization.

Federal Transportation Bill A Step Backwards

The federal transportation bill, a focus of much analysis and anxiety (we've written most recently about it here and here), was finally passed through congress late last week. It's not good news. This bill, which was largely based on the Senate's legislation "MAP-21", is being considered a "step backwards," a "failure," a "missed opportunity," and "devastating."

On our part, we kept in communication with the staff of Representative Ed Markey (Massachusetts Seventh District), a member of the committee that produced this legislation. Mr. Markey, who has consistently supported dedicated bike funding, wrote an excellent piece on why he declined to sign the Conference Committee Report for the legislation (found here). Despite strong bipartisan support for our cause from the entire Massachusetts delegation, this legislation cut bike and pedestrian funding by 33% (or more, depending what individual states do - more below).

The Analysis



Our national partners are still working through all of the details of the 1,676 page document, but basically it lumps the three federal programs which previously had dedicated bike/ped funding (Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School, and Recreational Trails) into one "Transportation Alternatives" category. Whereas the three prior programs had a combined funding total of $1.2 billion in 2011, the new "Transportation Alternatives" has a total funding level of around $800 million per year.

Furthermore, states can opt out of up to half of that amount, instead funding highway maintenance, bridge repair, or any other transportation need. So, depending on how many states choose to opt out of that half of the funding, the real cuts could be as high as 66%.

Finally, there is a clause in the bill called a "Mandatory Sidepath Law." This would require bicyclists riding on federally-owned roads (generally in national parks) to ride on a sidepath if the road doesn't meet certain standards. This clause sets a dangerous national precedent for compromising our hard-won right to the road.

In short, this is not a good day for the biking/walking world. Read a thorough analysis of the bill by America Bikes here.

Next Steps



The question, then, is what does this mean for us in Massachusetts? We are fortunate to be in a state that has solid policies and initiatives in place to promote biking and walking, including GreenDOT (MassDOT's sustainability policy) and the Healthy Transportation Compact.

Nonetheless, we must work even harder to ensure that biking and walking are priorities for our state agencies and policymakers. Because so much flexibility is now given to the state to spend bicycle funding on other things, groups like MassBike must work even harder to make the case that investing in biking is crucial to having a healthy, livable state. It is through continued efforts like Bay State Bike Week, the Bike/Walk Summit, and advocacy on major projects that we can maintain the state's support. And, importantly, collaborative efforts like Transportation for Massachusetts will be key to creating a united voice for our cause.

If you have time, please contact your U.S. Representative and Senators to let them know that you appreciate their support. (Don't know who they are? Find out here.)

Also, consider joining or donating to MassBike. We are supported primarily through our members, and so truly could not do it without you.

Autumn Escape Bike Trek - September 28th - 30th



The American Lung Association needs your support in our fight for healthy lungs and healthy air. Join us for the 2012  September 28th to 30th  Autumn Escape Bike Trek. This cycling adventure from Plymouth to Provincetown offers a weekend filled with beautiful scenery, entertainment and fun. To find out more about how you can escape to the Cape with the American Lung Association, go to biketreknewengland.org or call us at 781-314-9001
Link to Youtube Video



Update: The 2012 Summer Century and Family Fun Ride Routes Set

The routes for the 2012 Summer Century and Family Fun Ride have been set and can be found in full detail here. We are really looking forward to this event and hope to see you there!

Here is a little bit more information about the ride in case you are unfamiliar...

The Summer Century and Family Fun Ride take place Saturday July 28th at Lexington High School. We welcome riders of all levels to come out and enjoy a great day of riding, while supporting bike advocacy in Massachusetts.

You can choose from from 12, 21, 42, 63, and 100 mile rides. The routes will traverse the heart of early American history, from Paul Revere’s Ride through Lexington and Concord to nearby battlefields. Longer rides visit the towns and villages that sent the first Minutemen.

Plus, by joining in the MassBike Summer Century & Family Fun Ride, you’ll be helping to make bicycling better in Massachusetts. All proceeds go to support MassBike’s bicycling advocacy. MassBike works through legislation, education, and infrastructure projects to get more people on bicycles and to make our roads and paths safer. Your support is important to making sure that bicyclists are protected in Massachusetts.

Just like last year’s ride, all rides have rolling start times for the convenience and safety of riders. The start window for Century (100 miles) riders will be 7-8:30 A.M., Metric century (62 miles) riders 8-9:30 A.M. and 40 mile riders 9-10:30 A.M. These rides feature arrowed routes with rest stops and cue sheets. Family rides of 10 and 20 miles will start in guided groups from 10-11 A.M., although families are welcome to follow the routes on their own.

After the great day of riding, lunch will be provided by Redbones Barbecue. Preregister today and get a Summer Century t-shirt.

All types of bicyclists are encouraged to join us and support the fantastic work of MassBike. With your help, we can make bicycling better in the Bay State. Enjoy the ride! Find out more info about the ride here.

Keep MassBike Rolling During Our 2012 Summer Appeal



Whether we ride every day or just occasionally, we are all cyclists. We ride because it is good for the environment, our health, our communities, and just for the fun of it. There as many reasons to ride a bicycle as there are places to ride. But no matter what your reasons are for getting on a bike, we know that when people ride bikes, great things happen.

MassBike is your resource for bicycling education, advocacy, outreach, and fun throughout the Bay State. But we need your support to ensure that we can continue to be the voice for bicyclists in Massachusetts!

We have been advocating for bicycling in Massachusetts for 35 years, and whether you are a new member or have been supporting us from the beginning, we have achieved some remarkable accomplishments thanks to you. Here are a few examples of our most recent successes:

Protected federal funding for bike lanes, bike paths, Safe Routes to School, and Recreational Trails from repeated attacks in Congress.
Organized the first-ever Massachusetts Bike/Walk Summit at the State House, bringing together legislators, staff, and community advocates to build support for legislation that makes biking and walking safer in Massachusetts. We got Beacon Hill moving!
Won broad support for our still-pending Vulnerable Road Users Bill from legislators, advocacy groups, and ordinary citizens who want safer streets.
Fought resurgent attacks on bicyclists’ rights to use Massachusetts roads and parkways.
• Helped ensure that MassDOT’s ongoing Accelerated Bridge Program meets the needs of bicyclists.

But even with these successes there is still work to be done. Your support is critical to help make it happen!

Still to come in 2012, we will be rolling out our new Bikeable Communities Training statewide in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, helping local communities make real progress on bicycling. Our work in Boston’s under served neighborhoods will continue with the Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness. MassBike bike safety instructors will fan out across Massachusetts to teach thousands of schoolchildren and adults. And we are proud to be working with Transportation for Massachusetts to solve the state’s long-term transportation problems.

Your support allows MassBike to continue working on important projects in your community and around the state, from the local level all the way to Washington, D.C., wherever bicyclists need a voice. We need you to contribute to make sure that we win the laws, policies, and funding that bicyclists need.

We can make Massachusetts a better place for bicycling, but we can’t do it without you. Please support our important work today by following this link.


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