Bay State Bike Week Needs Your Event


The month of May brings with it many things: blossoming flowers, the mass exodus of college students, musings over how next year's hockey season is going to be (even) better.  Perhaps most importantly, though, is Bay State Bike Week, that one magical week in the middle of the month where biking is elevated as the preeminent form of transportation in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It comes with the hope that, someday, biking will be so commonplace that such a week isn't even necessary.

Until that day comes, however, we need hundreds events to make Bay State Bike Week 2011 an overwhelming success!  We so far have 117 events registered, which already breaks last year's record of 110, but we need your event, too. 

No matter where you are in the Commonwealth, if you have a bike-related event going on during the month of May, you should let us know.  We will help promote it and, if you sign up to be a partner, give you t-shirts and ankle straps.  If you don't have any bike events going on, then organize one!  The only catch is that if your event is a fundraiser, the proceeds need to go to a bike-related cause.

For event registration, the events calendar, and all sorts of more information, check out the website at www.BayStateBikeWeek.org.  Let's all work together to make Massachusetts a golden place for getting there by bike.

MassBike Sponsoring MassCommuter Challenge: Register Your Miles With Us!

MassBike is excited to announce we are sponsoring the MassCommuter Challenge (May 14th – 20th). The MassCommuter Challenge is a friendly and FREE competition taking place during Bay State Bike Week in which folks who live, work or attend school in Massachusetts are encouraged to ride their bike as part of daily trips. Whether you ride for commuting, recreational, utilitarian or training purposes, we encourage you to log your bicycling miles!

MassBike's mission is to promote a bicycle-friendly environment and encourage bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation. The MassCommuter Challenge is a great opportunity for us to learn more about how much our members and supporters travel around on two wheels, and knowing that will help many of our advocacy efforts. Individual registration for the Challenge opens this Sunday, May 1st. When you register, make sure you say you heard about the MassCommuter Challenge from MassBike! Don’t worry, it will be an option when you sign up as a Challenge participant.

We also encourage you to build excitement about the Challenge at your workplace by registering your company as a team in the Challenge.

Armstrong Joins MassBike!

No, not seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong.  Or world, national, and Olympic champion Kristin Armstrong. Fresh off the plane from Eugene, Oregon (one of the most bike-friendly cities in America), MassBike is pleased to present its new Program Manager, Price Armstrong.  Price started his love affair with biking here in Massachusetts while attending school at Hampshire College in Amherst.  In 2008, he left for graduate school in Oregon to learn from national leaders in active transportation how to improve bike policies, programs and culture.

We are pleased to have him back in the Bay State, where he can use that expertise to help get more people onto a bike saddle.  When asked how he liked biking in the Boston area, Price said “The traffic is a lot worse here than anywhere in Oregon, no doubt.  But I’ve been pleasantly surprised with how easy it is to bike along with cars, even where there is no bike lane or path.  I can definitely see how it could be intimidating, and know that both Boston and the rest of the Commonwealth have a long way to go, but I think we might be getting a bad rap.”

With Bike Month and Bay State Bike Week right around the corner, Price has already hit the ground at full speed, scheduling events and meeting other advocates.  As the cycling season rolls along, he will be managing and expanding our youth and adult education programs.  Plus, he’ll be advocating for new projects to make the Commonwealth more bike-friendly.

While in Oregon, Price worked a number of advocacy, agency and political jobs while at the same time pursuing his Master of Public Administration degree.  He was an intern twice in the Oregon State Legislature (one in the office of Representative Val Hoyle, a Dorchester native) and worked in the congressional district office for US Representative Peter DeFazio (originally from Needham, Massachusetts).  He also worked with a number of elected leaders on bike-related issues as Vice President and Advocacy Committee Chair of the Greater Eugene Area Riders.

