Bay State Bike Week 2012

Metro Boston Bike Week 2012
Saturday, May 12 through
Sunday, May 20

Bike Week is part of Bike Month, a national event to celebrate and encourage bicycling.

Email Jessica Mink your Metro Boston Bike Week events as soon as you have them scheduled.

Check out the statewide event calendar at MassBike
Check out local event calendars in Boston, Cambridge, and the Pioneer Valley.

All Week:

Mass. Commuter Challenge Fill out this form to participate in the Mass. Commuter Challenge.
You have to live or work in Massachusetts to enter.

Tuesday, April 24:

Commuter Challenge Kick-Off and Ride
2:30 - 5:30 pm
Harpoon Brewery,
We met at Harpoon Brewery for an approx. 20 mile ride circling the city before the Commuter Challenge Kick-Off at 5:30.

Saturday, April 28:

60 Miles for Two 60th Birthdays

9:30 - 6:30pm
We biked from Somerville out the current and future Mass Central Rail Trail to Sudbury, picked up the future Assabet River Rail Trail Route through Acton, got on the completed stretch of the Bruce Freeman Trail in Westford and Chelmsford, and headed home on Route 4, Billerica's Narrow Gauge Trail, the Minuteman Bikeway, and the Alewife Greenway.

Saturday, May 5:

Wake Up the Earth Day
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Southwest Corridor, Jamaica Plain
After a parade down Centre St. from the Monument, this festival celebrates Spring all afternoon with music, food, and politics.

Saturday, May 12

National Train Day Ride
9:00 am
Boston to Walpole to Boston
Meet at 9:00 am at South Station. Make sure that you leave enough time to buy your ticket and get onto the train to Walpole by 9:15!
To celebrate National Train Day, we will explore parts of the old New England and Old Colony Railroads. The route is about 25 miles and most of it is pretty flat and level. We will average about 5 miles per hour, so the ride should be an easy one for most cyclists. We’ll stop to look a stations in Walpole, Sharon, Easton, Stoughton, and Canton Junction. We’ll make a stop for lunch and will finish late afternoon, probably around 5:00. After the ride, we will take the train back to South Station. Ride leader: Dick Bauer, 857-540-6293
Franklin Park Coalition Annual Meeting
10:am - noon
Franklin Park Golf Course Clubhouse
Find out what's going on in the city's larget park at the annual meeting of its stewards. Get inspired by State Rep. Byron Rushing! For more information and directions, check out the Franklin Park Coalition's web site.
MassBike Spins: Circle the City Preview Ride
12:15 - 4:00 pm
Franklin Park Golf Course Clubhouse
Kick off Bike Week with a 25-mile ride around the city as we look at how current and future bike paths connect Boston's parks in a preview of this summer's Circle the City project. We'll ride from the center of the city to Boston Harbor and back on some of our most scenic routes.
This ride is sponsored by MassBike and the Circle the City project.

Sunday, May 13

CycloFemme - Boston Ride!
11:30am - 3:30pm
Cambridge and Boston

We will have 2 starting/meeting spots:
Harvard Square @ 11:30, 12 Noon start time
For the Cambridge start to the 16.5 mile loop, we will meet at 11:30 at the Harvard University Boathouse (aka Weld Boathouse) on the corner of Memorial Drive and JFK Street. The ride will leave promptly at noon, but we will be there early to answer questions, talk a bit about the ride, and pass out goodies from Bay State Bike Week and CycloFemme. Get there early to snag some gear!
Back Bay Fens @ 12:30, 12:45 start time
For the Boston start, and shorter 8 mile loop, please plan to meet outside the Emerald Necklace Conservancy Visitors’ Center in the Back Bay Fens at 12:30. Assuming we make good time from Harvard, we should roll up between 12:30 and 12:40, and we will plan to rest quickly here, meet the new riders, and head out around 12:45. Please note: The Visitors’ Center is also the meeting spot for a 1pm walking tour about 19th Century Women, so it may be a little crowded. Just look for the other ladies on bikes.
Picnic @ 1:30
It’s Lilac Day in the Arboretum, where we plan to stop for a long rest and picnic lunch. If the Arboretum is too crowded, we will just ride through the park, stop to refill water bottles and use the restrooms, and continue on to Jamaica Pond, where we can picnic on the lawn by the pond.
Ride finish: 2:45ish in Boston, 3:15ish in Cambridge.
The Boston portion of the ride should be done around 2:45 ending near the Fenway T stop on Park Ave. The longer ride should take about 3 hours total, so we plan to be back in Cambridge around 3:15-3:30 pm, if you’d like to have your friends or family meet you after the ride (may we suggest the Charlie’s Beer Garden as a good post-ride refuel spot).
Blessing of the Bikes
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Jamaica Plain
"Do you ever shout "OH GOD" while biking in Boston?"
From 1:00-4:45 pm, there will be a Boston Cyclists Union repair stand at the First Baptist Church of Jamaica Plain at 633 Centre St.
At 4:45 pm, there will be a ride down Seaverns Avenue from the Baptist Church to Hope Central Church at 87 Seaverns Ave.
At 5:00 pm, there will be a Blessing of the Bicycles on the front stairs of Hope Central Church at 87 Seaverns Avenue. Bicycles of all religious traditions are welcome.
At 5:45 pm, all are invited to Hope Central's evening worship service

