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  • $4 Million in MassTrails Grants will increase trail connectivity statewide

    Photo by the Sandwich Bikeways & Pedestrian Committee

    Governor Baker recently visited the Cape Cod Canal to announce $4 million in MassTrails grants for communities across the commonwealth. This latest round of investment in our trails network will help increase connectivity and help push forward our growing statewide network of shared-use pathways.

    The MassTrails grants awarded to the City of Westfield and the Town of Southampton will move forward the final pieces of the New Haven & Northampton Canal Greenway, an 81-mile multi-use pathway that connects Connecticut and Massachusetts. The City of Westfield received $61,500 towards a feasibility study for the northern terminus of the Columbia Greenway. While the Town of Southampton secured $100k for the purchase of 3.5 miles of inactive railroad corridor to begin filling in the "missing middle" portion of the trail between Easthampton and Westfield. The ability to use Community Preservation Act (CPA) funding for federally rail-banked trail acquisition, which was recently included in the budget passed by Governor Baker, is a huge win for Southampton who can now use both CPA funds and their MassTrails grant to secure the purchase of the rail corridor for their trail.

    Crucial links of the Mass Central Rail Trail (MCRT), a 104-mile trail connecting Northampton to Boston, received funding thanks to MassTrails grants awarded to the East Quabbin Land Trust and the Town of Belchertown. The East Quabbin Land Trust received $200k for the construction of the MCRT trail section through Ware and Hardwick. The Town of Belchertown’s $33,066 grant will help fund the design of Phase II of their Belchertown Greenway-MCRT segment.

    On the Cape, the town of Sandwich received a $155k to fund the project development of an important connection from Route 130 to the Cape Cod Canal path. This connection would improve the trail connectivity along the Cape, making it easier for residents and visitors alike to take advantage of the beautiful trail network.

    Out in the Berkshires, Pittsfield received $133,600 for the design of a southern extension of the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail and North Adams received $240k towards the development of the North Adams Adventure Trail which would connect the northern section of the Ashuwillticook to the Williamstown Bike Path. Advocates in the Berkshires have been working on a connected pathway from Connecticut to Vermont for over 20 years; these two trail sections will help bring them closer to their goal of a safe cycling route through the Berkshires. 

    These projects are just a small sampling of the trails that received funding from the latest MassTrails grant round. You can check out the entire list of awardees on the MassTrails Grants site and learn more about the program. This investment in our trails network is a big win and the MassTrails team has been working hard to help assist the growth of trails across Massachusetts. Their recent Mass Central Rail Trail Feasibility Study and Shared Use Paths Impact Study have provided advocates across the state with the data needed to help fill in network gaps and fight for more trails.


  • CPA Funding for Rail-Trail Acquisition Included in Governor's Budget

    On Friday, July 16th, Governor Baker signed the FY2022 budget which included sweeping funding and policy measures that will impact all of the Commonwealth. Included in this budget is a little known, yet crucially important, piece of policy that will help the state build its rail-trail network, specifically helping municipalities fund the acquisition of rights of ways by allowing them to use Community Preservation Act (CPA) funding to purchase federally rail banked rail corridors for the development of trails. CPA funds are municipal taxes collected to be directed by City or Town committees and to be used for the purposes of creating affordable housing, funding historic preservation, and supporting open space for communities. Rail-trails, of course, fall into the category of open space. And this change to the CPA law would clarify that, if a municipality were to choose, they can use CPA funds to acquire rail right-of-way corridors.

    This slight clarification of the CPA funding usage is absolutely key in a few places in the commonwealth where municipalities have the intention to spend their own CPA dollars to acquire rail-trail corridors but have faced challenges from opposing arguments using the fact that most rail-trail rights of ways are transferred over with long-term leases (perhaps 99 years) and not in perpetuity, since the National Trails System Act of 1983 stipulated railbanking as a voluntary agreement between a railroad company and a trail agency to use an out-of-service rail corridor as a trail until a railroad might need the corridor again for rail service. This interim trail use of railbanked corridors has preserved thousands of miles of rail corridors that would otherwise have been abandoned, however opponents to rail-trails claim that in the rare case a corridor could, by law, convert back to rail use, then CPA funds can be challenged for this use. However, this has not once happened in Massachusetts where a rail-trail corridor has converted back to rail use.

