On Canada and “Common Sense”

By RICHARD FRIES As I pedaled onto the two-lane highway the onus of my actions gathered like a thunder cloud. On that summer day in 1995 I had brought my wife along with me on a tour of Nova Scotia. We had ridden out of Halifax for a day of touring and lighthouses and sea […]

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In response to the Longfellow Bridge Video

There seems to be some confusion out there today regarding the laws dealing with bike lanes, sparked by a video posted by a cyclist who had a brief conversation with a State Trooper after observing a patrol car parked in the bike lane on the Longfellow Bridge. In the video, the trooper informs the cyclist […]

April 13, 2015: Melnea Cass Boulevard Design Meeting Recap

The Melnea Cass Boulevard Design Project began in 2011. The initial concept widened the roadway and inserted a BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) in the center median, a design philosophy that caused a great deal of concern for residents in an area where rapid traffic patterns were already a hazard to pedestrians and cyclists. Thanks to […]

The Sea Change: Going Beyond Point A to Point B

By RICHARD FRIES For me the challenge seemed so simple. I sat at a meeting called by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to discuss the messaging required to improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians in the Bay State. Messaging. Not enforcement. Not engineering. Not laws. But the messaging or mantra of safety. Believe it or […]

Month One Down

By RICHARD FRIES Executive Director When I saw to my right the wheel-chaired quadriplegic making his way towards the ramp and the crosswalk on Cambridge Street I knew mayhem was not far behind. When I saw to my left the young lady wearing a snorkel hood, talking on her phone, and striding into the crosswalk from […]

Gambling with the Wellbeing of Others

By Lauren LeClaire Communications Coordinator The roads were a sheet of ice. The morning sunshine – a welcome sight after this historic winter – made the entire road glisten. Caution was the word of the day. I rolled steadily, confident in my knobby tires and Geekhouse cyclo-cross bike. I rode with caution, but not unusual concern along […]

How Two Oklahoma Republicans Restored My Faith in Bike Advocacy

By RICHARD FRIES Executive Director, MassBike I arrived at Thursday’s National Bike Summit reception forlorn. For I had just experienced exhilarating success on Capitol Hill. Seems ironic, eh? In this 15th edition of the Summit, every Congressional leader of Massachusetts had pledged full support for everything the Massachusetts delegation had asked. Markey, Neal, Warren, Capuano, […]

MassBike Responds to Cambridge Tragedy

The Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition is saddened to learn of the tragic Cambridge accident that took the life of 65-year-old bicyclist Marcia Deihl. An accomplished musician, Deihl was struck and killed by a container truck about 1:40 p.m. Wednesday. No charges have been filed against the driver as of this writing. “Ironically our staff was working […]

MassBike Bills Receive Substantial Sponsors

The Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (“MassBike”) is deeply appreciative of each of the state legislators that sponsored bills to make our roadways safer and more convenient for bicyclists. As the newly appointed executive director of MassBike I want to acknowledge and thank them for showing the political courage to support cycling and cyclists in Massachusetts. Please […]

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