Bay State Bike Week kicks off Saturday and runs through May 19, celebrating bicycle transportation by encouraging Massachusetts residents to ditch the car and hop on their bicycles.
According to a spokeswoman for Gov. Deval Patrick, cycling organizations, neighborhood groups and local governments have planned hundreds of diverse community-based events across the state to show that bicycling can be a fun, healthy, safe and sustainable travel choice.
“I applaud the bicyclists who ride to school or work regularly, and I encourage more people to give it a try,” Patrick said. "Together, we can make Massachusetts a greener, healthier and more sustainable state by decreasing traffic congestion, cleaning the air and enabling people to get some exercise in the course of their busy daily lives.”
Massachusetts in 2013 has been recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as the sixth most bicycle-friendly state. MassDOT is the only transportation department in the nation to actively organize and lead a statewide Bike Week celebration.
“MassDOT’s support for bicycle transportation, coupled with Massachusetts residents’ enthusiasm for bicycling, have yielded significant gains in terms of bicycles on the street, cars off the street, and pounds off our waistlines,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard Davey.“Bay State Bike Week is a great way for MassDOT and MassBike to kick off the springtime riding season, and encourage some new riders to give biking a try.
"All of these events help to support MassDOT’s GreenDOT sustainability policy, and help us achieve our mode shift goal of tripling the levels of bicycling, walking and transit ridership throughout the Commonwealth by 2030.”
In addition to community-wide events, the 11 Massachusetts Transportation Management Associations are presenting the 18th annual MassCommute Bicycle Challenge. This friendly competition will challenge employers, schools and communities to see who can log the most miles by bicycle. For more information, visit www.masscommutebicyclechallenge.org.
Individuals and groups can participate by signing up at www.BayStateBikeWeek.org to find out more about workshops, group rides, children’s events, bicycle races and other activities across Massachusetts.
To learn more about Bay State Bike Week and for information about current bicycling projects in your area visit www.mass.gov/massdot/bike.
A strong commitment to bicycle and pedestrian travel is a key part of MassDOT’s transportation vision. Walking, bicycling and using public transit reduce traffic congestion, improve Massachusetts air quality and promote healthy lifestyles.