Volunteer With MassBike During Bike Month

With Bike Month and Bay State Bike Week both right around the corner, MassBike will be out and about during all of May. We need your help to be out in full force representing bicyclists.

By volunteering with MassBike, you can support your state-wide bicycle advocacy organization and help to make Bike Month and Bay State Bike Week huge successes. You can also volunteer to earn a MassBike membership. Plus, MassBike volunteers have a lot of fun and get a free Bay State Bike Week T-shirt.

MassBike relies on volunteer support to reach out to bicyclists throughout Massachusetts. Whether you'd like to help spread the word about bicycling at a table, get your hands dirty cleaning chains, park bicycles out by the Charles River, or just give away free stuff, we've got an event where you can help out. Visit our volunteer calendar and check out the list below.

If you would like to help out with an event or have questions, please email volunteer@massbike.org.

Here are the events:

May Fair - Sunday, May 1, Harvard Square; 12pm-6pm

MassBike will joining this year's May Fair in Harvard Square. We'll be tabling to let people know what is going on in bicycling in Massachusetts, hand out some safety info, and let them know more about MassBike. Volunteers will help out for two hour shifts. Come down to help out MassBike and then enjoy the rest of the fair!

Urban AdvenTours' Bike Month Kickoff - Sunday, May 1, Christopher Columbus Park; 12pm-5pm

We'll be out with Urban AdvenTours to help kick off Bike Month. We'll be tabling, handing out safety info and letting people know more about MassBike. There will be free coffee and snacks. Plus a raffle for a new bike, proceeds of which go to MassBike. Volunteer shifts are 2:30 hours.

New England Bike Expo - Saturday, May 7 & Sunday, May 8, Somerville Armory (191 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA); 5/7 & 5/8: 9:00am-5:00pm

The first ever New England Bike Expo will be coming to Somerville this year and MassBike will be there. We need volunteers to help table. Plus, we'll be leading rides throughout the event and will need volunteers to lend a hand on the rides. Volunteers get into the Expo for free!

Bay State Bike Week! - Saturday, May 14-Friday, May 20, Various Locations

MassBike will be handing out t-shirts and ankle bands at various locations throughout Bay State Bike Week. More details on locations to come soon. Dates and times will be up soon on our volunteer calendar or email volunteer@massbike.org to get the schedule as soon as it is ready.

Brookline Bikes Beacon - Sunday, May 15, Amory Park, Brookline; 12:45pm-2:45pm

We'll be tabling at the annual Brookline Bikes Beacon. We'll be giving out safety info and letting riders know more about MassBike.

Bike Friday - Friday, May 20, Boston City Hall Plaza; 7am-9am

Help greet bicycle convoy riders coming into City Hall Plaza at this year's first Bike Friday. MassBike will be tabling. Free breakfast for volunteers.

Radio 92.9 Earthfest Bicycle Valet - Saturday, May 21, Charles River Esplanade by the Hatch Shell; 10am-6:00pm

MassBike will once again be providing bicycle valet at Radio 92.9's annual EarthFest. Volunteers help to park bicycles throughout the day, or they can help out with set-up or tear-down.

Bicycle valet is a fun way to spend some time outside, while meeting bicyclists and seeing lots of different types of bicycles. Volunteers help process bicycles as they come in, wheel them to a parking spot, and then bring them back when their owners return. It is a simple way to support your statewide bicycle advocacy group.

We'll have 2 and 1/2 hour shifts, going from 10am-12:30am, 12:00am-2:30pm, 2pm-4:30pm, 4pm-6pm.

Please volunteer with MassBike to help make Bike Month a success! You can find out more about our volunteer-to-member program here.

If you can help out with an event or have any questions, please email volunteer@massbike.org.

Hubway Bikeshare Officially Coming To Boston!

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The Hubway regional bike sharing program was inaugurated on Thursday outside of Boston City Hall with the signing of a contract between the City of Boston and Alta Bicycle Share, the future operator of the system.  Despite blustery conditions, hundreds of people came out to listen to several high-profile speakers and watch the important moment in Boston’s transportation history.

MassBike Executive Director David Watson was among those to speak, emphasizing the transformative potential of bike share and the need to make it fully regional.  You can read his full remarks here. The ceremony featured speeches from Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone, Secretary of Transportation Jeff Mullan, Alta Bicycle Share President Alison Cohen, Deputy FTA Administrator Therese McMillan, MAPC Transportation Manager Eric Bourassa, and Congressman Mike Capuano.

