Jes Slavin

  • E-Bike Briefing & Demo at the State House Recap

    The legislative session is moving quickly and it’s time to get our e-bike definition and e-bike rebate bills moving to ensure they pass this session. To provide education & garner support for e-bike legislation, MassBike and the Boston Cyclists Union hosted an E-Bike Briefing and Demo Day at the State House.

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  • 2022 Bike Month Kick Off Recap

    Bay State Bike Month has arrived and the MassBike team kicked off the month with the Buzzards Bay Coalition & the South Coast Bikeway Alliance in New Bedford. We had an incredibly clear and sunny day to experience the gorgeous New Bedford views by Fort Taber and along the hurricane barrier. 

    Mayor Coogan and his wife, Judi St.Hilaire, joined to kick off our bike ride. We appreciate their support and all their bike-friendly work in Fall River. Jen Carloni, Director of City Planning for New Bedford, joined the ride as we enjoyed some of the infrastructure she helped bring to life. Riders mingled before the start of the event, with groups of cyclists showing up from Dartmouth and Fairhaven thanks to organized rides by the South Coast Bikeway Alliance.

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  • Meet Alex our E-Bike Grant Manager

    This year, MassBike was awarded grant funding through the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s (MassCEC) new Accelerating Clean Transportation for All (ACT4All) Program to conduct a 2-year program to distribute electric bicycles and track their usage amongst select populations in Worcester. The new program means MassBike’s team has grown to include our new E-Bike Grant Manager, Alex Salcedo. She will be leading our e-bike program and forging community partnerships throughout Worcester.

    Alex was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and relocated to Worcester, MA, in 2010, to pursue her graduate studies. Not being familiar with Massachusetts, biking allowed her to get out of her comfort zone and start building community, by getting familiar with neighbors and neighborhoods. This translated throughout the years into establishing working relationships with organizations and businesses that contribute to the community’s well-being. For her, opting for a bike instead of a car is a win for everyone: cleaner air, less traffic, and a healthier world.

    We asked Alex three questions to learn a little more about her.

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  • 5 Ways to Prep for Bay State Bike Month

    Bay State Bike Month is rapidly approaching and we want to make sure you have the best one yet! Here are 5 ways you can prepare for the statewide, month-long celebration of all things bicycling:

    1. Join the MassBike Group on Love to Ride
    2. Follow MassBike on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter
    3. Add bike-friendly events to the Bay State Bike Month Calendar
    4. Check out our Bike Month Challenges & Bike Month Calendar to plan your bikey celebrations
    5. Tell all your friends about Bay State Bike Month!
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  • Massachusetts Ranked # 1 in 2022 Bicycle Friendly State Report Card

    The League of American Bicyclists announced that Massachusetts is #1 in their 2022 Bicycle-Friendly State Rankings! We’ve come a long way since being state #5 in the last rankings and we have advocates like you to thank for our new top spot. Thank you to all our coalition partners and advocates across the commonwealth, this ranking is in no small part thanks to all of your collective efforts. 

    “We’re excited to see Massachusetts rewarded for the many bike-friendly initiatives that have made bicycling better across the state,” said Galen Mook, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition.  “Across the commonwealth, we are seeing improvements in communities from the Berkshires to Cape Cod due to statewide policies and programs such as MassTrails, Complete Streets, and the Shared Streets and Spaces grants, all focused by a robust Bicycle Transportation Plan. We’re grateful to have strong partners in our work, and MassBike looks forward to supporting the expansion of these policies and future initiatives that ensure equitable access to safe and enjoyable bicycling for everyone across Massachusetts.”

    Our statewide policymakers and elected officials heavily contributed to our first-place ranking, implementing bike-friendly initiatives and policies that support communities across Massachusetts. Funding programs like Complete Streets, Shared Streets and Spaces, and MassTrails not only created safer spaces for bicyclists but made us a national leader in bike-friendly policy. You can learn more about the steps taken by the Baker-Polito Administration since 2015 to support and promote bicycling from the recent MassDOT Press Release about our new ranking.

    Take a deep dive into the bike-friendly rankings with the 2022 Bicycle Friendly State National Report. You can also check out the Overall Ranking Report Card and the Massachusetts Report Card to learn more about why we earned the top spot.


  • April MassBike Meet-Up: 2022 National Bike Summit Recap

    Join us Monday, April 25th at noon for a National Bike Summit recap. We'll share what we learned during the summit, highlights from our Federal Lobby Day (like our meeting with Senator Markey's team shown above!), and more.

