Live From Moving Together Conference





Moving Together is the annual statewide conference on biking and walking held each year by MassDOT.  Secretary of Transportation Jeff Mullan is speaking to a packed house of over 300 advocates, citizens, and state, local, and federal officials.  He's talking about the new GreenDOT sustainability initiative.


MassBike Affair Casino & Fashion Show Presented By Cycle Loft: This Thursday!



The MassBike Affair is just around the corner and your chance to save on tickets is almost over! Members save $10 by purchasing tickets in advance, non-members save $5..


Join us this Thursday, October 14th, 2010 for your chance to win big, while helping support your statewide bicycling advocates. The MassBike Affair goes from 6-10pm at The Greatest Bar, 262 Friend Street, Boston, near North Station and the TD Garden (map). Come and spend a great night with friends in support of the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition!


THE FIRST 100 PEOPLE TO PURCHASE TICKETS WILL RECEIVE $5 IN CHIPS FOR THE CASINO AND ONLY A FEW SPOTS REMAIN, SO HURRY TO GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!



A fun-filled evening is planned for all, with action on three floors!



  • 1st Floor: Stuff! Check out the latest goods from the Dutch Bicycle Company, Cantabrigian Mechanics, and Ted Wojcik Custom Bicycles. Or you can bid on some of the great items in our silent auction!



  • 2nd Floor: Fashion Show! Featuring the latest in bike fashion from some of the top designers and merchants, including Pedaler Clothing, Outlier, The Hempest, Cycle Loft, Wheelworks, and more!


  • 3rd Floor: Real Casino Gambling! You can try your luck on the casino floor with games including Blackjack, Texas Hold ‘Em, Roulette, and more.


There will also be plenty of opportunity to schmooze with other Massachusetts bicyclists while you take in the evening.

Early Birds Win! First 100 people in the casino receive a FREE beer, courtesy of Harpoon!

Dinner Specials! Light Appetizers will be provided but we’ll also have dinner specials including a classic burger or veggie quesadilla and beer for $10!


All proceeds support the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike) and our mission to promote a bicycle-friendly environment and encourage bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation.


FREE VALET BIKE PARKING! Ride your bike and take advantage of our signature valet parking. Or, take the T to North Station. Car parking is available in the area if you must drive.


Tickets should be purchased in advance:

Members $20

Non-members $25

At door: $30 for everyone!




Click here to purchase tickets now!


Presented By Cycle Loft


Sponsors:



Ride the Dusk Bike Ride to Support Friends of Alewife Reservation!

Friends of the Alewife Reservation invites you to our Dusk Bike Ride around the Alewife Reservation on October 21st at 5 PM (walkers are welcome too!). Taking advantage of the Belmont-Cambridge bike path, we’ll stop by the Silver Maple Forest for a walk with noted Edible Plant Specialist David Craft and then continue on to a nearby Alewife restaurant, were a nourishing meal will await our noble riders!

The ride will go to benefit our continued struggle to keep our urban wild safe. We ask that riders raise $100 (or the best you can) in support of their ride around our embattled landscape. You’ll find a map, directions, and sponsor forms online at www.friendsofalewifereservation.org.

Friends of Alewife Reservation stewards and educates about the Alewife Reservation, with protected land in Belmont, Arlington, Cambridge, and Somerville. FAR has been advocating for many years to preserve this unique urban wild in the Boston area

At present, we must try to keep the core buffer of the ecosystem together - the 7-acre silver maple forest. Development is pressing harshly on everyone to commence with its destruction. We have staved off the brutal clear-cutting of thousands of trees in the forest, but this time, we are unsure of the outcome.The courtroom process continues with our attorney and the Belmont Conservation Commission until January, but Belmont Community Development is poised to give a clear-cut permit any day now.

Conservation, though, isn’t just a matter for the courts – the continued existence of our ‘true urban wild’ depends on your engagement with the land! Your support through riding makes a big difference in protecting the Alewife Reservation.

We look forward to meeting more bikers as present supporters of the ecology at Alewife, and as future stewards of the Alewife urban wild. We welcome you to this truly unique property.

If unable to attend, beginning Wednesdays, Oct. 20th, we will meet at Route 2/16 at 5:30 to do a visibility action where traffic and flooding will increase. See FAR website for more information.

Friends of Alewife Reservation participates in MassBike's Charity Ride Partner Program to help support MassBike's advocacy and education programs.

Longfellow Bridge Public Meeting This Wednesday!

Want to find out what the Longfellow Bridge Task Force has been doing since MassDOT gave us the opportunity for more public input into the reconstruction of the Longfellow Bridge? How about speaking up for improving bicyclist access and safety getting on, crossing, and getting off the Longfellow Bridge between Boston and Cambridge? Then you need to come to the public meeting this Wednesday from 6:30-8:30pm at the Shriners Hospital Auditorium at 51 Blossom Street, Boston.