The system, starting out in Boston with expected expansion into Cambridge, Brookline and Somerville, will begin with 600 bikes, with plans to grow to 5,000.  There will be a membership fee (either daily, monthly or annually) and a tiered price structure for bike use. Rides under 30 minutes will be free!  Boston will be the fourth city in America to have such a program, following Denver, Minneapolis and Washington, DC.

Urban AdvenTours Bike Month Kickoff!

Urban AdvenTours will be kicking off Bike Month on Sunday, May 1st and you should, too! They'll have great giveaways, games for kids, a raffle for a new bike, free coffee & snacks, and live music. Plus, we will be there and benefits from the raffle go to support MassBike!

Come join us this Sunday to kickoff Bike Month!

Here is more info from Urban AdvenTours:

It’s really spring time and National Bike Month is right around the corner.

We’ll be welcoming in the season with our Bike Month Kickoff in Christopher Columbus Park on Sunday, May 1st from 12pm – 5pm.

Get ready for an awesome afternoon of giveaways, a raffle, music, free coffee and snacks and all of your favorite bike friends! Join us for a great time on May 1st!

The fun will include:

  • Trike races and games for kids!

  • Contest for the classiest commuter bike

  • Live music from THE WANDAS!

  • Info from all our bike friends

  • Raffle to benefit MassBike for a brand new BIKE!

Raffle tickets are available for $5 each or $20 for five tickets

Let us know you’re coming and invite your friends to the event on facebook!

UPDATED: Boston Making Big Bike Announcement Thursday

UPDATE: The news is out - it's the long-awaited bike share system, now called Hubway. The contract is being signed at the ceremony today and the launch is scheduled for July. Click here for the Globe story.

This just in from the City of Boston. No other details are available, but it sounds like it will be good news! And a free lunch!

Major Bike Announcement
Thursday April 21, 2011
1:30 - 2:00 PM sharp
City Hall Plaza

Dear Friends,

Please join Mayor Menino and Boston Bikes for a major announcement tomorrow, Thursday April 21, 2011 from 1:30-2:00 PM on City Hall Plaza. Since we can't giveaway the topic of the announcement we can promise free food to everyone with a bicycle. Come enjoy a Boloco burrito, a bit of music and a very cool press announcement.

Feel free to call or email me with any questions. I can be reached at 617-918-4456, nicole.freedman.bra@cityofboston.gov.


Nicole Freedman
Boston Bikes

Cycle For Shelter: Sunday, July 24, 2011

• The 23rd annual Cycle for Shelter will take place on Sunday, July 24, 2011 at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, MA. The ride benefits Emmaus Inc. a non-profit that has been providing shelter, services & affordable housing to homeless men, women & children since 1985.

• Cycle for Shelter has been ranked one of the top rides in the United States by Bicycling Magazine & Emmaus is recognized as a model for providing long term solutions to homelessness.

• Century, Metric Century, Half Century & Weekend Warrior (20 mile) scenic routes. The day is planned by cyclists for cyclists & is fully supported.

• Modest registration fees & fundraising. For more information & to register go to: http://events.emmausinc.org/site/PageServer

• Cycle for Shelter is a popular “first” century or metric century whilst still offering many challenges for more experienced riders. The well-marked routes are sprinkled with checkpoints & roving support vehicles & covered by radio communications.

• A delicious barbeque, complimentary massages, foot treatments & shower facilities await cyclists at the finish on the scenic Haverhill campus of Northern Essex Community College.

• Cycle for Shelter donates $1/rider to MassBike.

• Emmaus Cycle for Shelter invites you to join us on 4/14/11 from 5-7pm for an Open House hosted by Urban AdvenTours in Downtown Boston www.urbanadventours.com to talk cycling, have fun & learn more about the Cycle for Shelter. Special discounts/offers & giveaways will be available as well as information on gear, training & more.
- 20% discount on merchandise & accessories
- Up to 40% off on bike sales
- Discounted Cycle for Shelter registration
- Test ride a bike for the Cycle for Shelter

Cycle for Shelter participates in MassBike's Charity Ride Partner Program to help support MassBike's advocacy and education program.

Middlesex Community College Bike Challenge 2011!

