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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/

Want to Work at Fenway Park?

Mass Bike - August 5, 2014 - 2:41pm

We are so pleased to be working with the Red Sox by offering Valet Bicycle Parking at Fenway Park. Now, we need some enthusiastic volunteers to help us before the game. If you want to hang out at Fenway, support Massachusetts cyclists, and even get to see some of the game, please contact us today.

Volunteers help with setup, parking bikes, getting cyclists to the parking area, and ensuring a seamless and hassle-free experience for users. After your shift, you will get a special volunteer pass so you can catch some of the game.

We need immediate help for the upcoming games.

Saturday, August 16: 5:00-7:00
Sunday, August 17: 11:30-1:30

During your shift, you’ll have the chance to take a break. No previous Bike Valet experience necessary – we will train you.

If you are interested, please email Lenka@MassBike.org for more information. If you can’t help out on the 16th and 17th, email Lenka@MassBike.org to ask about other Fenway Park Bike Valet opportunities.

Volunteers make up a huge part of our success, so we want to make volunteering with us even better. Anyone who volunteers ten hours of their time will automatically earn a MassBike membership.

Healthy Food and Fitness at the DSNI Playway

Mass Bike - August 2, 2014 - 12:30pm

On Saturday, July 26th, MassBike worked with the Dudley Square Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) and the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) to help put on a playway event on Moreland Street and Winthrop Street in Dudley Square.

Playways are temporary street closures in which the street is blocked for cars to traverse and inhibits the reclamation of streets for people and play. At DSNI’s playway, the focus was on promoting healthy foods and fitness through yoga demonstrations, a bike rodeo, ball playing, and tug-of-war. DSNI youth took charge of managing informational tables focused on gardening, healthy food choices, and neighborhood development. Healthy foods were generously donated by Kind Snacks, Harvest Co-op, Equal Exchange, and Iggy’s Bread of the World. Art supplies were donated by Artist & Craftsman.

MassBike would like to thank Bikes Not Bombs, Boston Bikes, and Mary Thomas of Wild Seed Yoga for participating in the playway event.

Lexington, Bedford, Carlisle, Concord, Lincoln 38 miler

Greater Boston Cycling and Fitness Meetup - August 2, 2014 - 11:50am

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

The weather looks better sunday. Rain cancels but weather.com says 20% chance. 

We will bike into DeCordova for a cafe lunch stop (free admission to cyclists). Bring a bike lock.

http://www.decordova....

http://www.decordova.... "Free admission to all cyclists who pedal to deCordova"

Route Summary:

Starting in Lexington we head out to Carlisle via Bedford and go thru Great Brook State Park. We circle back thru Lincoln and to return to Lexington

The route

http://tinyurl.com/md...

 

Riders should plan to meet at 10:00 am and be ready to ride around 10:15 am

We should return to the Depot  area no later than 3:15 pm if we can keep the 12 to 15 pace and alot time for a break. Please be able to b/c the group needs to return on time to the parking area.


Starting point
Depot Square, Lexington MA (fyi, there is a ton of parking behind the Depot)

Stopping point

Concord Center / Main Street Cafe (Keyes Parking area) or DeCordova


What's required
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Bike helmets and road bikes / skinny tire hybrids in good repair
minimum 2 full water bottles (cold!).
bring snacks


What's recommended:
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Spare tire, repair kit, sun screen, snacks, energy bars, rain gear, an extra layer, a bike lock, and a cell phone.


"Cue"gle sheet

http://files.meetup.c...

 

Lexington, MA 02420 - USA

Sunday, August 3 at 10:00 AM

Attending: 10

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/198384992/

Bike to the Ballpark Is a Home Run

Mass Bike - August 1, 2014 - 11:30am

 

Free Valet Bike Parking at Saturday and Sunday Home Games

Did you park your bike with us at Fenway Park on July 19th or July 20th? If so you were one of the many who took advantage of the free Valet Bicycle Parking for Bike to the Ballpark. The launch of this program was a big hit, and we are extremely pleased to announce that MassBike is continuing to partner with the Boston Red Sox through our Valet Bicycle Parking service for #biketotheballpark.

