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It's bike week, and National Bike Month

Posted by Your Town  May 11, 2009 08:35 AM

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It's Bay State Bike Week, part of National Bike Month, and communities from Boston to Needham, Newton and Sherborn are organizing events this week and throughout the summer.

In Newton, the second annual Newton Bike Rally and Ride takes place May 17. Learn more at the Newton Streets and Sidewalks site. Local commuters can also take advantage of a police escorted ride on Friday into Boston as part of an end of the week festival on Friday

"This includes police-escorted rides into Boston from many locations (the closest convoys to Needham begin in Newton and West Roxbury,'' reports Tad Staley, on his Needham Bikes blog. "When you arrive there's a free breakfast , bike expo and music on City Hall Plaza in Boston from 7 AM – 10 AM. Riders will apparently also receive a complementary gift bag and water bottle.

As for regionwide events, MassBike, among other groups, is promoting a 250,000 mile pledge -- challenging Bay State bikers to ride that much to raise awareness about cycling.

"To participate, sign up at and tell us how many miles you (and/or your whole company) will bike that week,'' Mass Bike says.

There's also a commuter challenge: "There will also be a friendly competition among Massachusetts companies. Matched against like-sized businesses, companies can compete for prizes (including a NEW bike) and bragging rights.''

Elsewhere, check out Bike Fridays, an escorted ride from the suburbs to Boston on selected Fridays now that the weather is warmer. Here is a Google map of the convoys from Newton and other communities.

Elsewhere in the suburbs, John Higley of Sherborn reports that Holliston's Upper Charles River Rail Trail meeting is Tuesday night, 8 PM at the Holliston Town Hall.

Higley also plans to launch a Sherborn Bike Committee this week in support of commuters and
recreational riders.

In Natick, they've scheduled a Town Forest and Pizza bike ride at 4:30 PM Saturday, May 16th. See more here.

Boston Bikes has a map up on its site, too. It's right here though it takes a while to load.

UPDATE: Paula Bossone of North Shore Cyclists says that her organization runs evening rides each night of the week along with Saturday and Sunday rides. In addition, we have our annual Blazing Saddles Century ride which will be held on August 22. More information can be found at our web site

In other biking news, across Greater Boston, 25 cities and towns have installed more than 800 racks, enough to hold more than 2,500 bikes, according to the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. Another 25 communities are installing racks. But the agency has spent only about $150,000 of the $900,000 it was allocated in federal money, and wants more communities to hop on. Read more here.

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6 comments so far...
  1. Can we make sure the cops are there too to ensure they write tickets to all the bicyclist who ignore the rules of the road...

    Posted by Snowbird May 11, 09 09:34 AM
  1. Are they doing that city-wide ride again? Where they shut down Storrow Drive....And had rides mapped out to the various Boston neighborhoods like Dorchester.

    Posted by Chris May 11, 09 11:52 AM
  1. RE: City-wide bike ride


    THe ride you are mentioning is the "Hub on Wheels" event which raises money for technology in the classroom type initiatives. It is held annually towards the end of september. You can google hub on wheels and can sign up now if you are interested.

    Posted by John May 11, 09 01:06 PM
  1. No gyms in Amsterdam, why? They bike everywhere. A grip, us fat Americans need.

    Posted by mumbles76 May 11, 09 03:57 PM
  1. Snowbird

    As long as the same cops start enforcing the rules of the road for car drivers, I'm all for it. This means no more running the yellow lights for you all; no more illegal right-on-reds, and no more lane changes or turns without using your turn signal. Oh, and don't forget to obey the speed limit. :-) Are we agreed?

    Posted by mike May 11, 09 03:59 PM
  1. Despite National Bike Month, it will probably take generations of change for U.S. cities to accept bicycling. Visit Newport Beach in Southern California to watch motorcycle police chasing bicycles. California has Statute AB-1581 of traffic signal detection for bicyclists. But Newport Beach traffic signals do not detect bicyclists unless you get off and lay the bicycle across the embedded wires. The Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) fabricates vehicle citations from bicyclists. The NBPD is located two blocks from a left-turn signal into a California state preserve used by hundreds of bicyclists each week. Newport Beach Principal Civil Engineer Tony Brine and Traffic Engineer George Bernard replied to my email that the left-turn signal had been set back to not detect bicyclists. The NBPD exploits the signal to show productivity and generate vehicle citation revenue from bicycles. Weekends and Christmas holidays are targeted when there is no car traffic and regular bicyclists at the shared-used preserve are unlikely to stop for a left-turn signal that will not change anyway. Bicyclists are asked for a car license plate number and held until confirmed. The clerk at the Newport Beach municipal court told me that they get several pseudo-vehicle citations each day. In a telephone call with Sergeant Mike James, he supported police motorcycles chasing bicycles. During another call with Lieutenant Steve Shulman, he laughed. The NBPD Lieutenant sent me a letter that bicyclists should first test left-turn signals and then dismount to go across the traffic lanes to the pedestrian button. I was trying the Lieutenant’s method one day during my bicycle commute to the main post office, and a Newport Beach Fire Department paramedics van without sirens or flashing lights turned in front of me. Newport Beach city and safety employees are laughing at bicycle commuters. Mayor Ed Selich of Newport Beach is not interested in bicycles. And the original author of California Statute AB-1581, Assembly Representative Jean Fuller, did not reply to my message posted at her Website about the lack of oversight for enforcing bicycle signal detection with cities.

    Posted by TwoWheeler May 11, 09 06:36 PM