    Tune in to learn about:

    • The state of bicycling advocacy nationwide
    • How Massachusetts ranks compared to other states
    • Federal programs & funding to support better bicycling
    • Lobby Day highlights

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  • Riding to Return to the Office | A Better City + Allston Brighton TMAs

    Are you rethinking your commute as you head back to the office? Bicycling is a great option for getting there while keeping fit and reducing your carbon footprint. If you’re:

    • Interested in trying out bike commuting for the first time but aren’t sure where to start
    • Planning a new bike commute after moving to a new home or job
    • Out of practice with your bike-to-work routine after two years of telework

    …you’re not alone!

    Please join us for a 60-minute virtual lunch & learn workshop to cover the key tips you need to get yourself back on the bike path to work. Our knowledgeable instructors from MassBike will walk you through:

    • Considerations for mapping your bike route: what to watch out for, how to explore traffic by time of day, and resources for identifying lower-stress routes
    • Overlooked logistics for transitioning to the office after a ride
    • Benefits your employer may offer to support your bike commute

    This event is free and open to all! RSVP below to secure your spot and we’ll follow up closer to the date with event login details.

    WHEN
    May 17, 2022 at 12:00pm
    WHERE
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  • 2021 MassBike Annual Report

    Our 2021 Annual Report is a snapshot of what MassBike accomplished in partnership with our many coalition partners. Thank you to our many supporters and partners for making bicycling better for every rider across Massachusetts.


  • Charlie Proctor Memorial Ride

    Charlie Proctor was killed while out on a bike ride on May 5, 2020, just nineteen days before his twenty-eighth birthday. He was a kind, adventurous, intelligent man who spread his joy and zest for life to everyone he knew. Join us on Sunday, May 29, 2022, to ride for Charlie and celebrate his life by raising funds for safer roadways.

    This is a casual-paced ride with 20-mile and 40-mile route options leaving from the Tufts Bacow Sailing Pavilion with an after-ride celebration for Charlie. Both routes will ride along the Minuteman Bikeway for a portion of the ride, while on the bikeway we ask riders to maintain a slow speed and be respectful of all pathway users. This is a family-friendly event, please feel encouraged to bring children and ride as much or as little of the route as you want. There will be rest stops set up along the routes to support your ride.

    Final event routes and start times will be shared with registered participants before the event. Riders can start any time after 8am but must be finished with their ride by 2pm. The after-ride celebration will start as soon as the first riders arrive back at the Tufts Bacow Sailing Pavilion.

    This event is rain or shine, except in the event of extreme weather conditions in which it will be canceled. The event is limited to 100 riders, so don't miss your chance to ride for Charlie.

    For people who don't have bikes or who are coming in from out of town, we recommend checking out Urban AdvenTours for rental options.

    The $100 registration fee will go to the Charlie Proctor Memorial Fund. Select your preferred ride option (20-mile or 40-mile) and you will be directed to the check-out page.

     

    WHEN
    May 29, 2022 at 9:00am
    WHERE
    Tufts Bacow Sailing Pavilion
    1600 Mystic Valley Pkwy
    Medford, MA 02115
    United States
    Google map and directions
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  • Events

    MassBike Hosted Events

    MassBike often works with our coalition partners to host in-person events and rides. See below for a current list of upcoming events and links to RSVP. 


    Upcoming Events:

    Charlie Proctor Memorial Ride - May 29, 2022

    Charlie Proctor was killed while out on a bike ride on May 5, 2020, just nineteen days before his twenty-eighth birthday. He was a kind, adventurous, intelligent man who spread his joy and zest for life to everyone he knew. Join us on Sunday, May 29, 2022, to ride for Charlie and celebrate his life by raising funds for safer roadways.

    This is a casual-paced ride with 20-mile and 40-mile route options leaving from the Tufts Bacow Sailing Pavilion with an after-ride celebration for Charlie. The event is limited to 100 riders and the $100 registration fee will go to the Charlie Proctor Memorial Fund

    RSVP


    Kittie Knox Ride - June 5, 2022

    On Sunday, June 5, 2022, MassBike and coalition partners will host a community bike ride around Boston, Cambridge, Watertown, and Waltham to feature Katherine “Kittie” Knox, a bi-racial woman cyclist and barrier-breaker in the 1890s.

    Riders will learn about Kittie as a bicycling pioneer and we’ll ride and reflect on issues we’re facing today in terms of racial and gender representation in bicycling and advocacy. A historical site summary will be provided for this ride by the NECCD (New England Cycling Coalition for Diversity).

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  • Hot off the Press: MassBike's 2021 Annual Report

    Last year MassBike and our coalition partners worked to make Massachusetts a better place for every rider through education, advocacy, legislation, and community building. The MassBike team put together our 2021 Annual Report to give you a glimpse into that work and highlight some critical impacts we made last year.

    Our 2021 Annual Report is a snapshot of what MassBike accomplished with our coalition partners, without whom none of this would be possible. We extend sincere thanks to our many supporters and partners for making bicycling better for every rider across Massachusetts. 

    Click the button below to view the report in its entirety– we hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed making it for you!

