It’s Bay State Bike Week ~ Join the Convoy into Boston (and Back!) or Add Your Miles to Masscommute’s Bicycle Challenge

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Submitted by the Bedford Bicycle Advisory Committee

If you’ve been thinking about dusting off your bike, this is the week: Join your neighbors and friends this week by hopping on a bike and pedaling away!  Bay State Bike Week encourages residents to try biking for a trip where they might normally take a car. Join us for the ride into Boston on National Bike to Work day or just take a spin down to the grocery store.

Many folks may be interested in biking, but feel uncomfortable biking on roads shared with cars and trucks.  Bike week is a reason to give it a try!

In Massachusetts, the law is ‘same road, same rules’ – bicycles have equal rights on the road.  Ride steady and predictably, signal your turns, stay alert to what others are doing, stop at all lights or stop signs.

Have any questions?  You can email suzyenos@yahoo.com. And enjoy Bay State Bike Week!

Bedford riders will join the Concord Convoy on Friday, May 18

Several Bedford riders plan to ride into Boston to enjoy the festivities, then return to Bedford later in the morning – Image (c) Suzi Enos, 2018 all rights reserved – Click to view larger image

Friday, May 18 will be National Bike to Work Day.  There will be a 13 ‘convoys’ of bicycles traveling into Boston from the suburbs, leaving at specific times.  Experienced commuters will lead the convoys, showing the best methods to get into the city.  City Hall Plaza will host a welcome event for the bikers from 7 am to 9 am.

The longest convoy, Concord / Bedford / Lexington / Arlington, leaves Concord at 6 am and stops at Bikeway Source in Bedford at 6:30 am. Click this link to download or print the Concord Convoy poster.

You will be joined by neighbors and led by an experienced rider who will provide safe riding techniques and behaviors during the ride.  We’ll stop in at the Lexington Commuter breakfast at the Lexington Depot right on the Minuteman Trail for a quick snack before heading on into Boston.  Most of the route is off-road, cruising on bike paths.  In the past, the pace has been ~14 miles per hour, but we will adjust to the group that participates.

At City Hall Plaza, there will be breakfast, coffee, music and a number of exhibitors with free bike repair, information, and other attractions.

If you pre-register, the first 300 bikers arriving in City Hall will get a free Boston Bikes t-shirt.

From City Hall, bikers continue on to their local destinations. Several of us will be riding back to Bedford as we don’t work in the city and just want to enjoy the festivities.

Add Your Miles to the Mass Commute Bicycle Challenge

To add to the excitement, a consortium of transportation organizations has appealed to the competitive spirit in sponsoring the Mass Commute Bicycle Challenge.  This website allows you to log your miles for your town and your place of work.  Awards are given at the end of the challenge.

Last year Bedford placed 18th out of all towns in Massachusetts – a great showing given our small size.  MIT Lincoln Labs just around the corner was the top business with employees logging over 10,000 miles in the 9 days of the challenge!

 


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