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  • How Hiring: 2023 Bay State Bike Month Logo Designer

    We’re seeking a talented graphic designer to create our 2023 Bay State Bike Month Logo. The logo will be featured on the Bay State Bike Month t-shirt, website, stickers, and print materials. This is a paid opportunity and a chance to use your artistic skills to encourage bicycling statewide. We're encouraging creative and non-traditional designs.

    Responsibilities

    • Work with MassBike team to design 2023 Bay State Bike Month Logo
    • Deliver a print-ready file for printing on t-shirts and stickers
    • Deliver a digital-ready file for use on the Bay State Bike Month website, social media, and emails
    • The final design will be due by March 6, 2023
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  • Join MassBike at the 2023 National Bike Summit

    The League of American Bicyclists is hosting its 23rd Annual National Bike Summit from Sunday, March 26 to Wednesday, March 29, 2023. This year will again feature in-person and virtual options for participants to engage in building a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. Each year, advocates from Massachusetts have attended the Summit and learned from better-bicycling supporters from across the nation.

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  • 2023 Bay State Bike Month Logo Designer

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

    We’re seeking a talented graphic designer to create our 2023 Bay State Bike Month Logo. The logo will be featured on the Bay State Bike Month t-shirt, website, stickers, and print materials. This is a paid opportunity and a chance to use your artistic skills to encourage bicycling statewide. We're encouraging creative and non-traditional designs.

    Responsibilities

    • Work with MassBike team to design 2023 Bay State Bike Month Logo
    • Deliver a print-ready file for printing on t-shirts and stickers
    • Deliver a digital-ready file for use on the Bay State Bike Month website, social media, and emails
    • The final design will be due by March 6, 2023

    Required skills or abilities

    • Graphic Design, Adobe Creative Suite or similar
    • Project management & timely delivery of assets
    • Ability to create & deliver a print-ready file for printing on t-shirts and stickers

    Compensation

    • $30 per hour, anticipated 10-15 hours of work

    To Apply

    • Submit design examples and a brief Bay State Bike Month Logo design pitch to [email protected]
    • Applications must be received by January 30th for consideration

    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.


  • An Act to Reduce Traffic Fatalities is Signed Into Law!

    Thanks to your support, Governor Baker signed An Act to Reduce Traffic Fatalities into law! This critical traffic safety bill has a variety of components that will make our roadways safer for everyone across the commonwealth. Read the final text signed by Governor Baker here.

    For the past 10 years, MassBike has been advocating for "An Act to Reduce Traffic Fatalities." We’ve worked closely with the Vision Zero Coalition on this important legislation to help end fatal crashes on our streets. This bill will support not only the safety of people walking and biking, but also the safety of people in wheelchairs, construction workers on their job sites, tow truck drivers and first responders stopped on the side of the road, and anyone out on our public ways without the protection of steel, seatbelts, and airbags.

    We want to thank the champions of this bill and bike-friendly leaders on Beacon Hill and in Governor Baker’s Administration, Representative Mike Moran, Representative William Straus, and Senator William Brownsberger for supporting an Act to Reduce Traffic Fatalities. Their leadership has brought us one step closer to eliminating fatal crashes on the roads throughout Massachusetts.

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  • AARP Intergenerational Bicycle Program Recap

    Bicycling education for all ages and abilities is core to MassBike's mission. This year, thanks to an AARP Community Challenge Grant, we were able to bring an intergenerational bicycling program to Worcester. The concept was to create bicycling workshops and community riders to bring older adults and youth together to foster intergenerational connections. From August through December, over 40 participants took part in our intergenerational events. These events included a variety of Worcester partners including Worcester Earn-A-Bike, 508 BikeLife, the Major Taylor Association, Seven Hills Wheelman, and our Worcester E-Bike Program participants.

