30 Days of Biking Challenge

March 25, 2021

Get riding this April with MassBike's "30 Days of Biking Challenge". Ride every day, 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 just the beginning of what we have planned to get you riding this year. We’ll be promoting monthly ride challenges leading up to Bay State Bike Month in September!

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 (don’t forget to join the MassBike Strava Club!)
  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 rides every day in April & logs their trips on Love to Ride will be entered to win a Cleverhood 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. 

We are extremely excited for our monthly ride challenges leading up to Bay State Bike Month and will be rolling out challenge themes & rules soon– so stay tuned. Make sure you are following MassBike on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter so you don't miss any announcements.

Want to help sponsor Bay State Bike Month or one of our monthly challenges? Reach out to [email protected] for more information.

 

How to Connect your Strava to Love to Ride

  • Go to your Love to Ride Profile using little gear next to your name & clicking "Edit Profile"

  • Find the "Strava" line & follow instructions, when you are successfully connected it will look like this

 

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Bike Cleaning Tips

March 24, 2021

Giving your bike a regular cleaning guarantees it will keep you rolling for miles to come but sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. MassBike's Executive Director, Galen Mook, recently joined Ciclismo Classico to break down the dirt on the bike cleaning know-how. His tips stick to the basics, without needing a lot of space or fancy equipment. You can follow along with Galen's bike cleaning workshop using the materials list and cleaning tips provided below. 

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Support the Belmont Community Path

March 12, 2021

The Belmont Community Path needs your support in the next two weeks to secure funding for the path – please read below for action items to contact the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).

This two-mile bike and pedestrian path is a critical link in the 104 mile Massachusetts Central Rail Trail from Boston to Northampton, many pieces of which are now open. Specifically, this path will connect Waltham and points West to Cambridge’s Alewife Station via the Fitchburg cutoff. It will also provide connections to the Minuteman Bikeway and the Somerville Community Path. The Belmont Community Path is an essential piece in a broader transportation and recreation network for local communities and the state, and cannot go unfunded. The path is currently in the design phase and the town of Belmont is seeking funding for construction. The state legislature has already allocated some, but not all funds, and the town is now seeking further, federal, funding from the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).

#5: Belmont, just to the east of Waltham, is designing a “community path" that would link to the existing Fitchburg Cutoff Path, the Alewife Red Line station, and the Minuteman trail. (Waltham is also in the advanced stages of designing its own segment of the Mass. Central Rail Trail. The first section, between Main Street and Beaver Street, could begin construction in 2021.) (Source: StreetsBlog Mass)

Are you in support?  The MPO has already heard from a vocal minority in Belmont who are in opposition, and it is critical that path supporters make their voices heard by sending comments to the MPO as they evaluate transportation improvement projects for funding. To express support please email MPO TIP Manager, Matt Genova at [email protected] by March 22. The MPO will be making funding recommendations on March 25th.

The Friends of Belmont Community Path has created a template email that you may use to send your comments to the MPO. Feel free to cut and paste and customize to your liking. Personalized comments, though helpful, are not required.

If you have any questions about the project, you can reach out to the Friends of Belmont Community Path at [email protected]. You can also plug-in to more ways to support the path by joining the Friends of Belmont Community Path Google Group.

 

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A Youth Perspective on the 2021 National Bike Summit

March 10, 2021

A Guest Post by Dina Gorelik

Last week, I had the opportunity to virtually attend the National Bike Summit. It was a jam-packed four days with workshops and lobbying. The first session I attended was a youth breakout session. I was in a breakout room with several youth advocates and adult allies, and we discussed youth advocacy and empowerment, exploring ways we can empower young people to get involved with the bike advocacy movement. In all of our experiences, the biggest hurdle that young people faced was identifying how to get involved in the first place. If a student wants to make the route to school safer, who should they talk to? We also discussed the pervasive car culture that prohibits more young people from biking in the first place. Having the opportunity to meet other young people involved in bike advocacy was very inspiring; I have not had the opportunity to talk with other young bike advocates, and it was reassuring to hear that we all face similar problems and challenges.

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Work For Your Local Bike Shop in 2021

March 08, 2021

With longer days and warmer temperatures on the horizon, many of us are starting to bring our bicycles into our local bike shops for their springtime tune-ups. In turn, bike shops around the commonwealth are gearing up for another busy maintenance season and adding staff to handle the demand of the spring and summer months. If you are looking to find a job in the bike industry, now is the perfect time to check in with your local bike shop to see who is hiring.

