On-Street Bike Parking = Awesome!

I saw this in Kendall Square, Cambridge, on my commute recently:

 


What an awesome sight! I've seen similar on-street bike parking in Boston, Somerville, and even suburban Lexington. Why do we think this is so great? Several reasons:

  • It increases the number of bike racks dramatically and quickly

  • It uses existing space (usually a parking space)

  • It's mobile - so installation is simple and relocation is easy

  • It's good business - you get more customers from 15 bikes than 1 car

  • And nothing says "Bikes Matter" more clearly than taking space from cars!


So what do you think about this? Where else have you seen it in Massachusetts?

Featured Event: "Circle The City" This Sunday

Join us in Franklin Park in Boston this Sunday, June 24th, for the first Circle The City event. Visit our booth for bicycling safety information, memberships, maps, and the latest MassBike merchandise. And park you bike in our free valet bike parking, sponsored by the Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness!

Free activities for all ages will include:

  • Fitness and Yoga classes, Zumba and Hula Hooping

  • Street Hockey clinics with the Boston Bruins and Bruins Defenseman Andrew Ference. Pre-register here for these clinics.

  • Bikes and instruction with Boston Bikes

  • Kids’ art and nature activities with the Boston Nature Center and Museum of Science

  • Walks and bike rides

  • Kickball, Basketball, Frisbee golf, Tennis

  • Healthy Food Trucks

  • Kite Flying

  • Music and dance performances

  • A 4pm concert with the Boston POPS Brass Ensemble


Common Boston will also co-sponsor two exciting CTC activities Please pre-register here.

  • 10am: Join Alan Banks of the National Park Service for a 5-mile walk of the Emerald Necklace from the Emerald Necklace Conservancy Visitor Center to Franklin Park.

  • 2pm: Join Laurie Pessah of Toole Design Group for a 2-hour bike ride from Boston Common to Franklin Park.


Don't Miss The Summer Century And Family Fun Ride!

We can't believe it's been three years since the Summer Century and Family Fun Ride started out. Last year, everyone had a great time and enjoyed the Red Bones barbeque finishing their rides. This year promises to be everything that has worked well in the past, plus some route modifications to make it even better.

register for MassBike's 3rd Annual Summer Century & Family Fun Ride today!

We are welcoming 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.

Pre-Order A Locally-Made MassBike Jersey!

You may have seen our post earlier this month letting you know that MassBike will be producing a limited run of jerseys made right here in Massachusetts. We will be taking orders for the jerseys until June 28, at which point we will submit the order to VOmax for production. Don't miss your opportunity to get this stylish, comfortable jersey (and support the local economy)!



VOmax bicycle jerseys are made of Microdry fabric for exceptional comfort, fit and quality. 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!

Northampton, Boston Bike Classes Coming Up

The bicycle education season has come back full force! We have two trainings that are coming up, one this weekend and then a second one the next. Read below for the details, and if you are interested in registering, please email education@massbike.org or call (617) 542-2453. Both classes are free and open to the public.

Basics of Better Biking - Seaport District



The Basics of Better Biking 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. This four-hour weekend session provides guided instruction with simple practice drills in a parking lot, easy-paced riding on local roadways for short distances, and group-discussion breaks along the way. 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.

This class takes place Saturday, June 23 from 1 - 5, and meets at South Station.

Some notes about the class:

  • A bicycle in good working order and a helmet are required.

  • Preregistration is required.

  • This class is intended for participants 18 and older. For minors wishing to take the class, please contact education@massbike.org.

  • Sometimes we have to cancel a class due to low registration. We will let you know no less than three days in advance if the class is canceled.



This class, sponsored by the Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness, is free and open to the public.

Bikeable Communities Training, Part 1 - Northampton



We are excited to announce our first Bikeable Communities Training! The focus of this training is to work with community members to improve infrastructure and policies which support biking as a means of recreation and transportation.

The first training is in Northampton, on June 30th from 1-4pm at the Forbes Library.

Our first training will focus on effective citizen engagement, with case studies from signature undertakings from around the state. This training will have an emphasis on:

  • How the decision-making process works for local projects and policies, and the interaction between local, state, and federal entities when making those decisions.

  • An overview of how projects are funded, and explanations of how the public is involved in the various stages of those funding decisions.

  • Building alliances with citizens and organizations sharing complementary goals or missions, and maintaining momentum behind efforts that can sometimes take years.

  • Best practices when engaging public officials, including methods of communication, preparing for meetings, messaging.



This class, sponsored by Mass in Motion, is free and open to the public. To register, email education@massbike.org.

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!


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