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Meet me at the Hub on Wheels Ride - Boston!!

Greater Boston Cycling and Fitness Meetup - September 16, 2014 - 5:32pm

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

Join me as I'll be doing the 50 Mile Ride this year!

Ride starts at 8:00am so I'll plan to meet everyone starting at 7:30AM under the Steaming Kettle in Government Center.

To Join My Team And To Register:

Sign up for Team Greater Boston Bicycling - Meetup
https://www.raceit.co...




Boston, MA 02109 - USA

Sunday, September 21 at 7:30 AM

Attending: 3

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/207609672/

Action Alert: Help Create a People’s Pike

Mass Bike - September 15, 2014 - 6:06pm

Thursday, September 18, come to the public meeting on the Mass Pike Realignment, which will rebuild the Pike and Cambridge Street in Allston. A strong cyclist presence at the meeting means a strong voice for a new “People’s Pike” built with all users, including local cyclists, in mind. Come to the meeting and let MassDOT know that we want

  • Infrastructure built with cyclists of all ages and abilities in mind
  • Construction (not just design) of a new “West Station” with rapid rail connections to downtown and Kendall Square
  • A (safe) replacement for the Franklin St Overpass between Lincoln St and Cambridge St
  • New parkland along the Charles River (an “Allston Esplanade”)
  • A connection under the BU Bridge between the Boston and Cambridge paths of the Charles River at the Grand Junction Rail Bridge
  • Extension of Babcock and Malvern Streets over the new Pike to create north-south connections and reduce congestion on Brighton Ave and Harvard Ave
  • Allston residents and neighbors (not just drivers on the Pike going through Allston) considered in the rebuild

Come to The Jackson Mann Community Center Auditorium at 500 Cambridge Street in Allston on Thursday at 6:30 PM and let them know this is an unprecedented opportunity to reconnect the neighborhood and fully address all transportation needs. Find more information on our calendar.

Come and speak up for cyclists, and send this to anyone you know who wants the Pike rebuilt with bikes and bike safety in mind.

You can also come earlier at 4:00 PM to the Jackson Mann for a presentation by the Boston Society of Architects. Two design teams will share their ideas for how to build a new neighborhood in the land opened up by the interchange realignment.

47 mile countryside ride

Greater Boston Cycling and Fitness Meetup - September 12, 2014 - 8:26pm

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

Will fill in more details later.  Want to schedule so people have time to make plans.

This is a 47 mile ride through Needham Westwood, Natick, Sherborne, Dover, Ashland, Holliston.  It is a favorite Charles River Bike Club Ride as well as for the AMC and other charitable groups.

One of the prettiest inland rides you will go on passing farms, stables, lakes, nice houses.  A favorite of mine.

This is not a ride for beginners due to distance and given the point in the season we will try to keep a 15-17 mile pace.  Pretty flat no large hills.  Will stop frequently so we stay as a group but will ask you to turn around or bike on your own if you can't keep a 15 mile pace.

Will cancel if there is not sufficient interest
http://www.crw.org/cu...

Will update with cue-sheet and GPS route file as appropriate.

Helmet required.


Needham, MA - USA

Sunday, September 21 at 10:00 AM

Attending: 4

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/206733102/

Salem to Gloucester Part II

Greater Boston Cycling and Fitness Meetup - September 12, 2014 - 7:33pm

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

This ride will be similar to the one in June, with a couple of twists. The thirty five mile route will begin at the common in downtown Salem. Some parking is available around the common and more in the indoor garage and outdoor lot at Museum Place. Those familiar with the area can park anywhere close and ride over, the rest should probably use the known public spots. The group will meet in the front area of the common next to the Hawthorne Hotel. Riders should have a bike in good condition and at least a water bottle. There will be a few opportunities to refill along the way.