Here are just a few of the local bike shops where we’ve seen job opportunities, click on the links below to learn more:

 

Do you have open positions at your shop? Email us at [email protected] and we’ll add you to the list.

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National Bike Summit 2021 Wrap Up

March 05, 2021

The League of American Bicyclists hosted their National Bike Summit virtually this year and over 30 people from Massachusetts attended the three packed days of bicycling advocacy education and the annual Bike Summit Lobby Day. Our delegation included long-time bicycling advocates, first-time Bike Summit attendees, and youth from all across the commonwealth. We not only had the largest turnout to ever attend thanks to the virtual format but our state's bike-friendly work was highlighted throughout the conference. 

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National Bike Summit Lobby Day Asks 2021

March 02, 2021

Legislative advocacy season is currently in full swing at both the state and national levels. Usually, the MassBike team along with a group of bicycling advocates from across the state would be headed down to Washington D.C. for the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Summit. The Summit is a time to learn from bicycling supporters from across the country and engage with our stalwart public servants during the annual lobby day event on the hill.

Like much else, this year’s National Bike Summit has moved to a virtual format. So, we are logging in for education and advocacy from behind our screens. 

While many of us will be missing the in-person camaraderie that the Summit brings, this virtual format has allowed us to bring the largest Massachusetts Delegation ever to the Summit. Over 30 Massachusetts advocates are attending this year and will be bringing back a wealth of information to their communities. This ability for increased participation will allow us to further take advantage of the bike boom and further our impact to make our communities more bike-friendly.

Beyond the educational benefits, one of the more important aspects of the Summit is the opportunity to engage with our elected officials during lobby day. Each year, the League of American Bicyclists puts together a list of bike-friendly bills and initiatives to ask our electeds to support. This year is a transportation reauthorization year, which gives us the opportunity to push for more bicycle-friendly transportation initiatives. 

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Better Bicycling in the 192nd Legislative Session

February 23, 2021

Better Biking Bills at MA State House

The legislative bill filing season is moving along here in Massachusetts – and we need your help! We have several bicycle-friendly bills filed in both the MA House of Representatives and the Senate, and we'd like your local legislators to become cosponsors.

Working with reps and senators from across the state, we have six bills we're supporting, which help improve road safety, promote electric bicycle regulations, offer incentives for bicycle commuting, and fund rail trails. You can find more information about these bills below, and on our Legislation Advocacy webpage.

This is the very start of the bill-becomes-a-law process, and a good time to let your reps know to chime in.

Our ask for you is to:

  1. Get to know our six bicycle-related bills that have been filed for the 192nd Legislative Session
  2. Find and contact your local state legislators, either by phone call or email
  3. Ask them to support these bicycle-related bills (reference the bills by "docket number," and remember to thank them for their work!)
  4. And please share a story about why promoting bicycling, improving road safety, and building our rail trails are so important to you

To make this easy, we've created a template to use to reference the bills when contacting your legislator. If it helps, click HERE to use the template.

Details of the bills we're supporting are below

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Register for the 2021 National Bike Summit

January 26, 2021

Join MassBike for the National Bike Summit- virtually! The 2021 National Bike Summit will be taking place online, February 28th - March 3rd. Attend educational workshops, network with bicycling advocates from across the country, and advocate for your congressional district during the virtual lobby day.

The National Bike Summit usually takes place in Washington D.C. every year and our mighty Massachusetts delegation usually travels down to Washington to learn, share, and lobby for better bicycling policies with our senators and congresspeople. With this year’s virtual format, we're looking to grow our team to have a bigger group than ever before attend the summit. Bicycling advocates from across the commonwealth are encouraged to attend, to share knowledge, learn from each other, and show our legislators that we have statewide support for better bicycling for all in Massachusetts.

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Rail Trails - Upcoming Trails & 2021 MassTrails Grant

January 23, 2021

From beginning cyclists to commuters to long-distance riders, everyone enjoys a scenic ride along Massachusetts’s many rail trails. These trails are separated from cars which makes them low stress for both recreation and transportation. They are also a great, socially distanced way to explore across Massachusetts. Due to decades of advocacy and hard work, rail trails are now plentiful across the commonwealth, and they’re being knitted together piece by piece every year. To find a trail near you, we recommend using the Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s (MAPC) Trail Map. The map includes statewide data on walking and cycling paths. You can use the trail map filters to sort by trail type and can even check out the proposed trails advocates across the state are currently working to bring to life.

Southern New England Trunkline Trail in Douglas, MA

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