Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition

The Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike) promotes a bicycle-friendly environment and encourages bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation.

MassBike’s Vision for the Future
Bicycling in Massachusetts is a safe, respected, convenient, and enjoyable way to get around. Roads throughout the state are safe and welcoming for cyclists, and all users interact in a courteous and legal manner. Car-free pathways connect our communities, bicycles are fully integrated into our public transportation system, and secure bike parking is located where people need it. People of all kinds and means choose to bicycle for life, work, and play.

  • From the blog

    Wellesley Bike Repair Station

    To make Wellesley even more welcoming to cyclists, in partnership with the Wellesley Police Department, Sustainable Wellesley crowd sourced funding for a bike repair station. The Wellesley Police Department offered their central, accessible location on RT 16 where my people cycle past daily. A huge thank you to Sustainable Wellesley, the Wellesley Police Department, and Wellesley DPW for everything they do to support cyclists.

     

    Check out this great public amenity, open 24 hours a day / 7 days a week, free to everyone out riding in Wellesley!

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    How to wrap a bicycle!

    Last night, I had a realization how wrapping a bicycle as a present is a perfect analogy for running a non-profit organization. To wrap the bike, I need to piece together all sorts of sizes and shapes of paper. It’s an awkward, unwieldy geometry that doesn’t fit standard packaging. And, unfortunately (as some of you are familiar with struggling in the garage this late in December...), the process is tedious and takes a lot longer than any reasonable person would want.

    A 20" wheel bike, expertly "concealed"

    However, 'tis the season for gifts and giving, and for me the joy of wrapping the bike is in the process. Struggling late at night taping pieces of colorful paper over bicycle pedals reinforces why we give to those we love.

    I think of the joy to come when this present is unwrapped, when a little girl knows she’s moving up in the world, with a bigger bike, one with gears and hand brakes, that will bring her excitement, freedom, and health.

    My niece 'Leona' learning to ride for the first time in 2017

    And I’m remind of the gifts you all bring to MassBike, with your advocacy, your support, and your donations. Going back to the wrapping metaphor, in the midst of this late night tape job in a cold garage, I see our collective advocacy as the bits and pieces of paper that make a movement, and your support as the tape that holds this whole thing together.

    So thank you for your gifts, and I wish you all a lovely holiday season with many happy rides in the new year!

    With gratitude, 

    Galen Mook, Executive Director

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