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I Am A Project Manager, And I Ride

Here is 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 stories 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 Jo-Anne.





Where I Ride: Wherever I am or can but mosty in the Greater Boston area!

How Often I Ride: Weather permitting, daily


My Story:


I figure that I've been a bike commuter since I was 11. At that time, I lived 3 miles from school and it was much faster to bike than to take 2 buses. Since I started my current job 9 years ago, I once again became a bike commuter. Weather permitting, as long as I don't have an outside meeting where I need to arrive in business attire and not sweaty, I bike to/from work from March through December. I also try to do long rides on weekends - at least 20 miles a day if possible. This includes running errands, biking to/from and event or joining an organized bike ride, of which there are many during the spring, summer and fall in and around Boston. I've met some great friends through biking and find most cyclists quite friendly, as we wave and nod to one another as we pass each other in opposite directions.



I use my Bianchi Avenue as my commuting bike - it's sturdy, totally reliable and not likely to be stolen when locked in the bike rack at work. It's also quite heavy, but it is a comfortable ride. I have 2 lights and 1 blinky on the front, 2 blinkies in back and 1 blinky on my helmet for safer nighttime riding. 3 weeks ago, I bought a Trek 7.9 FX (carbon framed hybrid - upright seating position, which I need) and am IN LOVE!! I rode my first metric century last weekend on it and although I was quite exhausted when I got home (this is the earliest in the season that I've ridden that far), I was able to get back in the saddle and take a short ride the following day! What I like best about biking is the endorphin high I get and the way I really can appreciate my surroundings. My heroes are those folks in their 70's and 80's who are still cycling - I aspire to be them!



Thanks Jo-Anne!


We 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:


Ride Of Silence Will Happen Tonight

We have looked at the weather, and it looks like we are going to go for it. There is still time to rsvp, email Shane@massbike.org.

More details here.

Live From The New Pedal & Park Facilities At South Station



MassBike executive director David Watson spoke at this morning's rainy bike facility opening. Unfortunately, the video cuts off before we got to the dedication, but the new name for the bike cages is "Pedal & Park" as you can see in the pictures below.

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Live From MassBike's Pump And Lube Station

You may have seen us all over town this week giving out free air and free chain lube, if you see our smiling faces stop by and let us give your bike a little tune up!

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I Am An Aunt, And I Ride

Here is 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 stories 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 Kathryn.



Where I Ride: North Shore, MA (Stoneham, Salem, Gloucester and in between)
How Often I Ride: A couple of times a week (more during spring/summer triathlon season)

My Story:

I have a busy life between work, friends, my dog, and my family. I have 2 nieces and 2 nephews, plus 3 siblings, and my parents. My siblings (two sisters and a brother) and I try and get together at least monthly for long rides and we do charity rides together as well. One of my nieces is also getting into cycling (she's cool and always wants to join us...even when she knows we'll be out for a few hours!



I am also a triathlete, so much of my riding is for training. The best part thought, is it's such a great way to see a community. I try and squeeze in an hour ride after work when it's light enough a few nights a week in and around my neighborhood. I'll occasionally ride with some of the local cycling teams - which is a great way to discover new routes. I've started taking trips to cycle in different countries or places - went to New Zealand last year for a 2 week cycling trip with one of my sisters - what an amazing experience...if only the US would become so cycling friendly everywhere.



I'm hoping that in 2010 there will be a "bike to work" group for the North Shore - there are a lot of us up here that work in the city and I would love to participate in that event and discover the best ride into the city from where I live - which means, I would ride more!



Thanks Katherine!



We 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:


Hear MassBike On MBTA Platforms!

I am featured in public service announcements being broadcast on MBTA platforms starting this week! I'm talking about Bay State Bike Week, taking bikes on the T, and folding bikes. Many thanks to MBTA General Manager Rich Davey for helping us reach out to the large audience of transit riders.

Biking on the T PSA
Folding Bike PSA
Bay State Bike Week PSA

You can find out more about MassBike's long history of pushing for bicycles on the T here.

You may also hear spots from Biker Boy, "Boston's bicycling superhero". I won't reveal his secret identity, but you may have seen him at the Boston Bike Safety Summit. He is particularly concerned about bike safety for kids.

We Need You On The Ride Of Silence This Wednesday

MassBike will lead the Boston-area Ride of Silence on Wednesday, May 19, 2010, one of hundreds of such rides taking place worldwide in memory of bicyclists killed or injured while riding on public roads. The ride occurs during Bay State Bike Week, the statewide celebration of bicycling. We've seen lots of you riding this week, and we urge as many of you as possible to attend this important ride tomorrow evening. We need to send a strong message to the public that bicyclist safety on the roads is an important issue that affects many people. Let us know if you plan to attend by RSVPing to Shane@massbike.org.

Steady rain cancels, we will post an update on this site on Wednesday if we need to cancel.

The idea of the Ride of Silence is to draw attention to the human toll caused by roads that are poorly designed for bicycling and by motorists who fail to drive safely around bicyclists. The need for the ride, and the need for more attention to bicyclist safety is clear - just look at the recent toll with three bicyclists hit in Boston last month (one of them fatally) and one killed in Newton just yesterday.

The ride will depart Seven Hills Park behind the Davis Square MBTA Station in Somerville at 7pm, then make its way through Cambridge to Boston where it will conclude at the Charles Street entrance to the Boston Common. The six-mile ride will take place in total silence, at a slow pace, with only signs worn by the riders to explain the purpose of the ride. The route intentionally takes busy streets in order to draw the greatest amount of attention, though the riders take care to follow the law and minimize interference with motor vehicle traffic. The ride will conclude with brief remarks at Boston Common.

In addition to the Boston-area ride, there are rides in Leominster, Martha's Vineyard, and Worcester. Check our calendar or the Ride of Silence website for details.

This year, the Ride of Silence goes hand in hand with several MassBike campaigns. The And I Ride campaign is an ongoing series of personal stories and photographs that put a human face on bicyclists. The Same Roads, Same Rules campaign educates bicyclists and motorists about how to interact safely on the road. Finally, MassBike intends to introduce a bill in the Legislature next year that will toughen penalties and make prosecution easier for motorists who kill or injure bicyclists or other Vulnerable Road Users.

I have been leading our local Ride of Silence for several years, and the power of simply riding a bike in silence with my own thoughts, yet still with a large group, always moves me, so please consider joining me or one of the other Rides of Silence tomorrow night.

Bay State Bike Week Rolling Strong, Get Out There And Ride!

The first official statewide Bay State Bike Week is in full gear! We've already had awesome bike breakfasts and other events all over the state, with much more to come. The MassCommuter Challenge has blown away its goal of 125,000 miles pledged and is closing in on 200,000 miles! MassBike and MassDOT got together this year to throw a unifying umbrella over Bike Week, showing everyone just how many people want to get around by bike. Yes, you heard it, our state government is actively encouraging bicycling, and we really appreciate the collaborative effort this year. MassBike has been working hard to build a stronger relationship with MassDOT and other state agencies, and Bay State Bike Week and the Same Roads, Same Rules campaign are the most visible fruits of that effort to date.

Check out the calendar, get a free t-shirt or ankle reflector, grab a Same Roads, Same Rules spoke card, and have fun!

Here is a small sample of events this week:



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