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  • Worcester E-Bike Program - December 2022 Update

    This year, MassBike began our 2-year Worcester E-Bike Pilot Program thanks to funding provided by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s (MassCEC) new Accelerating Clean Transportation for All (ACT4All) Program. The program will provide 100 electric-assist bicycles to low-income participants from environmental justice communities who live and/or work in the City of Worcester. With the goal of tracking the participants' use of the e-bikes to identify the impacts on greenhouse gas reduction due to mode shift. MassBike is also interested in identifying barriers to riding and understanding the economic impact of bicycle use as the primary mode of transportation. In addition to providing e-bikes, as part of this initiative, MassBike is hosting educational events that encourage safe and regular riding. 

    As of November 2022, we've deployed 89 e-bikes out of the 100 available. Our e-bike riders have taken part in educational bicycle trainings and community rides as part of the program. We're encouraged by the early data that shows that the e-bikes are being used as a reliable transportation method by our participants and are looking forward to the robust data we plan to collect over the next year. 

    While we had hoped to distribute all 100 bicycles in 2022, the hands-on nature of our distribution approach took longer than expected. We have decided to wait and distribute the remaining 11 e-bikes in Spring 2023, to provide new participants with more favorable riding conditions for their first trips. Read on to learn about the first few months of this program and where we expected to go from here.

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  • 2022 MassBike Annual Meeting Recap

    On December 6th, advocates from across the commonwealth joined MassBike's Annual Meeting for a packed hour of virtual programming, co-hosted by MassBike Board member Kristen Sykes and MassBike Executive Director Galen Mook. 

    "Our annual meetings are a chance to showcase some of our accomplishments from the past year, and highlight key partners in our coalition. This year we celebrated our work on e-bikes, including key legislation and equity programs that will allow more people across the commonwealth to experience the joys of bicycling," said Galen. “We of course do none our work alone and are grateful for the collaborations from our members, partner organization, legislators and policy makers, and our generous sponsors and donors.” 

    To set the tone for the meeting, Galen outlined MassBike's 2022 Accomplishments, including our e-bike legislation, Worcester E-Bike Program, intergenerational work with older adults, and successful Bay State Bike Month this past May. Galen highlighted Massachusett's #1 Bike-Friendly State ranking from the League of American Bicyclists and how MassBike continues to work towards more bike-friendly policies across the commonwealth. Many of our key 2022 accomplishments were discussed in greater depth later in the program, starting with the recently passed e-bike definition and e-bike rebate bills.

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  • World Day of Remembrance 2022

    Photo of George Clemmer's ghost bike memorial, next to the Protected Bike Lane installed after the tragic crash (Credit: Peter Cheung)

    Sunday, November 20th, was the World Day of Remembrance for victims of traffic crashes. From Boston to Pittsfield, events were organized across the state to recognize fatal crash victims and each person impacted by fatal or serious crashes on our roadways. In 2022, eight bicyclists in Massachusetts tragically lost their lives on our roadways. We remember Eric Brolin, Sandy Gray, George Clemmer, Stephen Conley, Richard Daly, Michael Wilson, and two publicly unidentified bicyclists lost this year. Traffic fatalities are more than just a number on a page, but a real person who is remembered by family & friends.

    Each year, World Day of Remembrance is a solemn reminder as to why MassBike continues to work towards a day where there are no more fatalities on our roadways. Below we've collected stories about how fatal crash victims were remembered across the state this year. 

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  • Join the 2022 MassBike Annual Meeting

    For the past 45 years, MassBike has worked to make bicycling better for riders across Massachusetts. This year, with your support, we continued to make strides toward a more bike-friendly commonwealth.

    Please join us virtually on Tuesday, December 6th at 6pm for the 2022 MassBike Annual Meeting to learn about what MassBike accomplished with our coalition partners this year and catch up with advocates from across the state.

    The 2022 Annual Meeting will include...

    • A Legislative panel discussing bike-friendly initiatives on Beacon Hill 
    • A Worcester E-Bike Program update from our E-Bike Grant Manager
    • An Older Adult Programming spotlight, featuring our Healthy Aging Bicycling Program with the City of Cambridge and our Older Adult Workshop & Ride series with AARP 
    • Networking with better-bicycling advocates from across Massachusetts

    The formal program will be held via Zoom from 6pm-7pm, followed by 30 minutes of networking time in small break-out rooms to allow participants to connect with fellow better bicycling advocates.

