Bike Sharing Comes To Two UMass Campuses

Recently, bike share programs have received a lot of press thanks to Boston's new Hubway system. But in addition to Hubway, colleges and universities across the state are also continuing the roll-out of bike share programs. Most recently, UMass campuses at Amherst and Lowell have announced the start of new bike share programs in an effort to help students get around campus in a healthy, fun way.

UMass-Amherst's program, Dig Wheels, will give students and faculty the opportunity to get out of their cars and onto a bike when it rolls out this fall. These bikes are available for free and may be used on and off campus for a maximum of 24 hours (check out includes a bike, a helmet, and a lock).

UMass-Lowell is also starting a bike share program called the UMass-Lowell Freewheelers, opening in September. Seen as one way of creating a healthier and more sustainable campus community, the program will consist of 15 bikes over UMass-Lowell's three campuses. One major goal of the program is to provide better access between the three campus locations, and at the same time reducing pollution and increasing physical activity.

These two programs join several other programs in the state that have already implemented successful bike share programs, including:

We are happy to see bike share programs are blossoming around the state and wish all the best to the new programs. We can only imagine that this trend will continue and we'll see more bike sharing in the future!

Neighborhood Walk for New Complete Street: Dudley-Melnea Cass

Next week there will be a walk to showcase and gain feedback on the redesign of Melnea Cass Blvd. Specifically, we will look at how the redesign better serves bicyclists and pedestrians. The city is hosting this walking tour with Mayor Menino and special guest Mark Fenton, a walkability expert. Also attending are advocates and residents of Roxbury. This is a great opportunity for the bicyclist community to express the importance of bike infrastructure on this crucial connection. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Patrick Hoey at or call 617-635-2454.

  • When: Wednesday, August 24 @ 6pm

  • Where: Central Boston Elder Services, 2315 Washington Street (map)

  • What: Exploring the built environment from Dudley Square to Melnea Cass Blvd.

Complete Streets is design concept for roads that emphasizes accommodating all modes of transportation, including biking, walking, transit, and autos. The City of Boston's efforts to embrace the complete streets design is an important step forward for the city, and this project will in part determine the success in the city and around the state for similar projects.

Importantly, Mayor Menino has pledged money for the redesign and development of Melnea Cass Blvd. The walk, hosted by the Boston Transportation Department & Boston Public Health Commission and sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services is for locals and advocates alike. So come out, advocate for bikes, and give your input on the new project.

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Register Today For Bike Skills Classes

There's still time to register for the on-bike classes coming up this weekend! If you or anyone you know needs to brush up on their bike maneuvering skills or safety knowledge, then these classes are for you. And, really, who couldn't use a little more practice on the basics of better biking?

Saturday, August 20
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Norwood, MA
Parking lot behind Norwood Bank (11 Central Street)
Register by Wednesday, August 17

Sunday, August 21
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Boston, MA (Seaport District)
Parking Lot at 29 Stillings St. (Off of Congress Street)
Register by Wednesday, August 17

Saturday, August 27
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Worcester, MA
Worcester Unitarian Universalist Church Parking Lot
90 Holden Street
Register by Wednesday, August 24

This is a four-hour on-bike course, we go over tips on how to stay safe on city streets, a quick way to make sure your bike is functioning properly, some very basic bike mechanics, and on-bike drills. After this class, you will know how to quickly avoid that pothole, why your bike has a front and rear brake, and what a “Copenhagen Left” is. To register, visit our Adult Education page, or email Price at You can also call us at (617) 542-2453.

Keep Bikes A Priority In National Parks And Open Spaces

If you value parks and open space, now is the time to be heard. The National Park Service requires the state to complete a Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) every five years to remain eligible for funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Since the LWCF was established in 1965, more than $95,000,000 has been awarded across the  state for the acquisition of conservation or park land, development of new parks, or renovation of existing parks.

To help inform the SCORP process and guide future use of LWCF funds, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs is conducting a survey to gather input about Commonwealth residents’ preferences for recreational activities. We encourage you to tell the state and Forest Service about the value you place on recreational biking!  It should take about 15 minutes to complete, and could make a huge difference.

Here is the link to the survey and any questions should be directed to Melissa Cryan, LWCF Stateside Coordinator, at (617) 626-1171 or

East Boston Environmental Justice Bike Tour

On July 23rd, MassBike was in East Boston helping out with putting on the Chelsea River Revel.  The annual event, organized by the Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH) and the Chelsea Creek Action Group (CCAG), builds community and supports a sense of place in East Boston through events like river kayaking, a soccer tournament, and bike rides.  MassBike was there with many other community groups providing bike valet parking, handing out educational materials in both Spanish and English, and even got to go on a bike ride with our partners at the Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness.

The bike ride was the "Environmental Justice Tour," highlighting many of the hardships faced by residents in East Boston.  This includes the lack of supermarkets, industrial pollution and other brownfield sites, and, of course, Logan Airport.  MassBike was happy to provide assistance to NOAH and CCAG in tweaking the route, giving tips on proper signaling, considerations about length of the ride, and route map markings. Click on the picture above to view a high resolution copy of the map, sponsored by Communities Putting Prevention to Work.

Luckily, Executive Director David Watson was able to go along with our partners at the BCFF on the bike ride.  This ride and event, driven by the local youth in East Boston, was an impressive demonstration of how biking can form a fundamental part of a more livable, healthy, and cohesive community. MassBike was proud to be able to help.

