Pioneer Valley Chapter Update

2018 has been a year of transition for MassBike state-wide. Our Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin County group is no exception. New leadership is now in place, actively working throughout the Valley. Additional Board of Directors positions are available for qualified candidates.

MassBike PV is proud to have parked over 500 bikes again at this year's Green River Festival - The Pioneer Valley's largest music festival. Reducing vehicle congestion at the 5,000-person event has been a priority for the festival's organizers and MassBike volunteers. MassBike PV bike valet resources will be at Springfield's Jazz and Roots Festival and Easthampton's Millpond.Live series yet this season.

MassBike PV's mission of assisting all residents of the Pioneer Valley to ride where they would like is focused heavily on social justice. MassBike is working directly with Planning and Engineering offices in Springfield, Agawam, Chicopee, West Springfield and others to achieve a safer regional bikeway network in the most under-served portion of the Valley.

MassBike PV has provided over $2,000 in seed funding in the past year to area organizations effectively integrating bikes into their mission. Organizations like Holyoke's and South Hadley's River Roll and Stroll expand riding opportunities while Springfield's Gardening the Community uses utility trailers to deliver CSA shares. Another round of grants will be made available in September 2018.

More information is available at www.massbikepv.org

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