MassBike executive director David Watson spoke at this morning's rainy bike facility opening. Unfortunately, the video cuts off before we got to the dedication, but the new name for the bike cages is "Pedal & Park" as you can see in the pictures below.
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 Kathryn.
Where I Ride: North Shore, MA (Stoneham, Salem, Gloucester and in between)
How Often I Ride: A couple of times a week (more during spring/summer triathlon season)
I have a busy life between work, friends, my dog, and my family. I have 2 nieces and 2 nephews, plus 3 siblings, and my parents. My siblings (two sisters and a brother) and I try and get together at least monthly for long rides and we do charity rides together as well. One of my nieces is also getting into cycling (she's cool and always wants to join us...even when she knows we'll be out for a few hours!
I am also a triathlete, so much of my riding is for training. The best part thought, is it's such a great way to see a community. I try and squeeze in an hour ride after work when it's light enough a few nights a week in and around my neighborhood. I'll occasionally ride with some of the local cycling teams - which is a great way to discover new routes. I've started taking trips to cycle in different countries or places - went to New Zealand last year for a 2 week cycling trip with one of my sisters - what an amazing experience...if only the US would become so cycling friendly everywhere.
I'm hoping that in 2010 there will be a "bike to work" group for the North Shore - there are a lot of us up here that work in the city and I would love to participate in that event and discover the best ride into the city from where I live - which means, I would ride more!
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 email@example.com.
- 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:
Biking on the T PSA
Folding Bike PSA
Bay State Bike Week PSA
You can find out more about MassBike's long history of pushing for bicycles on the T here.
You may also hear spots from Biker Boy, "Boston's bicycling superhero". I won't reveal his secret identity, but you may have seen him at the Boston Bike Safety Summit. He is particularly concerned about bike safety for kids.
Steady rain cancels, we will post an update on this site on Wednesday if we need to cancel.
The idea of the Ride of Silence is to draw attention to the human toll caused by roads that are poorly designed for bicycling and by motorists who fail to drive safely around bicyclists. The need for the ride, and the need for more attention to bicyclist safety is clear - just look at the recent toll with three bicyclists hit in Boston last month (one of them fatally) and one killed in Newton just yesterday.
The ride will depart Seven Hills Park behind the Davis Square MBTA Station in Somerville at 7pm, then make its way through Cambridge to Boston where it will conclude at the Charles Street entrance to the Boston Common. The six-mile ride will take place in total silence, at a slow pace, with only signs worn by the riders to explain the purpose of the ride. The route intentionally takes busy streets in order to draw the greatest amount of attention, though the riders take care to follow the law and minimize interference with motor vehicle traffic. The ride will conclude with brief remarks at Boston Common.
In addition to the Boston-area ride, there are rides in Leominster, Martha's Vineyard, and Worcester. Check our calendar or the Ride of Silence website for details.
This year, the Ride of Silence goes hand in hand with several MassBike campaigns. The And I Ride campaign is an ongoing series of personal stories and photographs that put a human face on bicyclists. The Same Roads, Same Rules campaign educates bicyclists and motorists about how to interact safely on the road. Finally, MassBike intends to introduce a bill in the Legislature next year that will toughen penalties and make prosecution easier for motorists who kill or injure bicyclists or other Vulnerable Road Users.
I have been leading our local Ride of Silence for several years, and the power of simply riding a bike in silence with my own thoughts, yet still with a large group, always moves me, so please consider joining me or one of the other Rides of Silence tomorrow night.
Check out the calendar, get a free t-shirt or ankle reflector, grab a Same Roads, Same Rules spoke card, and have fun!
Here is a small sample of events this week:
Click here to find events near you
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I'm at my first bike breakfast of the week, and there is a great crowd here. Check baystatebikeweek.org for the full schedule.