MassBike Affair Casino & Fashion Show Presented By Cycle Loft: Tickets On Sale Now!

Join us from 6 – 10 PM on Thursday, October 14th, 2010 at The Greatest Bar, 262 Friend Street, Boston, near North Station and the TD Garden (map). Come and spend a great night with friends in support of the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition!

THE FIRST 100 PEOPLE TO PURCHASE TICKETS WILL RECEIVE $5 IN CHIPS FOR THE CASINO, SO BUY NOW AND DO NOT MISS OUT!!!

This will be a fun evening filled with bikes and accessories from local manufacturers, a fashion show (bikewear doesn’t have to be spandex!), silent auction with some great prizes, and try your luck on the casino floor with games including Blackjack, Texas Hold ‘Em, Roulette, and more.

Early Birds Win! First 100 people in the casino receive a FREE beer, courtesy of Harpoon!

Dinner Specials! Light Appetizers will be provided but we’ll also have dinner specials including a classic burger or veggie quesadilla and beer for $10!

Clothing for the fashion show provided by some of the top designers and merchants, including Pedaler Clothing, Outlier, The Hempest, Cycle Loft, Wheelworks, and more!

All proceeds support the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike) and our mission to promote a bicycle-friendly environment and encourage bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation.

FREE VALET BIKE PARKING! Ride your bike and take advantage of our signature valet parking. Or, take the T to North Station. Car parking is available in the area if you must drive.

Tickets should be purchased in advance:
Members $20
Non-members $25
At door: $30 for everyone!

Click here to purchase tickets now!


Presented By Cycle Loft


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More Free Fall Classes! Sponsored by EIA

MassBike, through generous sponsorship from our partner, the Environmental Insurance Agency, will be offering four more fall classes free of charge open to the public. The classes will held in downtown Boston, at the Conservation Law Foundation office , EIA's HQ.

We will be offering our standard Commuter Workshop, two Maintenance Classes, and one Winter Commuter Workshop for those of you looking to continue riding as the weather starts to cool.

The Commuter Workshop is a fast-paced, one hour workshop covers topics ranging from bike choice, gear choice, route planning, safety, rules of the road, how to look professional when you get to work, and other general tips and tricks. It is a great introduction to a variety of aspects of bicycling, and most people leave this class feeling much more confident about riding their bicycle.

The Maintenance Workshop covers how to fix a flat, how to adjust your seat post, how to lube your chain, and a basic overview of bike parts and what they do. Presenters bring all tools/props needed to teach this class, so attendees will not need to bring anything other than themselves to this presentation (please do not bring a bicycle to be repaired). This class will teach you the absolute basics you will need in order to perform some of the most common bicycle upkeep tasks.

The Winter Commuter Workshop contains an abbreviated version of the summer workshop as well as additional tips for how to stay warm and dry. We'll also covers how to maintain your bike, special gear for the winter, and safety tips for dealing with cold and wet weather.

Here is the class schedule:

Wednesday, September 15th: Maintenance Workshop 6:30pm-7:30pm
Wednesday, September 22nd: Commuter Workshop 6:30pm-7:30pm
Tuesday, September 28th: Maintenance Workshop 6:30pm-7:30pm
Wednesday, October 6th: Winter Commuter Workshop 6:30pm-7:30pm

(learn more about these classes here)

Each class is one hour long, and is limited to 30 students. These classes are easy to reach by both bike and public transportation, so they will fill up quickly. Be sure to RSVP by emailing Shane@massbike.org. Specify how many people will be attending and the date of the class you wish to attend.

Check out our calendar for more class listings.

I Am A Construction Project Manager, And I Ride

Here's another great story from our And I Ride campaign! We are seeking to put a face on cycling in support of a legislative campaign that we are working on this year. You can read the rest of these great bicyclist bios here.

We are still accepting entries, so be sure to read below to find out how to send in your story.

Our next story comes from Herb.



Where I Ride: mountain biking all over NE. Commuting from Sullivan MBTA lot to downtown Boston

How Often I Ride: 4-5 days a week

My Story:

Biking is my release from all things that eat me up all week, family, work, stress - everything.

Mountain biking gives me alignment with who I am and what my goals are.

Commuting, although not that long of one, allows me some exercise in the morning (along with stimulation of not getting killed) and enjoyment of the sights and smells (north end bakeries) and in the evening unwinds me for the final car commute home.