    And as land from rail trails usually comes together in a piecemeal fashion, it’s more of putting together a massive puzzle with pieces placed incongruously throughout the state, which is a difficult task considering the large number of landowners, abutters, and jurisdictions that these corridors impact. A rail-trail network and route is only as good as its weakest link, even if we have 110-miles of a trail planned out, such as the case with the Mass Central Rail Trail which will eventually go from Boston to Northampton, just one missing puzzle piece means we don’t have a contiguous and connected network.

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  • INVEST Act Passes House: Includes Major Wins for Bicycling

    The House of Representatives recently passed H.R. 3684– the INVEST Act and it includes some major wins for better bicycling across the country and in Massachusetts. The League of American Bicyclists recently outlined the amendments to the INVEST Act that improve transportation equity and safety. There were some overarching themes within the bill that would bolster bicycling improvement across the country and several bike-friendly projects within Massachusetts are slated for funding thanks to our hard-working elected officials in Washington. 

    Increased roadway safety for vulnerable road users was a key concern within the bill. VisionZero was included as part of the safety effort and specifically mentioned a focus on equity and impact on mitigating enforcement concerns for minority and low-income riders. The Safe Routes to Schools program will be expanded to the High School level if the bill is enacted, which means more students across Massachusetts will gain access to bicycling safety instruction.

    Climate was called out as a concern within the bill, with money going towards infrastructure projects that would bolster multi-modal transportation options such as bicycling, walking, and public transportation. An electric bicycle definition & classifications, which align with the current e-bike bill we support in Massachusetts, were included and electric bicycles were specifically named in the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program which could enable funding for more e-bike sharing systems.

    The INVEST Act also includes funding for several key projects in Massachusetts. Representatives got to include member-designated projects into the bill and Massachusetts Representatives were successful at getting several key trails and complete streets projects in the bill. The Bourne Rail Trail project will receive $14.7 million in funding if the bill is enacted. The funding would be enough to cover the construction of phases 1, 2, and 4 of the trail, which will connect Falmouth’s Shining Sea Bikeway to the Cape Cod Canal. Several other trails projects were included from across the state, like the North Adams Adventure Trail, which will connect the bike trail in Williamstown into downtown North Adams, and Belmont Community Path, a key connector of the Mass Central Rail TrailThank you to our Massachusetts Representatives for including projects that will make bicycling better for every rider across Massachusetts and ensuring that this bill puts transportation equity & safety at the forefront– we're proud to have such great advocates in Washington.

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  • July MassBike Meet-Up

    Our MassBike June Meet-Up is on Monday, July 26th at noon, MassBike's Communications Coordinator, Jes, will be chatting about how MassBike can help you get the word out about the bike-friendly work you're doing in your community. Whether it's a new bridge on your local rail-trail (like the bridge on the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail in the photo above) or a community bike rodeo, MassBike wants to help you spread the news of your work statewide. Bring your lunch and come with some bicycling news to share from your community.
    Join to learn about:
    • MassBike's Communications
    • Guest Blogging for MassBike
    • How to spread the word about what's happening around bicycling in your community

    RSVP

     

    MassBike Meet-Ups happen every fourth Monday of the month, these virtual chats fill you in on our work, give you a chance to ask questions, and let us know what you’ve been working on in your community. If you have suggestions for future Meet-Up topics, send them to [email protected]


  • Get your Wheels Turning for Bay State Bike Month

    September’s Bay State Bike Month is approaching and to help you get in gear for the month-long celebration of bicycling across Massachusetts we’ve been working to make sure you have everything you need to plan your best bike month yet. In June, our virtual Monthly Meet-Up covered all things Bay State Bike Month and you can now view the recording on the MassBike YouTube channel. The Bay State Bike Month website now includes an updated Resources page, Events Calendar, & 2021 MassCommute Bicycle Challenge information.

    The resources page now hosts our new one-pagers and comprehensive “how-to” guides that outline the basics of planning four popular bike-friendly events. You can check out the guides below to help kick-start & guide your event planning.

    One-Pager Guides 

    Comprehensive “How-To” Guides

    Once you’ve planned your event, we want to help you spread the word! Our Bay State Bike Month Events Calendar is now accepting submissions for all your bike-friendly events happening this September. If you have any questions on how to submit your events or want to add photos to your listing, reach out to [email protected]

    Along with all the events hosted by local advocates, Bay State Bike Month will include the 27th annual MassCommute Bicycle Challenge (MCBC) is happening September 19th-26th. You can get a team together with your workplace to compete against other businesses or join the challenge solo. There are two avenues for ride tracking this year, either through your Transportation Management Association’s ride-tracking platform or through MassBike’s Love to Ride Group if you are not part of a Transportation Management Association. Check out our MassCommute Bicycle Challenge page for more detailed information on how to join.

