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A Ride for Better Bike Lanes in Boston

Last weekend, over 250 bicycles took to the streets of Boston surrounding the Public Garden. Their goal was to to highlight the need for protected bike lanes in the area.  The city has seen a great deal of improvement to bike infrastructure in recent years, with the driving force being area cyclists and advocacy groups.

The city of Boston recently released a planning document that proposed protected bicycle lanes around the Public Garden. It’s been discussed before and never came to fruition, so the Boston Cyclist Union took the opportunity to organize a ride to show support for latest plan. Riders circled the area for several hours where multi-lane roads in some areas encourage high speed traffic without a place for cyclists on the road.

With so many programs encouraging biking in the city, proper infrastructure is more important than ever. Park&Pedal allows car commuters to leave their vehicles outside the city and cycle the remaining distance to work. This leads to more bikes and less cars in the most congested areas of the city, further highlighting the need for bike lanes and safe riding routes.

 

With Park&Pedal, Hubway, rising parking costs, employers offering cycling incentives, and limited space downtown, we can expect to see more and more bikes on Boston’s roads. It’s time to give all road users a place.

Recap – Park&Pedal Newton Launch!

Park&Pedal has expanded once again! The City of Newton joined the network with 6 Park&Pedal locations added this year. On the morning of October 18th, we gathered at the newest site at Albemarle Park to celebrate with a kickoff event, commuter breakfast, and ribbon cutting with Mayor Setti Warren.

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From left to right: Newton Director of Transportation Nicole Freedman; David Montague, Founder of the Park&Pedal program; Newton Mayor Setti Warren; Newton City Councilor Alison Leary; Councilor-at-Large Ruthanne Fuller; Newton DPW Commissioner James McGonagle; and  Richard Fries, Executive Director of MassBike.

We would like to thank everyone who came to celebrate with us and to everyone who helped to make this event and Park&Pedal in Newton possible. Every additional Park&Pedal space makes a difference in reducing traffic congestion, decreasing vehicle emissions, and making healthy active transportation a possibility for everyone.

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The event was a great opportunity for the cycling community of Newton and Boston to come together. The event featured free breakfast, bike giveaways, bike tune-ups, and support from many of the area transportation and cycling groups. Thank you to Belmont WheelworksHubway, MassRIDES, Rejjee, Mass Sierra ClubMasschusetts Nature Conservancy, The Green Streets InitiativeMassBike, Landry’s Bicycles Newton, Rosenfelds Bagels, Newton Village Cafe, Anna’s Taqueria, Honest Tea, Russo’s, Shaw’s Supermarket Waltham, and Wegmans Chestnut Hill!

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Belmont Wheelworks making sure everyone’s bikes are in tip top shape!

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Bagels from Rosenfelds!

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Newton’s own NewTV was on hand to get cover the event.

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Landry’s Bicycles was tuning up bikes free of charge as well.

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The Sierra Club promotes Park&Pedal as a great way to help the environment.

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Breakfast burritos from Anna’s!

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Thanks again to everyone who came to the Newton launch! You can see all the current Park&Pedal locations at http://www.parkandpedalmap.org/

Recap: Park&Pedal Fest 2016 – Expansion!

On the morning of Friday June 17th, Park&Pedal Fest 2016 took place to celebrate a vast expansion of the Park&Pedal network. Montague Bikes worked alongside the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the City of Newton, and the town of Bedford to identify 15 new locations that now host Park&Pedal hubs. This brings the total number to 19 and expands the program into greater Boston to accommodate more commuters.

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We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate with us, especially Department of Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton, and the Department of Conservation and Recreation. We greatly appreciate your support and efforts in this significant expansion of the country’s first Park&Pedal commuting network.

Also in attendance was Park&Pedal founder David Montague of Montague Bikes and Massachusetts State Representative Kevin Honan.

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DCR addressing the crowd and media. Behind from left to right is David Montague, Mass EEA Secretary Matthew Beaton, and Mass DOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack.

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Park&Pedal Fest was also an opportunity to bring together Boston’s cycling community. The event featured free breakfast, giveaways, bike raffles, music, bike tune-ups, and support from many of the area transportation and cycling groups. Thank you to Belmont WheelworksIggy’s BreadBoloco, Dunkin DonutsNaked Juice, Trader Joe’s Cambridge, Wegmans Chestnut Hill, 92.9 WBOSCommonWheels, Hubway, GeoOrbital, Superpedestrian, Rejjee,  Boston Cyclists UnionMassRIDES, Livable Streets, MassBike, the Sierra Club, the Nature Conservancy, the Charles River ConservancyMassCommuteAllston Brighton TMA, Seaport TMA, Charles River TMACambridge Community Development, and the Arsenal Project.

