Jes Slavin published Group Ride with Worcester Earn-A-Bike in AARP Intergenerational Bicycle Program 2022-09-27 13:56:02 -0400
Join Worcester Earn-A-Bike and MassBike for a group ride in Worcester on Saturday, October 1st at 1 pm. On this casual-paced group ride, we'll see the former home of Major Taylor, and will ride through historic Hope Cemetery and beautiful Hadwen Park. The route will be about 10 miles and there will be breaks to regroup.
The ride will meet at University Park, on the corner of Main St and Chrystal St. All riders should bring a working bicycle, helmet, and water. A ride snack and sunscreen is also encouraged. Please RSVP below so we can get a count for the ride.
This ride is part of MassBike's AARP Intergernational Bicycle Program, adults and youth are encouraged to join our upcoming Worcester based bicycling workshops and rides.
Worcester Earn-A-Bike (WEAB) is a nonprofit community bike shop dedicated to getting people on bikes. Volunteers can earn bicycles through helping out at the shop and learning bike repair and maintenance. WEAB has several discounted bike sales annually, holds pop-up repair sessions, and has forged several partnerships to distribute free bikes in the community.WHENOctober 01, 2022 at 1:00pmWHEREUniversity Park
Corner of Main St and Chrystal St
Google map and directions
Jes Slavin published Worcester Weekend Group Ride with AARP Recap in Massbike Updates 2022-09-27 13:55:35 -0400
MassBike teamed up with AARP Massachusetts to host a weekend group ride from the Blackstone River Valley Heritage Center in Worcester. The ride was the final installment of our 3-part Worcester AARP bicycling series, where e-bike program participants and youth were also invited to participate in an intergenerational experience.
We gathered at the Blackstone Heritage Corridor Visitors Center, a state park that highlights the history of the industrial revolution that began in the area and Worcester’s role in cycling history going back to the late 1800s. Along with e-bikes and standard road and mountain bikes, participants got the chance to check out a “penny-farthing” bicycle!
Over 30 riders joined to enjoy the Blackstone River Bikeway and some adjacent low-stress roadways. The participants were a mix of older adults, Worcester e-bike program participants, and Worcester Earn-a-Bike. We were also joined by Antron Watson, Age-Friendly Director of AARP Massachusetts, and Devon Kurtz from the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor.
This was the first group ride for many of the e-bike program participants and acted as a networking opportunity for the e-bike riders. “It was a nice ride at a great location, with good energy,” said Alex Salcedo, MassBike’s E-Bike Grant Manager, “and a lot of biking tips were shared among the e-riders.”
Thanks to AARP Massachusetts, the Blackstone River Valley Heritage Center, and Worcester Earn-a-Bike for the support of this group ride. We’ll be continuing to host group rides and bicycling workshops in Worcester as part of our AARP Intergenerational Program this fall, you can learn more information at www.massbike.org/events.
Jes Slavin published MassBike Programs Intern: Lights Brigade in Work at MassBike 2022-09-16 15:08:22 -0400
The Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike) promotes a bicycle-friendly environment and encourages bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation.
A signature program of MassBike is “Lights Brigade” which empowers volunteers across the state to distribute free bike lights to cyclists in need. The Lights Brigade intern would work closely with the MassBike Communications Coordinator to coordinate lights brigade volunteers and distribute bike lights to event hosts.
This is a part-time, seasonal position from October to December 2022 with the possibility to extend.
- Working with the MassBike Communications Coordinator to coordinate shipping of lights to event hosts
- Corresponding with lights brigade hosts and volunteers
- Recruiting and organizing volunteers for lights brigade events
- Working with the MassBike Communications Coordinator to coordinate the promotion of lights brigade events
- Working with the MassBike Communications Coordinator to organize Lights Brigade photos and data submitted but event hosts/volunteers
Required skills or abilities
- Strong written and verbal communication skills, computer proficiency, and basic spreadsheet skills
- Proficient in social media
- Experience in public and professional settings
- Ability to work on tasks independently, set personal and professional goals and manage time
- Ability to work from downtown Boston
- Passion for making Massachusetts a better region for living and biking
- Passion for bicycling (you do not need to be an experienced bicyclist, or own spandex!)
