The Light Brigade is back!

September 25, 2018

Back for a second year, MassBike is on a mission to shine bright lights across the Commonwealth. The Light Brigade is back! Last year we gave out over 1400 lights to bicycle riders in need thanks to your donations.

As we approach darker months of the year and the fall time-change, rider safety can become more challenging so we want to light up the night and make sure riders are easily seen on the roadways. Throughout the entire month of October once again, MassBike will raise funds to purchase quality lights from Planet Bike and will distribute and install them on bikes across the state prior the end of Daylight Saving Time.

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Pioneer Valley Chapter Update - August 2018

September 10, 2018

The following is a quick update from our Pioneer Valley Chapter! Read on for a few noteworthy items from the month of August from Chapter President Alex Weck:

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North Shore Chapter Update

August 09, 2018

The North Shore Chapter of MassBike is open to anyone who participates in or supports cycling of all kinds in the 22 Essex County communities east of I-95, plus Middleton. Active membership in MassBike is strongly encouraged.

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Pioneer Valley Chapter Update

August 09, 2018

2018 has been a year of transition for MassBike state-wide. Our Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin County group is no exception. New leadership is now in place, actively working throughout the Valley. Additional Board of Directors positions are available for qualified candidates.

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Central Mass Chapter Update

August 08, 2018

Written by MassBike Central Mass Chapter Secretary Lesli Cohen

Since our inception in April of 2018, the newly formed Central Massachusetts chapter of MassBike has had a busy spring and summer full of activities and accomplishments. Our Board of Directors, consisting of Rebekah Weiner as President, Dawn Lovejoy as Vice President, Lesli Cohen as Secretary, and Bill Millett as Treasurer, and our at large representative Elizabeth Wicks, have hit the ground pedaling. We’ve held regular monthly chapter meetings (every third Thursday of the month) and there are several plans in the works for exciting activities in beautiful Worcester County.

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Introducing MassBike's New Executive Director, Galen Mook: A Q&A

June 05, 2018

Mook_BikeTalk.jpgMassBike’s Board of Directors has named experienced and well respected community organizer and local activist Galen Mook as the organization’s new Executive Director. Mook will take over helm of the statewide advocacy organization in July as Massachusetts is seeing an explosion in growth of the number of people biking for fun, exercise, commuting, and competition. Cities and towns are responding to this demand by increasingly investing in safer street design and expanded multi-use paths.

As co-founder of the CommonWheels Bicycle Collective in Allston, MA, co-host of the bi-weekly radio program BikeTalk881 and co-founder of BU Bikes when he was a student at Boston University, Galen deeply understands the needs of local advocates. He also has extensive bike industry experience, working for Landry's Bicycles for the past five years. In this Q&A Galen speaks about why he’s excited to lead the organization at this critical time, his vision for MassBike’s future growth, and what biking means to him.

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MassBike Names Galen Mook as New Executive Director

June 05, 2018

Experienced Grassroots Advocate Will Lead Statewide Bike Advocacy Group at Time of Growing Popularity in Bicycling

The MassBike Board of Directors has named well respected community advocate Galen Mook as the organization’s new Executive Director. Mook will take over helm of the statewide advocacy organization in July as Massachusetts is seeing an explosion in growth of the number of people biking for fun, exercise, commuting, and competition. Cities and towns are responding to this demand by increasingly investing in safer street design and expanded multi-use paths.

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Why Do We Tolerate Blind Spots, Both Physical and Cultural?

April 06, 2018

A response to the recent press release from the office of Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan on the crash that killed Bernard "Joe" Lavins in October 2016:

By RICHARD FRIES

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced earlier this week that there would be no charges against the driver who drove his 18-wheel tractor trailer over Bernard “Joe” Lavins in Cambridge’s Porter Square on October 5, 2016.

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Investigation into October 5, 2016 Fatal Bike Collision in Cambridge Complete

April 03, 2018

The following is  a press release from the office of District Attorney Marian T. Ryan:

Investigation into October 5, 2016 Fatal Bike Collision in Cambridge Complete

CAMBRIDGE – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that the investigation into the October 5, 2016 fatal bicycle crash that occurred on Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge has been completed. 

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Autonomous Vehicle Fatality: a Wake up Call

March 30, 2018

Autonomous Vehicle Fatality: a Wake up Call (by T4MA, MassBike, and WalkBoston)

On March 18, an autonomous vehicle (AV) killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. Initial evidence suggests that the backup driver was distracted, and the vehicle did not make any attempt to avoid the collision. This should serve as a wake-up call. We believe that with the right policies and procedures in place, autonomous vehicle testing can be safe. However, it is clear that at least in some conditions, this is not yet the case.

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