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No one loves coffee and donuts quite like cyclists!

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Many organizations out spreading the word about alternative transportation.

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WBZ Channel 4 News interviewing Park&Pedal founder David Montague.

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All smiles from Massachusetts Dept. of Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack!

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Wheelworks providing free tune-ups!

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The Sierra club spreading the word about climate change.

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Naked Juice was on site with their truck and lot’s of juice and smoothie samples!

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Burritos from Boloco, and test rides of the Copenhagen Wheel electric motor.

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What’s that green board in the background? A map of 15 new Park&Pedal locations just waiting to be unveiled!

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Rejjee was on site registering bikes to combat theft.

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Secretary Pollack chatting with David Montague and Renata von Tscharner, the founder and president of the Charles River Conservancy.

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Awaiting the unveiling of all 15 new locations!

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Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack extolling the virtues of Park&Pedal. She often parks and pedals herself!

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Park&Pedal founder David Montague addresses the crowd.

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Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton picking a lucky winner in our bike giveaway!

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All the winners! Three Montague Bikes and a longboard courtesy of Honest Tea.

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Thanks again to everyone who came to Park&Pedal Fest 2016! You can see all the new locations at http://www.parkandpedalmap.org/

June 17: Park&Pedal Fest 2016 – Expansion!

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Friday, June 17 at 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Christian A Herter Park – 1175 Soldiers Field Rd, Boston, Massachusetts 02134

After a successful year getting drivers out of their cars and onto bikes, Park&Pedal is expanding! Come join us for a celebration and launch event for the newest Park&Pedal locations.

Stop by on your morning bike commute, or Park&Pedal from the event location. We’ll have free food, music, and you can even enter to win one of several Montague Bikes being given away at the event! Ride home on a new set of wheels!

• Several Montague Bikes raffled off to attendees (free to enter)
• Free bike service by Belmont Wheelworks
• Free bagels and bread from Iggy’s Bread
• Free donut holes from Dunkin’ Donuts
• Free coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts
• Free juice from Naked Juice
• WBOS 92.9 street team with music and giveaways
Test rides with GeoOrbital
• Test rides with The Copenhagen Wheel
• Bike registration from Rejjee
• Hubway
• MassRIDES
• LivableStreets Alliance
• Sierra Club
• The Nature Conservancy
• MassCommute
• Allston Brighton TMA
• Seaport TMA
• Cambridge Community Development
• The Arsenal Project
**More vendors soon to be announced!

In attendance will be:
MA Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack
MA Secretary of Energy & Environmental Affairs Matthew A. Beaton
MA Department of Conservation & Recreation Commissioner
Park&Pedal and Montague Bikes founder, David Montague
**Vendors soon to be announced!

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1628856450707481/

If you’re interested in participating the event as a vendor, please contact us at info@parkandpedal.org

Park & Pedal is a free network of parking lot hubs conveniently located cycling distance from your city’s employment centers, allowing would-be car commuters to park in a designated spot, and pedal their bike to work, avoiding “last-mile” congestion.

The program provides a manageable step toward bike commuting, especially for those who live too far from work to cycle the entire distance. The goal is keep cars out of the city, and get more people on bikes!

Official Park&Pedal Launch Event!

On the morning of Friday July 31st, the launch event to celebrate Boston’s official Park&Pedal program took place in DCR’s Christian Herter Park to much fanfare. We want to thank everyone who came out to celebrate the country’s first car/bicycle multimodal commuting network, and a special Thank You goes to Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton, Department of Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, and the Department of Conservation and Recreation. We greatly appreciate you lending your support for Park&Pedal and helping make the program a reality for many to enjoy.

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When Secretary Pollack first heard about Park&Pedal, she immediately saw the potential that it offers in reducing the number of vehicles on the road, and reducing vehicle emissions. At the event she spoke eloquently about the benefits of the program for everyone’s benefit and enjoyment. Secretary Beaton, who is an avid cyclist that clearly puts in some miles, pushed the launch celebration forward and provided a fantastic personal account of how the program would affect commuters.

Also in attendance to help kick off the event was Park&Pedal founder David Montague of Montague Bikes, Massachusetts State Representative Kevin Honan, and Massachusetts State Senator Will Brownsberger.