- Proficient in Google Docs and similar spreadsheet for data management
- Organized, with good follow-through
- $18 an hour
Ongoing professional development opportunities, including:
- Networking with MassBike volunteers and professionals in a variety of fields, including but not limited to urban planning, transportation and nonprofits
This is a part-time, seasonal position from October 2022 - December 2022, with an average of about 5 hours per week of office work at MassBike's office in downtown Boston. With the possibility to extend to supporting other MassBike program work.
- Submit a cover letter, resume, and references to [email protected].
The Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition is an equal-opportunity employer and values diversity in the workplace. MassBike encourages the involvement of all people in its mission and activities, through its membership, programs, policies and procedures. Our goal is to be a community that is comfortable, inviting and accessible for people of any age, gender, race, religion, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status.
Jes Slavin published E-Bike Definitions and E-Bike Rebates Passed Into Law by Governor Baker in Massbike Updates 2022-08-11 17:03:09 -0400
In the final stretch of the 192nd legislative session, the Massachusetts Legislature pulled together two key bills that support electric bicycles and rolled them into the transportation bond bill (An Act relative to Massachusetts's transportation resources and climate): definitions for electric bicycles to make them distinct from “motorized bicycles” (ie. gas powered mopeds), and $1M in funding that directs the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) to provide point-of-sale rebates for electric bicycles purchases.
On Wednesday, Governor Baker signed the bill, and these e-bike provisions, into law!
These are two major wins for bicycling in Massachusetts that MassBike has been pursuing over the past two sessions, and we are grateful for all our members and coalition partners who helped elevate these concerns to local legislators and help these priorities get over the finish line. Thank you!Read more
Jes Slavin published Worcester E-Bike Program Gets Rolling with First E-Bike Distribution Events in Massbike Updates 2022-08-11 17:02:57 -0400
MassBike’s Worcester E-Bike Program officially started rolling this week, with the first participants picking up their new e-bikes. We received over 1,100 applications for the 100 electric pedal-assist bikes we’re distributing for this program, which is funded by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s ACT4All grant. By the end of September, all participants will have received their electric pedal-assist bicycles and will be reporting their e-bike usage to the MassBike team.
A core element of our Worcester E-Bike program is education. All participants must watch a webinar on bicycling safety before picking up their e-bike. At the distribution events, staff from both MassBike and Landry’s Bicycles guide participants through the process. Landry’s staff make sure the rider receives a properly sized e-bike and explains how to properly use the bicycle. In addition to the bike, all participants are receiving a helmet, lights, lock, and a rain cover to ensure the safety of the riders and their new e-bikes.
After getting their e-bike and accessories, each participant takes the bike out for a test ride with a MassBike staff member and receives some personalized on-bike instruction to ensure they are ready to ride. This process is highly individualized and allows the MassBike team to understand each rider’s concerns.
“Witnessing people from all walks of life getting their e-bikes was emotional and inspiring!” said Alex Salcedo, MassBike’s E-Bike Grant Manager. Alex is managing all of the e-bike participants and hearing first-hand reactions to the e-bikes. One of the participants, while getting ready to receive her e-bike, felt that she could not say ‘thank you’ enough for the opportunity to be part of the E-Bike Program. Another one reported back as soon as he got home and described that his four-mile ride was ‘pretty magical’. The e-biker who received the last e-bike of the two-day deployment said that he never dreamed he’d own an e-bike and now that he has one, his work opportunities will expand considerably and won’t be limited to walking or the bus schedule.Read more
Jes Slavin published You're Invited to Bike to the Ballpark with MassBike in Massbike Updates 2022-08-03 16:41:07 -0400
Enjoy a group bicycle ride and a baseball game with our "Bike to the Ballpark" event on Friday, August 19th. The MassBike team will be at Worcester City Hall starting at 5pm to meet participants. At 5:30pm, we'll lead a ride from City Hall Plaza to a fireworks game night at the WooSox. The group ride will include a short mural tour so that participants can experience public art in downtown Worcester before heading to the WooSox stadium to watch the game.
