Join AARP Massachusetts and MassBike for our "Biking Beyond 50: Worcester" workshop series for adults 50+ interested in getting back on their bicycles, looking for a refresher on bike safety, and expanding their biking comfort level. We're teaming up to host three in-person sessions based in the City of Worcester.
- On-Bike Skills, Monday, 7/11 (9:30a-12p), Blackstone River Valley Heritage Center at Worcester
- Mechanics and Bike Modifications, Monday, 8/8 (9:30a-12p) location TBD
- Group Ride on the weekend, Sunday, September 25th (10a-1p), Blackstone River Valley Heritage Center at Worcester
MassBike received an AARP Community Challenge grant to host a series of intergenerational workshops & community rides in Worcester. The workshops will cover a diverse set of topics, including urban cycling basics, overcoming barriers to bicycling, highlighting the storied cycling history in Worcester, and more. The group rides will explore different Worcester neighborhoods and collaborate with partners throughout the city.
More information to come, but we are seeking teenage riders and adults 50+ to join the series, if you are interested please email [email protected]
Monday, July 11th - 9:30am-12pm, Blackstone Heritage Corridor Visitor Center at Worcester
Join MassBike instructors for an on-bike skills clinic to teach the basics of getting back on the bike and riding comfortably. We'll be in a protected lot and practice the Power Pedal start, safe and secure braking, swerving, signaling, and scanning.
These skills will come in handy for riding on bike paths, or out in traffic on the roads, or even for just casual rides to the ice cream parlor with friends. A working bicycle, helmet, and appropriate clothing like close-toe shoes are required for this event.
Monday, August 8th - 9:30am-12pm, at Landry's Bicycles in Worcester
Every bike needs regular maintenance that can be performed at home in order to keep it from more serious issues down the road (and path). Join MassBike to learn the basics of the ABCs of bike maintenance (Air, Brakes, and Chain) to keep your bike riding safe and smooth.
We'll also discuss how to modify a bike, such as changing the types of pedals or grips on the handlebars, to make it more comfortable and easier to ride. No need to bring your bike, but you're welcome to if you want to get hands-on.
Sunday, September 25th - 10am-1pm, Blackstone Heritage Corridor Visitor Center at Worcester
The best part about biking is biking with friends! Join MassBike and riders from the local Worcester community for a casual-paced group bike ride along the bike paths and quiet streets of Worcester.
We'll check out the Blackstone Heritage Corridor to learn about the history and origins of the industrial revolution, and we'll likely stop for ice cream along the way. A working bicycle, helmet, and appropriate clothing like close-toe shoes are required for this ride.