The ride will begin by cycling around the common and out to Bridge Street. It will continue over the Bay Bridge and with a quick right onto Water Street. After a short stretch, the group will make a left to take it past the first of Beverly’s small public beaches. It will be too early in the ride to stop here, but the view is nice. After the second beach, the group will pick up route 127. From here, we will follow 127 to Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester. A break will be taken at West Beach in Beverly, about seven miles into the ride. This is a private beach but usually okay with short-staying cyclists and it is now off season. If they do not like the large group, we will stay outside and take turns filling up water bottles etc. as needed. From West Beach, the group will follow the rolling hills to Good Harbor Beach (one change from prior ride). The plan is to ride back to West Beach for a break and plan for the stretch home. The second change is the group will make a right out of West Beach, then a quick left. We will ride past route 128 and to the beginning of Gordon College. Here, we will make a left for a long stretch back into Beverly. We will then turn back to the beach and the final piece will be on the same route we rode out on. Those not waiting to add the approximate 4-5 miles can skip this and follow 127 back to the common. The pace of this ride will be 14-18 mph by the leader (pending wind, weather etc.), but we will have a rear/middle group as needed and can accommodate riders in the 12-14 mph category. Salem has many eating and drinking options and those interested can enjoy a post-ride lunch and/or beverage at a locale of choice.



Salem, MA 01970 - USA

Saturday, September 20 at 10:00 AM

Attending: 6

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/206922842/

Apple (and maybe peach) Picking with Ice Cream & Cider Donuts

Greater Boston Cycling and Fitness Meetup - September 10, 2014 - 9:53pm

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

It's apple picking time and how cool is it to combine a ride with apple (and maybe peach, if any remain on the trees) picking with a calorie neutral ice cream (and cider donut) bike ride? This is a repeat of last year's ride but there may be a few changes to the route.


Starting at the Norumbega Duck Feeding Area (off Routes 128 and 30), we will cycle the bucolic hills of Weston, Lincoln, Sudbury, Concord and Acton to arrive at our destination, Shelburn Farm in Stow. There we will eat lunch at the picnic tables and then go apple (and hopefully peach) picking. Shelburn Farm has a food stand where they sell some sandwiches and salads, drinks, cider donuts and ice cream. There is also a farm stand with fresh produce, cheese and drinks. 


Although we will not leave anyone behind, we will aim to keep a 12 - 14 mph average speed so please be sure you can maintain this speed over almost 40 miles. Meet at the end of the Norumbega Duck Feeding Area parking lot, opposite the Newton Marriott Hotel and the boat launch at 10:45am for an 11am start. I will have cue sheets available for riders. If you want an actual map, please e-mail me and I can send you links to the Google map directions I have created. I don't do Map My Ride (sorry!).


What you need to bring: road or hybrid bike in good working order, helmet, water, spare tube and pump, and panniers, rack pack or front pack to transport your goodies home. Although we will be having lunch at the farm, you may want to bring some snack food for the ride.

Newton, MA 02493 - USA

Sunday, September 14 at 10:45 AM

Attending: 11

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/206528982/

Foxx Announces New Initiative at Pro Walk/Pro Bike

Mass Bike - September 10, 2014 - 10:12am

The Wollaston Station Pedal & Park, part of the Quincy assessment.

At Pro Walk/Pro Bike today, Secretary Anthony Foxx of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced a new USDOT national bicycle and pedestrian safety initiative to

  1. Close gaps in bicycle and pedestrian networks, especially in low-income neighborhoods.
  2. Conduct bicycle and pedestrian safety assessments in every state. Recently in Quincy, MassBike and WalkBoston led one of the three pilot assessments in the country.
  3. Create a “road diet” guide to help states and communities make streets safer for everyone. This is essentially a national Complete Streets guide.
  4. Launch a bicycle and pedestrian safety action team to examine and improve how government approaches these issues.

This initiative is the most comprehensive that USDOT has ever put forward for bicyclist and pedestrian safety. In his announcement, Foxx asked Congress to pass a long-term surface transportation bill. A long-term bill will help create opportunities that are often lost with short-term funding, such as the chance to have a broader conversation on how to engage communities in the highest efforts. Foxx asked all of us to tell Congress to pass a long-term transportation bill.

