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Help Kids Get Get Healthy: Call Your Congress Critter Today

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 10

From MassBike:

Mass in Motion is an important program that works with partners across Massachusetts to fight obesity in children and adults by increasing opportunities for walking and biking and access to healthy food. The program is crucial for bicycling across our commonwealth, and is a significant source of funding for MassBike’s Bikeable Communities Program. Right now, the continuance of this vital program is in question due to federal budget cuts, and our partners are working hard to secure state funding for the Mass in Motion.

State Representative Gailanne Cariddi of North Adams has filed an amendment to the state budget that would provide dedicated state funding for Mass in Motion, providing enough funding to maintain current investments. Representatives have until tomorrow afternoon (Friday, April 11) to sign on as co-sponsors. In order to be successful, we need to have lots of Reps, especially those from Mass in Motion communities, sign on in support.

What can you do to help secure state funding for Mass in Motion?

Please call your State Representative immediately and ask her or him to co-sponsor Rep. Cariddi’s amendment to restore funding for Mass in Motion. A fact sheet about the amendment is here that you can share with your Rep. A list of all the Representatives from Mass in Motion communities is here, and includes their email, phone number, and social media handles.  

Not sure who your State Representative is? Visit this page to find out.

Once you’ve called your representative, please take a moment to email us and let us know you have. You can simply reply to the email to do so, or email[email protected].

Thank you for your support in this effort. By taking action, you are helping to ensure that our communities have the resources to continue healthy transportation and active living programs that are making a real impact across our commonwealth.

 


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MassBike Update

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 13

Got this in the email, lots of stuff going on over at MassBike!

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MassBike Goes To Washington
Next week, the MassBike team heads to Washington, DC to join bicycle advocates from across the country at the National Bike Summit!

 

We look forward to joining our fellow advocates in educating our elected leaders about the latest issues and asking for more funding for bike transportation.

 

Boston Speaks Up For Protected Bike Lanes

Photo: Jon Ramos / Southie Bikes

At a crowded meeting Wednesday night at Boston City Hall, attendees packed into Room 801 to review the 25% design plans for the Connect Historic Boston bike trail and share their thoughts on the project.

One after another, citizens came up to the microphone to voice their support for the proposed network of cycle tracks around downtown Boston and the North End. A common theme expressed by many speakers was how this project would not just serve those who already ride bikes, but inspire new people to try riding.

MassBike Executive Director David Watson spoke in favor of the project, saying, “Some people doubted Hubway when it was first launched, but it has quickly become part of the city’s fabric faster than anyone imaged. So too will this project become a part of the fabric of Boston.”

He added that, while he is generally in favor of the current design, he wanted to see particular attention paid to the intersection treatment and signal timing, and more consideration given to how commuter cyclists will enter and exit the cycle track on Causeway Street.

You can review detailed plans and meeting minutes from past public meetings on the project here.

Path And Complete Streets Funding Moves

Forward In MA Senate

The Massachusetts Senate took an important step toward increasing funding for bicycle and pedestrian paths and other infrastructure this week. The transportation bond bill was reported out of the Senate bonding committee, and is now in the Senate Ways and Means Committee. It is scheduled for a vote by the full Senate next week, where it is expected to pass. MassBike led advocacy efforts that protected $377,255,000 for bicycle and pedestrians paths, and also played a significant role in ensuring $50 million for a Complete Streets certification and incentive program. The bill also provides for an additional $23 million in funding for other bike-related projects.

We thank the members of the Senate bonding committee, including Chairman Brian Joyce (D – Milton) and Senator Ken Donnelly (D – Arlington), for helping to ensure this funding has remained in the bill.

Read more…

 

Save The Date: Massachusetts Bike/Walk Summit 2014

Mark your calendars! MassBike and WalkBoston are pleased to invite you to join bicycle and pedestrian advocates from across the Commonwealth at the 3rd Annual Bike/Walk Summit on April 3rd from 10 AM – 1 PM at the State House. Our speaker will be Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett from the Department of Public Health.

