Massachusetts Bike Week 2000
Saturday, May 13 through
Sunday, May 21

Bike Week is part of Bike Month, a national event to celebrate and encourage bicycling.

All Week:

Cycle 2000 Challenge Bike Week bike to work competition for corporate members of Boston Transportation Management Associations. For help concerning bike commuting, check out the League of American Bicyclists' Bike Month Information.
Bike Commute Week 2000 "Do the MATH"-save Money, improve Air quality, save Time, and get Healthy-is the motto of the Pioneer Valley's Alternative Commute effort to encourage Pioneer Valley residents to explore alternatives to single occupancy vehicle use. Since not everyone can bike commute, all alternative modes are encouraged: walk, take the bus, carpool, bicycle, and combine car trips. In addition, area employers will learn how to establish alternative commute programs, and participating municipalities will find ways to develop their bicycle infrastructure, including training for city staff and purchase of low-cost bicycle facilities.
Events are on this calendar. Click here to download the 304,922-byte PDF brochure.
For more information, contact Catherine Ratte,
Cape Cod Bike Week 2000 Proclaimed by Barnstable County Commissioners, and the CCRTA offered free bus rides to cyclists on a space-available basis on Bike Day, May 19.
Daily Bike Tours of Boston 1:00 & 4:00 pm with Boston Bike Tours
If you have your own bike it's free! Even if you've been to every place we go, you're guaranteed to learn something (or you will get the money you don't pay back). All tours start on the Boston Common by Park Street Station and the Visitors Information Center.
Please call 617-308-5902 with any questions.
Bicycle Billboard Beginning May 1 and continuing throughout the month, a billboard developed by the Cambridge Bicycle Committee to promote cycling and its benefits to the community and the environment is on display at the corner of Binney Street and Broadway in Cambridge. Contact: Joseph Barr at 617-349-4671 /

Saturday, May 13:

Face of America Ride cross-country start Help send off this cross-country ride the purpose of which is "to encourage, promote and offer more opportunities for all people, including individuals with disabilities---to literally bridge and build communities through sports."
Start at Government Center Plaza for a 10-90-mile ride up the Charles River and the Minuteman Bike path to Lexington, Newton and beyond to Providence.RI.
Sign in by May 12 to or 1-800-866-7314.
Ride around the Pioneer Valley A 125 mile bike ride. For more information call Don at 413/562-6237
Bicycle Light Giveaway at Cambridge Light Parade 8:30pm at the intersection of Mass. Ave. and Linear Park. Red bicycle lights will be given away as part of the Cambridge Light Parade. More information about the parade is available at Contact: Joseph Barr at 617-349-4671 /

Sunday, May 14:

Heart Ride 2000 Kickoff Join the Boston Bicycle Advisory Committee at 9:00 am at Mothers Rest, at the south end of Carson Beach in South Boston, as we send one of our members, Paul Mentag, off on a cross-country ride to raise money for the American Heart Association. After we lead him to the edge of the city, MassBike/MetroBoston will lead a ride looping back to the starting point.
Brookline Bicycle Advisory Committee 2nd Annual Historic Tour of Brookline This is a six mile tour starting at the old Town Green at the intersection of Walnut and Warren Streets at 1:00 pm on Sunday, May 14. There will be frequent stops for historical highlights. The tour is free. It is not appropriate for children under twelve. Participants should wear helmets. For more information, contact Marian Lazar,
Pioneer Valley Events For kids-Bike Rodeos around the Valley
For adults-Bike Rides around the Valley
Call PVPC for details, (413)781-6045 or look at the Pioneer Valley Planning Council (PVPC) website, .

Monday, May 15:

Holyoke Bike to Work Day Ride with the Mayor to work or school. Meet at Heritage Park for free breakfast.
Community Coordinator: Elbert Bowler
Fifth Annual Redbones Bike to Work Week Party 5pm to midnight at 55 Chester St. in Davis Square, Somerville.
$10 includes sandwich, beer or soda, valet parking for your bike, and entry in a raffle.

