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Vote On Your Favorite Bike Rack Design for the Boston Public Market

Mass Bike - July 6, 2015 - 2:39pm
The Boston Public Market is hosting a public vote to choose the design of two artistic bike racks that will be installed outside the upcoming local food market, ensuring access to the market for customers arriving by bike. The Market partnered with Boston teens from Artists for Humanity to design nine artistic bike rack options that represent the Market’s themes of fresh, local food and the connection between farmer and consumer. The Boston Public Market, located at 100 Hanover Street above the Haymarket MBTA station, will be open Wednesday — Sunday, 8 a.m. — 8 p.m, beginning on July 30. The only locally-sourced market of its kind in the United States, it houses over 35 farmers, fishermen, and food producers from Massachusetts and throughout New England, selling items such as farm fresh produce; meat and poultry; eggs; milk and cheese; fish and shellfish; bread and baked goods; flowers; and an assortment of specialty and prepared foods. Members of the public can vote on their favorite bike rack designs here. Voting ends on Wednesday, July 8, and voting results will be showcased on the Boston Public Market’s blog.

Bicycling and Personal Injury Claims in Massachusetts

Mass Bike - July 2, 2015 - 1:57pm

By: Deanna Power
Guest Content Contributor
Personal Injury Law

Thousands of people in Massachusetts rely on their bikes for transportation to and from work, and for good reason: According to The League of American Bicyclists, MA is the 4th highest bicycle friendly state in the US, ranking high in bicycle policies, and bicycle education among the population.

Unfortunately, accidents can occur in bicycle-friendly states like Massachusetts. If you are severely injured in an accident with a motorist, there are resources available. Filing a personal injury bill can help pay for your hospital bills and any other associated expenses, giving you the opportunity to focus on recovery.

Are You Eligible for a Personal Injury Claim?

Not all bicyclists who are injured in an accident will be able to win a personal injury claim.  When handling personal injury claims, a court will determine who was at fault in the accident. In MA, a bicycle must obey the same rules motorists experience, meaning that the party at fault will be whoever committed a traffic violation. Common traffic violations include not using a turn signal, neglecting to yield, turning left without a green light, and not stopping at a stop sign or stop light (the most common bicyclist violation).

Proof of who was at fault will be very important when filing a personal injury claim, so be sure to get as many witness statements as possible when filing a police report at the scene of the accident. It is also a good idea for all bicyclists to wear Go Pros or other similar wearable cameras.

Comparative Fault and a Personal Injury Claim

When determining how much a claimant should be awarded in a personal injury claim, Massachusetts uses something called “comparative fault.” Comparative fault looks at how much an injured party was responsible for the accident, and reduces an award by however much the injured party was at fault. For example:

A bicyclist was cycling down a street in MA, while listening to music with headphones. He does not hear the car coming up behind him and is hit. A court looks at the case and decides that since the bicyclist was listening to music, he was 20% responsible for the accident. The court awards him $5,000, but reduces the payment by 20% to $4,000 to account for the bicyclist’s negligence.

No-Fault in Car Accidents in Massachusetts

Massachusetts is a “no fault” state when it comes to auto accidents, which means that a claimant cannot file a claim unless the accident meets a certain threshold. In MA, an injured bicyclist cannot file a personal injury claim unless his or her hospital bills are over $2,000, or the claimant breaks bones or becomes “seriously disfigured” or loses eyesight. To file a personal injury claim in MA under the no-fault law, a bicyclist must have already proved that he or she was also not at fault during the incident.

Because every driver in MA is required to carry no-fault insurance, a bicyclist will be entitled to up to $8,000 from the driver’s insurance. The first $2,000 is only for medical bills, while the remaining $6,000 is available for lost wages or other expenses. No-fault gives bicyclists assistance even if they were the party found at fault during the incident, or if their medical bills are moderately low.

How to File a Personal Injury Claim

Massachusetts has a three year statute of limitations on personal injury claims, meaning that if a claim is filed more than three years after the accident occurs, the claim will immediately be dismissed. To file a personal injury claim, a bicyclist will need the contact and insurance information of the driver responsible for the crash. The bicyclist will also need all medical bills, history of doctor’s appointments, and records of any lost wages. Courts in MA require a filing fee of $200 or more, depending on the jurisdiction in which you file.

41-mile double loop out of Concord

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

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:


And here's the old link for those who prefer this site:

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.

