New Transportation Choice On The Cape

This just came in from the Cape Cod Chapter. It's great to see progress being made. Be sure to check it out when you're down there this summer! 

[caption id="attachment_19377" align="alignleft" width="300"] National Park Service and Local and State Officials Announce the New Service[/caption]Rob Miceli, Chapter Chairperson for MassBike’s Cape and Island Chapter, was at the ribbon cutting on June 14 for the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority's new Outer Cape Bike Shuttle. From June 16, 2012 through September 2, 2012, the shuttle will provide service every 1.5 hours Saturday and Sunday (Excluding holidays) from 8 AM to 6:15 PM. The shuttle provides room for 12 bicycles and riders. This means bicycle riders can now bike beyond the Cape Cod Rail Trail to village centers in Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown as well as trails in the Cape Cod National Seashore then hop on the shuttle for a ride back to the rail trail or Marconi Beach. The shuttle makes 9 stops between Marconi Beach in Wellfleet and Macmillan pier in Provincetown.

Riders can now ride to Wellfleet and board the shuttle to Provincetown to avoid riding on Route 6, or could park in Wellfleet, ride to Provincetown and take the shuttle back. The Cape is a veritable cornucopia of transportation options! Tell your bicycling friends on Cape Cod and bicyclists who plan on visiting the Cape on weekends this summer!

For a schedule and more info, go to http://www.capecodrta.org/bike shuttle.htm.

Action Alert: Yet Again Congress Threatens To Cut Bike Funding



A few weeks ago we sent an action alert out to contact your members of congress and ask them to support the Cardin-Cochran Amendment. Well, we've received word that the same transportation legislation is
still being debated, with the House still pushing to eliminate our tiny slice of funding.

Will you call your US Representative and Senators to ask them - again - to save biking by supporting the Cardin-Cochran Amendment? The situation is very fluid, so we're not sure this is the last time we'll have to ask you to act. But the assaults on our tiny bit of funding seem to have no end, and so our action defending it must be equally unrelenting.

If you are a constituent of Representative Ed Markey (District 7, which includes much of Metro West), it is especially important for you to contact his office because of his involvement in this legislation. Let him know how crucially important biking is in your community and your daily activities. If you don't know whether you're in his district, click here and enter your address to find out.

Phone calls are best, but if you don't have time, please click here to send a message to your congresspersons.

Here's how to call:

1. Call your Representative and both Senators at the numbers listed below.


























































District Rep Name Office Number
1 Rep. Olver, John 202-225-5335
2 Rep. Neal, Richard 202-225-5601
3 Rep. McGovern, James 202-225-6101
4 Rep. Frank, Barney 202-225-5931
5 Rep. Tsongas, Niki 202-225-3411
6 Rep. Tierney, John 202-225-8020
7 Rep. Markey, Edward 202-225-2836
8 Rep. Capuano, Michael 202-225-5111
9 Rep. Lynch, Stephen 202-225-8273
10 Rep. Keating, William 202-225-3111


Don’t know who your U.S. Representative is? Click here and enter your address to find out.

And our two U.S. Senators:















Senator Name Office Number
Senator Kerry, John 202-224-2742
Senator Brown, Scott 202-224-4543


Use the script below to ask your elected officials to preserve the Cardin-Cochran agreement:

Hi, my name is [name] and I live in [city/town/county].

I'm calling to ask Representative/Senator [name] to support the bipartisan Cardin-Cochran agreement in the transportation conference committee that ensures local governments have access to funds to build bikeways and sidewalks.

Americans support federal funding for biking and walking. In a March 2012 poll, 83 percent of Americans said they support maintaining or increasing federal funding for biking and walking—that includes 88 percent of Democrats and 80 percent of Republicans.

These projects are important to my community. (Mention a local project you know about, or use some of the facts from your state or district profile.) Please support the Cardin-Cochran agreement so that [your city/town/county] can build projects important to our community.

2. Use the America Bikes tip sheet to report back on anything you learn in your calls.

Thank you for supporting biking and walking in Massachusetts and across the country!

Summer Century


Preregistration has now closed for the 2012 Summer Century. Registration will be available the day of the event for $45/individual, children under 12 are free. We look forward to seeing you in Lexington tomorrow!


