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MassBike Report Shows Assets, Obstacles To Hampshire County Bikeability

Back in November, we worked with local advocates to undertake a Bikeability Assessment in three Hampshire County communities (Amherst, Belchertown and Northampton). This project was done at the request of Healthy Hampshire, in collaboration with the Towns of Amherst and Belchertown and the City of Northampton. The focus was specifically on intersections, and how to […]

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MassDOT Biking Toward Sustainability

We were glad to see more evidence that the state gets it when it comes to bicycling. Back in August, we made extensive comments on MassDOT’s GreenDOT Draft Implementation Plan. GreenDOT is MassDOT’s sustainability initiative, and the implementation plan is the document laying out the path to achieving the goals contained within it. The final […]

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Advocates Improving Intersections In Hampshire County

Last weekend, a dozen volunteers braved the chilly New England Fall weather to work on making intersections in Northampton and Amherst better for bicyclists. Through a partnership with the Hampshire Council of Governments, and thanks to our partnership with Mass in Motion, we were able to come out and train local bicyclists how to use […]

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Springfield Youth Studying Bikeability

Earlier in October, MassBike’s Program Associate and I (Price) went to Renaissance High School in Springfield to teach their Bike Club about our Bikeability Assessments. We met with the faculty sponsor of the group and students to explain the concept of bikeability, and also took them out on an assessment test run. Moving forward, the […]

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Add Your Voice To MassDOT’s Statewide Conversation

Starting this week, we have an opportunity to voice our support for bicycling as a statewide priority. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is holding a series of public meetings in the run up to creating their long range financing plan. This plan is going to dictate whether we continue on the 20th-century path of […]

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DCR Gets It Right – With A Little Help From Advocates

We are pleased to declare victory for bicyclists on two separate but related roadway access issues, on the Alewife Brook Parkway on the Arlington-Cambridge-Somerville line, and on the Mystic Valley Parkway in Arlington. In late August, we discovered what appeared to be preliminary striping for very narrow shoulders and very wide travel lanes on the […]

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MassBike Comments On GreenDOT Implementation Plan

In 2010, MassDOT launched its GreenDOT initiative, a comprehensive program to combat climate change, encourage biking, walking and transit, and support smart growth. This year, MassDOT released a draft GreenDOT Implementation Plan, and invited public comment. The plan focuses on what MassDOT can do to reduce greenhouse gases from its own operations and to make […]

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Completing Streets In Franklin County

On Monday, August 6, our Program Associate Sam Markovitz and I went out to Franklin County to help local residents and the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) perform a Bikeability Assessment in Greenfield, Colrain and South Deerfield. There were roughly a dozen people present to help with the assessment, which was undertaken to inform […]

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On-Street Bike Parking = Awesome!

I saw this in Kendall Square, Cambridge, on my commute recently:   What an awesome sight! I’ve seen similar on-street bike parking in Boston, Somerville, and even suburban Lexington. Why do we think this is so great? Several reasons: It increases the number of bike racks dramatically and quickly It uses existing space (usually a […]

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Grant Awarded To Transform Communities Around The State

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health recently awarded MassBike funding through the Community Transformation Grant, which promotes active living in eight counties outside of the Boston area (see map below). We at MassBike are excited to have this great opportunity to serve communities around the state, and look forward to leveraging this expanded capacity to […]

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