Let's meet up at 8:30 am and be ready to start at 9:00 am. Aiming to be back before 2pm.

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

You need to be okay with a 12-15 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 12mph 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

Sunday, July 5 at 9:00 AM

Attending: 19

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/223643239/

Salisbury Beach to Ordiorne State Park (out and back)

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

Let's repeat this ride we had several weeks back. It has gorgeous views as we ride along the coast! 36 mile ride length

Very nice, mostly flat ride , expected rate of this ride is 14-16 mph. We will have a sweep.

Please make sure you have a bike in good working order, bring plenty of water, and energy food.

Helmets required!

We'll meet where we met last time which was just passed the $15 parking lot along the store front parking. It's cheaper to park there where there are meters....you can purchase time with an app that you can download (instructions are on the parking meter) . You can also add time to the meter remotely!

Bring a zest for fun and a sense of humor!

Salisbury 11542 - USA

Saturday, June 20 at 8:30 AM

Attending: 1

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/223364416/

Western Cape Ann from N. Beverly. 30 miles (T-accessible)

Greater Boston Cycling and Fitness Meetup - June 13, 2015 - 11:30pm

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

This Commuter Rail accessible ride tours western Cape Ann. Despite the seaside glory of Rockport and Gloucester, the real nice biking and scenery is to be found in the laid-back western part of Cape Ann - in eastern Beverly, Hamilton, Ipswich, Essex, Manchester-by-the-Sea, and Wenham.  We will be stopping in Manchester-by-the-Sea for ice cream from Dusty's or quick food from Crosby's grocery store.

Make sure you bring a road bike.  A hybrid is a good bike for this ride too, if you are in good shape.  Sorry, no mountain bikes should be used on this all-road ride.

Route map on Ride with GPS: ridewithgps.com/routes/8291715

Cue sheet: app.box.com/s/kbx08g5i5z0v2ggad8yi559jk8hv9l8r

For those who are arriving by train, there are some time contraints.  This means that in order to make it back in time you need to have an average speed on the road of 12 mph or faster, and a lunch no longer than 30 minutes. (This is a casual speed by the way, so it shouldn't be too hard for many people.) I will be arriving by train myself from Swampscott.  Departure time for this ride will actually be 10:20 not 10:15, but Meetup doesn't allow me to list an odd time for a start.

Getting there by the T: The Commuter Rail arrives at 10:09 AM at the North Beverly train station from Boston. The station is very close to the parking lot start behind Starbucks. Trains arrive at North Beverly at 1:15 to head toward Boston.

Beverly, MA - USA

Sunday, June 14 at 10:15 AM

Attending: 5

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/223205993/

By: Jonathan Reeney

NSC Forum - June 6, 2015 - 10:12pm

Please join us for our first annual “Cycle Merrimack” on September 12, 2015 in Billerica, MA. This event benefits The Salvation Army of Greater Lowell and has three different rides – Metric Century (62 Miles) Challenge Ride (24 Miles) Fun Ride (9.4 Miles). Event Website: cyclemerrimack.com


Boston Bike Party Presents: Boogie Lights

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

Feelin’ the night fever? Come celebrate Summer with a trip down to funky town! Grab some vintage threads, string up those neon lights, and get ready to boogie ‘cause Bike Party is turning this city into a disco inferno. We’ll start hustlin’ at 7:30pm and keep groovin’ all night long!

Check out our Facebook Event Page to see who else is coming (nearly 500 people signed up so far!)

Suggest songs on the Spotify Collaborative Playlist  

Check out our --> Lookbook <-- for inspiration on what to wear.

Route: TBA (about 10 miles, with a few party stops to get groovy)

After party: Beach Party in South Boston!

If you've never been to a Boston Bike Party you should expect a slow paced ride, following the rules of the road. If the weather is good, there will be a few hundred riders. It's a social event with lots of friendly people. The ride starts at Copley Square, and will go a few miles to the first party stop, then a few more miles to the second party stop, and few more miles to the final party stop which will be in South Boston at the beach.  Check out this video for a sense of the experience. 


Hope to see you there!

Boston, MA 02116 - USA

Friday, June 12 at 7:30 PM

Attending: 8

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/223056028/

Pioneer Valley Bicycle Advocate of the Year

Mass Bike - June 1, 2015 - 12:25pm

News from our Pioneer Valley Chapter President, Sean Condon:

Fellow cyclists,

It is my distinct honor to announce the selection of the Pioneer Valley Bicycle Advocate of the Year! For the past 13 years MassBike PV, representing the bicycling community in Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden
Counties, has selected the person having the greatest impact on bicycling in the region to receive this award.