Cutting the used bicycle tube ribbon! From left to right: MA State Rep Kevin Honan, Park&Pedal founder David Montague, DOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack, EEA Secretary Matthew Beaton, DCR Deputy Commissioner, MA State Senator Will Brownsberger

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It was a fun filled morning with giveaways, bike raffles, and many delicious free breakfast treats. We want to extend a big thank you to all of our vendors for donating their time, service, food and beverage, and their help in promoting our event. Thank you to Iggy’s Bread, Crema Cafe, Union Square Donuts, BolocoWhole Foods Market, Naked Juice, Mix 104.1, Urban Adventours, Belmont WheelworksCommonWheels, Green Streets Initiative, Bern, Hubway, MassCommuteBoston Bikes, Boston Cyclists Union, MassBike, Cambridge Community Development, Charles River TMA, and Great Sky Solar.

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Free water bottles and bike giveaway entries here!

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We had so many supportive riders from the greater Boston bike community come out to celebrate, and many new riders getting on the bike thanks to the Park&Pedal network.

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Secretary Pollack with David Montague.

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Secretary Beaton chatting with Renata von Tscharner, president of Charles River Conservancy!

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Hot, Iced, and Cold Brew coffee were flowing at the Crema Cafe tent!

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Urban Adventours was on site to lend support and lead a ride into downtown Boston.

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Belmont Wheelworks provided free bike service and tune ups!

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Park&Pedal founder David Montague of Montague Bikes addresses the crowd.

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Left: Priscilla Geigis, DCR Director of State Parks & Recreation watches the ribbon cutting.

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Five Montague bicycles and a Bern helmet were given away to attendees. Congratulations to our winners shown here!

View all the photos from the official Park&Pedal launch event in our Facebook album.

MassCommute Bicycle Challenge – Bike Bash

logoThe MassCommute Bicycle Challenge is a friendly competition between Massachusetts businesses to see who can get the most employees commuting by bike. Each year during Bay State Bike Week any business that would like to participate records their employee’s trips by bike and are entered to win several prizes and awards.

At the conclusion of the Challenge is a party and awards ceremony called Bike Bash! It’s a way to recognize those individuals and businesses who participated with awards, food, raffles, and of course a few beers to celebrate. This years Bash took place at Falt Top Johnny’s in Cambridge with prizes given not only to those who rode the most miles, but to those dedicated to riding in bad weather, who built relationships through cycling, carried the most cargo, rode with the most flair, or helped other cyclists.

Many Bicycle Challenge participants are starting  to ride to work for the first time. Park & Pedal is a great way to get started with bike commuting, especially if you’re not comfortably riding your entire route to work. We joined the festivities at Bike Bash to spread the word about Park & Pedal and even donated a Montague folding bike to raffle off.

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Photos courtesy of MassCommute. See more pics from Bike Bash on their Facebook page.

 

Bike Friday – May 2015

Bike Fridays are Boston’s way of celebrating everyone who rides in the city. On one Friday of every month during the summer a party is hosted at City Hall with free breakfast, coffee, music, bike tune-ups, and tents with info and giveaways from all the area bike advocacy groups.

The first Bike Friday of 2015 was at the culmination of Bike Week on May 15th, National Bike to Work Day. We were there to spread the word about how easy it is to get started with a Park & Pedal commute, collect interested names for a bike giveaway, and hand out free water bottles!

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2015 Rush Hour Race

The Boston Cyclists Union and the Somerville Bicycle Committee put on the third annual Rush Hour Race this spring. The race sets off from downtown Boston at 5:30 pm, prime time for traffic, and pits a driver against a cyclist and a rider of public transportation.

The finish line was Somerville’s Union Square where a DJ, snacks, beer, and tents from local bike advocacy groups were set up for anyone who wants to join. It was an excellent way to illustrate how alternative transportation is not only healthy and green, but also convenient and fast in urban areas.

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The concept behind Rush Hour Race is at the core of Park & Pedal’s viability: in heavily congested areas the bicycle is the fastest way to travel.

At this year’s event the cyclist came in first place and beat the driver and MBTA rider by nearly 13 minutes.

Go Boston 2030 Visioning Lab

Go Boston 2030 is an initiative to envision and plan for the transportation future of Boston. The city of Boston recently held an event called the Visioning Lab to speak directly with the community about their suggestions and thoughts on transportation.

We were there at the kickoff to educate attendees about the unique concept of Park & Pedal. With the ever increasing congestion in urban areas, we believe Park & Pedal is truly a solution for the future.

Chatting about Park & Pedal with Mayor Walsh!