    We hope these resources aid your Bay State Bike Month planning. If there are any additional resources you would like to see or if you have any questions, please reach out to us at [email protected]. We can’t wait to roll with you this September.


  • MassBike Monthly Meet-Up RSVP

    Thank you for RSVPing for the MassBike July 2021 Meet-Up on Monday, July 26th at noon. MassBike's Communications Coordinator, Jes, will be chatting about how MassBike can help you get the word out about the bike-friendly work you're doing in your community. Please use the following zoom information to join: 

    July MassBike Meet-Up
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  • Arlington Safe Travel Project Bike Counts - 4 years after Implementation

    A Guest Post by: Petru Sofio

    Four years after the implementation of the Arlington Safe Travel Project, which connected the minuteman bikeway through Arlington Center, the bike path has 70,000 to 90,000 users using the intersection every month. The Safe Travel Project used bicycle lanes, a two-stage turn box, and bicycle protective phasing to connect the two end segments of the minuteman path. To see how this was working, the Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee (ABAC) recently completed bike counts at the intersection, specifically focused on the utilization of the bike box. The data collected is crucial as it shows that there is a problem with the current design– it doesn’t meet the needs of the number of cyclists who pass through daily. Personally, in the past, I’ve almost been right hooked here multiple times and even honked at by motorists because the bike box was overflowing and I was blocking traffic because of it. Because of that experience, I jumped at the chance to join ABAC's bike count and do something to improve the intersection.

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  • July Bike Challenge - Biking Independence

    Throughout history, bikes have brought a sense of independence to riders of all kinds. Bikes enable freedom of movement, the ability to find new adventures, and help us find some #bikejoy along the way. This July, we want to hear about how you’ve found independence through bicycling

    How to Participate:

    • Take a bike ride & snap a photo during your ride
    • Share your story of how your bicycle brings you independence with us! Either tag @MassBike in your biking independence story on social media or email your story & photo to [email protected]

    Everyone who participates in our Biking Independence challenge will be entered to win a bike repair kit prize pack. Thanks to our friends at Sadie's Bikes in Turner's Falls, Valley Bike & Ski Werks in Hadley, and Yesteryear Cyclery in New Bedford. 

    Make sure you're following MassBike on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter so you can tag us in your biking independence photo. You only need to tag us on one platform to be entered into the challenge & we will comment/respond to your post to verify your entry. If your account is private, we won't be able to see your post. Those who email their photo & biking independence story to [email protected] will be given the option to be featured on the Bay State Bike Month Website.


  • June Bike to Parks Round Up

    In June, we challenged you to bike to a park and share your adventure with us. Cyclists across the state took advantage of our challenge to enjoy the great outdoors by bike. We got submissions from local parks to stories of grand bikepacking adventures and everything in between. Everyone who participated in our Bike to Parks challenge was entered to win an Eno Hammock and straps thanks to their local REI Co-op

    The MassBike team was inspired by all the entries we received and added some parks to our "to visit" list. Galen, MassBike's Executive Director, ended June with his own Bike to Parks adventure with MassDOT Secretary Tesler and Steve from the SE Mass NEMBA at Wompatuck State Park in Hingham. After some mountain biking, they checked out the multimodal improvements that connect the park to transit. Wompatuck State Park is easily accessible from the Cohasset Commuter Rail Station thanks to the Whitney Spur Rail Trail. Mass DCR installed some nifty wayfinding signage to make it even easier for riders to navigate between the park and the commuter rail station. 

    Below, you'll find some of the great submissions we received throughout June– maybe they'll inspire your next bike to parks adventure since we hope our challenge inspired you to keep rolling to parks & enjoying the best nature has to offer. If you didn't get a chance to take part in our Bike to Parks Challenge, we hope you join our July Bike Challenge & share your biking independence stories with us for a chance to win a bike repair kit from our friends at Sadie's Bikes.

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  • MassTrails Publishes Benefits of Shared Use Paths Report

    MassTrails, Governor Baker's team working on our statewide trail network, recently released their Shared Use Path Benefits Primer and Shared Use Paths Impact Study. These resources summarize a study MassTrails did on the impacts of four shared use pathways across the Commonwealth. The study sought to understand how shared use pathways comprehensively affect our communities by looking at their economic, health, transportation, environmental, safety, accessibility, and equity impacts. 