Please register here if you are planning to attend. The Bike/Walk Summit is free and open to the public. This year’s summit will focus on the work of Mass in Motion and advancing the Vulnerable Road Users and Bike Lane Protection Bill.

Read more about the Bike/Walk Summit…


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Vote For MassBike!

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 04

From MassBike:

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Dear MassBikers,

 

We are so excited we just had to share this with you! MassBike is honored to be nominated for the People’s Choice Advocacy Award, presented by the Alliance for Biking & Walking and Bicycling Magazine. Think of this as the Oscars of bicycle advocacy — and we need your help to win! The award will be presented at the National Bike Summit on March 3, 2014.
 
Will you take just one minute to vote for us?
 

MassBike is your only statewide bicycle advocacy organization, working towards better biking across the Bay State since 1977. Our nomination recognizes the successful completion of the first full year of our Bikeable Communities Program in 2013. We’ve trekked around the Commonwealth to work in 37 communities on projects ranging from Complete Streets trainings to bikeability assessments to advisory committees to GIS mapping — and more!


If we win, the recognition will help MassBike leverage additional support to bring Bikeable Communities Program to more locations across Massachusetts.

 

Please spread the word to your networks by forwarding this email, posting on Facebook, tweeting, or using any other channels you have. If you use Twitter, be sure to mention @MassBike in your tweet, and we’ll give you a shout out.

 
Thank you very much!

 

Sincerely,

Nathaniel Fink
Communications and Outreach Manager

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Why You Should Attend MassDOT’s Capital Investment Plan Meetings

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 27

Wondering why you should go to what sounds like a super dry meeting:

From Massbike:

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Like what you see? Tell MassDOT to fund bicycle and pedestrian projects. Photo: John Phelan

Like what you see? Tell MassDOT to fund bicycle and pedestrian projects. Photo: John Phelan

Bicycle and pedestrian advocates across Massachusetts are excited and encouraged by Governor Patrick’s and MassDOT’s efforts to ensure long term investments in infrastructure that encourages more bicycle and pedestrian trips in the Commonwealth.

Earlier this month, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) released its draft Capital Investment Plan (CIP) for the 2014-2018 fiscal years. Within the plan, bike and pedestrian capital funding is set to increase from around $4 million in FY 2014 to over $17 million in FY 2015, with investment totaling $130 million over the plan’s five year period.

The good news is that this $130 million in proposed investment represents a huge opportunity for Massachusetts residents to see many long dreamed-of projects come to life. This funding will be used for construction and reconstruction of bikeways and bike paths, including rail trails and scenic byways. There is also room for funding of bicycle facilities within roadway and bridge spending. Additionally, the CIP outlines significant investments in transit projects around the Commonwealth.

In the coming weeks, MassDOT will be hosting series of public meetings throughout the Commonwealth to gather input on the CIP. We strongly encourage you to attend the meeting closest to you to let MassDOT know how important it is that the proposed bicycle and pedestrian investments are included at their full levels in the finalized CIP. And, if you have questions about why certain projects were included – or not included – in the CIP, now is the time to ask. We can, and should, thank MassDOT for proposing significantly increased investment in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, while at the same time letting them know we want them to do even more!

What’s in the CIP

Bicycle and Pedestrian: $130 million over five years for rail trails, bikeways, multi-use paths and related projects. Some highlights include portions of the Cochituate Rail Trail in Framingham, segment 7 of the Blackstone River Bikeway in Worcester, segments of the Columbia Greenway in Westfield, and much more. We encourage you to read the full list within the draft CIP.

Transit:  $3.5 billion over five years including flagship projects such as the Green Line extension to Medford, South Coast rail expansion, making Cape Cod rail service permanent, and more. This investment will encourage multimodal trips that include a combination of bicycling, walking, and transit.

When and Where

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10

We understand that the draft CIP document is very dense and full of information. If you have any specific questions about understanding which projects are included in the draft plan, please feel free to email us at [email protected].

