MassBike Helps To Bring Bicycling To Arlington Schools

March 18, 2010
Edit: Hey we made the globe, good to see so many others that support cycling to school.

Last year, a group of Arlington parents, with MassBike's assistance, successfully campaigned the Arlington School Committee and the principal of the Hardy Elementary School to start a pilot bike-to-school program at the school. (Elementary schools in Arlington do not generally allow children to ride bikes to school. The Hardy School, chosen for the pilot, is less than one block from the Minuteman Bikeway.)



School officials, despite safety concerns and skepticism that the program would work, agreed to the pilot, although kids were not permitted to park their bikes on schools grounds. MassBike provided bike safety training to the entire 4th and 5th grades (courtesy of MassDOT's Safe Routes to School Program), and the parents organized a series of activities to encourage parents to bike to school with their kids. The pilot was a success, more kids biked to school and there were no safety problems.

Fast forward a year, and skepticism has been replaced with enthusiasm. The principal of the Hardy School is excited to continue the program. And she has asked for help getting bike racks for the school, not just for the kids but for staff too! Perhaps more importantly, she is telling the other principals and school officials about the success of the program at Hardy! MassBike looks forward to working with the rest of the schools in Arlington to bring the joys of cycling to students throughout the town.
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MassBike Spins Coffee Ride: Cafe Crawl This Saturday!

March 18, 2010
This weekend is the Northeast Regional Barista Competition at the Somerville Center for the Arts at the Armory. Join MassBike Executive Director (and coffee aficionado) David Watson for a leisurely tour of coffeehouses offering specials for the competition. Ride will depart at 9:30am from Barismo, 169 Mass Ave, Arlington, this Saturday, March 20th. Tentative stops are:

  • Barismo, 169 Mass Ave, Arlington for v60/Syphon service

  • Diesel Cafe, 257 Elm St, Davis Sq, Somerville for Chemex service

  • Simon's, 1736 Mass Ave (near Porter Sq), Cambridge for v60 service or shots of Competitor's Espresso

  • Hi-Rise, 56 Brattle St, Harvard Sq, Cambridge for Syphon/Woodneck/Competitor's Espresso

  • Cafe Crema, 27 Brattle St, Harvard Sq, Cambridge for a special coffee service

  • 1369 Coffee House, 757 Mass Ave, Central Sq, Cambridge for a special coffee service

  • Toscanini's, 899 Main St, Central Sq, Cambridge for a special ice cream coffee service

  • ERC at 286 Newbury St, Boston for Competitor's Espresso


This is the unofficial bicycle version of the "official" coffee crawl. Maps will be available at the Armory during the competition Friday afternoon (and throughout the day Saturday beginning late morning if you want to do this on your own), but I will try to have some extras at the start of the ride. You will likely have to pay for your drink each stop, so bring some cash! We'll keep going until we're done or over-caffeinated, but you can bail anytime. Helmets required, bring a lock. Contact David at david@massbike.org if you have any questions.
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This Thursday! Kyrgyzstan To Kathmandu: A MassBike Fundraiser

March 16, 2010
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Don't Miss this inspiring slide show about a physical and cultural bicycle journey across Central Asia. Listen to Sage Cohen from the Boston University School of Public Health tell her tale of cycling across some of the most rugged and beautiful terrain on earth. Be inspired, and awed by this amazing bicycle journey through Kyrgyztan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Xinjiang, Tibet and Nepal.

Arrive at 6:30 to enjoy light refreshments with new and familiar friends - presentation at 7pm.

This event is a benefit fundraiser for MassBike, all donations will go to support MassBike. Sliding scale admission ($5 minimum, $10 suggested $40 or more gets you a free MassBike membership).

Thursday March 18th, 6:30-9pm at the BU George Sherman Union. 775 Comm. Ave (2nd floor conference auditorium)
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I Am A Teacher, And I Ride

March 15, 2010
Here is another great story in 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 Sarah.




Where I Ride: Boston and wherever on holidays.
How Often I Ride: Daily except in snow and ice.

My Story:
The exhilaration, and sheer efficiency, of biking is so satisfying. I love the freedom to explore new routes and byways on my daily commute to work on city streets, without being tied to transit routes or a time frame that makes wandering along a new route impractical. The little flecks of snow that sometimes hit my face on a late ride home are a bonus - I can feel and smell the weather and air, and they don't feel cold because the exercising has me glowing.

I now try to take my bike on holiday travel, too. I flew with it to Las Vegas (in December - too hot in summer) and rode the "strip" and into the countryside, and was able to explore lots of the town. My photo here was taken during a visit to Toronto last summer, riding out on a bike path on the Leslie Spit into the Toronto Harbor - I would probably not have walked out the miles out there, but the bike made many sights of the city accessible, and I could also enjoy the streets and scenes biking from one point to the next.