 Join us at Lexington High School for the 3rd annual MassBike Summer Century & Family Fun Ride on July 28th, 2012! All rides (8, 26, 47, 62 and 100 miles) will traverse the heart of American Revolutionary 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. After the rides, everyone is invited to stay at Lexington High School for lunch and socializing. Lunch will be provided by Redbones!

All proceeds go to support MassBike and its mission of making bicycling better in Massachusetts. MassBike works through legislation, education, and infrastructure projects to get more people on bicycles and to make our roads and paths safer.  Registration fees for the event are non-refundable.

Location and Directions
Lexington High School Lexington, MA
Need Directions? Click here for a map

Event Schedule

In an effort to stagger the starts of the various rides we offer riders a rolling start. Riders are welcome to start anytime within the following start times…

Century (100 miles) Departs between 7-8:30 am

Metric Century (62 miles) Departs between 8 – 9:30am

47 Mile Ride Departs between 9:00 – 10:30am

Family Rides (8 or 26 mile) between 10 – 11: 00 am

Delicious Redbones barbeque will be provided for riders from 12:00 – 5:00 pm

Route Maps and Cue Sheets

Below you will find a links to maps and cue sheets for the 100, 62, 47, 26, and 8 miles distances. Please note that the cue sheets included with the “ridewithgps” maps are inaccurate and are not intended to be used for navigation.

CenturyMap, Cue sheet

Metric Century: MapCue Sheet

47 Mile Ride: Map, Cue Sheet

26 Mile Ride: Map, Cue Sheet

8 Mile Family Ride: Map, No cue sheet available. This ride will be led by a ride leader.

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Congratulations To Our Story Contest Winners

You may remember seeing something about a bike story contest back at the end of April. We were asking for local riders to submit their stories about the difference that biking has made in their lives here in Massachusetts. The goal was to collect stories that gave us real, personal examples of the importance of active transportation that we could use when speaking with our state legislators.

Well things here at MassBike headquarters have been absolutely crazy these past few weeks and we have been a bit delayed in announcing our contest winners. We apologize for the delay and are also excited to finally be announcing our three winning stories.  So without further ado we are pleased to announce that the following three folks wrote stories that really rose above the rest.

1st Place - Jesse Cohn

2nd Place - Katie Harris

3rd Place - Sari Long

These three riders had stories that really encapsulated the personal importance riding a bicycle has for them. We all have had our personal biking moments, where the skies part and we realize just how awesome it is to be riding a bike, and these three stories really hit the nail on the head.  Congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone who submitted their stories. With all of these great biking stories we will now have the examples we need to speak more passionately with our legislatures about important bicycle policies.

Below you will see, for your reading pleasure, our three winning stories, enjoy!

 

1st Place

Jesse Cohn

It often baffles people when I tell them that I got into cycling by riding across the country, but it’s true. In 2008, albeit my little cycling experience, I rode from Providence, RI, to San Francisco, CA, with Bike & Build, a nonprofit that raises money and awareness for affordable housing. That summer changed my life. My own legs powered me coast-to-coast, and I felt like there was nothing I couldn’t do.

In 2009, a good friend from college, Paige Hicks, participated in a Bike & Build trip. She too had an amazing experience – one that was so good that she decided to ride across the country again in 2010, from Providence, RI, to Seattle, WA. Tragically, Paige was struck and killed that summer while riding in South Dakota.

After her passing, I realized that biking is not just empowering, but humbling. It reminds me to be aware of my vulnerability. In reaction to Paige’s death, some of my friends have chosen to stop riding. They don’t think that riding is worth the risk to their health and life. My reaction to Paige’s death was quite the opposite. I continue to ride, and completed my second cross-country trip in 2011. But now, in addition, I also educate and advocate on bicycle safety and the importance of sharing the road. I want every child and adult to have the opportunity to ride a bike, and to do so safely. I want others to feel the same joy and empowerment I derive from being on a bike.

But there’s only so much that my fellow riders and I can do. We need legislature and infrastructure to ensure the safety of all cyclists. We need to create a favorable setting where those interested, but cautious citizens are not afraid to ride.

 

2nd Place

Katie Harris

There are a lot of people in Boston who think cyclists have a death wish. I can only imagine what they must think about cyclists who are deaf.

Indeed.

