How Hiring: 2023 Bay State Bike Month Logo Designer

January 12, 2023

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

January 10, 2023

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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An Act to Reduce Traffic Fatalities is Signed Into Law!

January 02, 2023

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

December 27, 2022

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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2022 MassBike Staff Highlights

December 27, 2022

In 2022, the MasBike staff kept busy supporting better bicycling initiatives across the Commonwealth. By working with coalition partners, we made progress through advocacy, education, legislation, and community building around better bicycling initiatives. We're proud of all we accomplished this year and took some time to reflect on our favorite MassBike moments, read on for some of the staff highlights from the past year.

Galen - Executive Director 

Charlie Proctor Memorial Ride 40-milers

Galen (center) at the State House E-Bike Demo Day

This year we ran the first annual Charlie Proctor Memorial Ride, in honor of Charlie who was killed in a crash in Arlington in 2020. Along with our advocacy to support the Town of Arlington redesigning the intersection where Charlie was killed, we honored Charlie’s memory by hosting a ride for his family, friends, and our fellow advocates around the Mystic Lakes and along the Minuteman pathway. Now, MassBike doesn’t run a lot of rides, and this one was particularly tricky with all the jurisdictions to manage (DCR and the three towns of the bikeway), but we got everyone in alignment and on a bright and warm late spring day we hosted over 80 folks for a ride and after party at the Tufts Sailing Pavilion. Not only was the ride an organizational success, but I was also heartened by the memories shared by Charlie’s friends and family recounting stories of Charlie’s bike rides, hiking treks, and sailing adventures.

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Worcester E-Bike Program - December 2022 Update

December 22, 2022

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

December 09, 2022

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

November 23, 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

November 16, 2022

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.

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November 20th is World Day of Remembrance

November 10, 2022

In 2022, eight bicyclists in Massachusetts tragically lost their lives on our roadways. On November 20th, we’ll recognize these individuals and each person impacted by fatal or serious crashes on our roadways during World Day of Remembrance for victims of traffic crashes.

We invite you to join us in recognizing World Day of Remembrance by taking individual action or joining/planning events in your community. The Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition, of which MassBike is a member, is marking the occasion by laying down yellow flowers at the Massachusetts State House, one blossom for each person killed or seriously injured in a crash in 2022, and coordinating events across the state to remember those lost in traffic deaths.

Below we outlined ways you can recognize World Day of Remembrance. Please see the MA Vision Zero Coalition's World Day of Remembrance Toolkit for a regularly updated list of events happening across the state.

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