MassBike Executive Director David Watson, who is attending Pro Walk/Pro Bike and heard Foxx speak on this important issue, said “We’re confident the Massachusetts Congressional delegation is supportive, but we will all need to help convince the rest of Congress.”

UPDATE: Here is a link to the Safer People Safer Streets initiative.

 

Oak Hill 32 Miler...Acton, MA

Greater Boston Cycling and Fitness Meetup - September 6, 2014 - 7:37pm

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

Join me for this 32 Miler....

Here's the Ride with GPS Route...

http://ridewithgps.co...

Bring the usual....Helmet, Bike in excellent condition, adequate water, energy food, spare tire etc..

Call me if you have any questions,

Rob Fox, Founder/Organizer

Cell 617-894-8454

robfox@verizon.net

Acton - USA

Sunday, September 7 at 9:00 AM

Attending: 1

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/205650122/

Will Beer for Bike

Mass Bike - September 5, 2014 - 3:25pm

You may have heard about how The People’s Pint was supporting bicycling in general and MassBike specifically back in June. Last week we had a chance to enjoy the beer along with the support during a Training Wheels tasting at the Craft Beer Cellar in Newton.

At the tasting a steady stream of people came in, sampled the American session ale, and chatted with us about bicycling.  Training Wheels was a big hit with the crowd, and we enjoyed getting to know fellow beer and bike lovers.

The People’s Pint’s Alden Booth presented us with a check for $310, representing 25 percent of the profits from the sale of Training Wheels. The People’s Pint has been supporting bicycling from their Greenfield, MA brewpub since 2003 with their Bike to Live program. Bike to Live encourages patrons to travel to their restaurant by bike instead of car and logs miles to demonstrate the impact of the program. They currently have over 63,000 bike miles logged on their website. Looking at all of the aspects of promoting cycling, from financial to physical, is part of what makes The People’s Pint a brewery with a serious focus on biking.

A percentage of the profits of Training Wheels still goes to MassBike. If you want to support MassBike and have a taste of the “hop forward” Training Wheels ale, you can find it at many craft beer stores. If you are lucky enough to live nearby, bike on over to the People’s Pint brewpub for a taste.

Biking in Melrose: Good for Business

Mass Bike - September 5, 2014 - 3:18pm

Steve Leibman of the Melrose Pedestrian & Bicycle Advisory Committee shows Kara Showers of Mass in Motion how to change a bike tire.

This August, Melrose became the latest community to participate in MassBike’s Bikeable Communities Program. The Melrose Pedestrian & Bicycle Advisory Committee, which promotes biking and walking in Melrose, contacted us because they wanted more information about how they could implement bike infrastructure in their city and encourage more biking for transportation. As Kara Showers, of Mass in Motion: Melrose/Wakefield and the Melrose/Wakefield Health Department, told us, “There is much interest in bike riding around [Melrose] for pleasure and as a mode of transportation. It is exciting to be able to support this community interest!”

Melrose has a lot of opportunities for bicycling infrastructure and increasing bicycling in the city. In our first meeting with them, we highlighted these opportunities and a few key strategies that will help them reach their goal. Together we

  • Identified areas that would benefit from bike lanes, bike racks, or other physical changes that would make Melrose an even safer and more attractive place to ride a bike
  • Discussed how cycling and bike parking grows the local economy and how the committee could use this information to strengthen their relationship with local businesses
  • Identified people and organizations who could be allies in advocacy

We then joined the Melrose Pedestrian & Bicycle Advisory Committee at the Sally Frank’s Farmers’ Market for the first Bike Day. Showers saw a great deal of excitement for bicycling during Bike Day where, “[Committee] staff answered cyclists’ questions, talked about rules of the road, and [demonstrated] how to change a flat tire.” Mass in Motion: Melrose/Wakefield also provided helmets, and we helped out with helmet fittings and informational materials for kids and adults. Visiting the market gave us a chance to connect with Melrose’s enthusiastic bicycling community and learn more about how the city can improve cycling.