Thanks Herb!

We want to hear your story. Tell us about yourself and how bicycling is a part of your life. Just copy and paste the form below into an email, fill it in, and send it to shane@massbike.org.

  • Name:

  • Email:

  • Where You Ride:

  • How Often You Ride:

  • Your Profession/Relation/Title (lawyer, nurse, Grandma, son, etc):

  • A picture of you on your bicycle, or you in your daily life (be sure we can see your face):

  • A paragraph or two about your life and your bicycle:


I Am A Program Director, And I Ride

Here's a great story from our And I Ride campaign! We are seeking to put a face on cycling in support of a legislative campaign that we are working on this year. You can read the rest of these great bicyclist bios here.

We are still accepting entries, so be sure to read below to find out how to send in your story.

Our next story comes from Phil.



Where I Ride: Boston & it's environs
How Often I Ride: all year round

My Story:

I’m Phil Lindsay and I bike to work! I have lived and ridden in Boston for 29 years. I ride year round from Dorchester to my job as the Oil Program Director for Mass Energy in Jamaica Plain. I moved to Dorchester in 1984 and immediately got involved in community advocacy. I’ve been part of crime watches, civic groups, recycling drop offs, Main Street programs, School Site Councils as well as my local church and historical society. I’ve had a front row seat to witness a generation of positive change in the city of Boston.

Two years ago I became an outspoken member of Dot Bike, Boston’s first grassroots neighborhood bike advocacy organization. Through my involvement, I’ve come to believe riders in Dorchester are under estimated and under served. My ‘I bike to work’ persona is intended to draw attention to the fact that most riders in Dorchester do so because it is the cheapest and most reliable form of transportation available, not because they think they look good in spandex. You can see for yourself by checking the DOT Bikes Flickr account. I’ve worked to post hundreds of photos of regular folks riding in Dorchester. Perhaps my sign should instead read, “DOT bike(s) to work!”



Thanks Phil!

We want to hear your story. Tell us about yourself and how bicycling is a part of your life. Just copy and paste the form below into an email, fill it in, and send it to shane@massbike.org.

  • Name:

  • Email:

  • Where You Ride:

  • How Often You Ride:

  • Your Profession/Relation/Title (lawyer, nurse, Grandma, son, etc):

  • A picture of you on your bicycle, or you in your daily life (be sure we can see your face):

  • A paragraph or two about your life and your bicycle:


I Am A College Student, And I Ride

Here's another great story from our And I Ride campaign! We are seeking to put a face on cycling in support of a legislative campaign that we are working on this year. You can read the rest of these great bicyclist bios here.

We are still accepting entries, so be sure to read below to find out how to send in your story.

Our next story comes from Erich.


Where I Ride: The backroads of Williamstown, Massachusetts,
winding me in and out of New York and Vermont and up and down way too many hills to count.
How Often I Ride: Around 3 times a week

My Story:
What first started as cross-training for my alpine ski racing career in high-school quickly enveloped me. I love to bike. I keep two bikes on campus with me and do everything from long-distance touring to mountain biking and road races. Someday I plan on crossing the country with only a bike and 4 panniers. I have ridden in the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge for two years and am ready to go on my third, two-day trek across Massachusetts this August.


Thanks Erich!

We still want to hear your story. Tell us about yourself and how bicycling is a part of your life. Just copy and paste the form below into an email, fill it in, and send it to shane@massbike.org.

  • Name:

  • Email:

  • Where You Ride:

  • How Often You Ride:

  • Your Profession/Relation/Title (lawyer, nurse, Grandma, son, etc):

  • A picture of you on your bicycle, or you in your daily life (be sure we can see your face):

  • A paragraph or two about your life and your bicycle:


MassBike's ED Appointed To MassDOT Transportation Advisory Committee

MassBike Executive Director David Watson has been appointed to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's new statewide advisory committee. The Transportation Advisory Committee, which meets for the first time later this month, will advise the MassDOT board and leadership. MassBike will have a direct say in the full range of transportation issues facing the state. The committee represents a wide range of interests and MassDOT gets credit for including advocates for sustainable transportation in keeping with the Healthy Transportation Compact and the GreenDOT Initiative.

