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.Read more
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
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.
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.Read more
Breakstone, White and Gluck Recognized as a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Business by the League of American BicyclistsFebruary 19, 2022
The League of American Bicyclists recently recognized Breakstone, White & Gluck with a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) award for the second time. Breakstone, White & Gluck joins 34 other bicycle-friendly businesses in Massachusetts.
Breakstone, White & Gluck, a Boston personal injury law firm, was recognized for its Project KidSafe campaign and 10 years of building strong community partnerships to reach low-income children and others with bicycle helmets. Breakstone, White & Gluck, and its community partners – over 50 police departments, bike committees and local groups – have now given away over 33,000 bicycle helmets to children since 2013.Read more
By Craig Della Penna
Recently, an interesting “transportation-related” case was decided-on in DC. A kind of case not normally seen going to the Surface Transportation Board (STB). A case that was a last gasp, Hail Mary Pass of a "Not In My Backyard" group opposed to the development of a rail-trail in Sudbury, Massachusetts. The case, though obscure, will have a great impact on the development of the longest rail-trail network in the northeast. But first, a little history...Read more
Did you know that Belmont is considering installing parking-protected bicycle lanes on Concord Avenue?
Thie week on February 17th, at 7PM, Belmont’s Transportation Advisory Committee will hold a public hearing to discuss the possible installation of parking-protected bicycle lanes on Concord Avenue.
The bike lanes that currently exist along Concord avenue discourage inexperienced riders from biking on Concord Avenue. They leave people on bikes between parked cars and the busy travel lane with buses. Right now, students who may be biking to school could experience blocked bike lanes, car doors opening into their bike lane, and other hazards as they are left unprotected.
Parking protected bike lanes reduce the risk of dooring, eliminate the risk that vehicles can block the bike lane, prevent bicyclists from being passed too close, and invite riders of all ages and abilities to cycle.
Progress on these plans was held back by concerns about the parking loss these new lanes would create. The process is now starting again, but we need your support to make sure these lanes can be installed this year with the planned repaving of Concord Avenue.
If you live in Belmont or regularly ride on Concord Ave, please attend the remote meeting on February 17th at 7PM, to make sure that Belmont knows that there is strong support for these safer bike lanes.
- Learn more about the public meeting: Belmont Transportation Advisory Committee February 17, 2022
- View the full conceptual plan: Concord Ave Separated Bike Lanes Plan
- Join the public meeting on 2/17 at 7pm with this zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88973601904
Bay State Bike Month is coming back in May 2022 to align with National Bike Month, so it's time to start planning all the bikey fun. Save the dates below and keep reading to kick-start your Bay State Bike Month Prep.
- May 1st - National Ride A Bike Day
- May 16th - 20th - Bike to Work Week
- Friday, May 20th - Bike to Work Day
February 2nd is the legislative deadline to get our bills reported "favorably" out of their respective committees, and we need your help to show the impact bike-friendly bills will have across Massachusetts! Please take a few minutes to write to the chairs of the committees and your local legislators, to share your personal stories about why safe and accessible bicycling is important to you.
How You Can Help
- Learn about our priorities at www.massbike.org/legislation
Craft your stories: Why is this legislation important to you? Three significant themes we recommend focusing on are:
- Combating climate change and greenhouse gas emissions
- Reducing traffic congestion
- Creating an equitable transportation system by improving public safety and welfare for all riders
Contact your local State Representative and Sate Senator to check-in
- Tell your stories and how they relate to the bills
- Ask them to get in touch with committee chairs
- Contact the chairs of the committees this week!
- Track the bills using the bill numbers and stay in contact with your local reps for support as bills move forward
MassBike has many priority bills, yet right now the bills currently in the Joint Committee on Transportation are the ones we most urgently need to pass to support roadway safety and electric bicycle regulations. Using the contact information below, email your personal comments sharing why you support the bills and request they be favorably reported out of committee.Read more
Join MassBike for the National Bike Summit! The 2022 National Bike Summit will be taking place online & in Washington, DC from Sunday, March 27 to Wednesday, March 30, 2022. This year's National Bike Summit will be a hybrid event, with online sessions and in-person programming. All keynote speeches, plenary sessions, and panels will be held virtually. In-person attendees in Washington, DC, will be able to join the virtual sessions while also participating in in-person workshops, bike rides, and networking events. We want to bring a group of our coalition from across the commonwealth to share knowledge, learn from each other, and show our legislators that we have statewide support for better bicycling for all in Massachusetts.
Lobby Day will also be hybrid, with virtual House of Representative meetings for all attendees and in-person Senate meetings for in-person attendees. We hope to have a large delegation for the Lobby Day to show our stalwart public servants in Washington how much momentum there is behind better bicycling in Massachusetts.
Interested in attending but want to know a little bit more about what a virtual National Bike Summit entails? Check out our National Bike Summit 2021 Wrap Up and A Youth Perspective on the 2021 National Bike Summit blogs to learn more about last year's summit. You can also reach out to us at [email protected] with any questions you may have.
Early bird pricing is available until January 31st and youth participants (those under 21) can join the virtual summit for free. In-person attendance will require proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. You can find more information on the Bike League Website.
On Monday, January 24th at noon we'll be hosting our first virtual MassBike Meet-Up of 2022. We'll be sharing a legislative update about bike-friendly bills in Massachusetts and what you can do to support them. We will also be discussing the National Bike Summit and how you can support bike-friendly initiatives at the federal level.
Join to learn about:
- The status of bike-friendly bills in MA
- How you can help move bike-friendly bills forward
- The National Bike Summit & Federal Lobby Day
Our virtual Meet-Ups are meeting style which allows for attendee participation and there will be opportunities to ask questions. This session will be recorded and posted on the MassBike youtube channel within a few days of the event.
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 a topic you'd like us to cover, let us know by emailing [email protected]