After engaging with the Melrose Pedestrian & Bicycle Advisory Committee in our meeting and the Melrose community at the farmers’ market, we were able to work with the committee to identify assets that will help them grow bicycling for transportation in Melrose. Some of these assets are

  • A farmer’s market that sets up near a commuter rail. Here the committee can promote cycling and provide education and safety trainings in a location with a lot of foot (and wheel) traffic, as they did during Bike Day. The farmer’s market is also a good place to meet cyclists who might be interested in advocacy.
  • A nearby T station, Oak Grove, with a Pedal & Park bike cage. The secure bike parking at a convenient location gave the committee the idea to encourage a group of commuters to ride together to this station. Creating this convoy will attract potential cyclists who want support, encouragement, or tips.
  • An active cycling community in place. In Melrose a lot of people already ride their bikes for transportation. This community of users will help show a need for biking infrastructure and are likely to be advocates.
  • A few popular corridors wide enough for bike lanes. Bikes lanes often encourage more riders.
  • A potential ally in the local business community. By working with local businesses, which benefit financially from a greater cycling community, the committee can create strong support and backing for projects that require city approval or funding, such as bike racks. As with new bike lanes, adding bike parking encourages cyclists to shop and dine.

Melrose is just one example of how MassBike’s Bikeable Communities Program helps local advocates improve cycling in a city or town by providing support and education. Your community’s opportunities, needs, and wants for biking might be different than what you have read about in Melrose. If you would like to discuss our Bikeable Communities Program and what it could do for your neighborhood, please email Program Manager Barbara Jacobson for more information.

MassBike Is Hiring a New Executive Director

Mass Bike - September 5, 2014 - 3:09pm

Yesterday we announced that David Watson is stepping down as the Executive Director of MassBike. Now we are starting the search for a new ED. If you or anyone you know is interested, read the job description here (pdf), and send an application to EDsearch@massbike.org!

Executive Director David Watson Shifts Gears

Mass Bike - September 4, 2014 - 3:34pm

Today our Executive Director, David Watson, announced that he will be leaving MassBike. David has been with us for more than eight years and in that time has used his passion for biking to help make Massachusetts safer for all cyclists.

Watson remembers biking in the streets of Massachusetts at the beginning of his tenure at MassBike. “Bike commuters were bravely riding along, but largely limited to the strongest and most fearless among us,” he wrote in his announcement (pdf). “There were precious few bike lanes in the state, and none at all in Boston. State transportation policies were just beginning to contemplate biking and walking, but that had not yet translated to change on the streets. Little or no funding was dedicated to bicycle infrastructure or education.”

Now, eight years later, much has improved. Massachusetts has installed more bike lanes and increased state funding for bike paths. More residents have an interest in biking for transportation and health. In a time when federal funding for biking and walking has been cut, Massachusetts has created a state policy to triple biking, walking, and transit, and is providing funding to make it happen. With David at the helm, MassBike has:

  • Launched our Safe Routes to School Program in 2008, which has reached more than 11,000 kids
  • Championed the Bicyclist Safety Bill, which became law in 2009
  • Trained MBTA bus drivers since 2010 to better prepare drivers for interactions with bicyclists
  • Successfully advocated for improved bike parking at transit stations and bike racks on all buses
  • Expanded Bay State Bike Week in 2010 to a statewide celebration in partnership with MassDOT
  • Introduced legislation in 2011 (and again in 2013) to protect Vulnerable Road Users
  • Secured expanded bicycle hours on the MBTA Blue Line in 2011
  • Published bike safety information in seven languages in 2012 (now 10 languages!)
  • Launched the Bikeable Communities Program in 2012, which has helped more than 40 cities and towns improve bicycling conditions
  • Created the annual Massachusetts Bike/Walk Summit in 2012
  • Helped educate police officers in 2014 with our training video
  • In 2014 successfully advocated for increased funding for bike paths, including more than $130 million in the MassDOT capital budget and $377 million in bonding authority

“A tireless advocate – and a tireless cyclist – David has been instrumental in seeing so many wins for safe biking in Massachusetts,” said Jim Bradley, President of MassBike’s Board of Directors. “We thank him for serving MassBike, bicyclists in Massachusetts, and the community so well these last eight years. We will remember his time at MassBike as one of action, commitment, and enthusiasm.”