Once at the stadium, we'll enjoy the berm seating on the lawn to watch the WooSox battle the Red Wings. We encourage you to bring a blanket but there will be limited, first-come-first-serve seating available above the grassy area.
The WooSox game starts at 6:45pm and concludes with a fireworks show for all to enjoy. MassBike staff will be providing free bike valet parking at the stadium & all participants will receive a free MassBike buff.
$10 - WooSox Ticket
$25 - WooSox Ticket + Donation to MassBike
Photo from a MassBike intergenerational ride in Cambridge
Calling all Worcester area adults aged 50+ and teens aged 14-18 who are interested in bicycling, we want you to join our intergenerational bicycling program! This program includes community bike rides and educational workshops to get you bicycling and learn more about the history of bicycling in the Worcester area. All participants will earn up to $100 in gift cards for their participation.
You must have a working bicycle to participate in the program and all participants must sign a ride waiver. Please see the program schedule below for workshop and ride dates, and register below.
If you have questions, please email [email protected]
Upcoming Program Schedule
- Thursday 10/27, 5p-6p, Location TBD - Barriers to Bicycling
- Thursday 11/17, 5p-6p, Location TBD - Cycling History in the Community
- Saturday 10/1, 1pm @ University Park - Ride with Worcester Earn-a-Bike
- Saturday 10/29, location & time TBD - Halloween Ride
- Saturday 11/19, location & time TBD - Community Ride
Register for Upcoming Events
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Jes Slavin published Massachusetts Trail Enthusiasts to Convene at the Golden Spike Conference in Massbike Updates 2022-07-21 16:22:51 -0400
On Saturday, July 30th, Massachusetts trail advocates will come together in Gilbertville for the Golden Spike Conference. The conference will allow local trail enthusiasts to learn from an excellent line-up of presenters and connect with advocates from across the state. Golden Spike Awards will also be given to key advocates whose work has advanced our statewide trail network. Thanks to the hard work of Craig Della Penna and the Norwottuck Network, the Golden Spike Conference is gearing up to be a “don’t miss” event for Massachusetts trail advocates.
The program will cover regional trail news and other rail trail topics. Attendees will be welcomed by Cynthia Henshaw of the East Quabbin Land Trust, Galen Mook of MassBike, and Rob Kusner of the Norwottuck Network, all three organizations are working to support trails across Massachusetts. Bruce Donald of the East Coast Greenway Alliance will provide a regional trail update. Golden Spike participants will also enjoy a presentation by Matt Kierstead about the historic interpretation signage along the Empire State Trail in New York and a keynote address by Peter Karnick, the co-found of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and founder of the City Park Excellence at the Trust for Public Land.
The conference will end up with a series of walking and biking tours. The biking tours will traverse the Mass Central Rail Trail and are being supported by MassBike. Pete Sutton, MassDot’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Coordinator will lead a ride on the Mass Central Rail Trail sections east of Gilbertville. Denis Ouimette will lead a ride exploring the Mass Central Rail Trail sections south and west of Gilbertville. You can learn more about the conference at www.gs2022.org and registration closes on July 25th.Read more
People riding bikes and people driving buses often share space on the right side of the road. MassBike and LivableStreets Alliance collaborated with the MBTA and the City of Cambridge to update their bus driver training to ensure that people driving buses have the empathy and safe skills to safely drive around people riding their bikes. In working with bus drivers we learned a number of tips and tricks to keep in mind that will keep you safer while riding around buses and other large vehicles. Below we share some key takeaways, but if you have additional questions about how to safely ride near buses we’d love to hear from you.
Training of bus drivers
Being a bus driver is a challenging and important job. People driving buses are balancing many demands – safely getting their passengers to their final destinations, driving a large vehicle with blindspots, dealing with passengers, collecting fares, navigating the hectic streets of metro Boston, and handling any emergencies and contingencies as situations arise. In order to ensure that bus drivers also have a good understanding of the challenges and experience of riding a bike around the metro Boston area we are continuing to work with the MBTA to update their bike safety training for bus drivers. MBTA bus drivers want to keep you safe, if you experience an unsafe driver or want to give kudos to excellent MBTA drivers:
- Call: 617-222-3200
- Report online: https://www.mbta.com/customer-support
- Tweet: @MBTA
Tips and Tricks to Stay Safer While Biking Around Buses
People driving buses have several large blind spots on all sides of the bus. The right mirror is positioned to show the rear wheel and while bus drivers scan their mirrors every 5-10 seconds, bus drivers may not see you. Ride in front or behind the bus when biking near buses to be more visible to the driver. Pass on the left when a bus is turning right, crossing a bike lane, or stopping to pick up/drop off people.