- See more at: http://massbike.org/blog/2014/01/27/why-you-should-attend-massdots-capital-investment-plan-meetings/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=why-you-should-attend-massdots-capital-investment-plan-meetings&utm_reader=feedly#sthash.xGVdOnv3.dpuf


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Do You Have 2 Minutes Before New Years To Help Make Cycling Better In Boston?

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 31

This message from MassBike, they do a lot for cycling, and ask so little in return :)  Give them a couple bucks if you got some laying around, its money well spent.

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Dear MassBike Supporter,
We greatly appreciate your passion, generosity, and continued support. If you already know that MassBike is working hard to make bicycling safer and more convenient for more people – no need to read further.
2
minutes is all it takes to save lives 
and build healthier communities.

 

Help us finish 2013 strong and prepare for the challenges of 2014 by making your most generous charitable gift to MassBike right now.

We have made great progress in 2013, but the ride continues uphill, with more challenges to overcome:

PROGRESS CHALLENGES
brought training, planning, and implementation assistance to
37 communities in Massachusetts.
There are still 314 cities and towns

that we can only help with your support.
We taught 3,810 kids (1%)  the basics of bicycle safety in 29 schools across the Commonwealth in 2013.  99% of children in Massachusetts will not get bike safety training without your support. 

Thanks to the new MassDOT Healthy Transportation Policy Directive and other policies for which we fought, many Massachusetts communities are

adding bike lanes to older roads, and designing new roads that work better for everyone.
At the current pace of investment,  it will take decades for most communities to have complete and safe bicycle networks, unless we have your support to increase funding for bicycling. 

Bicycling in MA increased by

75% from 2005 to 2012, and over
14,000 people participated in Bay State Bike Week this year.
Bicyclists still represent only

0.7%  of trips, and we need your support to get more people on bikes.
We have won strong legal protections for bicyclists over the years, and our current bills to protect Vulnerable Road Users and prevent parking in bike lanes have strong support. 

 

Enforcement is inconsistent, and evenfatalities rarely result in serious charges. We need your help to change the culture that routinely accepts (and sometimes encourages) violence against bicyclists. 
So please take minutes right now to support our efforts to meet these challenges. Make your tax-deductible contribution to MassBike
by December 31.

 

 

Thank you so much for your support for better bicycling in Massachusetts.

 

Gratefully,

David Watson

Executive Director

Members are an essential part of our success and are the driving force behind what we do at MassBike. Not a member yet? Join here. Thank you for your support!

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MassBike Update: New Job Opportunity, More Bikes!

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 16

Massbike update below:

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Before you even read the rest of this Quick Release, take two minutes and support MassBike’s work by donating to our Winter Appeal right now!
In this edition, we update you on our legislative advocacy efforts, recap Springfield’s recent public meetings, invite you to our annual meeting, and encourage you to use a 20% off promo code (DEC13) for our online shop.

If you enjoy MassBike’s Quick Release, please join MassBike today. Add your voice to the thousands of bicyclists who already look to MassBike to protect their rights and promote their dreams of making Massachusetts a safer, more enjoyable place to ride!

Thanks as always and happy riding,
The MassBike Team

MassBike Is Hiring: Programs Director

MassBike has dramatically expanded its program offerings over the past two years, with a focus on education and technical assistance. We need an experienced manager with knowledge of bicycle planning and advocacy to help us deliver top-notch services. This is an exciting and unique opportunity to have a direct impact on bicycling across the Commonwealth, and to take our programs to the next level!

The Programs Director is responsible for the Bikeable Communities Program, and also oversees the Education Program.

 

Check out the full job description here.

Legislative Update: MassBike ED Urges More Bike Funding

Yesterday, the House Bonding Committee held a public hearing onH.3763, also known as the Transportation Bond Bill. This bill is one of the intermediate steps in securing more funding for transportation infrastructure, including bicycling and walking facilities. Back in April and May, there was a major push to increase the amount of funding the state dedicates to transportation. Now the state needs the Legislature to give it the authority to issue bonds to actually fund building roads, bridges, transit stations, multi-use paths, and everything else.