The recipient for 2015 is Mayor Dan Knapik of Westfield. MassBike PV recognizes Mayor Knapik as a friend of the bicycling community and his support and accomplishments for bicycling in the city of Westfield. During his three terms in office the city saw the completion of the Columbia Greenway into downtown, plans for an East/West connector on the city’s levee, bike lane and shared lane proposals in road projects and the formation of a Bike/Ped Master Plan Advisory Committee. Mayor Knapik exemplifies the MassBike PV mission to promote the bicycle as safe, healthful, enjoyable, efficient, and environmentally sound means of transportation.

An award presentation will be held Wednesday, June 3rd at New Horizons Bikes, 55 Franklin St., Westfield at 6:00 PM. You all are invited to show your thanks, and refreshments will be served.

Sean Condon
MassBike PV Chapter President

Salisbury Beach To Odiorne State Park (Out n Back)

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

HI folks!

I am going to get in a nice ride along the coast this Saturday morning and want to invite anyone interested to join me.

We'll start at Salisbury Beach and pedal up to Odiorne State Park then head back.

This is my first time leading a ride so I figure I would keep it simple... Flat terrain for the most part and one road... Can't get much simpler than that!

I would like to keep the pace at 15 to 16 mph... Depending on the group we could push it up a bit if we want.

Total distance is approx 35 miles.

Parking in Salisbury is metered (Big public lot).

As always, Helmets are required and you are responsible for coming with a bicycle in good working order. You also assume full responsibility for your own safety on this ride.

Lastly, please feel free to email Rob Fox robfox@verizon.net to share your feedback of the ride.

Heavy rain will cause the cancellation of the ride.

My contact info:
Peter Swiniarski
Cell - 978-361-5739
Email - peterswin1@gmail.com

Salisbury 11542 - USA

Saturday, May 30 at 8:30 AM

Attending: 6

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/222857647/

Call for volunteers!

Mass Bike - May 21, 2015 - 4:11pm

Calling all volunteers! We’re looking for help doing bike valet, some office work, and bike assessments. Take a look at the schedule in the link below, we’d love to have you join us at our events!

Please click here to see all current volunteer opportunities in June and sign up.

Membership changes starting today.

Mass Bike - May 21, 2015 - 1:16pm

Since its inception, MassBike has aimed to better cycling in Massachusetts. We currently represent over 3,600 cyclists in the Commonwealth and remain grateful for your continued support throughout the years. Many of you have been with us since the start; you have seen us grow and gain a seat at the table to discuss changes to infrastructure and develop new bikeways and trails. We hope you will continue on this journey with us, as we strive to be the number one state for bikes.

Starting today, membership fees will increase by $5. Individual membership is $40, dual/family $60, and student/low income at $25.

In addition, we will be phasing out our membership card feature over the next year. Anyone who has purchased a MassBike membership prior to 5/21/2015 will still receive a membership card and all benefits included with it, good for the full year of membership purchased until your next renewal. Any new members or renewing members who sign up after 5/21/2015 will receive all membership info (including their membership number) in their welcome letter. And you will of course still get great membership perks, discounts, and coupons when you join as well from some of our fantastic local and national partners. Please visit our membership page for more detailed information.

You will also be able to buy MassBike memberships at select MassBike events, and at participating bike shops and cafes. These special event memberships, will include all the same MassBike membership perks, but will also have a water bottle, blinky lights, and other goodies tucked inside! For more information on this program, or if you want to get involved, please email bikeinfo@massbike.org.

In the coming days, we’ll also be announcing details regarding major updates to our corporate membership program, where businesses can elect to support MassBike, where they will receive discounted individual memberships for employees, bikability assessments at the office, classes, and much more!

Stay tuned, and thank you for your continued support!

Update on Sudbury fatality, Sunday May 17th

Mass Bike - May 20, 2015 - 3:02pm

An update regarding the tragic fatality in Sudbury over the weekend from the office of Marian T. Ryan, Middlesex District Attorney:

WOBURN – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Sudbury Police Chief Scott Nix have announced that Saadin Solah, 53, has died from injuries suffered when the bicycle he was riding collided with a GMC pickup truck this morning in Sudbury.  Solah’s hometown has not been released.