Price also got much professional experience working a variety of transportation-related jobs.  He was involved in multiple urban sustainability projects as a Graduate Research Fellow for the University of Oregon's Sustainable Cities Initiative and the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium.  He also worked in both the Oregon Department of Transportation's Highway Performance Management Program  and as a long-range planner for Lane Transit District in Eugene.

Price's arrival also marks a milestone for MassBike, which for the first time has three full-time employees working to make bicycling better statewide. We've got momentum, and plan to keep growing to meet the many needs of Massachusetts bicyclists.

Volunteer With MassBike During Bike Month

With Bike Month and Bay State Bike Week both right around the corner, MassBike will be out and about during all of May. We need your help to be out in full force representing bicyclists.

By volunteering with MassBike, you can support your state-wide bicycle advocacy organization and help to make Bike Month and Bay State Bike Week huge successes. You can also volunteer to earn a MassBike membership. Plus, MassBike volunteers have a lot of fun and get a free Bay State Bike Week T-shirt.

MassBike relies on volunteer support to reach out to bicyclists throughout Massachusetts. Whether you'd like to help spread the word about bicycling at a table, get your hands dirty cleaning chains, park bicycles out by the Charles River, or just give away free stuff, we've got an event where you can help out. Visit our volunteer calendar and check out the list below.

If you would like to help out with an event or have questions, please email volunteer@massbike.org.

Here are the events:



May Fair - Sunday, May 1, Harvard Square; 12pm-6pm

MassBike will joining this year's May Fair in Harvard Square. We'll be tabling to let people know what is going on in bicycling in Massachusetts, hand out some safety info, and let them know more about MassBike. Volunteers will help out for two hour shifts. Come down to help out MassBike and then enjoy the rest of the fair!



Urban AdvenTours' Bike Month Kickoff - Sunday, May 1, Christopher Columbus Park; 12pm-5pm

We'll be out with Urban AdvenTours to help kick off Bike Month. We'll be tabling, handing out safety info and letting people know more about MassBike. There will be free coffee and snacks. Plus a raffle for a new bike, proceeds of which go to MassBike. Volunteer shifts are 2:30 hours.



New England Bike Expo - Saturday, May 7 & Sunday, May 8, Somerville Armory (191 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA); 5/7 & 5/8: 9:00am-5:00pm

The first ever New England Bike Expo will be coming to Somerville this year and MassBike will be there. We need volunteers to help table. Plus, we'll be leading rides throughout the event and will need volunteers to lend a hand on the rides. Volunteers get into the Expo for free!



Bay State Bike Week! - Saturday, May 14-Friday, May 20, Various Locations

MassBike will be handing out t-shirts and ankle bands at various locations throughout Bay State Bike Week. More details on locations to come soon. Dates and times will be up soon on our volunteer calendar or email volunteer@massbike.org to get the schedule as soon as it is ready.



Brookline Bikes Beacon - Sunday, May 15, Amory Park, Brookline; 12:45pm-2:45pm

We'll be tabling at the annual Brookline Bikes Beacon. We'll be giving out safety info and letting riders know more about MassBike.



Bike Friday - Friday, May 20, Boston City Hall Plaza; 7am-9am

Help greet bicycle convoy riders coming into City Hall Plaza at this year's first Bike Friday. MassBike will be tabling. Free breakfast for volunteers.



Radio 92.9 Earthfest Bicycle Valet - Saturday, May 21, Charles River Esplanade by the Hatch Shell; 10am-6:00pm

MassBike will once again be providing bicycle valet at Radio 92.9's annual EarthFest. Volunteers help to park bicycles throughout the day, or they can help out with set-up or tear-down.

Bicycle valet is a fun way to spend some time outside, while meeting bicyclists and seeing lots of different types of bicycles. Volunteers help process bicycles as they come in, wheel them to a parking spot, and then bring them back when their owners return. It is a simple way to support your statewide bicycle advocacy group.

We'll have 2 and 1/2 hour shifts, going from 10am-12:30am, 12:00am-2:30pm, 2pm-4:30pm, 4pm-6pm.