Now through September, every Saturday and Sunday home game will offer this convenient, free way to arrive at the ballpark. Coast in, hand your bike to one of our trained staff, and enjoy some baseball. When you are done cheering on the Sox, come back, claim your bike, and ride away.

If you have tickets for this weekend’s August 2nd or August 3rd game, ride your bike and avoid the expensive parking lot down the road. After all, not only is it free to park your bike with us, the Valet Bicycle Parking offers the closest parking to Fenway during a game. In other words, if you Bike to the Ballpark this weekend, you can get the best parking and it costs nothing.

The MassBike free Valet Bicycle Parking is located by Gate D, at the corner of Yawkey Way and Van Ness Street. It is best to approach Fenway Park on your bike from the Boylston Street side of Fenway.

For any questions about Valet Bicycle Parking, please contact bikeinfo@massbike.org or call 617-542-2453 (BIKE).

We’ll see you at the game!

 

Action Alert: Help Move Bill Before Legislative Session Ends!

Mass Bike - July 30, 2014 - 1:26pm

We have a chance to move the bike lane protection bill forward this week!

One of the bills we filed in the Massachusetts Legislature in January 2013 has a chance to move forward, but we need your help before midnight Thursday.

The Act To Protect Bicyclists In Bicycle Lanes (S 1640) protects bicyclists by prohibiting motor vehicle operators from parking in on-street paths or lanes designated by official signs or markings for the use of bicycles, or placing the vehicle in such a manner as to interfere with the safety and passage of bicyclists. Motorists frequently endanger bicyclists by parking in bicycle lanes, forcing bicyclists to merge into traffic. There is currently no applicable state law, and some communities are passing local ordinances that will result in inconsistent rules and enforcement unless statewide action is taken. (Click here for the full text of the bill.)

This is not a theoretical problem – we all encounter it every day on roads across Massachusetts. Just this week, we heard about a bicyclist being attacked by a motorist after complaining that he was parked in a bike lane.

The bill was reported favorably by the Joint Committee on Transportation, and has been sent to the Senate Ways and Means Committee. We want to get it out of Ways and Means this week!

It would significantly  increase the chances of passing the bill this year if we can get it approved by Ways and Means before the formal session ends on Thursday.

We need you to do the following TODAY or TOMORROW:

  1. Call or email your State Senator ask that he or she ask Senator Stephen Brewer, chair of Ways and Means,  to approve S 1640.
  2. If your Senator is one of the sponsors of the bill or is on the Ways and Means Committee, it is especially important that you contact them:
  3. Sponsors:

    William N. Brownsberger
    Sonia Chang-Diaz
    Kenneth J. Donnelly
    James B. Eldridge
    Patricia D. Jehlen

    Committee Members:

    Stephen M. Brewer, Chair
    Jennifer L. Flanagan, Vice Chair
    Sal N. DiDomenico, Assistant Vice Chair
    Gale D. Candaras
    Eileen M. Donoghue
    Benjamin B. Downing
    Patricia D. Jehlen
    Brian A. Joyce
    Thomas P. Kennedy
    Thomas M. McGee
    Michael O. Moore
    Marc R. Pacheco
    Anthony W. Petruccelli
    Michael F. Rush
    James E. Timilty
    Richard J. Ross
    Donald F. Humason, Jr.

  4. CC action@massbike.org on your emails, or send us a message telling us who you contacted.
  5. Share this Action Alert with your friends!

Don’t know who your State Senator is? Find out here.

We’re sorry to report that the other bill we filed in this session,  the Act To Protect Vulnerable Road Users (S 1639) would have added legal protection for bicyclists, pedestrians, wheelchair users, and other vulnerable users of the road. Unfortunately, that bill was “sent to study” by the Joint Committee on Transportation, which means it is effectively dead for this session. A new legislative session begins in January, and we will decide whether to refile the bill or take other action at that time.

Same-Day Registration Available for BikeMass – You Can Still Ride!