Thanks Sarah!

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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Lobby Congress (Virtually) Tomorrow! $$$ For Biking At Stake!

March 10, 2010
Thursday, March 11th, is our virtual lobby day - don't forget to call Congress!

We are at the National Bike Summit in Washington, DC. Maybe you've been following us at the Summit on Twitter.



Last week, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced a groundbreaking new bill to support bicycling and walking: the Active Community Transportation Act (H.R.4722) creates a competitive grant program with $2 Billion to help communities build bicycling and walking networks. For the first time, communities would be able to compete for multi-year funding to build active transportation systems, just as they do for transit and road infrastructure. And one of the seven original sponsors of the bill is Massachusetts' own Representative Michael Capuano (D-MA)!

This new bill gives you the opportunity to do more than just hear about what we're doing at the Summit - you get to participate in a critically important way. On Thursday, March 11th, while we are visiting Congress in person, we need you to call your own Congressperson and ask them to co-sponsor H.R. 4722, the Active Community Transportation Act, introduced by Congressman Blumenauer. When you call, you can use these talking points:

  • Bicycling and walking are part of the solution. Half of all trips in the United States are three miles or less, yet the majority of these short trips are made by car. Shifting more of these short trips to biking and walking would not only reduce congestion, air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and our dependence on oil, but will also improve physical activity, safety, and livability.

  • Investing in bicycling and walking infrastructure works. Commuting by bicycle has increased 43 percent since 2000 - and by 69 percent in designated Bicycle Friendly Communities that have invested in infrastructure improvements.

  • Please co-sponsor the Active Community Transportation Act (H.R.4722). Or, if Mike Capuano is your Representative, just say "thanks" for sponsoring the bill.


Here are the phone numbers for all the Massachusetts Congresspeople:


























































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

Don't who your Congressperson is? Click here and enter your address to find out.

Please don't forget to call tomorrow, Thursday, March 11th, to be part of the National Bike Summit Lobby Day.
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MassBike Fights To Keep Bicyclists On The Road In Nantucket

March 08, 2010
In Nantucket, bicyclists are fighting for the right to stay on the road and MassBike is standing with them.

A Nantucket bicyclist recently contacted us to report an attempt to change the town's bylaws to prohibit bicyclists from riding on the road. The prohibition is included on the warrant for Nantucket's 2010 Annual Town Meeting in April to forbid bicyclists from riding on the road when there is an adjacent bike path. Apparently, some Nantucket motorists are annoyed that they have to share the island's roads with bicyclists out for morning rides.



MassBike is advising local activists on how to fight this proposal. Even if Nantucket isn't your community, we cannot let this restriction on bicyclists stand anywhere in Massachusetts. We need to stop this proposed bylaw before it spreads. We need to say with a united voice that "Bicyclists have a right to the road!"

Massachusetts law is very clear on this issue: Bicyclists "have the right to use all public ways in the commonwealth except limited access or express state highways where signs specifically prohibiting bicycles have been posted". See MGL Chapter 85, Section 11B. Unless the road in question is the Pike, or I-93, or another highway with on/off ramps and no intersections or driveways, bicycles simply cannot be excluded. So, legally, this is a no-brainer: Nantucket cannot limit bicyclist access to roads.

We support building more paths to get more people out on their bikes. Bicyclists also need access to roads, because paths don't go everywhere we need to go. This is also a safety issue. Bike paths (shared use paths in most cases) are a great place for riding, however not every kind of cycling is appropriate for paths. Bicyclists who want to ride fast cannot be required to stay on shared use paths, where they are forced to dodge slower bicyclists, walkers, runners, skaters, baby strollers, dogs, and more - not to mention cars when the path crosses a road.

We've already seen some progress. MassBike has provided information and coaching on how to approach the Finance Committee meeting, and bicyclist Jason Bridges and bike shop owner Harvey Young successfully represented bicyclist interests at the meeting. The Finance Committee voted unanimously to "not recommend" the restriction. The Town Counsel even reiterated that the proposed restriction is illegal.

But the prohibition is not dead yet. MassBike will continue helping Nantucket bicyclists to make sure that the Town Meeting rejects this outrageous restriction, before it spreads to any other parts of Massachusetts. We need your help! MassBike relies on member support to fight for bicyclists across the state, so join MassBike today! It is only by strength of numbers that we are able to put pressure on government bodies to change illegal and discriminatory rules, or to keep them from being passed.
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I Am A Student, And I Ride

March 08, 2010
Here is another great story in 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 Brad.