UPDATE: We just received the charter for the committee, which provides more insight into what the committee will be doing:

Transportation Advisory Committee Charter

The Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) is an independent body appointed by the Secretary of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Its purpose is to serve as public forum to discuss issues related to the implementation of the Commonwealth’s transportation reform legislation enacted in 2009, and to verify and observe MassDOT progress on reform.

The TAC will serve as a resource to the MassDOT Board of Directors and the MassDOT itself by providing input and feedback on DOT initiatives. They will offer advice to MassDOT leaders, provide feedback on how MassDOT policies are being implemented, and serve as independent validators on the progress, success, and shortcomings of transportation reform.

While the exact framework of their meetings and organization is left to the TAC, MassDOT expects that they will meet at least quarterly, and will work through subcommittees to study various topics related to transportation reform. Its members, chaired by Alan Macdonald, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, are leaders and experts in the transportation field, representing all modes and regions of the Commonwealth.

I Am An Architecture Marketing Coordinator, And I Ride

Here's another wonderful story from our And I Ride campaign! We are seeking to put a face on cycling in support of a legislative campaign that we are working on this year. You can read the rest of these great bicyclist bios here.

We are still accepting entries, so be sure to read below to find out how to send in your story.

Our next story comes from Alyson.



Where I Ride: To work, to after-work meetings, to swim practice, into Concord/Carlisle and other suburbs on longer sojourns, and in the
summer, to Walden Pond and Provincetown.

How Often I Ride: Almost every day, year-round.

My Story:

I started cycling when I moved to Arlington in 2007, riding on 22 degree weekends with the warm company of the Quad Cycles bike shop rides. In 2008, I bought a commuter bike and started riding from Arlington to work in Davis Square on the Minuteman path every day. Since then, I have moved to Cambridge and still bike everywhere I go almost every day. It's simply the fastest* and most enjoyable way to get around Boston (*even with all traffic laws obeyed). Greater Boston has a most welcoming and active cycling community. It has been a joy getting to know people on the road and hearing about advocacy initiatives to improve roads making them more livable for all users. One of my favorite events has been the Boston Tweed Ride.

This summer I will be biking across the country from Virginia to Oregon to benefit affordable housing and build houses with an organization called Bike & Build. I have come to find that cycling is advocacy in and of itself: albeit the most efficient form of transportation, it is the way less-travelled and thereby highly visible. For Bike & Build, it is a sign of the lengths that we will go to effect change. After my cross-country journey, I intend to move to graduate school in urban planning where I can learn more about developing healthier communities through alternative transportation.



Thanks Alyson! If you want to learn more about "Bike & Build" and what they are doing, click Here. You can also follow Alyson on her trip and read more about her Here

We want to hear your story. Tell us about yourself and how bicycling is a part of your life. Just copy and paste the form below into an email, fill it in, and send it to shane@massbike.org.

  • Name:

  • Email:

  • Where You Ride:

  • How Often You Ride:

  • Your Profession/Relation/Title (lawyer, nurse, Grandma, son, etc):

  • A picture of you on your bicycle, or you in your daily life (be sure we can see your face):

  • A paragraph or two about your life and your bicycle:


Working With MassDOT On The Longfellow Bridge

Earlier this year, we reported on efforts to ensure that bicyclists are fully included in the reconstruction of the iconic Longfellow Bridge between Boston and Cambridge. See here and here. If you've ridden across the bridge this week, you might have noticed that construction has begun on the "early action" sidewalks that MassDOT promised. (Please be especially careful during the construction, as a lane has been removed at the base of the bridge heading towards Cambridge and all traffic must merge briefly - the beginning of the bike lane will return when the sidewalks are done.)

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There has been a great deal of public interest in the Longfellow Bridge project, and proposals made by the advocacy community (including MassBike) to prioritize bicycling, walking, and transit on the bridge have garnered a lot of attention recently. See here and here.

MassDOT heard the concerns of the advocates, and, to its credit, decided in May 2010 to take a step back in the process to more carefully examine the full range of ideas for the bridge. In June 2010, MassDOT convened the Longfellow Bridge Task Force "to ensure stakeholders are given an equal opportunity to comment on the final approach and roadway cross-section of the bridge with particular focus on serving transit, roadway, bicycle and pedestrian needs effectively and safely." More public information is available in the Task Force Google Group. I was invited to be a member of the Task Force and have been actively participating in the process.

