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Bay State Bike WeekMassDOT is encouraging members of the public to participate in one of the many special events for Bay State Bike Week in Massachusetts during the week of May 13, including the following activities in several communities:

  • Monday, May 13 – Annual Mayor’s Bike Ride and Ribbon cutting for Columbia Greenway Westfield River Crossing at 5:30 p.m. at Westfield City Hall, 59 Court Street, Westfield.
  • Wednesday, May 15 – MassDOT “Bike to Work” Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the Transportation Building, Charles Street entrance to 10 Park Plaza, Boston.
  • Saturday, May 18 – Mayor’s Ride and ribbon cutting for the Connecticut River Walk and Bikeway from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 771 Riverdale Street, West Springfield.

On Monday, May 13, the City of Westfield will hold its 10th Annual Mayor’s Bike Ride led by Mayor Sullivan. The group ride will begin at 5:30 p.m. in front of City Hall and then proceed to a section of the rail trail for the ribbon cutting ceremony. The Columbia Greenway Westfield River Crossing is part of a $3.7 million project to extend the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail. The scope of the project involved rehabilitating an out-of-service railroad bridge and reopening it as a bicycle and pedestrian shared-use path.

MassDOT is sponsoring a Bike to Work Commuter Breakfast on Wednesday, May 15. The breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. on the Charles Street side of the state’s Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, on the sidewalk in front of Starbucks and Chipotle. Members of the public and MassDOT and MBTA employees are encouraged to bicycle to work and are invited to participate in the light breakfast. Additionally, there will be the annual MassDOT Bike Week breakfast photo at 8:15 a.m. with those who attend this event.

On Saturday, May 18, West Springfield will hold a Mayor’s Ride lead by Mayor Reichelt prior to the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Connecticut River Walk and Bikeway at 771 Riverdale Street. The Connecticut River Walk and Bikeway project is part of a $1.2 million project to create a one and a half mile long bicycle and pedestrian path along the Connecticut River in West Springfield.

The Baker-Polito Administration is committed to expanding bicycle and pedestrian connections in the state, establishing an Interagency Trails Team which is led by the Governor’s Office and comprised of staff from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). The purpose of the team is to help develop a unified vision for a trails network and translate that into strategic investments, policy innovation to facilitate the development of trails, and an enhanced relationship with municipal partners.

MassDOT’s 5-year Capital Investment Plan (CIP) sets aside $180 million for multi-use pathways construction. Other efforts to strengthen multimodal transportation include the Administration’s Complete Streets Funding Program, which has awarded over $30 million to municipalities throughout the Commonwealth to build pedestrian, bicycle and transit access infrastructure, and a $60 million program for high-priority projects identified in the Statewide Pedestrian and Bicycle Plans.

Every May, Massachusetts residents and bike commuters come together to celebrate bicycle travel during Bay State Bike Week.  From Cape Cod to the Berkshires and everywhere around and in between, there are bike-centric events to encourage new riders and raise awareness about bicycle transportation.

For more information on other bicycling events during the week, visit www.baystatebikeweek.org.

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