I Am A Lawyer, And I Ride

May 25, 2010
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 Paola.



Where I Ride: From my home in Brighton to my office in the Fort Point Channel, and around my neighborhood to run errands
How Often I Ride: I’m mostly a fair weather rider

My Story:

I had not been on a bicycle since I was a teen, but something inspired me to start cycling. I remembered enjoying it so much as a kid and commuting by T was becoming a drag, so in August 2009 –at the age of 37- I decided to take a plunge and buy a bike. I wanted something that fit my lifestyle (emphasis on “style”), so I bought a Schwinn cruiser that reminded me of the bicycles of my childhood. At first, I was afraid to ride with traffic, so I only took short trips around the neighborhood. My local bike shop suggested I enroll in the intro to bicycling skills offered by MassBike to help me get over my fears; there, I learned of the Boston Bikes Friday caravans to the city and –encouraged by the safety of traveling with a group- decided to join them. Soon enough, I was riding to and from work on a regular basis on my own. I am amazed by how much I’ve enjoyed this experience!



There are many challenges to urban riding but, overall, the hours I spend on my bike are the best hours of my day. I’m a slow rider and my commute gives me an opportunity to think, decompress and focus. There are no phones, Blackberries, or computers… it’s just me and the road. Boston never looked this beautiful.


Thanks Paola!

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:

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Live From Our EarthFest Booth

May 22, 2010


Crowds are lining up for free Bay State Bike Week t-shirts!
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Visit MassBike At EarthFest TODAY

May 22, 2010
The annual Radio 92.9 EarthFest is today, Saturday, May 22nd, from 11-5 at the Hatch Shell in Boston. Ride your bike to the event, park in our FREE valet bike parking, then visit us at our exhibit booth and pick up a FREE Bay State Bike Week T-Shirt!

To park your bike: The valet bike parking is west of the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade. Keep the river and the lagoon on your right and you'll find us. Look for the bright yellow MassBike tent.

To find our booth: Our exhibit booth is located in a large white tent between Storrow Drive and the concession area.

Click here for a an interactive map of the event
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Live From Cities For Cycling Event In Boston

May 20, 2010


Hearing from bicycling experts from around the country about how to make great bicycling cities. And MassBike is providing free valet bike parking!
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I Am A Project Manager, And I Ride

May 20, 2010

Here is 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 stories 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 Jo-Anne.





Where I Ride: Wherever I am or can but mosty in the Greater Boston area!

How Often I Ride: Weather permitting, daily


My Story:


I figure that I've been a bike commuter since I was 11. At that time, I lived 3 miles from school and it was much faster to bike than to take 2 buses. Since I started my current job 9 years ago, I once again became a bike commuter. Weather permitting, as long as I don't have an outside meeting where I need to arrive in business attire and not sweaty, I bike to/from work from March through December. I also try to do long rides on weekends - at least 20 miles a day if possible. This includes running errands, biking to/from and event or joining an organized bike ride, of which there are many during the spring, summer and fall in and around Boston. I've met some great friends through biking and find most cyclists quite friendly, as we wave and nod to one another as we pass each other in opposite directions.



I use my Bianchi Avenue as my commuting bike - it's sturdy, totally reliable and not likely to be stolen when locked in the bike rack at work. It's also quite heavy, but it is a comfortable ride. I have 2 lights and 1 blinky on the front, 2 blinkies in back and 1 blinky on my helmet for safer nighttime riding. 3 weeks ago, I bought a Trek 7.9 FX (carbon framed hybrid - upright seating position, which I need) and am IN LOVE!! I rode my first metric century last weekend on it and although I was quite exhausted when I got home (this is the earliest in the season that I've ridden that far), I was able to get back in the saddle and take a short ride the following day! What I like best about biking is the endorphin high I get and the way I really can appreciate my surroundings. My heroes are those folks in their 70's and 80's who are still cycling - I aspire to be them!



Thanks Jo-Anne!


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:

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Ride Of Silence Will Happen Tonight

May 19, 2010
We have looked at the weather, and it looks like we are going to go for it. There is still time to rsvp, email Shane@massbike.org.

More details here.
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Live From The New Pedal & Park Facilities At South Station

May 19, 2010


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.

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Live From MassBike's Pump And Lube Station

May 19, 2010
You may have seen us all over town this week giving out free air and free chain lube, if you see our smiling faces stop by and let us give your bike a little tune up!

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I Am An Aunt, And I Ride

May 19, 2010
Here is 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 stories 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 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)

My Story:

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!



Thanks Katherine!



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:

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Hear MassBike On MBTA Platforms!

May 18, 2010
I am featured in public service announcements being broadcast on MBTA platforms starting this week! I'm talking about Bay State Bike Week, taking bikes on the T, and folding bikes. Many thanks to MBTA General Manager Rich Davey for helping us reach out to the large audience of transit riders.

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.
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