 

The good news is that the Governor’s proposal includes almost $430 million for bike/ped infrastructure is in the bond bill. The bad news is that even if this allocation in the bond bill survives the legislative process, the funding is not “real” until it is included in the budget. Nonetheless, we are working hard to make sure that this provision makes it to that next step. To that end, MassBike Executive Director David Watson testified; click here to read his full remarks.

 

When we get to the budget debate, we may need your help to push our legislators to fully fund biking and walking, so stay tuned for an Action Alert. In the meantime, we will continue working with other organizations and our legislative partners to make sure biking and walking are an important part of the funding discussion.

 

Read more here…

Springfield Residents Discuss How To Improve Streets

VACA Youth Gathered Around A Neighborhood Map

VACA Youth Gathered Around A Neighborhood Map

Last week, MassBike held three public meetings in Springfield to get input on barriers to biking and walking in the city, and thoughts on what our priorities should be to improve the streets. These public meetings were hosted by Live Well Springfield’s community partners,  Gardening The Community (GTC),  Mason Square Health Task Force (MSHTF), Vietnamese-American Civic Association (VACA), and Caring Health Center. MassBike brought large maps, distributed surveys, and led the discussion to generate ideas for making things better.

 

There will be one more public meeting held in Metro Center some time in January (the details are still being finalized). If you cannot make the public meetings, then please feel free to give your input here.

 

The attendees were candid and informative about the barriers they face every day when biking or walking. Attendees from GTC and MSHTF highlighted the need for better bicycle facilities. Gardening The Community is an organization that grows food on an urban farm and then delivers the food via bicycle to customers. Because of this, they are keenly aware of the deficit of bicycle facilities in the city. In particular, they highlighted I-291 as a barrier which cuts Springfield in half (I-291 is an urban highway connector from the Mass Pike to I-91). There was also a more general desire for better separation and protection from motor vehicle traffic.

 

Read more here…

MassBike Annual Meeting Is Just Around The Corner

You're invited to MassBike's Annual Meeting! Thurs. Dec. 19th from 6-9 PM at our office (171 Milk St., Suite 33, Boston, 02109). RSVP to bikeinfo@massbike.org

The board and staff of MassBike invite you to our Annual Meeting on Thursday, December 19th, from 6-9 PM. This year, we’re having an Open House at our office (171 Milk St, Suite 33, Boston, MA 02109).

From 6-7 PM, the MassBike Board of Directors will hold a businessmeeting, where Executive Director David Watson will review our 2013 accomplishments and preview our 2014 plans. Then socialize and enjoy pizza, Harpoon beer, and more. Food is generously provided by the event’s sponsor, Jason & Fischer. This is a great chance to meet others in the bicycling community working to make our rides safer and even more fun!

The event is free and open to the public, but a $5 donation is suggested.

Please RSVP to [email protected] or here so we know how many people to expect and get enough pizza. Our office space is limited so be sure to RSVP as soon as possible to reserve spots for you and your friends!

MassBike Holiday Sale Begins!

Use the code <

With a large inventory of t-shirts, cycling apparel and accessories MassBike is your one stop shop for all your holiday gift needs. As a special gift to you we are offering20% off all merch during the holiday season with promo code DEC13, in addition to the deep discount that members already get on all MassBike merchandise.

 

So check out the MassBike online store and be sure to pick up a water bottle,

t-shirtjersey, or map today!

Volunteer 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!

TUESDAY, JANUARY 7th: MassBike Volunteer Night5:30 – 8:00 PM | MassBike Office | 171 Milk St, Suite 33 | Boston, MA 02109

Come join us for free pizza and cold beer (generously provided by Harpoon) at our upcoming volunteer night, which is a great opportunity to help your state-wide bicycle advocacy group while having a good time and meeting great people.
Volunteers help MassBike send out our monthly membership renewal reminders, prepare membership packets, and help out with other activities as they come up.