Where I Ride: Boston
How Often I Ride: Daily for commute, transportation and recreation

My Story:
I've been living in Boston for 5 years now as a student and I find the bicycle to be the most ideal form of transportation in this city. The T is often slow and unreliable at the worst of times and cars are too expensive to have in the city. My bike allows me to live a little farther away from school/work and still arrive for class in a timely manner, because my commute is hardly affected by traffic. I can also live further away from subway/bus lines and not be transportation-handicapped.

In addition to the convenience of biking as a form of transportation, it's a fun way to meet people and enjoy the city. Boston is a dynamic place with many corners to explore and on a bike is, in my opinion, the best way to see everything. Whether you are riding around enjoying a nice summer evening, toodling around on a fall weekend morning taking pictures, or rushing to an appointment (and being early despite gridlock traffic), your bike is the cheapest and quickest way to get around.






Thanks Brad! Nice bike.

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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We're Going To DC, And You're Coming With Us!

March 05, 2010

Read on for information on how you can be part of our virtual lobby day!



Next week is the National Bike Summit in Washington, DC. MassBike is leading a group of Massachusetts advocates to lobby for more funding and federal support for bicycling in MA. The advocacy action should be fast and furious, MassBike Executive Director David Watson will be tweeting updates live from the Summit, follow us on Twitter (or follow along on our website).



Earlier this week, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced a groundbreaking new bill to support bicycling and walking: the Active Community Transportation Act (H.R.4722) creates a competitive grant program with $2 Billion to help communities build bicycling and walking networks. For the first time, communities would be able to compete for multi-year funding to build active transportation systems, just as they do for transit and road infrastructure. And one of the seven original sponsors of the bill is Massachusetts' own Representative Michael Capuano (D-MA)!

This new bill gives you the opportunity to do more than just hear about what we're doing at the Summit - you get to participate in a critically important way. On Thursday, March 11th, while we are visiting Congress in person, we need you to call your own Congressperson and ask them to co-sponsor H.R. 4722, the Active Community Transportation Act, introduced by Congressman Blumenauer. When you call, you can use these talking points:

  • Bicycling and walking are part of the solution. Half of all trips in the United States are three miles or less, yet the majority of these short trips are made by car. Shifting more of these short trips to biking and walking would not only reduce congestion, air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and our dependence on oil, but will also improve physical activity, safety, and livability.

  • Investing in bicycling and walking infrastructure works. Commuting by bicycle has increased 43 percent since 2000 - and by 69 percent in designated Bicycle Friendly Communities that have invested in infrastructure improvements.

  • Please co-sponsor the Active Community Transportation Act (H.R.4722). Or, if Mike Capuano is your Representative, just say "thanks" for sponsoring the bill.


Here are the phone numbers for all the Massachusetts Congresspeople:


























































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

Don't who your Congressperson is? Click here and enter your address to find out.

Please don't forget to call on Thursday, March 11th, to be part of the National Bike Summit Lobby Day.
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I Am An Architect, And I Ride

March 02, 2010
Here is another great story in 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 George




Where I Ride: Porter Sq. Cambridge to Back Bay Boston
How Often I Ride: every day

My Story:
I commute most every day, all year, regardless of weather. I've been doing this for decades. There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. Now that I have worked out the clothing (it took a while....) I actually ENJOY what most people consider bad weather. The snow is pretty. The rain is refreshing. The cold is a non-issue. Biking is so magical and enjoyable that I am amazed everyone doesn't do it. Non-bikers seem like muggles to me.



Thanks George! Nice bike clothes, very classy.

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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It's Not Too Early To Start Planning For Bay State Bike Week, May 17th To 21st

March 02, 2010


We're hoping you join us this May 17th to 21st for Bay State Bike Week, a week when Massachusetts will celebrates bicycle transportation!

This year, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike) will collaborate to make Bay State Bike Week an exciting statewide happening, with rides and other events in every corner of Massachusetts. This partnership between MassDOT, the state transportation department, and MassBike, Massachusetts' statewide bicycling advocacy group, enables the two organizations to work together to get the word out as widely as possible, and to broaden the scope of Bike Week events.

To kick off the planning today we're launching the 2010 Bay State Bike Week website at www.baystatebikeweek.org. In the coming weeks we'll be adding information for event organizers and participants. Event organizers can already use the website 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. We'll also provide you with ideas and advice on organizing new events.

We are all excited about promoting biking as a mode of transportation; it's safe, it's economical, it's healthy, it's environmentally-friendly, it's fast, and it's fun! We are building on two years of successful efforts by Boston-area groups to unify Bike Week events, a decade of organized Bike Week activities in Western Massachusetts, and a long history of Bike Week celebrations across the Commonwealth.

May is fast approaching, so start planning now! Mark May 17th to May 21st on your calendar for Bay State Bike Week and check the website for more information.

Bay State Bike Week is part of the Healthy Transportation Compact.
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