History

Bike Week Event 1979

2012:

  • MBTA makes the 6-month pilot project on the Blue Line to allow additional bicycle access in both inbound and outbound directions a permanent policy.
  • Published Shift Gears and the Bikeable Communities Training
  • Administered a bikeability assessment in Franklin County
  • Taught Springfield youth how to conduct a bikeability assessment
  • Completed an infrastructure assessment in Hampshire County
  • Translated our bike safety materials into 7 languages
  • Inspired cyclists throughout Massachusetts to take over 10,000 short trips by bike instead of car during the 2 Mile Challenge
  • Presented the first ever Massachusetts Bike /Walk Summit
  • Taught thousands of children and adults on how to ride more safely, including proper helmet use, rules of the road, and strategies for staying safe on busy streets.
  • Ran another successful Bay State Bike Week
  • Played a major role in protecting funding for biking and walking projects at the national level
  • Conducted MBTA Bus Driver Trainings and helped the MBTA produce a Bus Driver Safety Training video for bus drivers operating near cyclists on the road.
  • Worked hard on infrastructure projects on the Fore River Bridge, Longfellow Bridge, and Casey Overpass Redesign Project.
  • Celebrated the completion of the MBTA’s project to equip all capable buses with bike racks. A project we initiated back in 2005.
  • Provided advocacy support to communities throughout Massachusetts through our partnership with MassinMotion.
  • Submitted comments on GreenDOT’s implementation plan
  • Grew our staff to four full time employees

2011:

  • Started a new legislative campaign, the Vulnerable Road Users Bill, aimed at increasing motorist awareness of bicyclists and pedestrians. (more here)
  • Continued work on police training to ensure that officers in Massachusetts know bicyclists’ rights and concerns. (more here)
  • MassBike collaborated with the MBTA and the Chelsea Creek Action Group (CCAG) to initiate a 6-month pilot project on the Blue Line to allow additional bicycle access in both inbound and outbound directions. (more here)
  • Despite a slow start—Price, MassBike’s Program Manager, was hired in April—the Safe Routes To School education program has reached over 1200 students
  • Began designing an advocacy toolkit so that local advocates and individuals have what they need to effectively work for better bicycling in their own communities. (more here)
  • Ensures that the $3 billion designated to fix bridges across the state includes accessibility for bicycles in each bridge design.
  • Works to get more bicyclists on our streets and paths through the Bay State Bike Week, valet bike parking, Pump & Lube Stations, and the MassBike Spins Ride Series.

2010:

  • Fought hard with other advocacy groups to save the bike lanes on the Longfellow bridge. (more here and here)
  • Led effort to revise bike/ped engineering directive (more here)
  • Announced new pro-infrastructure policy. (more here)
  • Supported mountain biking in Middlesex Fells (more here)
  • Launched the “and I ride” campaign, to put a face on cycling. (more here)
  • Made sure cyclists could ride on the streets of Nantucket (more here)
  • Successfully worked with the RMV to create new bicycle safety questions to be included in the motorist driver’s manual and on the written test.
  • Went to Washington D.C. to fight for federal funding for bike projects in Massachusetts.(more here)
  • Launched the Building for Bicycling campaign to gain infrastructure on precedent-setting projects across the state. (more here)
  • Worked with the MBTA and other advocates to create a new bicycle safety training for bus drivers to ensure that drivers are aware of bicyclists and are safe around them. All drivers will take at least part of the training over the next two years. (more here)
  • Held the first MassBike Chapter Summit to improve support to current chapters and encourage the formation of new ones. (more here)
  • Began working with the Boston Police to provide training for officers on bicyclists’ rights and concerns. (more here)

2009:

  • After 8 years of hard work MassBike secured the passage of the Bicyclist Safety Bill which made multiple important changes to the bicycling laws in Massachusetts.
  • Continued to expand our Safe Routes To School education program reaching over 2500 students
  • Parked over 500 bicycles as part of our expanding bicycle valet service.
  • Upgraded our website!
  • MassBike worked with other advocacy groups to get an ordinance passed in Boston resulting in $100 fine for vehicles parked in bike lanes. (official pdf here, Image of letter sent by Massbike here)
  • Worked hard to get another set of Bike Cages installed at the Forest Hills T-station in Boston. (more)

2008:

  • Started our Safe Routes To School pilot program reaching over 1500 students with our bicycle safety education.
  • Performed a bikeability assessment of most of the major neighborhoods in Boston.
  • MassBike was instrumental in getting Bike Cages installed at the Alewife T-station in Cambridge.