People riding bikes should avoid being right hooked by never riding parallel to a bus when approaching an intersection or bus stop. When a bus is approaching an intersection or bus stop, always passing buses on the left and staying clear of the blind spots. Blindspots shift when drivers make right hand turns, which means you are less visible. Tap your brakes & stay behind to stay out of the blind spots.
Predictability & Visibility - Help drivers see you. When turning, use your hand signals. When riding at night, use bright front & rear lights.
Patience & Space - Give space to reduce conflicts. Buses take 1.5 bus lengths to stop, people on bikes should stay far ahead or far behind. If you keep leapfrogging a bus– wait 30 seconds & let the bus get ahead.
Anticipation– Think ahead at intersections. The only way to never get in a right hook situation is to never ride parallel with a bus approaching the intersection
Communication with Bus Drivers - Similar to all drivers, make sure you are seen and acknowledged by making eye contact & giving a polite wave. You can also communicate by using your hand signals. Bus drivers sometimes want to communicate to you that they are passing & may do this with a friendly "honk honk".
Riding the Bus with your Bike
When loading your bike on a bus, make sure the driver acknowledges you before you step out front to the rack. When you place your bike on the rack, ensure the bar is firmly secured over your front wheel. Make sure to remove any loose items before boarding the bus. If you can, ride near the front of the bus so you can keep an eye on your bike & let the driver know when you're getting off to retrieve your bike.
Step-by-step from the MBTA
Loading the bike rack
- Squeeze the handle in the center of the rack and pull it down until it’s flat.
- Front wheel first, put your bike into the rack wheel slot. Use the slot further away from the bus first.
- Pull out the support arm and raise it over the front tire or rotate the level to secure the tire.
- Check that your bike is secure. Bikes are not allowed to be locked to the rack.
- Let the driver know where you’re getting off, and be sure to watch your bike while you’re on board.
Unloading the bike rack
- Let the driver know you’ll be taking your bike out of the rack.
- Raise the support arm off the tire, or rotate the level to loosen.
- Lift your bike out of the rack.
- If the rack is empty, squeeze the handle in the center and fold it back up until it locks.
- Let the driver know you’re done, and wait until the bus leaves before getting on your bike.
Learn more on the MBTA website.
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Jes Slavin published ACTION ALERT: Contact Your State Representative in Support of E-Bike Rebate Amendement in Massbike Updates 2022-06-22 17:21:34 -0400
Thanks to Rep. Natalie Blais (1st Franklin), the E-Bike Rebate Amendment has been added to the House Transportation Bond Bill. If you'd like to see e-bike incentives in MA, we need you to email or call your Representative by noon on June 23rd to support amendment #331 to H4897. The vote on the Bond Bill will be held on the afternoon of June 23rd, so your support is needed as soon as possible.
Example email/phone call to your representative (feel free to add why you personally support e-bikes in your comments): "Please support Amendment #331 to An Act relative to Massachusetts’s transportation resources and climate, filed by Rep. Blais. This incentive program will allow more people across the commonwealth to purchase electric-assist bicycles and provide more equitable access to electric bicycles which are out of reach of many riders due to their cost. E-bikes are a solution to both the dual crises facing the Commonwealth of congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, and this simple solution will encourage more people to choose to ride bicycles for everyday use."
On Sunday, June 5th, MassBike, the New England Cycling Coalition for Diversity, and our coalition partners hosted the Kittie Knox Ride. The weather was perfect for the over 130 riders who joined the educational cycling tour in honor of Kittie Knox and Riverside Cycle Club. The City of Boston event proclaimed June 5, 2022, to be Kittie Knox Day and all attendees were provided a set of informational cards to describe the historical sites along the way.