    Read the MassBike 2021 Annual Report

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  • 30 Days of Biking Challenge Returns this April

    We had so much fun with the "30 Days of Biking Challenge" last year we're bringing it back for 2022! We're happy to announce that our friends at Cleverhood are supporting our challenge again and giving you an extra incentive to bike every day this April.

    All you have to do is ride every day in April, even if it’s just once around your block, and you'll have a chance to win a Rover Rain Cape from Cleverhood. The April 30 Days of Biking is a great way to kick off your riding season before Bay State Bike Month starts in May!

    How to Join the 30 Days of Biking Challenge:

    1. Join the MassBike Group on Love to Ride
    2. If you use Strava, connect your Strava account in your Love to Ride profile to automatically log your rides
    3. Start riding & log your miles on Love to Ride! (If you connected Strava, your rides will log automatically, just double-check after your first few rides to make sure they’re uploading properly.)

    Everyone who logs a bike ride on Love to Ride every day in April will be entered to win a Rover Rain Cape. After biking through all those April showers you'll have earned it! Challenge winners will be able to select the size and color rain cape of their choice.

    You should also join the larger 30 Days of Biking pledge at 30daysofbiking.com where you can join a worldwide community of cyclists who are pledging to ride every day this April. You can join the conversation by using #30DayofBiking on social media.

    The best part? 30 Days of Biking will prepare you for Bay State Bike Month, where we'll be using Love to Ride to track our trips & earn prizes. We'll also be bringing back social media challenges and advocates across the state will be hosting bike-friendly events. Make sure you're on our mailing list and following MassBike on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter so you don't miss any of the Bay State Bike Month fun.

    Want to help sponsor Bay State Bike Month? Reach out to [email protected] for more information.

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  • Save the Date for the Kittie Knox Ride - June 5, 2022

    On Sunday, June 5, 2022, MassBike and coalition partners will host a community bike ride around Boston, Cambridge, Watertown, and Waltham to feature Katherine “Kittie” Knox, a bi-racial woman cyclist and barrier-breaker in the 1890s. Riders will learn about Kittie as a bicycling pioneer and we’ll ride and reflect on issues we’re facing today in terms of racial and gender representation in bicycling and advocacy.

    There will be 3 Route Options along the Kittie Knox Path, curated by NECCD (New England Cycling Coalition for Diversity):

    • 16 miles starting at Copley Square
    • 23 miles starting at Franklin Park
    • 35 miles with Waltham route

    The ride is free but participants must RVSP. More details will be coming soon, so stay tuned and RSVP today to save the date.

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  • Worcester E-Bike Program

    MassBike was awarded grant funding through the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s (MassCEC) new Accelerating Clean Transportation for All (ACT4All) Program to conduct a 2-year program to distribute electric bicycles and track their usage amongst select populations in the City of Worcester. We will lead a team including the Worcester Chamber of Commerce, community-based organizations, and the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC) to deploy the e-bikes to low-income residents throughout Worcester. Applications for the program will launch in May 2022, this page will be updated with a link to the application and current project information.

    Program Details

    The program will determine approximately one hundred riders in the Worcester area to receive bicycles, train riders through safe cycling and maintenance courses, and coordinate community events to encourage everyday riding. 

    Program Timeline

    • May 2022 - Program application launch
    • June 2022 - Program participants selected
    • July 2022 - E-Bikes distributed to participants

    Want to learn more? Email Alex at [email protected] for more information.


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  • Action Alert: Contact your Legislators to Support a Safe Rt 16

    Much-needed safety improvements on Route 16 in Cambridge, Somerville, and Medford need your support today. Somerville Alliance for Safe Streets, made us aware that an earmark of ~$750,000 for a traffic study is being discussed this week in the Ways and Means Committee that is necessary to move forward with critical safety improvements on Route 16.

    Residents of Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, Arlington, Belmont and Watertown and anyone who travels through this dangerous corridor are encouraged to take action today! Reach out to your local legislators to share your personal stories about the significance of the safety improvements and how these improvements are important for the entire region. We need you to convey the impact these improvements will have on your travels along Rt 16 and voice support for increased safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists.

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  • Kittie Knox Ride

    On Sunday, June 5, 2022, MassBike and coalition partners will host a community bike ride around Boston, Cambridge, Watertown, and Waltham to feature Katherine “Kittie” Knox, a bi-racial woman cyclist and barrier-breaker in the 1890s.

    Riders will learn about Kittie as a bicycling pioneer and we’ll ride and reflect on issues we’re facing today in terms of racial and gender representation in bicycling and advocacy. A historical site summary will be provided for this ride by the NECCD (New England Cycling Coalition for Diversity).