Mass Bike - July 25, 2014 - 12:01am

No need to worry if you missed online pre-registration for this Saturday’s BikeMass event.

You can register for all of the rides at NARA Park in Acton the day of the event, beginning 1 hour before the start time for each ride.

$85 (100 miles), $70 (62 miles), $55 (30 miles) – all rides include great rest stops, on-road support, Redbones, and Harpoon.

It’s going to be a beautiful day, and we want to share it with everyone, so we are not charging extra for day-of registration!

All proceeds help MassBike make bicycling better across Massachusetts!

Click here for more details.

 

A slightly faster repeat of the 41-mile double loop out of Concord

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

Hi,  This is Rob.....Come ride with me Saturday...I love the people in this group!!

Note:  This is a repeat of Magnus's ride several weeks ago and will be at a slightly faster pace (13-18mph).  There will only be one group of riders also....we can always change that if the consensus is different on the day of the ride...

This will be a "figure-eight" shaped route starting in Concord Center. The first loop is just shy of 23 miles, heading north into Carlisle and Westford, and returning on the Bruce Freeman rail trail. Back in Concord Center, you can call it a day, or join us for a quick lunch and an additional 18 miles heading south into Lincoln and Sudbury.

Here's the route and cue-sheet:

http://ridewithgps.co...

And here's the old link for those who prefer this site:
http://www.gmap-pedom...

The lunch options:

• If you bring your own, then the picnic tables by the brook right off the parking lot are ideal.

• Main Streets Market & Cafe has a small take-out shop right next to these picnic tables that serves "Burritos, Pizzas, Hotdogs, Sandwiches, Smoothies & Ice Cream". They sometimes get too crowded and run out of stuff. Also, I walked by them today and noticed that it now says cash only.

• Their main restaurant is in the same building, with an entrance on Main St. It would take too long to eat there, but they are great if you are looking for ice coffee or homemade lemonade to go.

• Helen's Restaurant is across the street, at 17 Main St. Standard coffee and sandwiches, cash only.

Haute Coffee is in an alley on the right, 100' down Walden St. Fancy coffee and sandwiches.

When:
Let's meet up at 9:00 am and be ready to start at 9:15 am. Aiming to be back before 2pm.

Where:
The public parking lot on Keyes Rd, right in the center of Concord (it has public restrooms and a water fountain).

Who:
You need to be okay with a 13-18 mph pace. We will wait for everyone at the top of major hills and at confusing intersections, but please don't sign up if you can't keep at least a 15 mph average pace.

What's required:
* Road bike in good repair
* Bike helmet
* At least one full large water bottle (you can refill at lunch)
* Spare tube, and air

What's recommended:
* Basic repair tools
* Snack
* Cell phone

Concord, MA 01742 - USA

Saturday, July 26 at 9:00 AM

Attending: 8

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/196909962/

BikeMass Online Registration Ends At Midnight!

Mass Bike - July 24, 2014 - 5:41pm

Advance registration for BikeMass ends tonight at midnight! Register Now

Day-of-event registration will be available at NARA Park beginning 1 hour before the start of each ride. There is a $10 surcharge for day-of registration.

The weather looks good, so why wait?

Register today, save $10, and reserve your spot for a ride, Redbones, and Harpoon!

Volunteer for Fenway Park Bike Valet #biketotheballpark

Mass Bike - July 15, 2014 - 5:08pm

This coming Saturday and Sunday, the Boston Red Sox and MassBike will be launching a pilot bike valet parking service at Fenway Park.

Bike Valet is volunteer powered, and we are seeking volunteers who want to help make sure the pilot weekend of Fenway Park Bike Valet is a huge success. Duties will include helping with setup/breakdown, parking and retrieving bikes, and ensuring a seamless and hassle-free experience for users.

We need help at the following times:

Saturday, July 19
Full Shift (4 – 11:45 pm)
Shift 1 – Setup & Opening (4 – 7:30 pm) FULL
Shift 2 – Middle (7:30 – 10 pm)
Shift 3 – Closing & Takedown (10 – 11:45 pm)

Sunday, July 20
Full Shift (10 am – 6:15 pm)
Shift 1 – Setup & Opening (10 am – 2 pm)
Shift 2 – Middle (2 – 4:30 pm)
Shift 3 – Closing & Takedown (4:30 – 6:15 pm)

Can you help out? Please email nathaniel@massbike.org and indicate which shift(s) you are interested in.

