The following updates were submitted by Pioneer Valley Chapter President Alex Weck:
The month of October saw the formation of the Agawam Bike Committee, where citizens of one of Springfield's most bikeable neighbors gathered to talk bike infrastructure and advocacy for the first time in decades.
Town Engineer Michelle Chase and planner Dawn Nims presented compelling examples of projects from "super sharrows" to intersection overhauls making this rural-suburban hybrid community a riding gem. We look forward to seeing great things come out of Agawam with the support of the new committee!
This month saw significant improvements to the stretch of Route 116 in Chicopee. MassBike PV would like to thank MassDOT for their efforts on this project! By reducing the number of travel lanes on Route 116 in order to add bike amenities, this dangerous stretch of roadway will see an increase in safety for riders traveling north-south through Hampden County. A long-time "lesser of many evils" option for cyclists, the corridor is now a downright pleasure to ride.
Coming up in the Pioneer Valley, we invite you to attend the Pioneer Valley Chapter Annual Meeting! At 6pm on December 4th please join us at the Florence Civic Center. There will be free food and drink courtesy of the People's Pint! MassBike Executive Director Galen Mook will be onsite to address legislative priorities for the upcoming legislative session. See the full agenda for the event here.