    The key findings show that shared use paths come with robust benefits for communities across the commonwealth. They found in terms of transportation that, “During the study period, the shared use paths encouraged over 90,000 active commute trips and reduced motor vehicle travel by over 700,000 miles.” The study only looked at the pathways during a four-month period in 2019–  imagine how many active commute trips could be encouraged through a statewide network of shared use pathways. Advocates across Massachusetts have been discussing the benefits of these paths for a long time and now there is local data to back up our claims.

    The Shared Use Path Benefits Primer will be an excellent tool for advocates working to build shared use pathways in their communities. It takes the key study findings and makes them accessible for community members to understand the immense benefits of these pathways. Those who wish to understand the detailed methodology and findings from the study can take a look at the comprehensive report.  

    MassTrails has created a very valuable tool for advocates across the commonwealth and we’re grateful for the hard work that went into this comprehensive look at shared use pathway benefits in Massachusetts. Now we can cite local data to support our trails as we seek to connect our statewide network. 

    You can access the Shared Use Path Benefits Primer and Shared Use Paths Impact Study at www.mass.gov/guides/benefits-of-shared-use-paths


  • June MassBike Meet-Up: How to Bike Month

    Mark your calendar- this month’s MassBike Meet-Up is happening Monday, June 28th at noon and we’re going to be chatting all things Bay State Bike Month. We’ll be helping you set the groundwork to host well-attended bicycle-friendly events in your community. Attendees will get a sneak peek at our digital resource guides and help shape this year’s Bay State Bike Month celebrations.

    Tune in to this virtual chat to learn about:

     

    Attendees are highly encouraged to share some of their favorite ways to celebrate Bay State Bike Month and lessons they’ve learned about hosting bicycle-friendly events. Learn more about Bay State Bike Month at www.baystatebikemonth.org.

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    MassBike Meet-Ups happen every fourth Monday of the month, these virtual chats fill you in on our work, give you a chance to ask questions, and let us know what you’ve been working on in your community.


  • Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Pony Truss Bridge & Trail

     

    Date: Thursday June 17th, 2021, 10 AM
    Location: Riverside Park at the Pony Truss Bridge
    Followed by a tour of the Pony Truss Trail and planned Greenway improvements.

    The Riverside Greenway Working Group is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Pony Truss Bridge & Trail in Newton on Thursday, June 17th, 2021 at 10 am. The ceremony will be followed by a tour of the Pony Truss Trail and planned Greenway improvements. Please join DCR Commissioner James Montgomery, EEA Assistant Secretary Kurt Gaetner, State Representative Kay Khan, Newton Mayor Ruth Fuller, and the Riverside Greenway Working Group to celebrate the restoration of this historic trail which was completed in March 2021. The Pony Truss Trail restoration was made possible thanks to grants from the Mass DCR Recreational Trails Program and the Solomon Foundation.

    According to the Riverside Greenway Working Group, "Since the 1850s the Pony Truss Bridge and Pony Truss Trail brought folks to the banks of the Charles River Lakes District to walk, boat, and enjoy the beauty of the Charles River. The restoration of the bridge in 2013, the trail in 2021, together with planned trail connections over the next few years, will restore the legacy of “The Riverside Recreation Grounds” as part of the Riverside Greenway." 



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  • Bay State Bike Month Needs a Theme & We Need Your Help!

    Bay State Bike Month is happening this September and we need your help to come up with our theme! Last year our theme was “Ride your way, every day!” and bicyclists across the commonwealth showed off all the different ways they ride. This year we will be able to ride together again and we need the perfect theme to encapsulate the excitement Bay State Bike Month and the MassCommute Bicycle Challenge brings to bicyclists across the state every year.

    The theme winner will get some MassBike swag and their tagline will be used on all of the 2021 Bay State Bike Month materials- including the coveted Bike Month t-shirt!

    To help get you started, here are some words of inspiration for the theme:

    • Momentum
    • Together
    • Inclusivity
    • Equity
    • Multipurpose
    • Movement

    We are looking for something short and sweet, but let your creativity roam free! Bike puns are always appreciated, but not necessary.  

    Submit your theme ideas to [email protected] by June 20th and help us make Bike Month 2021 the best one yet!