Be sure to RSVP to [email protected]!

MassBike Calendar<

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15

MONDAY, DECEMBER 16

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19

TUESDAY, JANUARY 7

Check the MassBike Calendar for the latest 

information on events in your area:

http://massbike.org/newsevents/

Members are an essential part of our success and are the driving force behind what we do at MassBike. Not a member yet? Join here. Thank you for your support!<

Sincerely,
The MassBike Staff


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MassBike’s Annual Meeting

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 10

Got this in the mail, looks like a fun time.  Check it out below:

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The board and staff of MassBike invite you to our Annual Meetingon Thursday, December 19th, from 6-9 PM.
This year, we’re having an Open House at our office (171 Milk St, Suite 33, Boston, MA 02109).
From 6-7 PM, the MassBike Board of Directors will hold a business meeting, where Executive Director David Watson will review our 2013 accomplishments and preview our 2014 plans. Then socialize and enjoy pizza, Harpoon beer, and more. This is a great chance to meet others in the bicycling community working to make our rides safer and even more fun!
The event is free and open to the public, but a $5 donation is suggested.
 RSVP on Meetup.com
Sincerely,

David Watson
Executive Director

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Help MassBike Train Police Officers

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 05

This is amazing, and highly useful, way to go MassBike!

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We’re Crowdsourcing The State!

Help us capture the best of Massachusetts biking in video! MassBike is in the midst of producing a new police training video, working with the Boston Police Department and several other police departments. We’ve been busy filming the actual training scenarios, but we could use some help from every corner of Massachusetts to lend a statewide flavor to the production. We want ocean, mountains, historic buildings, and more recognizable Massachusetts places.

 

What we need:

  • Very short video clips of bicyclists passing iconic places all over MA
  • More short clips of cyclists passing the “Entering …” signs outside Massachusetts cities and towns
  • Shots can be first-person (on-bike) or third-person perspective

Technical specs: We’re using GoPro 1080p, 60fps, medium FOV. Try to keep each clip to no more than 10-15 seconds.

 

How to get involved: Email [email protected] and let me know what you plan to shoot. We’ll figure out the best way to get the files to us.

 

We can’t promise we’ll use everyone’s clips, but if we do we’ll credit you in the training video!


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The Word On The Street

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    • Cycling Makes Us Safer April 18, 2014
      TweetYou have a better chance of being struck by lightning than you do of dying in a terrorist attack.  The same can not be said about other dangers we face every day: Comparing the CDC numbers to terrorism deaths means: … Continue reading →
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    • Cycling Makes Us Safer April 18, 2014
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    • Site Update April 18, 2014
      TweetIf you have a site with us, you will notice some new fun features.  For everyone else, shouldn’t notice a thing.  Let me know if  anything is broken.  
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    • Open Letter from Midnight Marathon Originator April 18, 2014
      Dear Midnight Marathon Riders, Now is a good time to fill you in on what's going on with the Midnight Marathon bike ride this year (it's still happening, but after months of questions and back and forth). But first, a few words about last year, the most successful Midnight Marathon bike ride to date... Continue reading →
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      Dear Midnight Marathon Riders, Now is a good time to fill you in on what's going on with the Midnight Marathon bike ride this year (it's still happening, but after months of questions and back and forth). But first, a few words about last year, the most successful Midnight Marathon bike ride to date... Continue reading →
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    • Bikes Not Bombs’ 27th Annual Bike-A-Thon April 16, 2014
      TweetIt’s that time of year again! Event Name: Bike-A-Thon (https://bikesnotbombs.org/bike-a-thon) Time/Date/Location: Sunday June 8th (June 22nd Raindate) Rides leave in AM; Festival goes 12 – 5:30 @ Park across from Stony Brook MBTA Station 100 Boylston Street Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 Event Details: … Continue reading →
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    • Is This Street Wide Enough? April 16, 2014
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    • Is This Street Wide Enough? April 16, 2014
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    • Is This Street Wide Enough? April 16, 2014
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