    We hope to see you virtually on Tuesday, December 6th at 6pm

    RSVP to the 2022 MassBike Annual Meeting

    Already RSVP'd? Send the Annual Meeting RSVP page to 5 friends & encourage them to join us on December 6th.


  • Riding the Border to Boston (B2B) Trail - Part I

    By: Aidan Awiszus & Bode Devellian

    Our First B2B Adventure

    Salisbury to Topsfield

    We had a lot of fun exploring the Border to Boston (B2B) Trail that runs from Salisbury to Boston. Our first day, riding from Salisbury to Topsfield, included the interim on-road section which made us, two avid teenage mountain bikers, enjoy road riding even more. It will be so much nicer though when the Newburyport and Topsfield trails are finally connected with a bike path through Byfield, Georgetown, and Boxford. We know many people who cannot wait for that to happen and we are all excited about the recent $1.2 Mil grant that will help fund the planning to complete this section and other sections of the trail.

    For our first day on the B2B, we started in Seabrook, NH and traveled to Topsfield, MA via the Seabrook to Salisbury Connector, the Clipper City Rail Trail (CCRT), the Ghost Trail, and the East Coast Greenway (ECG) road section from Newbury to the Topsfield Linear Common. Altogether the ride was about 31 miles. For this ride, Aidan rode his gravel bike and Bode his road bike. In some places, the gravel bike felt better and in some places, the road bike felt better, however, both worked. While our ride time was 2 hours 15 minutes, we stopped a lot to take pictures and eat food so we were gone for about 3 hours. We started out having trouble finding the starting location in Seabrook and had to drive past it, then follow the ECG signs to the start. In case you are wondering, the starting point is in the back of the parking lot of a company called Coastal Hydraulics (28 Collins St., Seabrook, NH). We decided to use our road/gravel bikes because of the long ECG road section. If we had had our mountain bikes, we would have stopped at March’s Hill, the local bike jumps in Newburyport.

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  • #BrightenUp Bicyclists in Your Community

    Rider in Springfield riding bright thanks to #LightsBrigade

    In the past four years, MassBike has purchased and distributed over 6,000 sets of front and rear lights to bicyclists of all ages and abilities across Massachusetts. Our volunteers stationed themselves at busy commuting corridors and pathways to flag down bicyclists without lights and provide lights to keep the riders safer and legal while biking at night. All bike riders in Massachusetts are legally required to have front white lights and a red taillight or rear reflector 30 minutes after sunset or 30 minutes before sunrise, we want to ensure every bike rider in the commonwealth is riding legally at night.

    We have a long way to go until every rider is bright. You can help us reach our goal by volunteering or donating today, read on to learn more about how you can brighten up cyclists in your community this year.

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  • MA E-Bike Law FAQs - October 2022

    We’ve been getting lots of questions about e-bikes and the recently passed Massachusetts e-bike legislation. You can always find a comprehensive overview of current Massachusetts e-bike laws at www.massbike.org/ebikes

    Our e-bikes page will be updated as new information becomes available and also includes a link to our in-depth e-bike FAQ. To be the first to know about any updates about Massachusetts e-bike laws or the status of e-bike rebates, make sure to join our mailing list.

    Below you can find a few of the most frequently asked questions we’ve received. As always, we highly encourage you to reach out to your local legislators to let them know that e-bikes are an important issue to riders across the commonwealth.

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  • Worcester Weekend Group Ride with AARP Recap

    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.


  • MassBike Programs Intern: Lights Brigade

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

    Position Description

    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.

    Responsibilities

    • 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

    Desired background

    • 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

    Compensation

    • $18 an hour

    Benefits

    • 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

    Hours

    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.

    To Apply

    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.







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MassBike promotes a bicycle-friendly environment, and encourages bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation.