Having an active Bicycle Advisory Committee can make the difference between a town that’s OK to bike in and one that is fantastic. Looking across the state, the communities with Bicycle Advisory Committees are the ones that stand out for their safer riding conditions, support of bicycle education programs, and strong bicycle culture. Northampton is a great example of a community with a Committee that is working hard to improve the on-road facilities, upgrade and expand off-road trails and paths, and every year plans a set of events for Bay State Bike Week.
For those communities in Middlesex County, there is now funding available to support the creation of a Bicycle Advisory Committee. The application can be found here, and it’s due by January 11.
This funding is available through the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. If you have any questions about this application, feel free to email me at Price@MassBike.org or give me a call at (617) 542-2453. This is a great opportunity, I hope it can help your community take a big step toward making biking a safe, fun option for transportation and recreation.