MassBike Trains The Trainers About Bike Safety In Fall River

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It was a cold day but that wouldn’t stop a dedicated group of would-be bike trainers.

Last Friday, the MassBike program team led a workshop for adults interested in teaching children on-bike skills and bicycle safety in Fall River, a community that has seen significant momentum build for bicycling since the city was designated a Mass in Motion Community. Participants included staff from the local Boys & Girls Club, Fall River Police Department, and members of the Fall River Bicycle Committee.

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A glimpse of the picturesque path along South Watuppa Pond Path.

Fall River has made some significant gains for bikeability recently. Mass in Motion Coordinator Julie Kelly has been instrumental in two significant community-led initiatives: the formation of the Fall River Bicycle Committee–100 member-strong after just two years in existence–and the construction of the 0.6-mile Watuppa bicycle and recreation path, which is the first leg of the future Fall River Regional Bikeway. The picturesque path runs along the northern shore of South Watuppa Pond, from near the Westport line behind Lepage’s on Route 6 to Brayton Avenue near the Route 24 exit ramps.

The three hour-long workshop incorporated an engaging in-classroom  discussion on 1) basic rules of the road 2) how to perform the ABC Quick Check and 3) proper clothing choices and helmet and bike fit. The workshop also included an on-bike portion, which included parking lot skill development and a community ride to increase participants’ comfort riding in traffic and on paths. MassBike’s extensive resource library includes bicycle safety education handouts for children and parents (pdfs are here and here).

Participants asked some great questions and enjoyed the opportunity to ride their bikes on a Friday afternoon. A full write-up of the evening’s training session can be found at the Healthy Fall River’s website (link here).


As part of our Bikeable Communities Program, we offer a number of services, such as Bicycle Planning Assistance to facilitate a strategy for implementing bicycle-related projects, Bikeability Assessments to evaluate a community’s current state of bike-friendliness, and Bikeable Communities Trainings to help local advocates engage with key stakeholders and understand how to improve local infrastructure conditions.

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4 Responses to MassBike Trains The Trainers About Bike Safety In Fall River

  1. Joshua Decosta March 30, 2014 at 9:47 pm #

    My father recently became a bike commuter in Fall River. I sent this link over to him. He has been very adamant about getting better bike infrastructure in the community.

    • Nathaniel April 1, 2014 at 12:21 pm #

      That’s great Joshua. Hopefully he can get involved with all the great work happening in Fall River.

    • Brian Pearson April 3, 2014 at 8:20 pm #

      Joshua, your dad should contact Bike Fall River if he wants to get involved…Brian – Chairman of Bike Fall River

  2. Julie Kelly April 4, 2014 at 8:30 am #

    Hi Joshua,

    We definitely need more cyclists to advocate for continued improvements especially while all this reconstruction is going on in the City streets. Please have your father contact Brian Pearson, chair of Bike Fall River at btrekman@comcast.net, attend a meeting of the Bike Committee on the first Monday of the Month at Government Center in the cafeteria, first floor; or check things out at our Face Book page: Fall River Bike Committee, here all the rides that Brian organizes are listed.

    Thanks for your note.
    Julie Kelly, Coordinator
    Mass in Motion-Fall River
    Health Department, City of Fall River