Monday, May 14:

Ashmont Cycles
Bike Commuter Breakfast

7:30 am - 8:30 am
Free breakfast for cyclists at the new Ashmont Cycles at 551A Talbot Avenue, in Peabody Square in Dorchester.
Rush Hour Race
7:45 am - 9:00 am
Cambridge - Somerville
Will the driver, the bicyclist, or the "T" rider be the first to arrive in Kendall Square? Join Mayor Curtatone and Tom Champion, "the voice of Somerville," at Redbones to send the racers off; then come alon for the ride, or come to the post paty at Genzyme.
Presented by the Somerville Bicycle Committee the Cambridge Bicycle Committee, and the Livable Streets Alliance, and sponsored by Genzyme.
7:45 am Pre-race party at Redbones, 55 Chester St., SOmerville
8:30 am Send-off
8:45-10:00 am Post-race party at Genzyme, 500 Kendall Square, Cambridge
South Boston Seaport
Bike Commuter Breakfast

7:45 am - 9:00 am
Boston World Trade Center, Seaport Boulevard. The Seaport Transportation Management Association (Seaport TMA), invites Seaport TMA MEMBERS to stop by our Bike Breakfast. Free breakfast and small giveaways will be provided. You must show proof that you biked to work that day to get your breakfast. Visit to see if your company is a member.
email Lauren Grymek for more information.
Mass. General Hospital
Bike Commuter Breakfast

7:45 am - 9:00 am
Bike Cage
MGH invites bicycle-commuting employees to stop by our Bike Breakfast. Free breakfast and bike repairs will be provided. See the new bike repair station, too.
MAPC Unveils the Greater Boston
Cycling and Walking Map

Noon - 1:00 pm
Metropolitan Area Planning Council, 60 Temple Place 3rd Floor, Boston
Come to the launch of the most comprehensive source of bicycle and walking facilities every produced in the Boston region. The free Greater Boston Cycling and Walking Map will be available in both print and interactive online versions. With this map our goal is to show all dedicated bicycle facilities, walking/hiking trails, and regional networks in one source. The online version will allow user selection of layers to show bicycle, walking, regional trails as well as customized printing capabilities. At the event we will hand out copies of the new map, demonstrate the capabilities of the online interactive map, share how to access the information, and share plans for future integration of mobile phone apps, and user contributions. For more information, please visit MAPC's bike projects web site or
contact Dave Loutzenheiser.

Tuesday, May 15:

Broadway Bicycle School
Pancake Breakfast

7:30 - 9:00 am
Broadway Bicycle School, 351 Broadway, Cambridge
Each year on the Tuesday of Bike-To-Work Week Broadway Bicycle School hosts a Bike Commuter Pancake Breakfast. Come on in and enjoy a few pancakes, coffee, orange juice and the company of your favorite bicycle mechanics and bicycle commuters.
Charles River TMA
Bike Commuter Breakfast

7:30 - 9:00 am
Alewife MBTA Station - end of Minuteman Bike Trail at Red Line Station
Charles River TMA Bike Week Breakfast, sponsored by Cambridge Discovery Park and the Bullfinch Companies. Open to the general public. Stop by and show your helmet for a free coffee and a pastry on your bicycle commute. email Jim Gascoigne for more information.
Commonwheels Open Shop
6:30 - 9:00 pm
The shop is at 22 Rugg Road, Allston, MA
We're once again opening up our shop this Tuesday night, and you're invited over; to throw your whip on a stand for a wipe & lube, wrench around a bit, swap out some parts, weld on a new head badge, or just relax and soak in all the spinning wheels and shifting gears...
Last week was a busy one: we converted a fixie, built a tall bike, and put two projects together and running. If you're in need of a project bike, we've got the frames and used parts for you! (really, they're just cluttering our basement).
So, as a wet and rainy Bike Week is upon us, why not come by our shop and talk bikes over some beers?