2006:

  • Worked with MassHighway to redesign state’s official roadway design manual to ensure it is more bicycle-friendly.
  • Helped Somerville Bicycle Committee pass Somerville bike parking ordinance, requiring that new residential and business developments include bike parking.
  • Successfully pressured MBTA to restore indoor bike parking at Back Bay T station.

2005:

  • Convinced Massachusetts Municipal Police Training Committee to train new and veteran police officers in bicycle laws, using a curriculum developed by MassBike.
  • Pushed Governor to form State Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee.
  • Successfully persuaded Congressional delegation to support funding of key bike projects, including Safe Routes to School ($5 million+ over five years for Massachusetts) and critical bike path expansions.
  • Worked with MBTA to secure 250 new bike racks on buses.

2004:

  • Successfully lobbied the MBTA to dramatically increase hours bikes are allowed on the subway.
  • Passed legislation requiring the RMV to update Drivers’ Manual to include bike safety information.
  • Completed national resource guide, funded by U.S. EPA, to facilitate rail-trail creation.
  • Completed national police bike law training curriculum with federal grant from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  • Created 80 page guidebook on starting a local Bicycle Advisory Committee. (more Massbike/MBTA history here)

2001: Prevented passage of a dangerous bill to require bicyclists in Massachusetts to ride facing traffic.

2000: Convinced MBTA to eliminate requirement that bicyclists must have a pass to carry their bikes on the T, and secured the right to carry a folding bike on the T at all times. (more Massbike/MBTA history here)

1998: The Bicycle Coalition of Massachusetts becomes the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition or MassBike for short.

1996: Passage of landmark Bicycle/Pedestrian Access Law, guaranteeing that bicyclists must be accommodated in all new roadway projects.

1993: The Boston Area Bicycle Coalition goes statewide becoming the Bicycle Coalition of Massachusetts (BCOM).

1992: After seventeen years of hard work and encouragement by MassBike and other cycling advocates, the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway from Cambridge to Bedford was opened as the nation’s 500th rail-trail. Today, it is one of the most popular rail-trails in the United States. MassBike worked tirelessly from its inception to advocate for the creation of the trail.

Late 1980s: In the late 1980s, thanks in large part to MassBike’s work, several important bike paths were completed, including the Southwest Corridor Linear Park and the Jamaicaway bike path (Boston Bike Paths). MassBike was heavily involved in lobbying for and ensuring these paths were built. MassBike successfully prodded Governor to appoint State Bicycle Advisory Committee.

1987: Pushed the MBTA to allow bikes on the commuter rail. (More Massbike/MBTA history here)

1986: MassBike opened its first office in 1986, in Kendall Square, Cambridge.

1983: The BABC supported legislation to require headlights on bikes at night, which passed

1982: After the BABC had talked about getting bikes on the MBTA and putting out a pamphlet series for years, Sarah Heartt, the new president, began a “Bikes on the T” initiative and assigned pamphlet writers.

1981: MassBike member John S. Allen published The Complete Book of Bicycle Commuting. A shorter version of this work, Bicycle Street Smarts, has been continuously in print and has recently become the official Bicycle Drivers Manual of several states.)

1979

  • Hosted the first ever Bike Day on Sunday, June 3. This event started with a rally on Boston Common featuring then-Senator Paul Tsongas and several local bicycling experts. Cyclists then rode en masse to Memorial Drive in Cambridge, where they participated in a bike fair on the banks of the Charles River.
  • A “Commute to Work Day” was held the following day with rides from Porter Square in Cambridge and Cleveland Circle in Boston converging on Boston’s City Hall Plaza. Commuter Marathon when Kent Davey and Jim Melcher (on a tandem) beat Dean LaCoe and John Allen (on folding bikes and the T) from Wellesley town hall to the State House. The BABC’s education committee ran commuter workshops at Beth Israel hospital and elsewhere, and a fact sheet on winter riding was the beginning of a tradition of BABC pamphlets.
  • Established 491-RIDE as the BABC Bikeline – A hotline for assistance with biking problems.
  • A bimonthly newsletter, the “Spoke ‘n Word”, was started under the editorship of Nancy Witham.
  • Helped the state install the first bike racks at a government building by buying bike racks and then reselling them to state, these first racks were installed at the Saltonstall Building
  • Introduced our first pieces of legislation in 1979 with a bill to establish a state bicycle commission

1978

  • Helped publish the first Boston Bike Map.
  • Hosted the first Bike Week event

1977: The Boston Area Bicycle Coalition was founded in February 1977 by Anita Brewer, Cathy Buckley, Edward Gross and Jonathan Fine.

 

Revised 12/4/12 by Austin Rand