The Task Force will present design concepts currently under consideration, including concepts for crossing the bridge by bike, on foot, and by car; for the approaches/intersections at either end of the bridge; and for better connections from the bridge to the Esplanade on the Boston side and to the parkland and paths on the Cambridge side.

This is the one-and-only opportunity for the general public to comment on the design concepts before the Task Force completes its work and submits its recommendations to MassDOT. The concepts represent a range of bicycle facilities from bike lanes similar to what exists now to some much larger and truly innovative ideas. The Task Force wants your comments, and we need your support to make sure that bicyclist (and pedestrian) interests are fairly balanced in this immensely complicated project.

For more information, visit the Task Force Google Group.

I am scheduled to present the bicyclist point-of-view during the meeting, so see you there!

Volunteers Needed for the MassBike Affair

We'll be hosting our first ever MassBike Affair Casino Night and Fashion Show and we need your help! We need plenty of volunteers to help make this night a success. Volunteers have the good feeling of knowing that they are helping their state-wide bicycle advocacy group, PLUS they also get in for free and get dinner and a drink on us!

We need volunteers to help with all kinds of things, from working casino tables, to help with bike valet, to work at the door. For those volunteers working tables there will be an hour-long training before the event, so even if you aren't familiar with casino games you can still help out.

We also need volunteers strut their stuff on the catwalk for our fashion show or to help out behind the scenes.

All volunteers get into the event for free and we'll provide dinner and a drink on us.

The event is located at The Greatest Bar and volunteer opportunities go from 5-10pm (volunteering will be in shifts, so if you can only help with part of the event, just mention it in your email).

If you would like to volunteer or are interested but need more details, please email volunteer@massbike.org.

Thanks for your support!

I Am A Lawyer, And I Ride

Here's a great story from our And I Ride campaign! We are seeking to put a face on cycling in support of a legislative campaign that we are working on this year. You can read the rest of these great bicyclist bios here.

We are still accepting entries, so be sure to read below to find out how to send in your story.

Our next story comes from John.


Where I Ride: Newton to points south and west
How Often I Ride: 5 times per week

My Story:
I am a trial lawyer in Boston. I ride in the early mornings with a group called the Crack O' Dawn. The people in the Crack O' Dawn come from all walks of life and include pediatricians, nurses, school teachers and medical researchers. We meet up at 5:45 a.m. in Newton, and depending on the day we either head west or south. I also race with a masters team called 545 Velo, and we target different races around New England. This spring I plan to race at Battenkill, which is a 62 mile race in upstate New York. About 15 miles of the race goes over dirt roads. I can't say I'm a very talented bike racer, but I do have fun doing it. I have dedicated part of my law practice to advocating for bicyclists' rights, and I chronicle legal issues relating to cyclists on my blog.

If you would like to follow John and his work on his blog please Click Here.


Thanks John!

We still want to hear your story. Tell us about yourself and how bicycling is a part of your life. Just copy and paste the form below into an email, fill it in, and send it to shane@massbike.org.

  • Name:

  • Email:

  • Where You Ride:

  • How Often You Ride:

  • Your Profession/Relation/Title (lawyer, nurse, Grandma, son, etc):

  • A picture of you on your bicycle, or you in your daily life (be sure we can see your face):

  • A paragraph or two about your life and your bicycle:


I Am An IT Systems Integrator, And I Ride

Here's a great story from our And I Ride campaign! We are seeking to put a face on cycling in support of a legislative campaign that we are working on this year. You can read the rest of these great bicyclist bios here.

We are still accepting entries, so be sure to read below to find out how to send in your story.

Our next story comes from Tim.


Where I Ride: Western Mass: Northampton, Easthampton, Amherst area
How Often I Ride: When there is no snow- almost every day


My Story:
I ride mostly to work and back. It is 15 miles each way. I try to ride at least 3 days a week. This is my first season commuting, as I used to be a purely recreational rider. It took a bit of training to be able to achieve that- I started with shorter rides and jogging. My main motivation for commuting by bicycle is to avoid the traffic hassles. The Rte 9 bridge between Northampton and Hadley can be a bottleneck on Thursdays and Fridays, and I just love pedaling past the traffic. Of course a great benefit is the exercise- I have lost weight and feel great. Additionally I feel I am helping the environment by reducing the emissions from car.

The Norwattuck trail between Northampton and Amherst provides me with a beautiful, quiet commute, combined with the flexibility of my professional and personal life, I plan to commute for as long as the weather allows. The only thing that will stop me will be the snow. I have been through rain and thunderstorms, and that has not deterred me. My ultimate goal is to commute on the bike every day of the week, and even do some more errands on the bike (I already go through the bank drive-through on the bike!).

My hope is that I can encourage more folks to get out and commute to work. I think that I am a great example for distance- I may be 15 miles away, but that does not mean one can't commute on the bike. I'd like to get groups together so I am not riding alone. And hopefully by this fall the Manhan trail will be completed to link up to Northampton.