Please volunteer with MassBike to help make Bike Month a success! You can find out more about our volunteer-to-member program here.

If you can help out with an event or have any questions, please email volunteer@massbike.org.

Hubway Bikeshare Officially Coming To Boston!

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The Hubway regional bike sharing program was inaugurated on Thursday outside of Boston City Hall with the signing of a contract between the City of Boston and Alta Bicycle Share, the future operator of the system.  Despite blustery conditions, hundreds of people came out to listen to several high-profile speakers and watch the important moment in Boston’s transportation history.

MassBike Executive Director David Watson was among those to speak, emphasizing the transformative potential of bike share and the need to make it fully regional.  You can read his full remarks here. The ceremony featured speeches from Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone, Secretary of Transportation Jeff Mullan, Alta Bicycle Share President Alison Cohen, Deputy FTA Administrator Therese McMillan, MAPC Transportation Manager Eric Bourassa, and Congressman Mike Capuano.

The system, starting out in Boston with expected expansion into Cambridge, Brookline and Somerville, will begin with 600 bikes, with plans to grow to 5,000.  There will be a membership fee (either daily, monthly or annually) and a tiered price structure for bike use. Rides under 30 minutes will be free!  Boston will be the fourth city in America to have such a program, following Denver, Minneapolis and Washington, DC.

Urban AdvenTours Bike Month Kickoff!

Urban AdvenTours will be kicking off Bike Month on Sunday, May 1st and you should, too! They'll have great giveaways, games for kids, a raffle for a new bike, free coffee & snacks, and live music. Plus, we will be there and benefits from the raffle go to support MassBike!

Come join us this Sunday to kickoff Bike Month!



Here is more info from Urban AdvenTours:

It’s really spring time and National Bike Month is right around the corner.

We’ll be welcoming in the season with our Bike Month Kickoff in Christopher Columbus Park on Sunday, May 1st from 12pm – 5pm.

Get ready for an awesome afternoon of giveaways, a raffle, music, free coffee and snacks and all of your favorite bike friends! Join us for a great time on May 1st!

The fun will include:

  • Trike races and games for kids!

  • Contest for the classiest commuter bike

  • Live music from THE WANDAS!

  • Info from all our bike friends

  • Raffle to benefit MassBike for a brand new BIKE!



Raffle tickets are available for $5 each or $20 for five tickets

Let us know you’re coming and invite your friends to the event on facebook!

UPDATED: Boston Making Big Bike Announcement Thursday



UPDATE: The news is out - it's the long-awaited bike share system, now called Hubway. The contract is being signed at the ceremony today and the launch is scheduled for July. Click here for the Globe story.

This just in from the City of Boston. No other details are available, but it sounds like it will be good news! And a free lunch!

Major Bike Announcement
Thursday April 21, 2011
1:30 - 2:00 PM sharp
City Hall Plaza

Dear Friends,

Please join Mayor Menino and Boston Bikes for a major announcement tomorrow, Thursday April 21, 2011 from 1:30-2:00 PM on City Hall Plaza. Since we can't giveaway the topic of the announcement we can promise free food to everyone with a bicycle. Come enjoy a Boloco burrito, a bit of music and a very cool press announcement.

Feel free to call or email me with any questions. I can be reached at 617-918-4456, nicole.freedman.bra@cityofboston.gov.

Sincerely,

Nicole Freedman
Boston Bikes

Cycle For Shelter: Sunday, July 24, 2011

• The 23rd annual Cycle for Shelter will take place on Sunday, July 24, 2011 at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, MA. The ride benefits Emmaus Inc. a non-profit that has been providing shelter, services & affordable housing to homeless men, women & children since 1985.

• Cycle for Shelter has been ranked one of the top rides in the United States by Bicycling Magazine & Emmaus is recognized as a model for providing long term solutions to homelessness.