The Board now begins a search for a new Executive Director. The right person will capitalize on the successes of Watson’s tenure to provide Massachusetts with a future of greater acceptance of and enthusiasm for bicycling.

“I am very proud of the team, the organization, and the partnerships we have built together over the past eight years,” Watson wrote of the MassBike board, staff, and community. “This has been the most challenging and the most rewarding job I have ever had, and I thank you for giving me the opportunity to do it.”

 

 

Join us For the most scenic and sought after cycling in all of New Hampshire.

Greater Boston Cycling and Fitness Meetup - August 30, 2014 - 9:59pm

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

Hello everyone, Come and join us for this beautiful ride along NH's beautiful Seacoast. Though boasting only 18 miles of ocean views, the Seacoast Region offers some of the most scenic and sought after cycling in all of New Hampshire.

We will begin at Hampton's North Beach area cycling inland through the beautiful rolling, wooded streets of North Hampton and Rye, NH. From there we will ride past some of Rye's prettiest homes and farms.. We will then head across to New Castle, Island, where we may stop to visit the grounds and beautiful marina at "Wentworth by the Sea Resort" stopping at their marina for a sandwich or a snack. From there we will go through New Castle's Historic section and then through Portsmouth's Historic Strawberry Bank up Court Street and head out of Portsmouth back through New Castle. From there we will head towards the water and spend the rest of the ride cycling along the past the gorgeous waterfront homes in North Hampton & Rye.

The total mileage of this ride is about 35 to 37 miles.

When we return g/c those that are interested we can have a relaxing beer or drink at Lil Jacks in Hampton. Plan on spending the day. We will probably not get back til about 3:30 pm.

Again meeting time is at 10am Be ready to ride at 10:30 am.. The ride is going to be about 35 to 37 miles.

The average speed of this ride is 12-15 miles per hour. The terrain is mostly flat with some rolling hills in No Hampton and Rye. If it's Windy it can be difficult to push against the wind. Road bikes and hybrids are highly recommended, I do not recommend the use of mountain bikes on this route. Helmets are required. Please be sure to bring plenty of water, sunscreen & a spare tire tube. Don't forget to bring money for lunch.

We WILL CANCEL for RAIN!

*****Directions to North Beach, Hampton, NH (From downtown Boston drive time is about 50 mins)*****

Take I-95 North or South (depending on where you are coming from) to exit 2 (Toll booth exit).

Exit heading towards 101 east towards Hampton

Get on 101 stay until you get to a set of lights at Landing Road, take a left onto Landing Road then take a right at the Stop/sign, Fork in the Road onto Winnacunnet Road. Follow Winnacunnet Road til it ends at Ocean Boulevard, take a right onto Ocean Boulevard. Lil Jack's will be about a half a mile down the road on your right.

***Note, Depending on how many other ride leaders decide to do this ride, I will more then likely increase the # of riders I can allow on this ride. Please be sure you are capable of riding 35 miles.

Disclaimer: As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; The leader(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you release, hold harmless, and indemnify the leader(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.

Hampton - USA

Sunday, August 31 at 10:00 AM

Attending: 29

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/202361612/

49 Mile South Shore Exploration - Great Views Along the Water!

Greater Boston Cycling and Fitness Meetup - August 23, 2014 - 3:47pm

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

Join me for this 49 mile ride along the South Shore.  Great views along the water and we also ride through Wompatuck State Park!

I will be using a Ride With GPS map, created by someone else to navigate this ride....  Please bring a desire to explore and some patience since I have not ridden this route before...

You can download it here....

http://ridewithgps.co...

Unfortunately, there is no cue sheet so you can follow those of us who have a gps....

Riders should be comfortable riding an average pace of 13-18 mph and have a bicycle in excellent working order.  Bring plenty of water, energy food, helmet (is required), and a spare tube. 


