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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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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Thanks to David, Thanks to Ride Studio Cafe!

The Ride Studio Cafe hosted a thank-you party for outgoing MassBike Executive Director David Watson, right, on Jan. 25. Patria Lanfranchi, left, and Rob Vandermark, presented David with a huge donation of more than $1,300. The funds were raised by their customers who participated in Rapha’s Festive 500 during the Holidays. Special thanks to  Harpoon […]

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Boston Strong: Why Beantown Can Soon Be America’s Best Bike Town

By RICHARD FRIES Folks in Portland, Boulder, and San Francisco would be well-served to keep an eye in the rear view mirror. For I predict one city, with help from People for Bikes and MassBike, will soon be spoken of as THE shining example of a great cycling city. As my hometown, there is undoubtedly […]

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MassBike Is Hiring a Communications Coordinator

MassBike is hiring a part-time Communications Coordinator. Are you enthusiastic about promoting bicycling as a mode of transportation around Massachusetts? Do you have excellent communications skills, especially with social media and blogging? Would you like a flexible working schedule? If so, this opportunity might be right for you! We want to continue generating excitement and interest […]

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Action Alert: Help MassBike Get Sponsors For New Bike Safety Bills!

This month marks the start of a new two-year session in the Massachusetts Legislature, and MassBike has filed two bills designed to protect bicyclists and other vulnerable road users. MassBike’s bills are the “Act To Protect Vulnerable Road Users” and the “Act To Protect Bicyclists In Bicycle Lanes.” Thanks to Senator Will Brownsberger and Representative […]

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