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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!

UPDATE: Herter / Artesani Re-Opened

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Press Release Contacts:  Ryan Walas – (617) 491-7200 or rwalas@parkandpedal.org

For Immediate Release: Monday, April 25, 2016

Advisory: NOW OPEN – Artesani / Herter Parking Lot on Soldiers Field Road

WHAT:           The Park&Pedal hub located at the parking lot between Artesani and Herter Parks on Soldiers Field Road in Boston is now officially re-opened for the season. After a temporary closure to the site to accommodate the Charles River Dredging Project,  the parking lot is now open to the public.

WHERE:         The parking lot located at Artesani Park on Soldiers Field Road in Boston

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Notice: Temporary Closure of Herter / Artesani Parking

**NOTE: There are two additional DCR controlled lots on Soldier’s Field Road with access to the Paul Dudley White bike path that are still open during this closure. They are just east of the closed lot toward Boston on same side of the road.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND RECREATION
Governor Charles D. Baker
Lt. Governor Karyn E. Polito
EEA Secretary Matthew A. Beaton
DCR Commissioner Carol I. Sanchez

Press Release Contacts:  Kevin O’Shea- (617) 626-4967 or kevin.o’shea@massmail.state.ma.us

For Immediate Release: Monday, January 25, 2016

DCR Traffic Advisory: Artesani Parking Lot on Soldiers Field Road in Boston

WHAT:           Beginning on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 and continuing through Saturday, April 30, 2016, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will be closing the parking lot between Artesani and Herter Parks on Soldiers Field Road in Boston to accommodate the Charles River Dredging Project. The parking lot will be off-limits to the public for parking during this time.

WHERE:         The parking lot located at Artesani Park on Soldiers Field Road in Boston

WHEN:           Tuesday, January 26, 2016 – Saturday, April 30, 2016

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The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), an agency of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, oversees 450,000 acres of parks and forests, beaches, bike trails, watersheds, dams, and parkways. Led by Commissioner Carol Sanchez, the agency’s mission is to protect, promote, and enhance our common wealth of natural, cultural, and recreational resources. To learn more about DCR, our facilities, and our programs, please visit www.mass.gov/dcr. Contact us at mass.parks@state.ma.us.

251 Causeway Street, Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114
(617) 626-1250 office / (617) 626-1351 (fax)

UPDATE: December Closures to Paul Dudley White Bike Path

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND RECREATION
Governor Charles D. Baker
Lt. Governor Karyn E. Polito
EEA Secretary Matthew A. Beaton
DCR Commissioner Carol I. Sanchez

Press Release Contacts:  Kevin O’Shea- (617) 626-4967 or kevin.o’shea@massmail.state.ma.us

For Immediate Release: Friday, December 18, 2015

DCR Recreational Advisory: Temporary Path Closures for the Paul Dudley White Bike Path in Boston

WHAT:           Beginning on Monday, December 21, 2015 and continuing to Friday, January 22, 2016, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will be implementing a temporary closure of Paul Dudley White Bike Path along the Boston side of the Charles River between the Boston University Bridge and the River Street Bridge, to accommodate repairs to the pedestrian bridge.

WHERE:         Paul Dudley White Bike Path, Boston, between the Boston University Bridge and the River Street Bridge

WHEN:           Monday, December 21, 2015 and continuing to Friday, January 22, 2016

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The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), an agency of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, oversees 450,000 acres of parks and forests, beaches, bike trails, watersheds, dams, and parkways. Led by Commissioner Carol Sanchez, the agency’s mission is to protect, promote, and enhance our common wealth of natural, cultural, and recreational resources. To learn more about DCR, our facilities, and our programs, please visit www.mass.gov/dcr. Contact us at mass.parks@state.ma.us.

251 Causeway Street, Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114
(617) 626-1250 office / (617) 626-1351 (fax)

Park&Pedal in Winter

If you’ve been using the Park&Pedal network this summer, you may have noticed parking signs with a date range ending on November 30th. We want you to know that you can continue to Park&Pedal even in the off-season!

April 1 – November 30 is when the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation can guarantee the lots will be clear of snow. Outside that time there’s a possibility parking could be hindered by winter weather. Regardless, you are welcome to Park&Pedal in the “off-season” and we encourage you to do so!

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Follow Park&Pedal on twitter at @parkandpedalbos for the latest updates on parking lot closures and news.

Notice: Temporary Closures to Paul Dudley White Bike Path

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND RECREATION
Governor Charles D. Baker
Lt. Governor Karyn E. Polito
EEA Secretary Matthew A. Beaton
DCR Commissioner Carol I. Sanchez

Press Release Contacts:  Kevin O’Shea- (617) 626-4967 or kevin.o’shea@massmail.state.ma.us

For Immediate Release: Monday, October 26, 2015

DCR Recreational Advisory: Temporary Path Closures for the Paul Dudley White Bike Path in Boston

WHAT:           Beginning on Monday, November 2, 2015, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) anticipates closing four segments of the Paul Dudley White Multi-Use Path for reconstruction and restoration work. The project will include reconstruction, re-striping, loam and seeding of shoulders, and erosion controls to protect the adjacent Charles River.

DCR will commence the reconstruction and closing of the four segments, one at a time:

Segment 1:     Longfellow Bridge to Exeter Street / western lagoon
Segment 2:     Fairfield Street to Deerfield Street (both sides of the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge)
Segment 3:     Anderson Bridge to Weeks Pedestrian Bridge
Segment 4:     Eliot Bridge to the Artesani Playground / Christian Herter Park

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Users should plan accordingly, seek alternate pathways, and use caution. Detours / alternate routes should be available as follows:

Segment 1:     Alternative paths along the lagoons and Esplanade
Segment 2:     Cambridge side of the river or pedestrian overpasses at Fairfield and Sherborn Streets to Back Street and Beacon Street (see http://trailmap.mapc.org/)
Segment 3:     Cambridge side of the river
Segment 4:     Alternative paths along Soldiers Field Road

WHERE:         Paul Dudley White Bike Path, Boston, Longfellow Bridge to Christian Herter Park

WHEN:           Expected Monday, November 2, 2015 until Mid-December

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The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), an agency of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, oversees 450,000 acres of parks and forests, beaches, bike trails, watersheds, dams, and parkways. Led by Commissioner Carol Sanchez, the agency’s mission is to protect, promote, and enhance our common wealth of natural, cultural, and recreational resources. To learn more about DCR, our facilities, and our programs, please visit www.mass.gov/dcr. Contact us at mass.parks@state.ma.us.

251 Causeway Street, Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114
(617) 626-1250 office / (617) 626-1351 (fax)

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.