• Century, Metric Century, Half Century & Weekend Warrior (20 mile) scenic routes. The day is planned by cyclists for cyclists & is fully supported.

• Modest registration fees & fundraising. For more information & to register go to: http://events.emmausinc.org/site/PageServer

• Cycle for Shelter is a popular “first” century or metric century whilst still offering many challenges for more experienced riders. The well-marked routes are sprinkled with checkpoints & roving support vehicles & covered by radio communications.

• A delicious barbeque, complimentary massages, foot treatments & shower facilities await cyclists at the finish on the scenic Haverhill campus of Northern Essex Community College.

• Cycle for Shelter donates $1/rider to MassBike.

• Emmaus Cycle for Shelter invites you to join us on 4/14/11 from 5-7pm for an Open House hosted by Urban AdvenTours in Downtown Boston www.urbanadventours.com to talk cycling, have fun & learn more about the Cycle for Shelter. Special discounts/offers & giveaways will be available as well as information on gear, training & more.
- 20% discount on merchandise & accessories
- Up to 40% off on bike sales
- Discounted Cycle for Shelter registration
- Test ride a bike for the Cycle for Shelter

Cycle for Shelter participates in MassBike's Charity Ride Partner Program to help support MassBike's advocacy and education program.

Middlesex Community College Bike Challenge 2011!



MCC Bike Challenge 2011 - This event will feature a 10-mile ride and a 40-mile ride through beautiful Bedford, Carlisle, and Billerica
Sunday, June 5
Bedford Campus
591 Springs Road
Registration; 8:00am
Rides start at 9 a.m. (40-mile course) & 10 a.m. (10-mile course)

Registration fee: $50 for all riders 18+ and FREE for 17 and under.
ALL RIDERS UNDER 18 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARTICIPATING PARENT OR GUARDIAN
Registered participants will receive a t-shirt, water bottle, snacks/drinks/ and a hot lunch.

MCC Bike Challenge 2011 jerseys are available for $75
There is NO FUNDRAISING requirement for this event, but riders who choose to raise $150 or more receive a FREE MCC Bike Challenge cycling jersey.
All proceeds benefit the Middlesex Community College Foundation

Please check out our event website at http://www.middlesex.mass.edu/events/bike_challenge/ for more information about the event (including course maps), to register yourself, or to sponsor a rider. Not an avid bike rider? Consider the 10-mile option if you enjoy recreational biking and prefer a 45-60-minute ride. Not a bike rider at all? We are also looking for volunteers to help with a variety of important tasks for this event – please e-mail us at crockettj@middlesex.mass.edu if that sounds more appealing to you.

Middlesex Community College participates in MassBike’s Charity Ride Partner Program to help support MassBike’s advocacy and education programs.

Bay State Bike Week 2011

The 2nd annual Bay State Bike Week is set for May 14-20, a week of celebrating bicycle transportation across the Commonwealth.

Last year was the first year that MassDOT and MassBike partnered to make Bay State Bike Week a truly statewide celebration and, as we learned, unique in the country.

This year Bay State Bike Week will build on the successful 2010 effort and a long history of Bike Week celebrations across the Commonwealth, as MassDOT, MassBike, and MassRIDES, the statewide travel options program, collaborate again on Bike Week rides and other events throughout Massachusetts. This collaboration enables these organizations to work together to get the word out as widely as possible, and to broaden the scope of Bike Week events.



Biking as a mode of transportation is safe, economical, healthy, environmentally friendly, fast, and fun! Check out the Bay State Bike Week website at baystatebikeweek.org to find information for event organizers and participants.

Event organizers are asked to submit your event for the website’s statewide calendar! In addition, watch for information on how to receive cool stuff for your event, including t-shirts, reflectors and posters while supplies last. Organizers will also provide ideas and advice on organizing new events.

May is fast approaching, so start planning now! Mark May 14th to May 20th on your calendar for Bay State Bike Week and check the website for more information.


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