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From the email:
What’s on your bucket list?
Is it to spend a whole week cycling with friends through gorgeous scenery?
Or do you want to kick it up a notch and try skydiving?
You can do it all at Cycle Massachusetts, the famous statewide charity tour that is also known as the Friendliest Ride in the East. We’re delighted to welcome cyclists for a weekend or a whole week depending on YOUR schedule. Here’s some highlights for 2017:
- Cycle Club Discount – we’ve made it super-convenient to join up with friends – just use our special club signup page!
- Jump from a plane! That’s right – you’ll have the option to cycle to Jumptown in Orange, MA, and try skydiving!
- Three states in one ride – not only do we explore Massachusetts, but we’ll ride the quiet roads of Vermont and New Hampshire as well.
- Family riding weekend! Our opening weekend is especially family-friendly complete with shorter rides to kid-approved destinations, a popsicle party, and an all-ages outdoor movie!
We’re excited to welcome riders to our fantastic start/finish location at the Stoneleigh-Burnham School in Greenfield, Massachusetts. With two nights on their lovely campus, and two nights each in Putney, VT, and Orange, MA, you’ll have time to explore the most scenic vistas, visit local landmarks, and savor each experience with new friends. We promise something fun to see or do every 10 miles.
Cycle Massachusetts is from August 5th through 11th (2, 4, 5, and 7 day options available) and all proceeds support the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition. Sign up today: The registration deadline is July 15th, and Cycle Massachusetts is limited to 150 riders!
Tweet: Bring your friends to @ma_cycle , the Friendliest Ride in the East – great scenery, super food, and skydiving! www.cyclema.com
Facebook post: Plan a summer getaway to Cycle Massachusetts, the Friendliest Ride in the East…now with a SKYDIVING option! Bring your friends (there’s a group discount!) and ride for a week; bring your kids to our special family-friendly weekend. Ride the lovely Pioneer Valley and into VT and NH too! Something fun to see or do every 10 miles! And yes – you can even jump out of a plane on your rest day. All proceeds benefit Massbike – make 2017 your year to explore the Bay State by bike. www.cyclema.com
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This looks like an awesome way to go on a great ride and help MassBike at the same time.
If your summer needs a little more fun and adventure, you’re in luck – there’s still time to sign up for Cycle Massachusetts! Whether you’re a hardcore cyclist or just getting started, we’re known as the Friendliest Ride in the East and we’d be delighted to welcome you.
There’s just a few weeks left to sign up for this tour – the ride is between July 30th and August 5th (join us from 2 to 7 days – it’s your choice!) and the registration deadline is July 15th.
Each year, we pick a different part of Massachusetts to explore. This year, we start and finish in at Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts. We’ll also visit three additional states and ride in the famous Berkshire Mountains!
Tweet: Bring your friends to Cycle Mass, the Friendliest Ride in the East – groups of 6 or more get a club discount: www.cyclema.com
Facebook post: There’s still time to join Cycle Massachusetts, the Friendliest Ride in the East. Explore four states and the Berkshires too. Bring your friends (there’s a group discount!) and ride for a week; bring your kids to our special family-friendly weekend. Conveniently located just an hour from Boston! All proceeds benefit Massbike – make 2016 your year to explore the Bay State by bike. www.cyclema.com
Tags: cycle Massachusetts, massbike, summer adventure
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MA Bike Safety Forum
Tomorrow, thanks to Senator Brownsberger and various advocacy groups, there is a public forum focused around interaction between cyclists and large vehicles. MassBike will be there, hosting one of many breakout discussion groups, with a focus on cyclist education. Join us at 6:00pm at 120 Tremont Street.
For more info and to submit your ideas and comments in advance, click here.
For our Southie members, tomorrow night is also a key meeting for the redesign of Dorchester Avenue! We encourage you to attend and share your comments in support of improved safety and bicycle infrastructure in this crucial corridor.
For additional information on this meeting, please click here.
Tags: dot ave, large vehicles, massbike, meeting, safety forum
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Massbike is getting some snazzy new digs!
From the email.
Don’t worry – we’re not going far! On March 1 MassBike is heading down the block to 50 Milk Street and moving in to the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC), a co-working space with locations in Kendall Square and Downtown Boston. We are thrilled to be a part of an exciting and innovative environment and have invited other members of the advocacy community to join us. We want to forge stronger relationships between transportation advocacy groups in order to accomplish more. Our new office has tons of event space, so expect to see new discussion panels and events in 2016!
To go with a new office… Keep a lookout for other exciting news from MassBike! A new website is coming, Project 351, and more exciting events, partnerships, and initiatives throughout the year.
here is the press release they put out.
Invites Local Transportation Advocates to Come Together in Shared Office
BOSTON, M.A..- (January 25, 2016) – On March 1 the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition will take an anchor position in a shared work environment with potentially other transportation advocacy leaders at the Cambridge Innovation Center at 50 Milk Street in downtown Boston. The CIC houses co-working space in Kendall Square and Boston. The long term goal of the co-working space is to create a hub of active and sustainable transportation advocacy.
With proximity to the State House, Boston City Hall, and the Department of Transportation the Cambridge Innovation Center is the ideal location to act as home-base for the crucial work that is done with government partners. The shared space will further develop the collaborative efforts within the community, increase MassBike’s ability to effectively pursue change and strengthen a unified voice.
MassBike will be an active and engaged member of the diverse CIC community, hosting various events and educational programming throughout the year. The multi-floor facility specializes in creating affordable shared space environments with event space, conference facilities and professional communication design.
“We want to put our team in an exhilarating environment alongside some of the best and brightest thought leaders. The long term goal is to make the collective bicycle lobby in Massachusetts the strongest in America. In short, we want to go to the zone defense,” said MassBike Executive Director Richard Fries.
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State House Hearings on Key Bike Bills – Tomorrow!
Tomorrow at 10 a.m., the hearings before the Joint Committee on Transportation afford citizens the opportunity to speak for or against proposed legislation. So far, we’ve received excellent feedback from the hill at the overwhelming number of letters and e-mails that have been sent in support of these bills. For that, we thank you for your efforts!
For those of you who have yet to write your lawmakers – there is still time to make an impact! The deadline for written comment is the end of the day Wednesday, January 6th.
For a summary of the bills MassBike is advocating for, more info on how to get involved, and how to find your representatives read our blog here.
To read a full listing of the bills and hearings, click here: Mass. Joint Committee on Transportation
Those interested in testifying in support of these bills in person are urged to contact MassBike at [email protected].
Safer Streets in Brookline!
This Thursday January 7th Transportation Division staff will present the proposed bicycle improvement plan for the Beacon Street westbound (Marion to Westbourne Terrace) portion of the corridor. Following the presentation members of the Bicycle Advisory Committee and Transportation Board will take public comment on the proposed plans under consideration. No action will be taken by either Board on January 7th. Copies of the report and two alternative plans are available here.
Thursday, January 7, 7pm – 9pm
Brookline Town Hall
333 Washington Street, Selectmen’s Hearing Room, 6th Floor
Tags: action alert, massbike
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