Request Free Bike Safety Classes At Your Kids' Schools

The school year is coming up fast, so we wanted to let parents know about the bike safety classes available to kids between grades 4 and 8. Every year, we instruct thousands of children on how to ride their bike safely, and we want to reach thousands more this fall!  We need your help to bring our instructors to your kids' schools.

To receive these courses, the school needs to contact MassRIDES at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.  Talk to your school's principal, P.E. teacher, or another employee and let them know you want these classes offered.  To schedule a class, they should contact Ben Hammer, the statewide Safe Routes to School Coordinator, at

More about Safe Routes to School

MassBike is able to offer these youth safety classes through the state's Safe Routes to School Program.  Safe Routes to School is a federally-funded program which promotes healthy transportation alternatives for trips to and from school.  The program aims to foster a mobile and active lifestyle, and to reduce traffic congestion and improve public health by encouraging the use of alternative transportation.

In only three months this past spring, MassBike alone educated over 1,200 elementary and middle school students through the Safe Routes to School Program.  We also trained staff members at two elementary schools to give the safety lessons, dramatically expanding the number of kids potentially reached.  In all, the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program has reached 25% of the state’s students and developed partnerships with nearly 350 elementary schools in 116 communities.

MassBike Summer Century & Family Fun Ride Wrap-Up

MassBike held its 2nd Annual Summer Century & Family Fun Ride last Saturday, July 30th and it was a huge success! We had over 300 riders join us for a fun ride, beautiful weather, and good food. Riders took on routes from 12 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.

With the success of the ride, the proceeds help make MassBike better advocates 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 was 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 help us out! In addition, a big thanks 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, Ride Studio Cafe, Luna Bar, Food Should Taste Good, Jason & Fischer, and Mass Land Law, who helped provide support and fuel our riders throughout the day.

We'll be reviewing this year's rider feedback (which you can send to and will begin our planning for next year's ride. We'll be posting photos as we get them. If you have any you'd like to share, please send them to

Thanks to all our riders for joining us!

Join Us Tomorrow For MassBike's Summer Century & Family Fun Ride!

Pre-registration is closed, but you can still register tomorrow morning for MassBike's Summer Century & Family Fun Ride. Come out and join us for a great day!

All rides (12, 23, 45, 62 and 100 routes) leave from – and return to – Lexington High School. The routes 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. As you leave in the morning, Ride Studio Cafe will be providing support for our riders. After the rides, everyone is invited to stay at Lexington High School for lunch and socializing. Food will be available until the mid-afternoon, so even intrepid century riders can share in the fun. After your ride, Redbones Barbecue is cooking up lunch (included with your registration) – their famous pulled pork, BBQ beef, and portobello sandwiches!

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.

Find out descriptions of the routes here.

See you tomorrow!

Bike Safety Classes Are Rolling!

Our new and improved on-bike safety class, Basics of Better Biking, has three scheduled times and locations - with more coming soon!  The classes so far are:

Saturday, August 13th
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Brockton, MA
Parking Lot at the intersection of Lincoln St. and School St.

Saturday, August 20
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Norwood, MA
Parking lot behind Norwood Bank (11 Central Street)

Sunday, August 21
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Boston, MA (Seaport District)
Parking Lot at 29 Stillings St. (Off of Congress St.)

We go over tips on how to stay safe on city streets, a 30-second routine to make sure your bike is properly functioning, some very basic bike mechanics, and on-bike drills.  After this class, you will know how to quickly avoid that pothole, why your bike has a front and rear brake, and what a "Copenhagen Left" is.  To register, visit our Adult Education page, or email Price at

"Working" On The Casey Overpass

The Casey Overpass is a four-lane, raised section of Route 203, connecting the Arborway to Forest Hills Cemetery and Franklin Park in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood. It passes over the Southwest Corridor and Forest Hills Station. The structure was built in 1954, but 57 years later it is structurally unsound and splits the community in two between what amounts to the width of eight lanes of roadway. As part of the Accelerated Bridge Program, MassDOT will be replacing the overpass, but "What will it be replaced with?" is the question. The project has regional as well as neighborhood significance, as the current overpass carries a significant amount of traffic to and from Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, Mattapan, Milton, Dorchester, West Roxbury, and beyond.

Earlier this year, MassBike, along with community groups and advocates, was invited to join the project's Working Advisory Group (WAG). The group's purpose is to help develop an alternative vision for the area. Because the area is used by commuters of all types (motorists, bicyclists, public transportation riders, and pedestrians), this is an opportunity to create a safe and improved area for all the roadway's constituents and for the neighborhood itself. MassBike is lending its bicycling expertise to the WAG, while local community advocates lead the way to a solution that works for their neighborhood.

So far, the Working Group has been meeting to discuss the current problems of the Casey Overpass, establish priorities for addressing these issues, and begin to look at various design alternatives. Most recently, the design alternatives have been narrowed down to four basic concepts: a split bridge, a single bridge, surface roads with a wide median, and surface roads with a narrow median. The WAG met this week to discuss the pros and cons of each approach. You can see all the information presented at WAG meetings here. As the group continues to meet throughout the summer and into the fall, we'll have more of an idea of what a possible solution may look like. One thing is clear - everyone is committed to finding the best solution for the community and all those who use the area.

MassBike is involved because we see this as a great way for MassDOT, the community, and advocates to work together at the earliest stages of a project. MassDOT and its consultants have created a process that is admirably community-driven and responsive to community input. While no project design process can satisfy everyone, this is a pretty good one so far, and we hope MassDOT will use this approach regularly.

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