  • Bikes on Buses: MBTA Installs Bike Racks on Private Carrier Routes

    Earlier this year, a MassBike member alerted us to an issue of MBTA bus routes being operated by private carriers that weren’t equipped with bike racks, meaning if you were looking to bring your bike on certain routes you were out of luck. Since our organization advocates for multi-modal connections that help bicyclists combine their trips with public transit, we worked to alert the MBTA of our member concerns and checked to see how possible it would be for the private carriers to install racks on all their buses (note: there are a few exceptions to bringing a bike on restricted routes that include tunnels or electric catenary wires).

    Over the years MassBike has worked with the MBTA on several projects, most recently partnering with LivableStreets Alliance and the MBTA to redesign new bus operator training with an all-day curriculum for safe driving around people on bikes. So, we know the agency is aware of the challenges bicyclists face in making multi-modal connections and have shown a willingness to help make their services more accessible to bicyclists. It was through these relationships that we were able to inquire the reasons why the buses operated by private carriers on MBTA routes were missing racks, and how we could help get them installed as soon as possible.

    We found that the MBTA was already having internal discussions about adding a requirement for bike racks to the service specification when they start the next round of contracts, expected for FY24. They had added bike racks to the Winthrop 712/713 contracted bus routes with the start of the current contract but hadn’t included it for the smaller shuttle-style buses used for the 710, 714, and 716 routes. At our prompting, the MBTA agreed to approach their current contractors to see what ability they had to add racks under the remaining contract.

    In late March, we got a photo from the MBTA's Senior Director of Service Planning (a daily bicyclist herself) with the news that bike racks had been installed on the mini-buses utilized for Route 716 in Canton, and about a month later we received photos of the newly installed bus bike racks to be used on Route 714 in Hull! They were just as excited as we were about getting bike racks on these routes and they also look forward to seeing bike racks on more private carrier routes. Next up, they're working on other options for over-the-road coaches that substitute for rail services.

    We are grateful for the partnership we're able to build with the MBTA, to help our multi-modal riders throughout the commonwealth. For a truly connected transportation network, bike+bus connections are crucial, and the addition of racks on these two routes mid-contract is a testament to the MBTA’s support of bicyclists' transportation needs and a willingness to quickly respond to their riders' concerns.

    Have you tried out the bike racks on buses? Let us know how they work for you. And for more information on how the MBTA system supports bicyclists, you can check out their page here: https://www.mbta.com/bikes

     


  • Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act Voted Unanimously Out of Key Senate Committee - Thank you to Senator Markey!

    The Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act of 2021 provides a terrific opportunity to gain essential funding for active transportation projects. On May 26th, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted unanimously to report the bill out of committee with the inclusion of the Markey-Sullivan amendment, also known as the Connecting America’s Active Transportation System Act. 

    The Markey-Sullivan amendment provides $200 million in dedicated funding for connected active transportation networks and trails through a competitive grant program. This funding is a high priority for MassBike and active transportation advocates across the country and will expedite walking and bicycling infrastructure, reducing reliance on cars in our communities.

    The Massachusetts Lobby Day Delegation with Markey Staffer, Eric

    Earlier this year, a group of Massachusetts bike advocates participated in the League of American Bicyclists Virtual Lobby Day where we shared stories with Senator Markey’s staff about the importance of bicycling infrastructure. We left our meeting feeling heard by his staff and Senator Markey’s push to include the Connecting America’s Active Transportation System Act in the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act shows we were right. We are proud to have a bike and pedestrian champion in Senator Markey who continually fights for dedicated active transportation funding at home and in Washington, DC!

    Please take a moment to contact Senator Markey’s Office and thank him for his hard work on getting this amendment included in the bill and for his continued leadership on bike and pedestrian priorities.

     


  • Bike to Parks this June

    We want you to enjoy nature by bike this June, so we’re challenging you to bike to a park and share your adventure with us. You can bike to your local park or turn it into a longer adventure. Adventure Cycling’s Bike Travel Weekend is June 4th-6th, which is the perfect excuse to plan a bike camping trip to one of our great state parks (like Nickerson!)

    How to Participate:

    • Bike to a park & take a photo during your adventure
    • Share your story with us! Either tag @MassBike in your bike to parks photo on social media or email us a photo and sentence about your adventure to [email protected]

    Those who bike to a park between June 1st and June 7th and share their bike to park adventure with us via social media or email will be entered for a chance to win a free entry to the RoundQuabbin gravel fondo happening on July 5th thanks to Domestique Events. If a gorgeous day biking around the Quabbin sounds like fun to you, don't miss out on your chance for a free RoundQuabbin race entry.

