BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is pleased to announce that the annual Bay State Bike Week, a collaborative venture between MassDOT, MassRIDES and MassBike with support from the Federal Highway Administration, will take place from Saturday, May 13 through Sunday, May 21.
“MassDOT and the Baker-Polito Administration are dedicated to providing options for travelers across the Commonwealth, and Bay State Bike Week offers us the chance to celebrate the success of our bicycle investments along with those of our municipal and business partners,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “By improving bicycle transportation options, MassDOT is combatting road congestion and lowering the Commonwealth’s carbon footprint while fostering healthy and efficient transportation in Massachusetts.”
“By promoting bicycle transportation in Massachusetts, MassDOT hopes to give travelers across the state more options to get where they need to be,” said MassDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Coordinator Pete Sutton. “As MassDOT continues its efforts to account for trends such as population growth, urbanization and climate change, it has embraced multimodal transportation as a method of spreading traffic volume throughout various modes and reducing the state’s carbon emissions. Bicycle transportation is a central aspect of this strategy and provides considerable economic benefits.”
During Bay State Bike Week, Massachusetts residents are encouraged to ride their bicycles to work and school and participate in free bicycle-related community events, including bicycle maintenance workshops, community rides, meals and many others. All events, which are hosted by Massachusetts bicycling organizations, neighborhood groups and local governments, are free and open to the public. As of May 9, 99 events have already been scheduled on Cape Cod, in the Berkshires and dozens of other communities. For a detailed inventory of Bay State Bike Week events, please visit http://www.baystatebikeweek.org/find_an_event. To register a new event, please visit http://www.baystatebikeweek.org/register_an_event.
Among these events is MassDOT’s annual Bay State Bike Week Commuter Breakfast on Wednesday, May 17. Beginning at 7:30 a.m., MassDOT invites anyone who rode their bicycle to work to enjoy a free breakfast outside MassDOT’s office at 10 Park Plaza in Boston near the Charles Street South entrance. MassDOT staff will also be on hand seeking public input for the updated Massachusetts Bicycle Transportation Plan, a comprehensive document outlining MassDOT’s vision and strategy for bicycle transportation in the Commonwealth.
Additionally, MassDOT staff will participate in the City of Boston’s National Bike to Work Day Festival on Friday, May 19. The event includes several bike-to-work “convoys” originating in Concord, Dorchester, East Boston, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Melrose, Needham, Quincy, Roxbury, Somerville, West Roxbury and Winchester. Many of the convoys will make planned stops in several communities along the way to Boston City Hall Plaza for additional commuters to join the ride. The City of Boston invites bicyclists to enjoy breakfast and coffee at City Hall Plaza, where a bicycle exposition will also be held. To register and find out more information about Boston’s National Bike to Work Day Festival, visit https://www.boston.gov/calendar/bike-work-day-festival. To find a convoy travelling through your community including departure times and planned stop locations, visit https://www.boston.gov/departments/boston-bikes/bike-work-day#convoy-stops.
Throughout the week, there will also be a daily raffle featuring various prizes for Bay State Bike Week participants who log their bicycle trips on NuRide, the MassRIDES’ ridematching and rewards program for individuals who use eco-friendly forms of transportation. To log bicycle trips, go to www.NuRide.com/MassRIDES. MassRIDES is a free program of MassDOT designed to help reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality and mobility.
In addition to community-wide events, the Massachusetts Transportation Management Associations (TMAs) are proud to once again present the MassCommute Bicycle Challenge. This friendly competition among employers, schools, and communities challenges commuters to see who can log the most miles by bicycle. MassDOT is a proud participant of the MassCommute Bicycle Challenge and encourages other employers throughout the Commonwealth to join. For more information, please visit www.masscommutebicyclechallenge.org.
To kick off Bay State Bike Week, MassDOT partnered with the municipalities of Holyoke and South Hadley on Sunday, May 7, to present the Connecticut River Roll and Stroll Street Festival, a “vehicle free, carefree Sunday celebration” held on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge that featured music, food and other entertainment. To view highlights from the Connecticut River Roll and Stroll Street Festival, visit www.facebook.com/riverrollandstroll.
For more information on Bay State Bike Week, visit the official website http://www.baystatebikeweek.org/ and Facebook page, www.facebook.com/BayStateBikeWeek. To track the event on Twitter and Instagram, use the hashtag #baystatebikewk.