Task Force members were invited to take walking tours of the Longfellow Bridge to see first-hand many of the problems to be addressed by the project. I went on one of the tours, and had the opportunity to speak at length with MassDOT officials and other Task Force members about the challenges bicyclists face on the bridge and at the approaches (particularly on the Boston side at Charles Circle). I think the opportunity to stand there and actually observe how bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists interact on and around the bridge was eye-opening for many people.

One thing was missing from the walking tour - actually experiencing the bridge from the bicyclist perspective. MassDOT Highway Administrator Luisa Paiewonsky recently rode over the bridge to get a feel for it, which was a great idea, but we wanted to make sure MassDOT engineers working on the project experienced first-hand the full range of challenges bicyclists face getting to, from, on, off, and across the Longfellow Bridge. So last week, we met up with MassDOT's Mike O'Dowd, Amy Getchell, and Joe Pavao, along with Glen Berkowitz from LivableStreets Alliance, and gave them the full tour by bike.

After meeting up at the Charles MBTA Station, we first observed the chaos in Charles Circle, as bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists all jockeyed for position. Then, because we think making the approach to the bridge safer for bicyclists is so important, we rode away from the bridge a few blocks before turning around, so that they could get a real taste of what getting to the bridge is like. Through Charles Circle (showing them how to take the lane to protect against right-turning traffic), across the bridge, into Cambridge, around and back again.

While we do not yet know what design for the bridge and the approaches will emerge from the Task Force, I'm confident that key people at MassDOT now understand exactly what we face every day riding across the Longfellow Bridge (and elsewhere). And that is a small victory in itself!

Summer Century & Family Ride A Success!

Our first Summer Century & Family Ride is in the books! Almost 400 riders joined us for a great day of cycling, fun, and food. Even the weather cooperated for once (a rarity for MassBike events)! Thank you to everyone who rode - with your help we raised over $9,200 dollars to support MassBike's advocacy efforts. Many MassBike members participated, and 30 new members joined up on the spot! From racers, to veteran distance riders, to families, to people just out for a leisurely ride, to some on their very first group ride, we had them all! Which is especially great because we represent all of you!

We could not have pulled it off without the dedication of our awesome volunteers. The event was organized by MassBike's Board of Directors, and you saw many of them working hard at Lexington High School and the rest stops in Groton and at Great Brook Farm State Park. We want to particularly recognize Bob Dangel, our Treasurer, who led the entire effort and really made the event happen.

We also want to recognize the support of our great sponsors who donated much-appreciated products and services to the event: Redbones BBQ, Ride Studio Cafe, Iggy's Bread of the World, Honest Tea, Luna Bar/Team Luna Chix, Landry's Bicycles, Peet's Coffee & Tea, and the New England Mountain Bike Patrol.

In case you were wondering, here is the breakdown of riders. It was a really good mix at all ability levels:

Total Riders: 397

12 mile: 34
22 mile: 61
47 mile: 76
62 mile: 126
100 mile: 100

For a grand total of roughly 22,602 miles ridden! Or from our downtown Boston office almost all the way around the earth! (If you left Boston heading north, you would make it about as far as New York City.)

We hope everyone enjoyed the event! We learned a lot, and will make it even better next time. If you have any comments or suggestions for next year, please let us know at events@massbike.org.

Here are some pictures from the day:

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Last Chance To Save $$ On MassBike Summer Century & Family Ride


The MassBike Summer Century & Family Ride is THIS SATURDAY, and your opportunity to pre-register and save ends Wednesday, August 11th. Members save $10, and non-members save $5! Registration at the event will be $25 for everyone.


Click here to register


What's are the details?




$15 for MassBike members in advance and $20 for non-members in advance (advance sales through Wednesday, August 11). Day-of-event registration is $25 for all. There is no charge for children under 16 accompanied by an adult.


Want to do even more for MassBike? Riders are encouraged to raise additional funds for MassBike’s advocacy and outreach programs through a special $100 VIP registration or by gathering donations using MassBike’s online fundraising system. It’s a quick and easy extra step at the end of the registration process!


If you already setup a fundraising page, now is the time to make a final push! If you want to setup up a fundraising page, click here.


Thanks for supporting MassBike!


Click here to register


For more information, contact MassBike at 617-542-2453 or events@massbike.org.



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