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Cohasset - USA

Sunday, August 24 at 9:00 AM

Attending: 1

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/202693132/

Complete Streets Certification Program Funded – And More From The Healthy Transportation Compact

Mass Bike - August 22, 2014 - 3:11pm

Photo courtesy Mass in Motion

Big news this week when the Healthy Transportation Compact (HTC) met in Boston. At the meeting, MassDOT announced an initial investment of up to $5 million for the critical Complete Streets Certification Program. The program provides competitive funds to cities and towns to create streets that are safe and welcoming for all users. Led by MPHA and MAPC, MassBike and other advocates succeeded in incorporating the program and its funding into the Transportation Bond Bill passed in April. But MassDOT still had to budget the money, and now they have – thank you MassDOT!

The HTC was created by the 2009 transportation reform law and requires the Secretaries of Transportation, Health and Human Services, and Energy and Environment (and the agencies under their supervision) to work together to get more people walking and biking in Massachusetts. Last year, the HTC added the Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, recognizing the link between land use decisions and healthy transportation options.

In addition to the Complete Streets announcement, HTC members highlighted a wide range of initiatives that support better bicycling and walking in the Commonwealth:

MassDOT:

  • Health Impact Assessments are now required for all transportation planning processes, making health impacts an important factor in project development
  • The Healthy Transportation Policy Directive issued last Fall has been incorporated into the Highway Division’s project design and review process, so that projects are receiving much more scrutiny for increasing bicycle, pedestrian, and transit use to meet the Commonwealth’s Mode Shift Goals.
  • The Assistant Secretary for GreenDOT now has a full staff to oversee implementation of mode shift and MassDOT’s goals to make its own operations more sustainable.

MBTA:

  • Purchasing greener vehicles: 40 new, more efficient locomotives, piloting electric buses, and testing hydrogen fuel cell bus next year
  • Increasing energy efficiency at facilities, such as converting to LED lights at train crossings (currently lights consume far more energy and must be replaced frequently)

Department of Public Health:

  • New Mass in Motion grants awarded to help communities create opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating: 22 programs with 60 municipalities, more communities than before (but less money overall unless applied-for federal funding is awarded)
  • Logan Airport Health Impact Assessment completed: mitigating health impacts with measures like banning idling buses and funding community health centers
  • Developing criteria for when Health Impact Assessments needed: focusing on roadway projects (traffic volume, emissions, mode shift); transit (stations, increased service, decreased service, parking); airports

Executive Office of Energy and Environment:

  • Environmental bond bill passed to fund DCR and other agencies
  • Working with MassDOT on GreenDOT regulations under Global Warming Solutions Act: greenhouse gas emissions will be added to transportation project selection criteria
  • Working with Housing and Economic Development on land use planning
  • Investing in urban parks: a quarter of MA population now lives within 10 minute walk of parkland, funding new urban rail trail in downtown Fall River

Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development:

  • Land Use: identifying areas to grow or preserve, using sustainable development principles; working with developers on sustainable projects; investing in these areas; marketing these areas to developers and the world; collaborating with Energy and Environment on regional plans
  • MassWorks: incentivizing development where infrastructure is needed
  • Housing That Works: multi-family housing, in city/town centers, near job opportunities

In addition to reports from the agencies HTC staff reported that the Healthy Transportation Compact Advisory Council has been formed and is working (MassBike Executive Director David Watson is a member). The Advisory Council is advising on incorporating health into project selection, the We Move Massachusetts capital planning process, Complete Streets training and implementation of the new Certification Program, and preparing a report for the upcoming gubernatorial transition to ensure that healthy transportation initiatives continue uninterrupted.

All the World’s a Playway

Mass Bike - August 22, 2014 - 7:17am
MassBike’s Jimmy Pereira at the DSNI Playway Imagine what it would be like to have a street dedicated to bicycling and walking. This street is not a shared bike lane. It is a neighborhood block with houses and open spaces for play and community engagement.What you are picturing is a playway. Playways are temporary street closures in a residential neighborhood that get community members, especially kids, active. Playways utilize street spaces for people rather than cars. They can be done in many places, from dense urban areas to suburban and rural towns.Although playways might sound like just another simple, fun event, they have a serious purpose. They create opportunities for activities and exercise, rally communities around open spaces, and connect neighborhoods. Playways allow children to be creative with play. Of course we love playways especially because they promote bicycling to all generations. In addition, by virtue of their simplicity, playways are sustainable in a way that other neighborhood events, such as a carnival, are not.