“This crash occurred on Hudson Road at approximately nine o’clock,” said District Attorney Ryan.  “A man was riding his bike along Hudson Road during an organized ride when he was involved in a collision with a pickup.  The victim passed away from his injuries after being taken to Beth Israel Hospital.”

“This is a tragic situation involving the death of a cyclist on the roadway,” Chief Nix said. “On behalf of the entire community, I want to extend my thoughts and prayers to the victim’s family.”

At approximately 9 a.m., the victim was riding his bicycle on Hudson Road, also known as Route 27, near the intersection with Maynard Road, when a collision occurred with a vehicle.  Police say the driver of the pickup truck pulled over and waited until first responders arrived. This is an active investigation.

This incident is being investigated by the Sudbury Police Department.

The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant District Attorney Kerry Collins.


Cambridge Tops List as America’s Best Bike City

Mass Bike - May 18, 2015 - 5:31pm

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (May 18, 2015) – Typically reports on America’s best bike cities list such locales as Davis, Calif., Boulder, Colo., and Portland, Ore. According to a new scoring system used by a real estate marketing think tank Cambridge, Mass., beat them all.

The Redfin Research Center recently issued a report that ranked Cambridge as the top city in the U.S. Scoring 92.8 the Massachusetts city came in well above Davis, Berkeley, Boulder and Santa Cruz, which finished second through fifth respectively.

“This is a great recognition of the hard work done by Cara Seiderman, the Transportation Program Manager in Cambridge, over the past 20 years,” said Richard Fries, Executive Director of MassBike. “That city has been leading the entire state for a long time and rarely gets mentioned alongside other cities in the Western U.S. With the additional support of local advocates such as the Livable Streets Alliance, the Boston Cyclists Union and our work here at MassBike, Cambridge is overdue for this acknowledgment.”

Two other Massachusetts cities scored in the top 100. Boston ranked 24th and Northampton came in at number 29.

For a full listing click here.

Joining The North Shore Cyclists Ride - Ride With Me!

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

Join me as I ride with the North Shore Cyclists - Sunday

I'm doing the 35 Mile Ride - Meet at 8:30 AM
Ride Begins at 9:00 am


South Hamilton - USA

Sunday, May 17 at 8:30 AM

Attending: 3

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/222580736/

Climate Ride Party!

Greater Boston Cycling/Outdoor Fitness Group

Bike Shop Partaaaaaay!

We're having a throw-down party at Hub Bicycle Co  & fueled by Aeronaut Brewing Co to raise the roof and some money to send Team Bike Union on their epic Climate Ride journey from Maine to Boston. Bring your dancing shoes because the Boston Bike Party music trailer will be rockin' the house. (Remember the January Bike Party?... yeah, pretty much THAT).  We're doing Eventbrite to manage attendance because this will sell out quick.  

Your $8 entry ticket gets you 1 drink OR 5 raffle tickets. Choice is yours to make at the door.  Bring extra cash to purchase raffle tickets. 

Here is the Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook....

Raffle items (so far)- Bern helmets- Custom clothing items- Restaurant gifters- Custom made bike holders- Aquarium passes- Theater tickets- More to come... mOAr! 

See you at HUB! 


Team Bike Union

Cambridge - USA

Saturday, May 16 at 8:00 PM

Attending: 2

Details: http://www.meetup.com/bike-207/events/222536483/

Let’s Keep Rolling – Join Today

Mass Bike - May 15, 2015 - 9:27am

We represent over 3000 cyclists across the state who see bicycling as a solution for the traffic, health and environmental challenges we face in our community. But – we can’t do it alone. MassBike depends on bicyclists like you to continue our work making bicycling a healthy and more sustainable means of transportation and recreation.

We’ve come a long way, but still have more work to do on our mission to become the #1 state for biking.

Join Today.


By: Gordon Harris

NSC Forum - April 25, 2015 - 6:53pm

Pothole Inspection tour, Sunday April 26, 2015: 10:00 start for 38, 24, and 19 mile rides.
Leaders: Jeff and Karen Ontell
Start: Topsfield Plaza, Topsfield
View this ride and download cue sheets, maps, and files at http://nscrides.org/pothole-inspection-tour/


By: Andrew Bielecki

Items For Sale - April 25, 2015 - 5:38pm

2x Continental Gatorskin DuraSkin 700c x 25 new $40
Ended up with an extra pair of tires due to Amazon error, selling for 1/2 price.


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