    There will be 3 Route Options along the Kittie Knox Path:

    • 16 miles starting at Copley Square
    • 23 miles starting at Franklin Park
    • 35 miles with Waltham route

    Meeting points for all routes will be emailed in advance of the ride and attendees will be sent a survey before the ride where they can indicate which route they will be joining. RSVP today and stay tuned for more details to come. 

    WHEN
    June 05, 2022 at 9:00am
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  • March 2022 Monthly Meet-Up: How to Bike Month

    Join us Monday, March 21st at noon to chat all things Bay State Bike Month! We'll cover all the Bike Month basics and help you prepare to get more folks out riding this May. Come to share your Bike Month tips & tricks with fellow advocates and get ready for the best Bay State Bike Month yet.

    Tune in for:

    • Tips on planning bike-friendly events
    • An overview of our Bike Month Resources
    • A Bay State Bike Month events calendar "how to"
    • A preview of this year's ride challenges

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    Already have dates set for your Bay State Bike Month Events? Add them to the calendar today

    We're also seeking a talented graphic designer to create our 2022 Bay State Bike Month Logo. The logo will be featured on the Bay State Bike Month t-shirt, website, and print materials. This is a paid opportunity and a chance to use your artistic skills to encourage bicycling statewide. 

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  • Now Hiring - Seasonal Part-Time Positions

    MassBike is gearing up for another great year of supporting better bicycling across the commonwealth through our bike-friendly programs. We are currently hiring part-time roles to support our bike valet and education programs. Check out the list of part-time offerings below and help us spread the word about these paid opportunities.

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  • MassBike Cycling Instructor

    MassBike is seeking passionate and engaging cycling instructors to implement our “Safe Routes to Schools" and other bicycle education clinics and workshops. MassBike works in local schools systems and community centers to host both on-bike and presentation-style. Specifically, we provide on-bike education for 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 8th graders as well as adults and seniors throughout Massachusetts. Cycling instructors are trained on MassBike curriculum and implement programs along with other MassBike staff.

    We are especially seeking instructors in the following regions:

    • Berkshires
    • Connecticut River Valley
    • Cape Cod

    Responsibilities:

    • Provide youth and adult instruction on safe and legal bicycling, and basic bicycle maintenance and repairs
    • Work with our partners in the school systems and community centers in Cambridge, Greater Boston, and throughout Massachusetts
    • Keep track of youth participation and inventory materials
    • Provide regular assessments of participants to track data points for grant deliverables

    Requirements:

    Public speaking in group dynamics and communication skills are critical. An appreciation of bicycle culture is especially important. Personal skills and the ability to work with a team are particularly appreciated. 

    • Must pass a CORI and SORI background check 
    • Must be able to ride a bicycle proficiently
    • Must be excited to work with youth and adults of all backgrounds
    • Must be professional, friendly, and outgoing
    • Must be comfortable working in a variety of settings, including outdoors
    • Must be reliable, consistent, organized and prompt
    • Experience in educational settings is not required but will be considered
    • Experience with bicycle maintenance and repair skills is not required but will be considered

    Time Commitment:

    This is a part-time position, ranging between 5-20 hours a week, including weekdays, weekday afternoons/evenings, and weekends. Depending on the current program, hours may go up to 30hrs per week based on staff availability and capacity.

    How to apply:

    MassBike is an equal employment opportunity employer. Women, people of color, LGBT persons, veterans, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Bike Valet Coordinator

       

    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 providing bike valet to civic organizations and in support of major events throughout the state, and especially in the Connecticut River Valley. This innovative program encourages biking to community events and creating a safe and secure environment for all bikes, big and small. The Bike Valet Coordinator will work with MassBike staff and volunteers to support our bike valet program. This is a part-time, seasonal position from May to September 2022.

    Responsibilities

    • Corresponding with potential bike valet clients, expanding the number of bike valet events 
    • Recruiting and organizing volunteers for bike valet events and other community events
    • Working at each bike valet event to ensure that it is smooth and successful
    • Working with the MassBike Communications Coordinator to post about bike valets pre and post-event on CTRV listserv, MassBike blog & social media channels
    • Coordinating the billing for events with MassBike
    • Helping with programming and events 
      • Instruction on bike safety and riding (ex. bike rodeos)
      • Helping to organize for Bike Month
      • LightsBrigade (our bike lights distribution program)

    Required skills or abilities

    • Ability to manage events, volunteers and clients
    • 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 get around the state, and especially the Connecticut River Valley to attend meetings, events and/or perform outreach 
    • Ability to lift up to 30 lbs of weight

    Desired background

    • Passion for bicycling (you do not need to be an experienced bicyclist, or own spandex!)
    • Comfortable with public engagement
    • 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
      • Bike instructor training

    Hours

    This is a part-time, seasonal position from May 2022 - September 2022, with an average of about 5 hours per week of remote office work, with an expected additional 5-10 hours working select valet events on evenings and weekends.

    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.


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