    Everyone who participates in our Bike to Parks challenge will be entered to win an Eno Hammock and straps thanks to your local REI Co-op

    Make sure you're following MassBike on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter so you can tag us in your bike to park photo. You only need to tag us on one platform to be entered into the challenge & we will comment/respond to your post to verify your entry. If your account is private, we won't be able to see your post. Those who email their photo & bike to park story to [email protected] will be given the option to be featured on the Bay State Bike Month website.

    We can't wait to see where your bike takes you this June!

    Looking for some bike travel inspiration? Check out Adventure Cycling Association’s Bike Travel Weekend Ideas or get inspired for a Massachusetts adventure with our Bikepacking the Bay Circuit Trail Webinar.


  • Let's Chat Trails - May MassBike Meet-Up

    Our MassBike May Meet-Up is on Monday, May 24th at noon, we'll be discussing trails and how MassBike can support your projects across the commonwealth. We'll be joined by members of the state's MassTrails team who oversee the recently published Mass Central Rail Trail Feasibility Study. Bring your lunch and get ready to catch up on trail & pathway progress across Massachusetts.
    Join to learn about:
    • Regional trail updates
    • The Mass Central Rail Trail Feasibility Study
    • How MassBike can support your local trail project 

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    MassBike Meet-Ups happen every fourth Monday of the month, these virtual chats fill you in on our work, give you a chance to ask questions, and let us know what you’ve been working on in your community.


  • Celebrating Bicycling in Holyoke

    MassBike joined Holyoke’s Bike and Pedestrian Committee, ValleyBike, and RAD Springfield on Wednesday to celebrate National Bike Month and encourage Holyoke residents to get biking. The event teamed up with Neighbor to Neighbor and Neuva Esperanza’s food distribution to reach Holyoke residents who rely on bicycles for transportation. 

    ValleyBike was sharing information about their free Access Passes for qualified community members and offering free test rides of their electric pedal-assist bikes. The ValleyBike Access Pass program is supported by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts with the goal of providing reliable transportation to those who need it the most. Holyoke is slated to get three new stations thanks to a recent grant from MassDOT’s Shared Streets and Spaces program which will make their bike share system an even more convenient transportation option.

    Rad Springfield, the community bike shop at Mike-It Springfield, provided free bike tune-ups to event attendees. Rad Springfield is deeply invested in supporting access to bicycles for underserved community members and has been working with Springfield community groups to outfit refugees with bikes to help them with crucial transportation needs. Their DIY bike shop space will be re-opening to the public soon after being appointment-only during the pandemic. 

    MassBike distributed free bike lights with our Connecticut River Valley Chapter as part of our #LightsBridage by Bkin program. The free bike lights will help Holyoke riders be legal and seen when they ride at night. We were excited to support Holyoke's event and are always looking for volunteers to help host more #LightsBrigade events through the state. If you want to host an event in your area, reach out to [email protected] for more info. 

    Holyoke was the first community in Western Mass to adopt a Complete Streets ordinance back in 2015 and they continue to work towards a more bicycle and pedestrian-friendly community.


  • Congratulations to our April Bike Challenge Winners!

    A huge thank you to everyone who participated in our April Bike Challenge. We hope that the challenge encouraged you to get biking and served at a kickstart to the riding season. We had a hardy group of riders who took a trip every single day last month and we loved seeing everyone's updates on the MassBike Love to Ride group.

    Another huge thank you to Cleverhood for graciously donating three rover rain capes for our challenge. The winners of the capes are:

    • Adam Shutes
    • Brian Pearson
    • Jane Wang

    We hope all of our April challengers join for our May Challenge and chose a day each week to commute by bike. All of these challenges are leading up to Bay State Bike Month in September during which we hope to be able to ride with you in person to celebrate. 


  • ValleyBike Expands– Increasing Bike Share Access in the Connecticut River Valley

    Update: After posting this article, Springfield re-opened their ValleyBike system. 

    On April 22nd, West Springfield launched their ValleyBike system with a station outside the West Springfield Public Library making it the seventh city/town to join the regional bike share network. The West Springfield system is made up of two stations for now; the second is located on the corner of Memorial Ave and Union St where a major complete streets project is planned to take place.

    Just a few days later, on April 24th, Easthampton launched a new station on Parsons Street. ValleyBike came to Easthampton in 2019 during the second year of the regional program and Parsons Street is the city's fifth bike share station. The launch in West Springfield and Easthampton addition is just the beginning of ValleyBike’s planned expansions in 2021.

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