Wednesday, May 16:

Harvard Commuter Choice
Bike Commuter Breakfast

7:30 am - 9:30 am
In front of the Au Bon Pain in Harvard Square, Harvard University will host a bicycle commuter breakfast. Cyclists show their helmets to get a free breakfast.
For further information, email Kris Locke.
Ride of Silence
7:00 - 8:00pm
Somerville, Cambridge, Boston
The ride will depart Seven Hills Park behind the Davis Square MBTA Station in Somerville at 7pm (plan to arrive no later than 6:45pm so we can depart promptly), then make its way through Cambridge to Boston where it will conclude at the Charles Street entrance to the Boston Common. The six-mile ride will take place in total silence, at a slow pace, with only signs worn by the riders to explain the purpose of the ride. The route intentionally takes busy streets in order to draw the greatest amount of attention, though the riders take care to follow the law and minimize interference with motor vehicle traffic.
MassBike will lead the Boston-area Ride of Silence, one of hundreds of such rides taking place worldwide to honor bicyclists killed or injured while riding on public roads, and to raise awareness of the need for motorists to exercise more caution around bicyclists. The ride occurs during Bay State Bike Week, the statewide celebration of bicycling. Let us know if you plan to attend by RSVPing to MassBike.
The idea of the Ride of Silence is to draw attention to the human toll caused by roads that are poorly designed for bicycling and by motorists who fail to drive safely around bicyclists. While biking remains a generally safe mode of travel, it is still important to note that we bicyclists do have significant vulnerabilities that may not be recognized or fully appreciated by the general public, and motorists in particular. This ride highlights the fact that as gas prices rise and more people take to the streets on two wheels, we all need to slow down a little and exercise good judgment.
The ride will conclude with brief remarks at Boston Common. If you would like the name of a friend or relative who has been killed or injured in a bike crash to be read aloud, please notify us at Also, if you would like to say a few words at the end of the ride, we welcome your thoughts.

Thursday, May 17:

Bike Commuter Breakfast
7:30am - 9:00am
275 Beacon St. at Sacramento St.
In the parking lot of Star Market (near Petsi Pies) Come join us on your bike commute for refreshments and a chance to talk with bike advocates and other bike commuters Refreshments provided by Star Market and Petsi Pie. free bike checks by Bike Boom. (Rain date May 17th)
Charles River TMA
Bike Commuter Breakfast

7:30 - 9:30 am
Eight Cambridge Center - on Broadway near Kendall Square
Charles River TMA Bike Week Breakfast, sponsored by Boston Properties - Cambridge Center. Open to the general public. Stop by and show your helmet for a free coffee and a pastry on your bicycle commute. email Jim Gascoigne for more information.
10 Park Plaza
Bicycle Breakfast

7:30am - 9:30am
10 Park Plaza, Charles Street Entrance, Boston
Stop by with your bike and/or your helmet and receive some free coffee and breakfast goodies. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jennifer Solomon.
Longwood Medical Area
Bike Commuter Breakfast

8:00 am - 9:30 am
Join Commute Works at 375 Longwood Ave. for a FREE breakfast (first come, first serve) and bike safety checks. Free Bruegger's Bagels and free 2011 Bike Week T-Shirts (available on a first come first serve basis). REI bike technicians will be on hand providing free bike inspections.
Cycling Film Festival
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Social Hour 6-7 pm; films 7-10 pm at the Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington MA 02474
The 3rd Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival features international adventures, cookies, and a free vacation.
Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door

Friday, May 18:

Bike Week Festival
6:45 am - 9:00 am
Boston and beyond
Stop by Boston city Hall for free breakfast, goodies and fun on your way to work or ride in with one of the convoys headed toward City Hall from the neighborhoods and beyond.