As I commute to work or school, I wear a helmet. I look both ways before moving into traffic. I stop for pedestrians and for every red light. I use blinkies at night and when it’s raining. I do everything I can to make sure that I’m traveling safely on the road, because I know that the following is true: My hearing? It doesn’t work so well. Other road users? They’re not always paying attention.

When I was a child, living in a quiet neighborhood in Maine, my parents had a “DEAF CHILD AREA” sign installed by our house. This was embarrassing, but I understood that they worried. As an adult, I’ve noticed that other parents put up portable signs by their driveways such as “KIDS AT PLAY.” If only we could trust people to be safer as they navigate through the city. To put down their cell phones, watch the road, and have patience with their surroundings.

I started riding my bicycle in Boston three years ago. For years, I observed Boston traffic’s (lack of) flow, and was too terrified to ride: I was convinced my hearing loss was an insurmountable obstacle. And then I happened to meet Amelia—also deaf—and she rode through Boston with such aplomb that I knew I had to try it for myself someday.

It’s so not hard to be aware of your surroundings and to act accordingly, so I guess it’s not so difficult to be a deaf cyclist after all.

 

3rd Place

Sari Long

Love Song for Pancho


I was 18 when I first saw you

You shone and shone with your silver sheen and your Raleigh seal and I was in love

A mountain bike who was, inevitably, named Pancho

Seven days we rode from Minneapolis to Chicago, raising money for charity (four times)

I wore fairy wings, but you actually gave me wings

Laughing and crying through the hills of Wisconsin and the cornfields of Illinois,

Together

You came with me to college in Montreal

You carried me through snow and ice and wind and cold

The snowiest I had ever seen

Patient, stalwart, beautiful, strong

Pancho, the most constant figure in my life

I covered you lovingly in stickers

I rode you angrily home after the 2000 elections

You carried me uncomplaining

Then patiently you waited while I lived far away in a place where bikes like you were

Aliens

Thinking about you every day and dreaming of our reunion

On to Boston, along the river, over the cobblestones, in dizzying traffic and horns

We were united and fearless and bold

You, unjealous when Rojito entered my life

A quick muscular little racing number to make the heart beat faster

You knew with quiet certainty where you stood

And today, you, Pancho, my daily companion still – 13 years later

You are there every morning, like the sunrise

Your bell gleams proudly, your bar-ends like horns await my hands

When nothing else seems to fit, when the rain whips sideways and the clouds are black

When tears stream either because of icy wind or overwhelming

You are there for me

And I am again renewed, inspired…made brave.

Education Program Gets Rolling

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Hey everyone! We are getting going with our On-Bike Skills classes, sponsored by the Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness, which are meant to help bicyclists learn to ride more safely and effectively.  These classes are free and open to the public and are going to be offered frequently, so be sure to keep an eye out for future classes!


Our next class is going to be held on Saturday, June 23rd, from 1PM-5PM in the Seaport District at 29 Stillings St., Boston, MA.

Pre-registration is required. Please RSVP at price@massbike.org.

We are also working on putting together a bikeable communities training awarded by the Community Transformation Grant. We are setting up our first training in the Pioneer Valley and hopefully coming to a community near you! Stay tuned!

New MassBike Jersey - Accepting Pre Order Now!

We are excited to announce that we have a super awesome new bike jersey made right here in Massachusetts by VOmax. What could be better then sporting a really stylish bike jersey while showing your support for local bike advocacy and the Massachusetts economy! Order yours today!



VOmax bicycle jerseys are made of Microdry fabric for exceptional comfort, fit and quality. These cycling jerseys have been designed to provide a relaxed, comfortable fit.

We will be taking orders only until June 28th, on that day we will be pulling the item from our online store and placing the final order, they take up to six weeks to process so you will have your jersey at the latest by the beginning of August. This order will be club fit (not too tight, not too loose) and are available in men’s and women’s sizes S-XL.  This is a limited time offer, and may never be offered again, so if you like what you see and want to support making bicycling better throughout the  Bay State, order now!

Vulnerable Road Users Bill In Limbo

We are sorry to report that our Vulnerable Road Users Bill was effectively killed Friday by the Joint Committee on Transportation. The committee voted to send the bill "to study", which puts it in a limbo from which it is unlikely to emerge. While the outlook is not good for moving the bill forward in this session, we did nonetheless make progress:

  • We rallied widespread support from the biking and walking communities, demonstrating to legislators that we are a political force.

