As MassBike welcomes in the New Year, we first must acknowledge what this past year meant for us and for so many people who faced loss and tough challenges. We have all been forced to look at the world with new eyes, and to ask hard questions about how we treat each other and build a better world together. For MassBike this meant continuously pivoting our work to face the headwinds and manage each moment to maintain momentum for bike advocacy across the state. Through it all, we kept rolling. Below are a few notable inflection points that defined our year.Read more
Earlier this year, MassBike teamed up with WatsonActive with support from the Mass in Motion program to offer grants up to $1,000 to organizations for bike-related activities. These grants sought to expand access to bicycling through local capacity building and support projects that work within the framework of the Four E’s of Bicycle Advocacy: Encouragement, Engineering, Education, Evaluation and Planning. Each of the E’s is viewed through the lens of “Equity and Inclusion,” with the goal to increase participation in bicycling for transportation, fitness, and recreation.
MassBike was thrilled to award six organizations across the state with mini-grants to further bike-related activities across the commonwealth. We provided technical assistance to the implementation of the mini-grants through periodic check-ins to ensure the projects stayed on track in the extra challenging year that was 2020.Read more
This year we've been so grateful for the support we’ve received this year from cycling advocates across the commonwealth. We’ve kept bicycle advocacy strong, thanks to our coalition partners and the financial support of our generous donors. With the 2020 bike boom, MassBike is in the perfect position to push bicycling advocacy forward statewide but we need more donors to help keep the momentum going. Give now and the Charlie Proctor Memorial Fund will double your donation. Your donation helps MassBike support our partners across Massachusetts as we work together for better bicycling for all.
Those who tuned into MassBike’s annual meeting met a few of our coalition partners, we wanted to introduce you to a few leaders in bicycle advocacy who are working with MassBike across the state.Read more
On Monday, December 7th, over 220 MassBike supporters joined together over zoom to hear about the great work being done by our partners and cycling advocates from across the commonwealth. We at MassBike would like to thank everyone who came, we were overwhelmed by the support we received during the program. As promised, we have the recording of the event for those of you who couldn’t attend the entire evening.
You can view the entire two-hour program in full below. For your convenience, we have also created videos of each segment so you can tune into what you missed or are most interested in watching and sharing with others. In this post, we've included a recap of each segment, including the video and pertinent links so you don’t miss any of the great content that was shared on Monday.Read more
2020 has been a challenging year but it has also brought lots of new opportunities for bicycling advocacy so to tackle the work we’ve needed to grow our team. MassBike is excited to announce we’ve added two wonderful new staff members. Please welcome Chrystal Walsh our new Development Coordinator and Jes Slavin our new Communications Coordinator. We are thrilled to have their help as we use the momentum of this bike boom to drive advocacy forward across the commonwealth.
Chrystal and Jes both worked hard on our recent #GivingTuesday fundraising push and are currently helping to put together the MassBike Annual Meeting that’s happening on Monday, December 7th at 6pm. We wanted to introduce them to you before you meet them virtually for the first time at the Annual Meeting (which you should RSVP for right now if you haven’t yet).Read more
On November 15th, iconic bridges and buildings across the Commonwealth glowed yellow for the World Day of Remembrance for road traffic victims. As part of the MA Vision Zero Coalition, MassBike honored this day by remembering those we have lost in bicycle crashes this year. Usually, we gather together for World Day of Remembrance. But this year, like during much of 2020, we mourned those we have lost in bicycle crashes this year while apart. We lit candles at home and shared photos of the structures lit up yellow to honor road traffic victims. In this incredibly hard year, we are continuing to honor World Day of Remembrance throughout the month of November.
Christopher Weigl's Memorial Ghost Bike with his camera bag
Photo by Rachel Smook
We've wrapped up a successful Bay State Bike Month and MassCommute Bicycle Challenge, and we wanted to share the numbers and thank all the riders (and winners) for their collective efforts to get wheels turning this September for Bike Month.
Together, we all got more fit, had fun riding with friends, saved money, and (most importantly) helped protect the planet by reducing greenhouse gas emissions one pedal stroke at a time. Check out the stats below:Read more
Bike Month starts TODAY!
September is Bay State Bike Month, and our statewide events calendar and bicycle challenges are up and rolling. With so much going on both virtually and in-person (distanced), we hope you will join us for a unifying month of celebrating biking in all corners of Massachusetts.
Some highlights this week:
- Sep. 1: Bike/Walk Holyoke Virtual Scavenger Hunt
- Sep. 2: Webinar: Intro to Everyday Biking (feat. Galen from MassBike)
- Sep. 5: Concord Bike Rodeo
- All Month Long: Ride for Food: Off the Beaten Path
** 7/17/20 UPDATE: The e-bike and micromobility amendment 163 passed with a voice vote in the Senate to be included in their version of the transportation bond bill! Thanks to all the supporters and constituents who contacted their Senators to ask them to support defining e-bikes in Massachusetts. **
We need your help! This Thursday, July 16th the MA Senate will debate and vote on the transportation bond bill, which includes a specific amendment filed by Senator Sal DiDomenico to classify electric bicycles.
This amendment defines e-bikes to make them distinct from mopeds, so they can be regulated similar to bicycles. We need your help to ask your Senator to vote "YES" on Amendment Number 163. The vote is taking place this Thursday, July 16 so please take a minute to help TODAY!
This is our chance to ensure e-bikes are legalized throughout Massachusetts. Please contact your Senator before this Thursday.
For more information about MassBike advocacy related to defining electric bicycles, please see our page here.
MA Representatives Support Bicycling in the Federal Transportation Bill
Our representatives in Washington have been busy working to make sure bicycling concerns are included in the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee approved the INVEST for America Act. MassBike has been working with our advocacy partners and our friends in Washington to make sure Congress authorizes transportation dollars that don't leave out folks on two-wheels. The bill is likely to be voted in the House within a week, so stay tuned for action alerts to reach out to your congresspeople!
Big THANKS to Congresswoman Pressley (MA-7) for co-sponsoring the Bicycle Commuter Act and to Representative Neal (MA-1) for clearing its way through the Ways and Means Committee to have bicycle benefits included in the House Infrastructure Bill. With a little nudge from MassBike and our partners at the League of American Bicyclists, LivableStreets Alliance, Boston Cyclists Union, and Lyft (which is the operator of Bluebikes bike sharing system owned by the municipalities around Greater Boston), they were able to help shepherd the commuter benefit back into our transportation bill after it was suspended under the 2017 tax cuts.
Additionally, Representative Lynch (MA-8) led the inclusion of a National Road Safety Assessment that focuses on bicyclists and pedestrians by requiring the Federal Highway Administration’s district offices to identify and catalog roads and intersections that are unsafe for bicycling and walking. This will create an important tool for state and local governments--and for advocates--to identify priorities to target our advocacy where it's most needed.
We're proud to say bicyclists in Massachusetts are well represented in Washington, but we're still keeping a keen eye on this crucial legislation, and we'll be sure to reach out when we need help asking for support from our elected officials as this bill makes it way through the House of Representatives and onto the Senate!