The Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike) promotes a bicycle-friendly environment and encourages bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation.
But what does that really mean?
We work statewide to help improve conditions for all bicyclists focusing on the six E’s of bicycle advocacy: engineering, encouragement, enforcement, evaluation, equity, and education. We work through a number of programs and initiatives to support every community, age group, interest level, and type of bicyclist. Some of those items include...
Education - We work to educate bicyclists through a partnership with Safe Routes to School as well as our own, home grown classes for children and adults to educate riders about safe cycling. We also work with drivers, law enforcement, city officials, the Registry of Motor Vehicles, and other groups.
Legislation - MassBike always continues to improve the laws on the books that impact bicyclists, particularly as the engineering of our roadways, paths, and trails, continues to evolve. We want to ensure that as the landscape for transportation in our state changes that bicyclists are included in the larger vision of how we expect all roadway users to behave. We work with lawmakers to write and pass bicycle friendly bills each legislative session. We also work on a federal level, at times, with our partners the League of American Bicyclists, on larger issues that will impact bicyclists here at home.
Connectivity - This work front functions on two levels, as we work to connect the physical landscape for bicyclists through assisting with engineering and design but also connecting bicyclists to each other through events and social gatherings.