"Roads & streets are more than connections from point A to point B. They tell stories, some of them tragic, that are worth remembering."
It is with this slogan in mind that MassBike participated in World Day of Remembrance, an international vigil and memorial event to remember the many millions killed and injured on the world’s roads, together with their families, friends and the many others who are affected.
This past Sunday, hundreds of vigil members gathered in the cold outside the State House; we named aloud, one by one, those killed by traffic violence in the state in 2018. We placed yellow flowers on the steps of Boston City Hall and wrote chalk messages on its entryway for everyone in City Hall to read. And we heard the personal, heart wrenching, tragic stories of those who lost their loved ones to needless traffic crashes.Read more
In response to the tragic fatal crash on the Museum of Science bridge connecting Cambridge to Boston, which killed 24-year old Boston University grad student Meng Jin, MassBike is calling on all municipalities and the state to make roads safer for cyclists by pursuing truck safety measures.
The vehicle involved was a large dump truck. Both the bicyclist and the truck driver, a 50-year-old man from Leicester, were waiting to take a right hand turn. Meng was on his bike when he was knocked down and rolled over by the wheels of the truck. This crash could easily have involved a pedestrian, or a person on a scooter, or a person in a wheelchair, or a person crossing the street, or really any vulnerable road user.
With renewed concern for the safety of bicyclists on Massachusetts roadways, MassBike Executive Director Galen Mook spoke with the Boston Herald on the topic. “Making drivers more aware and more cautious is the No. 1 thing we can do. Just being aware that you’re not alone out there in the world,” said Mook.Read more
The following Central Mass Chapter Update was prepared by Chapter Secretary Lesli Cohen:
On Saturday, October 27, members of MassBike Central MA shared an information table with the 7 Hills Wheelmen for the opening of the Blackstone Heritage Corridor Visitor Center in Worcester.Read more
The following was submitted on behalf of the North Shore Chapter by Dan Morris:
The North Shore Chapter wrapped up the month of October and headed straight into the business of November with its second meeting in Salem on November 4th. The agenda of the meeting focused on empowering local advocates and offered an introduction to MassDOT Capital Improvement Plan.Read more
The following updates were submitted by Pioneer Valley Chapter President Alex Weck:
The month of October saw the formation of the Agawam Bike Committee, where citizens of one of Springfield's most bikeable neighbors gathered to talk bike infrastructure and advocacy for the first time in decades.
A second round of public meetings on design work for the Northern Strand Community Trail are scheduled in your area and we need your support!
The public is encourage to attend any (or all) of the 5 public meetings set during the month of November for the Northern Strand Community Trail starting tonight, Monday November 5. In February, the state announced it would award $1.5 million for design work which includes design improvements for sections of the trail which are already open as well as the long sought after extension through Lynn. The funding will also be used to extend the trail in Everett through the Wynn Casino property will it will eventually make a critical connection to trails heading into Boston.Read more
On Tuesday, October 30, we traveled to Newburyport to celebrate the final milestone of the John Greenleaf Whittier Bridge Project.
This Pioneer Valley Chapter update has been provided by Chapter President Alex Weck:
In the Pioneer Valley, our bike valet team has been busy with September events.Read more
This chapter update has been provided by Lesli Cohen:
One of the highlights of September for the newly formed (but very active!) Central Mass Chapter of MassBike was on Sunday, September 16th.Read more
The information in this North Shore Chapter update has been provided thanks to Daniel Morris:
The members of the North Shore Chapter have been busy assisting with the expansion of an annual fundraising event, the Tour de Greenbelt held on this past weekend on 9/29/2018.Read more