MCC Bike Challenge 2011 - This event will feature a 10-mile ride and a 40-mile ride through beautiful Bedford, Carlisle, and Billerica
Sunday, June 5
Bedford Campus
591 Springs Road
Registration; 8:00am
Rides start at 9 a.m. (40-mile course) & 10 a.m. (10-mile course)

Registration fee: $50 for all riders 18+ and FREE for 17 and under.
Registered participants will receive a t-shirt, water bottle, snacks/drinks/ and a hot lunch.

MCC Bike Challenge 2011 jerseys are available for $75
There is NO FUNDRAISING requirement for this event, but riders who choose to raise $150 or more receive a FREE MCC Bike Challenge cycling jersey.
All proceeds benefit the Middlesex Community College Foundation

Please check out our event website at http://www.middlesex.mass.edu/events/bike_challenge/ for more information about the event (including course maps), to register yourself, or to sponsor a rider. Not an avid bike rider? Consider the 10-mile option if you enjoy recreational biking and prefer a 45-60-minute ride. Not a bike rider at all? We are also looking for volunteers to help with a variety of important tasks for this event – please e-mail us at crockettj@middlesex.mass.edu if that sounds more appealing to you.

Middlesex Community College participates in MassBike’s Charity Ride Partner Program to help support MassBike’s advocacy and education programs.

Bay State Bike Week 2011

The 2nd annual Bay State Bike Week is set for May 14-20, a week of celebrating bicycle transportation across the Commonwealth.

Last year was the first year that MassDOT and MassBike partnered to make Bay State Bike Week a truly statewide celebration and, as we learned, unique in the country.

This year Bay State Bike Week will build on the successful 2010 effort and a long history of Bike Week celebrations across the Commonwealth, as MassDOT, MassBike, and MassRIDES, the statewide travel options program, collaborate again on Bike Week rides and other events throughout Massachusetts. This collaboration enables these organizations to work together to get the word out as widely as possible, and to broaden the scope of Bike Week events.

Biking as a mode of transportation is safe, economical, healthy, environmentally friendly, fast, and fun! Check out the Bay State Bike Week website at baystatebikeweek.org to find information for event organizers and participants.

Event organizers are asked to submit your event for the website’s statewide calendar! In addition, watch for information on how to receive cool stuff for your event, including t-shirts, reflectors and posters while supplies last. Organizers will also provide ideas and advice on organizing new events.

May is fast approaching, so start planning now! Mark May 14th to May 20th on your calendar for Bay State Bike Week and check the website for more information.

MassBike Spins Series Kick Off!

MassBike is gearing up for the 2011 riding season by scheduling our Spins Series Rides. Last weekend the season began with the Last Day of Winter Neponset Trail Spins Series Ride, and continues on April 9 with the Good Riddance Winter, Hello Spring Ride. Join us for a ride to appreciate Boston’s spring scenery. Or check out below on how MassBike can help you with your own ride.

Saturday, April 09, 2011 – 11:00a-2:00p. Rain cancels, rain date: Sunday, April 10, 2011.

Say good riddance to the long and cold winter we’ve had in Massachusetts by joining MassBike to celebrate the (hopeful) arrival of spring! We will ride through Beacon Hill, Back Bay, the Fens, the Southwest Corridor, and the Arnold Arboretum to enjoy the spring air and budding greenery. The ride is about 7 miles, and paced for everyone to be able to enjoy the ride. Bring friends and family, all are invited. We will meet at the State House entrance (24 Beacon Street) at 11:00am.

If you do not wish to ride in, the State House is accessible by T from the Red Line’s Park Street stop and the #43 and #55 buses (check bus schedule for Saturdays @ mbta.com). When we reach the Arboretum, the Orange Line’s Forest Hill’s stop is easily accessible if you do not wish to ride home. The ride is scheduled for a Saturday, so bikes on the T are no problem.

Bring your helmet; they are required for all MassBike Spins rides.

Please RSVP to rides@massbike.org if you want to join us on the ride.

We look forward to a great riding season with all of last year’s favorites, like the Tour de Graves, and some new rides, like the Bastille Day Ride which will end at the Bastille Day street party outside of the French Cultural Center on Marlborough Street.

Interested in doing a ride in Massachusetts? Group rides are a fun way to introduce the joys of cycling to new cyclists and are a great way to strengthen the cycling community in Massachusetts.

MassBike can help by offering ride insurance to groups and individuals. You can find out more about making your ride a part of the MassBike Spins Series here.