  • We succeeded in generating a great deal of awareness about the dangers faced by bicyclists and pedestrians from motorists.

  • We got valuable feedback that helped us revise the bill to make it more likely to pass.

  • And we won support from new friends in the Legislature and other advocacy groups.



While disappointing, what happened to the bill is not surprising. Even successful bills, like our 2009 Bicyclist Safety Act, usually take multiple sessions of advocacy before passing. (That one took four legislative sessions, a total of eight years.) With the level of interest we generated in this session, the bill will be well-positioned, with a better chance of passing, when we re-file it next January.

Many thanks to everyone who responded to our Action Alerts on the bill over the last 17 months, and told their personal stories to demonstrate the need for this bill. Thanks also to everyone who attended our Bike/Walk Summit and met with their legislators. And thanks to Representatives Sean Garballey, Kay Khan, and Carl Sciortino, and Senator Will Brownsberger, for sponsoring the bill. We know you will all be there when we need your help next time! And we will get this bill passed!

Redbones Bike Party: New Date June 11th



The 16th annual Redbones Bike Party and Benefit is just around the corner! Come enjoy BBQ, beer, bikes and an amazing raffle, benefiting MassBike and NEMBA.

We're expecting rain on the original date, so we're changing to the rain date!

When: June 11th from 5-9pm NEW DATE!

Where: In front of Redbones, 55 Chester st. Somerville, MA

$15 gets you food & drink, bicycle valet parking, and a ticket for the raffle. Additional raffle tickets are $2.00 each or three for $5.00. This is one annual event not to be missed, as Philip Keyes, Executive Director of NEMBA puts it..."No other event amasses such a range of cycling flavors: the fixed gear messenger crowd, the mountain bikers, the commuters, the three-speeders, the chopper element, the road racers, the freeriders. All gathered together for some fun, some BBQ, some brew, some music and some mayhem..."

MassBike's Executive Director, David Watson, agrees: "Great food, great drinks, great music, great crowd. What's not to love?"

Please come and support MassBike as we continue to work for towards Better Bicycling for Massachusetts!

Registration Open For the MassBike Summer Century & Family Fun Ride!

You can now register for MassBike's 3rd Annual Summer Century & Family Fun Ride!

We are welcoming riders of all levels to come out and enjoy a great day of riding, while supporting bike advocacy in Massachusetts.

We've updated our routes and have great rides planned for everyone. 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.

Coast of Hope Bike Ride - June 16, 2012

Join in the fun of the Coast to Hope Bike Ride - Saturday, June 16 (Father’s Day Weekend), in Ipswich, MA. This is a terrific event that support Bright Happy Power - an Ipswich, MA based non-profit organization that supplies support and assistance to children and their families diagnosed with life-threatening or catastrophic illness.

Routes include a metric century (100km/62mi) that goes through North Shore communities: Ipswich, South Hamilton, Topsfield, Boxford, Groveland, West Newbury, Newbury, and Rowley. Also features half-metric century (50km/31mi) and family-distance routes. Ton of fun for the whole family riding through beautiful North Shore coastal communities.

Highlights of the longer routes include the Ipswich and/or Merrimack River, coastal wetlands of the Great Marsh, proximity to protected Audubon bird sanctuaries such as Plum Island, Bradley Palmer State Park ponds, farms, meadows, villages centers, and more. Event kicks off with annual paper crane drop with General Sutton ladder truck.It ends in Ipswich with massages by Pax Massage and after-ride celebration hosted by Stone Soup with Ipswich Ale beer and soda. All riders receive t-shirts. This is a rain or shine event.

Cyclists can pre-register online at www.COASTofHOPE.org. Same-day registration opens 7:15am, and the event begins promptly at 8am. Non-refundable $45 event registration fee ($25 for students), and cyclists are asked to make tax-deductible donations or seek sponsors (suggested fundraising amount of $95/rider).

Donations (payable to Bright Happy Power) benefit children and families living with cancer and similar life-threatening challenges.

For more information email Bright Happy Power at  Info@brighthappypower.org, or call 978.356.3780.


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