During your shift, you’ll have the chance to take a break. No previous Bike Valet experience necessary – we will train you. Full shifts are preferred, but if you can only help out for a portion of the time, we can accommodate that.

Volunteers make up a huge part of our success, so we want to make volunteering with us even better. Anyone who volunteers ten hours of their time will automatically earn a MassBike membership.

Boston Red Sox and MassBike Announce Fenway Park Bike Valet

Mass Bike - July 15, 2014 - 3:29pm

Bike valet parking pilot program offered for games on Saturday July 19 and Sunday July 20.

The Boston Red Sox and MassBike join together to present Fenway Park Bike Valet, a free bicycle valet parking service for ticket holders. The service will be piloted at home games on July 19th and 20th with an eye towards expanding the service to more games in the future. Up to 200 people per game are anticipated to use the bike parking service.

Fenway Park will join a handful of major league teams currently provide bike valet service, including the San Francisco Giants, Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs.

“We’re excited to team up with MassBike to offer this convenient and secure service to our fans,” said Christopher Knight, Manager of Facilities Services & Planning. “We encourage fans to ‘Bike to the Ballpark’ during their next visit to Fenway Park and enjoy the health and environmental benefits of bicycling.”

MassBike will oversee operations for the valet service. They have extensive experience providing bike valet at large events including serving Earthfest which sees 100,000 attendees. MassBike’s system utilizes best-practices from across the country and includes secure parking in a fenced-off area, bike-specific racks, and claim checks to provide a smooth and efficient experience for people to drop off and retrieve their bikes.

“MassBike is thrilled to partner with the Boston Red Sox to encourage more people to ride bikes,” says MassBike Executive Director David Watson. “Biking is the fastest way to get in and out of Fenway at game time, and once people see how fun and easy it is, they are more likely to make bicycling a regular transportation choice.”

The bike valet will be located outside Gate D on the corner of Yawkey Way and Van Ness Street. The service will open two hours prior to game time and close one hour after the game ends. Bike valet parking is free of charge for ticket holders.

For more information on the Fenway Park Bike Valet, contact Christopher Knight, Boston Red Sox at 617-226-6121.

Bike valet will be managed by MassBike staff with help from volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering for either day, please email nathaniel@massbike.org.

Last Chance to Sign Up for Mass BikePike Tour!

Mass Bike - July 15, 2014 - 1:32pm

This Sunday, July 20th is the final day to register for the Mass BikePike Tour!

What tour lets you take in the sights, sounds, smells and tastes while riding at your own pace along the scenic back roads of Massachusetts? What tour welcomes whole families, single riders, and everyone in between to gather around friendly campfires every night? What tour visits beer-brewing monks, giant chairs, and other fun and fanciful attractions?

Don’t miss your chance to ride in the Mass BikePike Tour, a 4-day ride on August 7th – 10th. A portion of your rider registration fee will support MassBike!

Register today at www.massbikepike.org.

Let's go sailing in Boston Harbor

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

Took a few people from the group out last month and thought I would offer this again for those who I could not take.

While I do love cycling there are other things I enjoy as well.

One of them is Sailing and would like to offer to take a few people out.

Will leave at 2:00 from Charlestown on a mid-sized sailboat and cruise around in the harbor for a few hours.

Already have 3 attending so can take 2 more.

Will give preference to people I know and to people who can commit 100% to attending.

 

 

Charlestown, MA 02129 - USA

Saturday, July 12 at 1:45 PM

Attending: 4

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/194376052/

MassBike is Hiring!

Mass Bike - July 10, 2014 - 3:01pm

MassBike is hiring a temporary part-time Communications Coordinator. Are you enthusiastic about promoting bicycling as a mode of transportation around Massachusetts? Do you have excellent communications skills, especially with social media and blogging? Would you like a flexible working schedule? If so, this opportunity might be right for you!

