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.

Action Alert: Vulnerable Road Users Bill May Die In Committee

This is it. On June 1st, our Vulnerable Road Users bill will die in the Joint Committee on Transportation unless we can convince the committee to report it out. We're not the only ones who think this bill is needed to protect bicyclists and pedestrians - many of you have voiced your support and so have WalkBoston, Massachusetts Public Health Association, Conservation Law Foundation, Boston Cyclists Union, and Transportation for Massachusetts.

Please call or email your State Senator and State Representative right now and tell them you need their support TODAY to protect vulnerable road users. We need each and every one of you to take action now, or this bill will die and we will have to start all over again next January:

  1. Call or email your State Senator and ask him or her to ask Senator McGee, Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Transportation to report favorably on H3079.
    Click here to find out who your State Senator is and how to contact him or her.

  2. Call or email your State Representative and ask him or her to ask Representative Straus, House Chair of the Joint Committee on Transportation to report favorably on H3079.
    Click here to find out who your State Representative is and how to contact him or her.

  3. Email action@massbike.org to let us know who you contacted.


If your Senator or Representative is actually a member of the Joint Committee on Transportation, it is especially important to contact them today!

Joint Committee on Transportation:

Senate Members:
Thomas McGee (Senate Chair)
Gale Candaras
Robert Hedlund
Brian Joyce
Marc Pacheco
Michael Rush

House Members:
William Straus (House Chair)
Mark Cusack
Marcos Devers
Peter Durant
Michael Finn
Steven Howitt
Timothy Madden
John Mahoney
James Miceli
Denise Provost
Carl Sciortino
Chris Walsh

Please don't sit this one out - contact your state legislators right now! Thank you for standing with MassBike to protect bikers and walkers.

Send Us Bay State Bike Week Pictures And Updates!

What a week it was! We had over 140 events this year, taking place from the Cape to the Berkshires, ranging from bike rides to film festivals to bike breakfasts! The MassCommute Bicycle Challenge finished with over 143,000 miles pledged, with the Dana Farber Cancer Institute just barely beating out MIT Lincoln Labs. And the week of events was capped off on Tuesday with the announcement of Massachusetts being ranked as the third most bicycle-friendly state in the country.

We would love to have any updates, pictures or stories from the week! You can email them to baystatebikeweek@massbike.org, or post them to our Facebook wall. You can also tweet at us using @baystatebikewk. Check below for a few pictures from the week!

We need to give a huge thanks to our partners, MassDOT and MassRIDES. It is through that partnership that we were able to provide the T-shirts, ankle bands, bells and stickers that make this week of events truly remarkable. If you would like to participate in a quick post-week survey, click here. By participating in this brief survey, you will not only be entered into a raffle to win great prizes, you will also be helping to ensure successful bike weeks in the future!

Finally, we just want to note that a lot of staff time and resources go into making this week a success. If you value the events and goodies that we make possible every year, please consider donating today. It is only through your support that we can make Massachusetts a little more bike friendly each year.

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Redbones Bike Party - June 4, 2012



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.

When: June 4th from 5-9pm

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!

We Got Beacon Hill Moving!

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Last Thursday, May 17th, biking and walking advocates from around the state came to Beacon Hill for Massachusetts' first Bike/Walk Summit. Simultaneously, scores of people who couldn't make it to the Summit called in to their state Representative and Senator to let them know that safer streets for biking and walking need to be a priority.

The event attendees started coming into the State House to meet at Nurses' Hall by 9:30 AM, picking up their packets and learning more about the legislation we are trying to pass. We also included a list of Principles for Walking and Biking which we asked the legislators to sign on to and we hope will form the foundation for a Biking and Walking Caucus in the future. Six legislators signed the principles on the spot, and we are following up with several other interested offices (we'll be posting a full list later on, once we have finalized with the interested legislators).

The event wrapped up with a lunchtime presentation by Aaron Naparstek (pictured above), describing his own journey into the life of a community advocate. Ultimately, he founded StreetsBlog, an online authority in communities across the country on grassroots, pro-bike/pro-walk efforts. Everyone commented afterward that the presentation was both entertaining and a powerful demonstration of the impact one person can have in their community.

We have been busy here at the MassBike office following up with the legislators and leadership on the three pieces of legislation we are trying to pass (for summaries, click here). Stay tuned for an Action Alert next week to try to get the Vulnerable Road Users Bill out of the Joint Committee on Transportation, since it needs to move by June 1st.

If you want safer streets for bicyclists, consider donating today to MassBike. As the only statewide bike advocacy organization, we depend on members and donations for the majority of our funding. Without this generous support, we couldn't have organized this event which highlighted to our state's decision makers how crucially important biking is in our communities. If you aren't a member, consider joining today. As always, we couldn't have done it (or continue doing it) without you.

Action Alert: Last Chance To Influence Congress?

A small group of House and Senate leaders (including our own Representative Ed Markey) are still negotiating on the final transportation bill right now. The window is closing fast on our last real chance to impact the bill.

It's all in their hands—whether or not local communities will have access to funds to build biking and walking infrastructure and support Safe Routes to School—and we need your help.

Can you take a moment to call your Senators and Representative and let them know that the transportation conference committee must preserve the bipartisan Cardin-Cochran agreement (co-sponsored by both Senator Kerry and Senator Brown)? This agreement ensures that communities will have access to funds to build bike lanes, sidewalks, and biking and walking paths, and to help kids walk and bike to school.

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!


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