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Bay State Bike Week, Secretary Pollack, May 12, 2015

MassDOT Secretary Pollack, MassRIDES, MassBike Celebrate Bay State Bike Week

Massachusetts was recognized today for its many bicycle initiatives ranking 4th in the nation as a Bicycle Friendly State by the League of American Bicyclists.

“This is a tremendous recognition of our collective efforts and the many initiatives in place throughout the Commonwealth which have contributed to our current status as the 4th friendliest bicycle state,” said Stephanie Pollack, MassDOT Secretary and CEO.

“This has been a great team effort and I want to commend all of our partners in regional and municipal government, and in the bicycling advocacy community for their efforts. And of course, thank you to our many bicyclists across the state who continue to choose bicycling as both a means of transportation and recreation.”

This news comes at the start of Bay State Bike Week, a partnership between MassDOT, MassBike, and MassRIDES. The first statewide bicycling event in the nation began on May 9th this year and will continue throughout May 17th in an effort to showcase bicycling across the Commonwealth as a fun, healthy, and active travel option. Events are held statewide by local event organizers and cyclists of all levels are encouraged to participate in the weeklong celebration and to log their bicycle trips in NuRide – the state’s ridematching and rewards program for individuals who take green trips.

“This is a great way to kickoff Bay State Bike Week and gives Massachusetts even more to celebrate,” said Massachusetts Highway Administrator, Thomas J. Tinlin. “MassDOT is committed to providing resources for bicyclists through policy directives and program implementation that require projects to seek accommodation for active transportation modes and continue to push us towards goals that increase bicycle transportation opportunities across the Commonwealth.”

The Commonwealth is embracing the Complete Streets model through projects and programs that support bicycling and pedestrian initiatives to make our streets safer, more livable, and more economically vibrant. MassDOT has also mandated that all roadway and bridge projects must include bicycle and pedestrian components where applicable.

MassDOT’s GreenDOT policy calls for the promotion of a comprehensive environmental responsibility to incorporate sustainability into all of its activities, from strategic planning to project design and construction to system operation. As a sustainable mode, bicycling is a major area of emphasis within the policy. MassDOT has also called for the promotion of healthy transportation modes of bicycling, walking, and transit, with the target of tripling active transportation mode use by 2030.

Biking in the Commonwealth is also supported through a network of statewide programs, champions, and advocacy groups that aim to increase the visibility of bicycling initiatives and influence policy implementation. Through programs such as the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program, the MassRIDES Statewide Travel Options Program, numerous commendable efforts of local cities and towns, and additional stakeholders ranging from the Department of Public Health and the Mass in Motion program, the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, WalkBoston, MassBike, and the Massachusetts Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board, bicycling is at the forefront of a number of initiatives statewide.

To learn more about Bay State Bike Week visit: www.BayStateBikeWeek.org

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