We want to continue generating excitement and interest in the great work we do to encourage more people to ride bikes in Massachusetts, with the goal of increasing our membership, donors, volunteers, and event participants.

The responsibilities of the Communications Coordinator will include taking primary responsibility for MassBike’s day-to-day social media presence, producing blog posts about our programs and events in consultation with other staff members, producing our bi-weekly email newsletter Quick Release, and promoting MassBike events widely to increase participation.

Please read the full job description and how to apply here.

East Bay Bike Path Providence

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

The East Bay Pike Bath in RI is one of NE's favorite rail trails (and my favorite without taking a ferry). 

The Bicycle Path hugs the shores of Narragansett Bay, from Bristol in the south and north to India Point Park in Providence. The 14-mile paved path accommodates a wide variety of users.

The trail takes you through an alternating landscape of stunning natural areas, as well as more urban enclaves. Spur trails lead to several parks and conservation areas, including Colt State Park in Bristol, Burr's Hill Park in Warren and Veterans Memorial Park and Haines Memorial State Park in Barrington.

Will send out my number before the ride as the Veterans Memorial lot can be a little tricky to find.  Make sure to get directions from google   -
https://maps.google.c...

Given this is a flat rail trail with no hills will try to keep roughly a 14-16+ mile pace.  Depending on number of people riding we will either stop on occasion to make sure we travel as a group or just meet up for lunch at the end of the trail in Bristol at a restaurant called Agave.

Things to bring:  Helmet, Water, Sun Tan lotion, Money for lunch.

Will meet at 10:30 and be ready to ride at 10:45.  Total ride will be from 26 to 30 miles as we may decided to ride a few miles around Bristol.

Rain cancels.

East Providence, RI 02914 - USA

Sunday, July 13 at 10:30 AM

Attending: 14

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/193638792/

Weekly Meetings & Events Roundup

Mass Bike - July 9, 2014 - 9:54am

Here is your weekly roundup of meetings and events happening around Massachusetts.

Wednesday, July 9

Public Meeting: Lawrence, Union Crossing Pedestrian Improvement Project
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Lawrence Public Library, Main Library, 3rd Fl, 51 Lawrence Street, Lawrence, MA
Description: MassDOT will host this meeting. According to MassDOT, “The proposed project will install pedestrian enhancements, including: new sidewalks, lighting and street trees on Union Street, and a new pedestrian plaza at the northeast corner of Union and Canal Streets, including a new bus shelter.” Read more.

Thursday, July 10

Public Meeting: Mattapan, Morton Street Bridge Project
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Location: Economy Plumbing – Training Room, 875 Morton Street, Mattapan, MA
Description: MassDOT will host this meeting. According to MassDOT, “The purpose of this meeting will be to specifically discuss the 10 day closure of the bridge from August 8th to the 17th.”

For more information, please contact John Romano, MassDOT Municipal Liaison at 857-368-8905 or john.romano@state.ma.us. Read more.

Public Meeting: Cambridge, Greenough Boulevard Waterfront Restoration Project
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Shady Hill School, Assembly Hall, 56 Coolidge Avenue, Cambridge, MA
Description: The Department of Conservation and Recreation and The Solomon Foundation will host this follow up meeting to a meeting held in March. The concept of the project envisions a new multi-use path along Greenough Boulevard between the Eliot Bridge in Cambridge and the Arsenal Street Bridge in Watertown, with significant landscaping improvements and riverfront restoration. The Greenough Boulevard roadway would be reduced from its current four lanes to two lanes, with the space reallocated to the multi-use path and parkland.

This is a very exciting opportunity to provide a greatly enhanced environment for all forms of active transportation, and strengthen connections with existing pathways and the regional active transportation network.

You can view the presentation from the March meeting here, and you can view the project website here.

