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Bay State Bike Week 2015Governor Charlie Baker encourages residents to join their neighbors and colleagues to bicycle during Bay State Bike Week, May 9th -17th. Massachusetts bicycling organizations, neighborhood groups, and local governments are encouraged to host a local event or participate in an existing activity in order to encourage bicycling as a fun, healthy, safe, and sustainable travel choice. Individuals and groups can participate by visiting www.BayStateBikeWeek.org to find out more about Bay State Bike Week event resources, workshops, group rides, children’s events, bicycle races, and other activities across Massachusetts.

“Our administration is pleased to support Bay State Bike Week and encourages our citizens to participate in local events as a fun and healthy activity for the whole family,” said Governor Charlie Baker.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is proud to be a national innovator by actively organizing and leading the first statewide Bike Week celebration. In its seventh year, Bay State Bike Week continues to see event growth through a variety of unique activities. These events have the ability to influence travel behavior within local communities and support MassDOT’s strong commitment to active and healthy transportation through the promotion of bicycle and pedestrian modes which reduce traffic congestion, improve Massachusetts air quality, and promote healthy lifestyles.

“Adding bicycles to our streets and taking cars off of our roads can have a significant impact not only on our environment, but to each individual Massachusetts resident or commuter,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “Our transportation sector works to create shared use of our roadways so that travelers can make the best transportation choices to benefit their individual needs. Bicycling is just one of the many green commute options within the Commonwealth, and I am pleased to see so many leaders within our communities organize events during Bay State Bike Week that allow others to consider bicycling as a travel option.”

This year, Bay State Bike Week is proud to partner with NuRide, the Massachusetts’ ridematching and rewards program for individuals who take greener trips. Bike Week participants will be eligible to win daily raffles by logging their commute or leisurely bike trips each day in NuRide. Massachusetts residents and commuters who take any green commute throughout the year are eligible to receive NuRide rewards for bicycling, carpooling, vanpooling, walking, taking public transit, or even teleworking and can sign up for free at www.NuRide.com/MassRIDES.

In addition to community-wide events, the Massachusetts Transportation Management Associations (TMAs) are presenting the 21st annual MassCommute Bicycle Challenge. This friendly competition among employers, schools, and communities challenges commuters to see who can log the most miles by bicycle. www.masscommutebicyclechallenge.org MassDOT is a proud participant of the MassCommute Bicycle Challenge and encourages other employers throughout the Commonwealth to join.

Bay State Bike Week is brought to you in partnership by MassDOT, MassBike, the statewide bicycle education and advocacy group, as well as MassRIDES, the Commonwealth’s Statewide Travel Options Program.

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