To learn about specific playways, read about the two in which MassBike recently participated: the DSNI playway and the Mattapan Playway. Anyone can host a playway. Consider the following tips to plan yours:

  • Involve residents in the planning process.
  • Plan early.
  • Identify the scope of the project. Typically playways are one or two blocks in size, but may increase as demand increases.
  • Build relationships with local community groups, city hall, and the local police department. They will work with you to help ensure that your project is successful.
  • Determine the permits you’ll need to make the project happen. Adding food or music in the public way may mean additional permits. Find the correct contacts for securing permits.
  • Recruit volunteers to help with the event.
  • Promote the event to residents and community stakeholders.
  • Document the event and celebrate the successful day!

 

Contact MassBike Program Manager Barbara Jacobson at barbara@massbike.org if you have questions about hosting a playway in your neighborhood.  

 

The 8th Annual Mass BikePike Tour

Mass Bike - August 21, 2014 - 5:30pm

A restful stop along the route

On August 7-10 we rode the 8th Annual Mass BikePike Tour, and as usual it was a lot of fun. We started in Shirley, MA and went through many picturesque towns. Every day seemed to reveal landscape and scenery more beautiful than the last.

Each year we especially enjoy the feeling of community we get from spending time with so many dedicated cyclists during the tour. We see familiar faces along with fresh ones. We greet old friends and meet new bicycling enthusiasts and advocates.

Thank you to all the participants, volunteers, and sponsors. We have 19 new members after the tour and received 56 additional donations. Our SAG driver Kate Salter Jackson donated Jet Blue tickets as a raffle prize – a HUGE thank you to her.

We especially want to thank Bruce Lederer for organizing another successful tour to benefit MassBike. Bruce has been the driving (or rather, riding) force behind it all for eight years, making each tour better than the last!

If you missed this year’s tour, you can see some pictures on the Mass BikePike Facebook page.

 

Bikes Abound at the Mattapan Playway

Mass Bike - August 11, 2014 - 12:38pm

Families get ready for the Bike-a-Thon.

On August 9th, MassBike worked with the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition and the Boston Public Health Commission to host a playway at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Mattapan. The event happened concurrently with the Mattapan Square Farmers Market and the 4th Annual Mattapan on Wheels bike ride. Mattapan on Wheels had two routes, an 8 mile family-friendly ride and a 16 mile expert route that showcased a route to downtown Boston from Mattapan.

Boston Bikes provided bicycles to participants who did not have their own. Boston Cyclists Union was at the event providing bike maintenance for riders. When the bike riders arrived back at the Church of the Holy Spirit, they participated in fitness activities including tennis, jumping rope, and a bike rodeo.

Healthy foods were generously donated by Kind Snacks and Equal Exchange. MassBike would like to thank Jon Ramos of Southie Bikes for providing music via his bike trailer, as well as Boston Bikes and Boston Cyclists Union for participating in the event!

Boston Bike's Women's Bike Festival!

Greater Boston Cycling and Fitness Meetup - August 11, 2014 - 8:32am

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

Join us for New England’s first-ever all women’s bike ride and festival in Boston!  (Guys you can volunteer to ensure the women & kids in your life have an awesome day! Volunteer info available on the registration page)

A celebration of women on bikes, the Boston Women’s Bike Festival & Ride features scenic 1030 and 50 mile rides, workshops taught by some of the best professionals in the area, family activities, music, food and fun. The event is part of Boston Bikes women’s initiative, encouraging women to experience the joys and benefits of biking and is perfect for everyone from new riders to seasoned cyclists.

Join for just the ride or join a workshop and get tips on mountain biking, commuting, mechanics and more. Or if you haven’t ridden in years or never learned, we have adult learn-to-ride clinics.