Saturday, July 12

Volunteer: Arlington, Bikeway User Counts
Time: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM – Shifts Available
Location: Kickstand Cafe, Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA
Description: The Town of Arlington will be holding their summertime Bikeway User Counts. These counts of users of the Minuteman Bikeway will take place at the Swan Place entrance to the Bikeway – where KickStand Café is located; counts will run 7 AM to 7 PM on Saturday, July 12.

Arlington town planners are seeking volunteers for this important project; the bikeway user population has doubled in the last two years – and this happens even when counts are in bad weather. So check your calendar and let them know if you can help for an hour or two. No previous experience neccessary.

Simply e-mail JGlushko@town.arlington.ma.us or call 781-316-3093 with your name and your preferred time to help with counts.

This year we will try to add a new element to the count: we will separate the bicyclist and jogging populations so that we can count how many are male and how many are female.

PLEASE NOTE: Deadline to sign up for this volunteer opportunity is 5 PM on Tuesday, July 8th.

Looking for meetings and events happening next week or beyond? Check out our Event Calendar.

Have a public meeting or free event you’d like us to list? Email us at bikeinfo@massbike.org and we may be able to include it in our calendar.

Eastern Wapuck Range 2-day tour

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

What this is: This is a weekend-long bike tour with hiking and camping.  It's 74 miles of biking in two days, but with some nasty hilliness, which is why I am planning other activities along the way and keeping the miles down.  This is a loaded and self-supported bike-camping tour, meaning that you have to carry all your own stuff in either panniers or a trailer.  It's basically like a backpacking expedition, but only for two days, completely on-road, and on a bike.  And not far from home.

Cost: Zero, except maybe $3/day if you choose to park at the Fitchburg T station; overnight parking is permitted there.  You'll need to pay the cost of bike and gear essentials, and food, but that's really it.

The proposed route:

http://ridewithgps.co...

What to expect on the tour: Just a mile into the ride after leaving the station, this tour goes through rural parts of Fitchburg and Townsend.  The ride will then enter New Hampshire and will tour the small New Hampshire town centers of Mason, Wilton, and Lyndeborough ,where we will camp Saturday overnight; then through Temple, Sharon, and New Ipswich; in that order.  The ride will then re-enter Massachusetts through Ashby before returning to Fitchburg station.  All New Hampshire towns we are visiting are under 6,000 people and are east of the Wapack Mountain Range.  Have you ever heard of these small mountains just north of Fitchburg?  Good, neither have I till very recently, but that's the point of this trip!

Camping will be somewhere around the foot of the mountains within the town of Lyndeborough, in the wild.  Note that this is "stealth camping," in a rural forested area away from people, but not in a sanctioned campground.  I realize that doesn't sound like fun to many people, but it sounds like fun to some of us!  Along the way, there will be plenty of opportunities to lock the bike and just go for a hike, and I have marked areas that look interesting for diversions along the route in the RideWithGPS file.  There is even one art gallery in Sharon.  We will skip whatever we don't want to do or don't have time for, or even short-cut the route if we're getting tired Saturday.  The last train leaves Fitchburg Sunday at 9:45 PM; I plan to be back no later than 8.

Does this not quite sound nuts to you but in fact seems quite intriguing?  Read on for what you will need to take along.

Requirements: You'll need a touring or hybrid/commuter bike with low gears and a way to carry all your gear for the weekend (racks and panniers or a trailer). You'll also need a tent, sleeping bag, ground pad, and pillow.  A poncho and a bike headlight are always a good idea too -- you never know.

Final thoughts:

Even though this is a camping trip and you will have to be prepared and carry a list of things on your bike, pack as lightly as possible.  It's still only a two day trip and there will be enough convenience stores along the way.  And I can help with most unexpected repairs.  Still, the only sort-of convenient bike shop will be in Milford, which is a diversion from the route that is only close to Wilton.

A forecast of sustained bad weather postpones it to another weekend, in August.  If postponed, I will commit do this ride no later than Labor Day weekend, because I want a real weekend tour before my more serious tour in September.  If I am the only one doing this ride, that is OK, but it would be fun to meet one or two like-minded people.

Fitchburg, MA 01420 - USA

Saturday, July 26 at 10:15 AM

Attending: 1

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/193642942/

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