The more people we can get on a bike the better, and the more funding we can get for trails, evenbetter!

We can't agree more Tim, Thanks!

We still want to hear your story. Tell us about yourself and how bicycling is a part of your life. Just copy and paste the form below into an email, fill it in, and send it to shane@massbike.org.

  • Name:

  • Email:

  • Where You Ride:

  • How Often You Ride:

  • Your Profession/Relation/Title (lawyer, nurse, Grandma, son, etc):

  • A picture of you on your bicycle, or you in your daily life (be sure we can see your face):

  • A paragraph or two about your life and your bicycle:


Come See Us At Hub On Wheels

Several MassBike staff members will be at a booth at this weekends Hub on Wheels, come by and say hi! Also we will be supporting the Boloco Block party Pong Toss.



The block party will feature Boloco Pong Toss, a fund-raising game used to support local non-profits. This Sunday, the game will cost $2 to play and prizes will include food from the boloco tents, special limited-edition boloco cowbells, and boloco water bottles. 100% of the proceeds generated from Boloco Pong Toss will go into a pool to be divided amongst a handful of deserving bike-friendly causes. The bike organizations that receive the most support will receive the highest percentage of the proceeds, so come on out, play a little pong toss, and support MassBike!




Thats right, you can support MassBike, and win prizes all at the same time!

I Am A Professional Photographer, And I Ride

Here's a great story from our And I Ride campaign! We are seeking to put a face on cycling in support of a legislative campaign that we are working on this year. You can read the rest of these great bicyclist bios here.

We are still accepting entries, so be sure to read below to find out how to send in your story.

Our next story comes from Josh.


Where I Ride: I commute from Arlington to South Boston and back most days. I also Mtn Bike at the Fellsway, Harlod Parker State Forest, Vietnam, Lynn, Woods, and various places throughout New England.
How Often I Ride: Several times a week, multiple times a day.

My Story:
I am a husband and a stepfather that lives in Arlington, MA. I have a basement full of bicycles for our our family. I generally ride a single speed road bike back and forth to the photography studio in South Boston's Fort Point neighborhood. I dig the bike paths and bike lanes that help make the experience safer for me. I ride a full suspension mountain bike as much as I can. After work rides are usually at the Middlesex Fellsway and weekend rides somewhere else. I also appreciate the access to the trails on both public and private land throughout our state.


Thanks Josh!

We still want to hear your story. Tell us about yourself and how bicycling is a part of your life. Just copy and paste the form below into an email, fill it in, and send it to shane@massbike.org.

  • Name:

  • Email:

  • Where You Ride:

  • How Often You Ride:

  • Your Profession/Relation/Title (lawyer, nurse, Grandma, son, etc):

  • A picture of you on your bicycle, or you in your daily life (be sure we can see your face):

  • A paragraph or two about your life and your bicycle:


I Am A Medical Research Assistant, And I Ride

Here's another great story from our And I Ride campaign! We are seeking to put a face on cycling in support of a legislative campaign that we are working on this year. You can read the rest of these great bicyclist bios here.

We are still accepting entries, so be sure to read below to find out how to send in your story.

Our next story comes from Evan.


Where I Ride: Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline, Longwood/Mission Hill,South End, Jamaica Plain, Allston
How Often I Ride: I ride every day, rain/shine/snowfest/100 degrees/1 degree/whatever.

My Story:
I spent a couple years in Boston taking the T and walking everywhere, and
thought that was fine. Sometimes it was really cold, or really hot, or
really crowded, or i had to wait a long time but it got me there. Then i
brought my old bike up from my parents' house and started cycling once and a
while instead. I'd ridden a bunch when i was younger- mostly mountain biking
and BMX (and i was bad at both), and urban cycling was completely new to me.
It was nerve-wracking. But it didn't take me long to get used to it, and it
was only a few more months before i canceled my monthly T pass and never
looked back. I got hooked on the freedom of movement, the exercise, the fun
and camaraderie, and by experiencing the city in a completely new way.

My bikes have become a huge and very natural part of my life. I ride to
work, to rugby practice, to play softball, to band practice, to the store,
to restaurants and bars. I go on random rides just for fun. Just about
everything i do involves riding my bike. People think i'm nuts for turning
down a ride because i'd rather bike it, but they think twice when i beat
them to wherever we're going. I can't imagine life without riding my bike!


Thanks Evan!

We still want to hear your story. Tell us about yourself and how bicycling is a part of your life. Just copy and paste the form below into an email, fill it in, and send it to shane@massbike.org.

  • Name:

  • Email:

  • Where You Ride:

  • How Often You Ride:

  • Your Profession/Relation/Title (lawyer, nurse, Grandma, son, etc):

  • A picture of you on your bicycle, or you in your daily life (be sure we can see your face):

  • A paragraph or two about your life and your bicycle:



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