And for the little ones, we have face painting, bike decorating, a bike rodeo and more!

Registration  <-- Click here to register! (required to participate)

Information: Registration covers all clinics and the ride. Register as an individual, or join a group or company team. We’ll have fun prizes to recognize the largest and most creative teams. Adult (age 13+) $35.00. Adult Learn-to-Ride only $5.00, includes free bike rental. Use code LEARNING! Kids (ages 6–12) $10.00

On site registration will be available. To ensure that everyone has time to make it to the start line by 9 am, registration will close at 8:45 am.

Discounted registration available to low-income Boston residents. Call Boston Bikes at 617–918-4343 or email bostonbikes@boston.gov.

No Bike? No Problem. Reserve a bike today by contacting our official bike rental partner, Urban Adventours, at 617–670-0637. Rental rates are discounted for all Festival participants.

Children are welcome! We ask that children under 10 ride on a trailer bike, in a trailer, or on a seat secured to the adult’s bike. Additionally, we ask that children riding in the 30 and 50 mile rides be 13 years or older.

All riders must be on track to finish by 2 pm. Riders outside of this time frame will be unsupported. In order to continue on the 50 mile route, you must depart the first rest stop by 10:30 am.

Proceeds support Roll it Forward, which provides refurbished bikes to low-income Boston residents.

Event Schedule: 

7:30 am: Registration opens

9:00 am: Boston’s First Women’s Ride 10 mile route | 30 mile route | 50 mile route

9:30 am — 11:30 am: Adult Learn-to-Ride Clinic

10:30 am — 1:00 pm: Kids Activities, Expo (featuring live music by Tromboston!), & Clinics.

Clinic Schedule: 

10:30 am — 11:15 am: Mechanics

11:30 am — 1:00 pm: Road Cycling

11:30 am — 12:15 pm: Mountain Biking & Commuting

12:15 pm — 1:00 pm: Mountain Biking, Commuting, & Mechanics

Boston, MA - USA

Saturday, August 16 at 8:00 AM

Attending: 8

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/200269932/

Quincy Bikeability Assessment Is Focused on Safety

Mass Bike - August 7, 2014 - 1:33pm

Pedal and Park Bike parking on the eastern side of Wollaston Station.

On August 5th, MassBike conducted a bike audit on streets near the Wollaston T station in Quincy, MA. The audit is a part of a larger pilot assessment program focused on multi-modal transit in cities and towns across the country. Quincy joins Lansing, Michigan and Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas as a part of the project to increase awareness of multi-modal transit use and safety enhancements.

Quincy is an interesting case study because it is focused on increasing safety and usability for bikeable and walkable routes to the transit station. The reports will be submitted to Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and will contribute to a toolkit of best practices for creating a model that can be replicated nationwide for conducting bikeability, walkability, and transit-focused assessments.

The participants of the bike audit included representation from the Federal Transit Authority, Federal Highway Administration, US DOT Volpe Center, MassDOT, MAPC, MBTA, the City of Quincy, MassBike, and WalkBoston.

Boston Bike Party Presents: Boston (T) Party!

Greater Boston Cycling and Fitness Meetup - August 7, 2014 - 7:39am

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

In 1897, Boston became home to America's first ever Subway, which we now lovingly know as the "T," complete with green lines, red lines, orange lines, blue lines, and even silver lines! This month, Boston Bike Party is celebrating with a Boston T Party! Which line are you?

It's hard to imagine Boston without this amazing icon, so join us, and hundreds of other cyclists, for a bike ride to celebrate the MBTA.

Ride departs at 7:30pm, route will be about 12 miles long at a very casual pace. After the ride, grab some food / drink at Flat Top Johnny's in Kendal Square. Route: http://ridewithgps.co...

Check out the website & lookbook for helpful tips on how to decorate yourself and your bike for the theme. 

Green Line:


Orange Line:

(you get the idea)

Please check out our Facebook Event where you can easily invite all of your facebook pals.



Boston, MA 02116 - USA

Friday, August 8 at 7:30 PM

Attending: 20

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/198403592/

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