We hope to see everyone come out for MassBike’s 2011 Spins Series Rides. Ride safe!

Construction Alert: Southwest Corridor

A quick heads up to the many cyclists using the Southwest Corridor in Boston:

The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation, in partnership with other neighborhood organizations, will be coordinating construction work on the SW Corridor at the intersection of Lamartine and Centre Streets. They will be moving part of the crosswalk closer to the bike path, widening the sidewalk and ramps, and making other improvements to the intersection.

Construction is set to start the week of March 28th and could potentially go until the end of May.

They plan on keeping either the pedestrian or bike path open, but there may be times when they will be rerouting bicyclists so watch for signage. There may also be times when bicyclists will need to dismount and walk a short distance. Watch out for vehicles and be courteous to pedestrians.

If you've got questions or concerns you can contact 522-2424 x 279 or email krobidoux@jpndc.org.

Take Action! Virtual Lobby Day Thursday!

MassBike's virtual lobby day is tomorrow, Thursday, 3/10/11! Be a part of the National Bike Summit.

Please note, we've added more information for Rep. Capuano's constituents.

This week is the National Bike Summit in Washington, DC. MassBike is leading the largest-ever group of Massachusetts advocates on a mission to protect funding for bicycling in MA from the federal budget-cutting frenzy. Federal dollars pay for a wide range of things you care about: roads with bike lanes, rail trails, Safe Routes to School, and more!

This year, we're encouraging everyone in our group to tweet updates from Tuesday to Thursday throughout the Summit, using the hash tag #nbsma.

On Thursday, March 10th, while we are visiting Congress in person, we need you to call your own U.S. Representative and both Senators and ask them continue to support federal funding for bicycling. When you call, you can use these talking points:

  • Funding For Bicycling And Walking Is At Risk We are concerned there will be efforts to strip federal funding for biking and walking in Congress either by eliminating the funding for programs such as Transportation Enhancements or Safe Routes to School, or by making funding these programs optional for states.

  • We Already Underinvest In Biking And Walking Just 1.5 percent of federal transportation dollars currently support bicycling and walking, although these two modes represent 12 percent of all trips in the United States. Bicycling and walking are growing in significance to our transportation system and yet only a tiny fraction of transportation funding is allocated to these essential and affordable modes.

  • Bicyclists And Pedestrians Make Up A Disproportionate Number Of Roadway Fatalities 14 percent of roadway fatalities are bicyclists or pedestrians. Small investments in improving roadway safety not only make our roads safer for bicyclists and pedestrians but also make drivers feel more comfortable and reduce conflicts among all road users.

  • Biking And Walking Are Great Investments Bicycling and walking improvements are relatively inexpensive, highly cost-effective investments that create significantly more jobs per dollar than road repair and upgrades; they also boost local small businesses and increase real estate values.

  • Biking And Walking Help Solve Many Problems In these tough economic times, we must invest in solutions that solve multiple problems: biking and walking are low-cost transportation options that improve safety, health and air quality; they reduce dependence on foreign oil.

For Representative Capuano's constituents: Rep. Capuano has gone on record opposing or questioning bike lanes on the Longfellow Bridge, Anderson Bridge, and other projects where he thinks it will impact motor vehicle traffic. We need you to ask Rep. Capuano to support bicycle lanes on bridges and other projects, especially when separate facilities are not possible. We need him to prioritize bike safety when tough decisions need to be made.

Here are the phone numbers for all the U.S. Representatives for Massachusetts:

District Rep Name Office Number
1 Rep. Olver, John 202-225-5335
2 Rep. Neal, Richard 202-225-5601
3 Rep. McGovern, James 202-225-6101
4 Rep. Frank, Barney 202-225-5931
5 Rep. Tsongas, Niki 202-225-3411
6 Rep. Tierney, John 202-225-8020
7 Rep. Markey, Edward 202-225-2836
8 Rep. Capuano, Michael 202-225-5111
9 Rep. Lynch, Stephen 202-225-8273
10 Rep. Keating, William 202-225-3111

Don't know who your U.S. Representative is? Click here and enter your address to find out.

And our two U.S. Senators:

Senator Name Office Number
Senator Kerry, John 202-224-2742
Senator Brown, Scott 202-224-4543

Please don't forget to call on Thursday, March 10th, to be part of MassBike's National Bike Summit Virtual Lobby Day. And then leave a comment here to let us know you called!

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