On Monday, December 7th, over 220 MassBike supporters joined together over zoom to hear about the great work being done by our partners and cycling advocates from across the commonwealth. We at MassBike would like to thank everyone who came, we were overwhelmed by the support we received during the program. As promised, we have the recording of the event for those of you who couldn’t attend the entire evening.
You can view the entire two-hour program in full below. For your convenience, we have also created videos of each segment so you can tune into what you missed or are most interested in watching and sharing with others. In this post, we've included a recap of each segment, including the video and pertinent links so you don’t miss any of the great content that was shared on Monday.
Representative Ayanna Pressley
US Congresswoman, MA District 7, Ayanna Pressley joined our meeting live for her keynote address. Representative Pressley talked about her work on the Congressional Bike Caucus and her work in Washington.
- The Future of Transportation Caucus
- The Freedom to Move Act
- Congressional Bike Caucus Leaders Introduce Bill to Fund Bikeshare Transit Nationwide
Senator Ed Markey
US Senator Ed Markey sent in pre-recorded remarks for the annual meeting where he discussed his work for a greener future and better bicycling for all.
- Complete Streets Act
- Infrastructure Legislation
- Green Infrastructure Package
- Connecting America’s Active Transportation System Act
MA Senator Will Brownsberger
MA Senator, 2nd Suffolk and Middlesex District, Will Brownsberger joined live to talk about his work to make our streets safer for all bicyclists.
MA Representative Lindsay Sabadosa
MA Representative, 1st Hampshire District, Lindsay Sabadosa joined live to talk about her work. She talked about the joint transportation committee and brought up legislation that will be crucial to expanding rail trails across the state. She urged everyone to write in support of House Bill 1790 and Senate Bill 83 to help cities fund land acquisition for rail trails.
- An Act authorizing municipalities to expend certain funds for the acquisition of land to be used for rail trails: H.1790 and S.83
- Connect with Rep Sabadosa: lindsaysabadosa.com, @LSabadosaMA on Facebook, and @SabadosaMA on Instagram/Twitter
Worcester Earn-A-Bike youth worker Danielle joined us to talk about her experience with Earn-a-Bike. She talked about the over 200 bikes they’ve distributed in 2020 and how the program has helped her find her #BikeJoy.
Ghost Bike Committee
Ghost Bike Committee member Peter Cheung talked with MassBike Executive Director Galen Mook about his work creating the ghost bike memorials for bicyclists who have died due to traffic violence across Massachusetts.
Bike Shop Owner Q&A
Connecticut River Valley Chapter President Kristen Sykes facilitated a Q&A with Nik, owner of Sadie’s Bikes in Turners Falls, and Charles, owner of Crimson Bikes in Cambridge, about how bike shops fared in 2020. They discussed the challenges of 2020 and how being designated essential services allowed them to keep Massachusetts rolling.
E-Bikes and Racial Justice
Tiffany Cogell, a racial justice activist and e-bike advocate, joined to talk about how electric pedal-assist bikes allowed her to participate in the Ride for Black Lives of which she is a co-organizer.
Mass Central Rail Trail
Pete Sutton of Mass DOT gave a presentation about the Mass Central Rail Trail (MCRT), a proposed trail that would link Boston to Northampton. He went over the MCRT feasibility study and urged people to apply for the current round of MassTrails Grants.
- Mass Central Rail Trail Feasibility Study
- Mass Central Rail Trail (MCRT) Map
- Massachusetts Interactive Trail Map
- MassTrails Grants
Cambridge Safe Routes to Schools & Older Adult Workshops
Adi Philson joined to talk about Cambridge’s Safe Routes to Schools Program and Older Adult Bicycle Workshops she helped conduct in 2020. She discussed having to pivot the bicycle education programs for kids to include video learning and some exciting feedback from the older adult workshops.
Connecticut River Valley Advocate of the Year
George Kohout, President of the Friends of Northampton Trails, was awarded the Connecticut River Valley Advocate of the Year Award for his work with the Friends of Northampton Trails.
MassBike Advocate of the Year
Peter Cheung, Ghost Bike Committee Lead, was awarded the MassBike Advocate of the Year for his work on ghost bike installations across the state.
Breakout Rooms & Meet and Greet
Despite the program going long, we had quite a few supporters stick around for our break out room meet and greets. It was great to be able to connect in small groups and for folks to talk with one another and meet fellow advocates from across the state. At the very end, we came back together to chat a little bit more and it almost felt like we were all together in person.
Thank you again for the huge support during our annual meeting. We know that most of us are zoomed out after a year of socially distanced gatherings, but we hope you found it informative and that you were able to feel connected to the wonderful cycling community we have here in Massachusetts.
MassBike’s work is fully funded by supporters like you. Think about how your commute has changed during Covid, and whether you can direct some of your savings to MassBike. If you donate even a portion of what you saved on decreased commuting costs to MassBike each month, it would help sustain our very important work across the commonwealth. We even have a special level called the 351 Club which represents all the cities and towns in Massachusetts. Just $20 a month gets you into the 351 Club- it’s a great way to support our state-wide advocacy.
MassBike is here to be your advocate, if you have any feedback about the Annual Meeting, questions about the content, or projects you want us to help with- let us know. You can always reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.