[*BCM*] MassBike May Update
bikexec at massbike.org
Fri Apr 29 19:40:08 EDT 2005
MassBike May Update
IMPORTANT: Safe Routes to School Bill Hearing This Tuesday, May 3
It seems to be the week for bike hearings at the State House. MassBike has
just learned that THIS TUESDAY, May 3, the Transportation Committee will
hold a hearing on one of our key initiatives, H. 2121, the Safe Routes to
School Bill, which makes it easier for kids to bike and walk to school. The
hearing will take place at 10:00 a.m. in the State Houses Hearing Room A-2.
Please join us to testify in favor of this bill and show its grassroots
support! Email mike at massbike.org to RSVP or to get more information on the
Donate to MassBike Now and Enter to Win a Commuters Dream Bike!
Landrys Bicycles and Cannondale are teaming up to help MassBike. From now
until May 31, all donations of $50 or above to MassBikeeither sent via mail
or onlinewill be entered to win a gorgeous new Cannondale Street bike,
donated by Landry's Bicycles of Natick, Westboro, Norwood, and Danvers.
Your donation will benefit our Safe Routes to School program, which will
make it easier for kids to bike and walk to school. All entries must be
received by May 31, 2005. (No purchase is necessary to win; if you are not
able to donate $50 or more to MassBike, please mail us a short letter
explaining why you would like to win the bike and you will be entered in the
The lucky MassBike winner will receive a gift certificate, good at any
Landry's Bicycle store, for the value of the Cannondale Street bike ($850).
The certificate is also good toward any bike or other merchandise at
Click here to donate and enter to win your commuter dream bike now!
Fun Boston-to-Provincetown Ride Seeks Volunteers
Its nearly time for the 21st annual Boston-to-Provincetown ride, sponsored
by Outriders and held on June 18. This is a one-day, 128 mile ride organized
by gay and lesbian riders and their allies. Volunteers pay nothing to
participate and get a free t-shirt and delicious brunch.
Click here to help out this great event, which is donating $1 per rider to
Tuesday, May 3: Boston Kickoff for National Mayors Ride
On May 3, at 4:30 p.m., bicyclists will gather in Boston City Hall Plaza to
receive a Mayoral proclamation and send it off for the start of the
northeast leg of the National Bicycle Greenway Mayors Ride, a 51-city tour
to show how bicycles can improve the health of cities as well as commuters.
The Boston rally will include people on old-fashioned HiWheelers, teens
participating in earn-a-bike workshops, bicycle commuters, and members of
local bike clubs and advocacy groups. It is being organized by the Boston
Bicycle Festival, a non-profit working in partnership with the city to
promote bicycling as a way of making Boston a better place to live and work.
Other participating groups include MassBike and Bikes Not Bombs.
For more information, click here
Tuesday, May 10: Come to Longwood Bike Nite
On Tuesday, May 10, the Longwood Medical Area is bike central! Mingle from
5:30-6:00 p.m., and from 6:00-7:30 p.m., youll enjoy a talk on Safe Biking
in Massachusetts by MassBike Executive Director Dorie Clark, followed by an
Urban Biking 2005 panel discussion and Q&A with participants including
bike attorney Andrew Fischer and bike shop owner Jeffrey Ferris. The event
is free and open to the public, and takes place at Enders Auditorium,
Childrens Hospital, 320 Longwood Ave. in Boston. The event is sponsored by
MassBike, MASCO, and the Sports Medicine Division of Bostons Childrens
Monday, May 16Redbones Bike Week Kickoff Event
On Monday, May 16, Redbones will host their annual traditionthe kickoff to
Bike Week and a fundraiser for MassBike and NEMBA. The event, outside the
restaurant at 55 Chester St. in Somerville's Davis Square, runs from
5:00-10:00 p.m. and your $15 ticket gets you bike valet parking, a Redbones
sandwich & sides (vegetarian available), a beverage & two raffle tickets.
Learn more by clicking here
Volunteers NeededHelp in MassBikes Office and/or Count Bicyclists
MassBike is having a volunteer night on Wednesday, May 18 from 5:00-8:30
p.m. Come meet new friends, help out with office tasks, and enjoy some
pizza! Were located at 20 Park Plaza, Ste. 528, Boston. Please RSVP to
bikexec at massbike.org.
Volunteers are also needed to help count pedestrian and bicycle volumes in
Boston area. The count will be part of a national counting project to
develop research on bike usage. If you are able to volunteer, if only for a
few hours, please contact Cathy Lewis at cbucklewis at ctps.org. Places to be
surveyed will depend on where volunteers live and how many volunteers are
available. The dates/times of the survey are Tuesday, May 10, 7-9 AM;
Tuesday, May 10, 3-5 PM; and Saturday, May 14, 12 - 2 PM. The rain dates are
Wednesday, May 11 or Thursday, May 12.
June 2 and 4: Take MassBikes Bicycling 101 for Adults Course
MassBike is currently offering "Bicycling 101" in partnership with Landry's
Bicycles and the MS Rides. It is geared to adults who are looking to get
back into bicycling, improve basic cycling skills, and/or participate in a
large-scale benefit ride. This course will teach you how to operate your
bicycle more smoothly (including shifting gears), ride safely on roadways,
increase your pedaling efficiency, climb hills more easily, participate in
group ride events, and more!
The next Bicycling 101 course will be held Thursday, June 2 from 6:30-9:30
p.m. and Saturday, June 4 (rain date Sunday, June 5) from 8:00 a.m.-4:00
p.m. Both classes are offered at the National MS Society offices in Waltham.
Click here to register and for more information
Update on Bicyclists Bill of Rights and Responsibilities
Thank you to all the loyal MassBike members who came out for this past
Wednesdays State House hearing on the Bicyclists Bill of Rights and
Responsibilities. The hearing was tremendously successful and 15 people
testified in favor of the bill, with no one speaking against it. The Public
Safety Committee plans to hold another hearing on the billwe will announce
the date as soon as it is confirmedand will then vote on advancing it to
the Ways and Means Committee, the next step in the legislative process.
Weekly Charles River Wheelmen Ride on Monday Nights
The Charles River Wheelmen, a major MassBike sponsor, are holding Monday
rides this summer, starting May 9 and running until August 29 (excluding
holidays). The ride covers South Brookline and Newton and begins at 6:30
p.m. for 15 or
20 miles. This arrowed ride (including cue sheet and map) begins at the
parking lot at the
southwest corner of Cleveland Circle, intersection of Beacon Street and
Avenue, Boston. The leader is Charles Hansen, who can be contacted for more
velotrain at peoplepc.com .
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