Saturday, May 19:

String Theory Bike Tour
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Meet at 10:00 on Broadway next to the Kendall Square MBTA Station for a leisurely ride through Cambridge’s historic streets of scientific discovery. Starting in Kendall Square, we’ll explore the technological world of MIT and the once-industrial region of Cambridgeport. We’ll visit the Museum of Science for a personalized presentation, view the Boston Skyline from our newest park on North Point and then head across Cambridge and through Harvard, stopping for light refreshments on Cambridge Common. Our ride continues down Brattle Street where (the successful) scientists and inventors of every generation have lived. We'll end with lunch at Fresh Pond, in time for you to enjoy Fresh Pond Day, with its own celebration of community and nature.
This will be a gorgeous springtime ride, at an easy pace on mostly level terrain.
No rain date: Heavy rain cancels. This ride is free of charge. For more information see the Cambridge Bikes web site.
19th Annual EarthFest
Noon - 5:00pm
Bike to the 2012 Radio 92.9 EarthFest. There will be valet bike parking by MassBike and demonstrations of environmentally-friendly products, as well as performances from national and local music acts on the main stage. This free festival is a great place to find out about local environmental groups.
Franklin Park Bike & Kite Festival
Noon - 4:00pm
Franklin Park Playstead, Boston
Join hundreds of people in Boston's backyard to celebrate the arrival of spring! Tour the park with a free bike "rental" (training wheels available for the youngest ones) and enjoy a variety of food. Bikes Not Bombs youth will lead rides for teens, adults, and families on the paths that wind through the woods, over old stone bridges, and along spectacular views in this 527-acre historic park. There will also be kite flying, music, and games. An event for all ages. On the Franklin Park Playstead ballfields (near Seaver St and Elm Hill Ave, by the rear entrance to the Franklin Park Zoo. For more information and directions, check out the Franklin Park Coalition's web site.
Bikes Not Bombs
Everyday Revolutions Tour

1:00 - 2:00 pm
Jamaica Plain
Bikes Not Bombs Hub, 284 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain
Bikes Not Bombs is hosting a series of tours to share stories from staff and volunteers about what we do, our impact on the lives of Boston's young people and communities in the Global South, and our vision for the future. We invite you to join a tour and invite others! Tours are open to the public and are great for both people who don't know much about BNB, and for those who are familiar with BNB but want to see our space, speak with staff and teens, and learn something new.
All tours come with a free smoothie made fresh on our pedal-powered blender!
For more information about our Everyday Revolutions Tours please contact Allie Hunter.

Sunday, May 20:

Herring Run Bike Tour
11:00 am
This tour of the Mystic basin trail network meets at Blessing of the Bay Boathouse, 32 Shore Drive on the Mystic River.
$10.00 donation.
Bikeyface Bikenic
Are you curious about biking? Or maybe you’re experienced and want to share? Come to the Bikenic!
What is a Bikenic? It’s a picnic where people share information and discuss biking to work. Bring a lunch, yourself, and your curiosity to the Boston Common Frog Pond. No bike riding involved or bike required (you can take the subway or drive for all we care!)
This is not a workshop. This will be a group of people in the community curious about biking, or with tips to share. There is no agenda, set topic, or structure. The idea is that no single person can know everything about what you want to know about bike commuting, but perhaps a group of people do. It will be kind a community knowledge-sharing social event. Hopefully you’ll make new friends and find practical answers to your biking questions. All backgrounds, experience levels, and questions welcome and encouraged!
Rain cancels
Somerville History Ride
2:00 pm
Meet at Somerville City Hall for the 11th Annual Somerville History Ride.
This year our theme will be Somerville Parks, Then and Now. We are requesting a $3 donation to support the Historic Preservation Commission's activities. The ride leaders are Dick Bauer and Ron Newman For more information, visit Somerville Historic Preservation Commission or the Somerville Bicycle Committee

After Bike Week

Wednesday, May 23:

MassCommuter Challenge
After-Party/Bike Bash

5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Flatttop Johny's, 1 Kendall Square in Cambridge
The Bash is our opportunity to acknowledge all of the participating teams and individuals contributions to the Challenge Pledge and to award the winningest teams of 2011. In addition, we have a crew of fantastic sponsors who are donating some great prizes towards the Bike Bash raffle which we promise you, you wont want to miss! So, see ya there bikey friends!
The Bike Bash is FREE and open to all MassCommuter Challenge participants. Secure, bike parking will be available.

Monday, June 11:

Redbones Bike Party
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Redbones, Chester St. in Davis Square
It's Redbones 25th Anniversary... details to come soon!

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