Tuesday, May 16:

Broadway Bicycle School Pancake Breakfast 8:00-9:00 am, 351 Broadway, Cambridge. Meet local activists and bureaucrats.
Cambridge Bicycle Commuter Appreciation During the morning commute, members of the Cambridge Bicycle Committee will be at various locations around Cambridge (on heavy bicycle routes), to give away goodie bags (including a red flashing light, a Clif Bar, and information) to thank bicycle commuters for cycling to work. Contact: Joseph Barr at 617-349-4671 /
Westfield Bike to Work Day 7:00-8:30am Free breakfast at The Farmer's Daughter
Community Coordinator: Don Podloski, (413)562-6237
Evening Ride around Natick Meet at 7:00 pm in the Pegan Cove Park parking lot for an easy bike ride on trails and roads in downtown Natick. We'll visit that park on Lake Cochituate, the trail along Middlesex Avenue Extension, and perhaps a visit to Dell Park Cemetery overlooking Fisk Pond.

Wednesday, May 18:

Commute a Better Way Day Information fair to encourage commuters to bicycle, walk, take the T, and carpool. In front of Cambridge City Hall from 8:00am - 2:00pm, with representatives from the MBTA, CARAVAN for Commuter, the Cambridge Police Bicycle Patrol, and bicycle tuneups between 11:00am and 1:00pm. Contact: Joseph Barr at 617-349-4671 or
Northampton Bike to Work Day Free breakfast on the Courthouse lawn 7:00-10:00am
Ride with the Mayor and other community leaders to work or school
Official City proclamation of Northampton Bike Day, 8:30am at the Courthouse
Group bike ride to Norwottuck Rail Trail trailhead, 8:45 from the Courthouse
Announcement of the Norwottuck Network Massachusetts Millenium Trail, 9:00am at the Norwottuck Trail trailhead in Northampton
Bike Commute Day Fair including bike safety check clinic and antique and custom bike display at Pulaski Park 5:00-7:00pm (Mayor Clare Higgins to attend)
Easy bike tour of Northampton present and future bicycle facilities leaves Pulaski Park at 6:30pm
Community Coordinator: Jim Desmond, (413)584-644
Access Boston Meeting

Traffic Calming and Bicycle/Pedestrian Planning
6:00 - 8:00 pm, Boston Public Library
Come see what the Boston Bicycle Committee has been working on.

Thursday, May 18:

Amherst and Hadley Bike to Work Day Free Breakfast
Community Coordinators: Nathan Salwen, (413)256-6463 and ?
Worcester Whirlwind Bike Ride A 15-mile road ride and a 4- to 8-mile mountain bike ride, led by Team Bike Alley, starting at 6 p.m. at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar, 632 Park Ave. (Webster Square), Worcester. There is no entry fee for the ride, and no pledges or donations required.
After the ride, enjoy good times at Applebee's to benefit the Major Taylor Association, Inc. The Worcester Chapter of MassBike will provide free valet bicycle parking at Applebee's from 6 to 9 p.m. May 18.
The Worcester Whirlwind ride kicks off MAJOR TAYLOR WEEK, May 18-24, at Applebee's. Eat at Applebee's anytime May 18-24 (Webster Square location only -- the one that has a permanent "hometown hero" display on 1899 world cycling champion Marhsall W. "Major" Taylor) and a percentage of the amount you spend will be donated to the Major Taylor statue fund. Just save your receipt and bring it to Bicycle Alley, 1067 Main St., Worcester, or mail it to: MTA Inc., PO Box 131, Worcester, MA 01602.
South Natick Aqueduct Tour Cancelled due to thunderstorm Meet at 7:00 pm in the back left parking lot of Memorial School in South Natick for an easy bike ride on the aqueduct. It's a surprise for first-time visitors, with great views for all. We'll finish with a quick tour of the adjacent Community Farm.

Friday, May 19:

Springfield Bike to Work Day Community Coordinator: Kerisa Perazella, (413)787-6020

Saturday, May 20:

Hyannis Port Challenge A fund-raising ride ($1500 minimum) from the Kennedy Library to Hyannis Port. MassBike will provide a helmet safety check and tire inflation and hand-out "riding tips" information at the start.
Click here for more information about the event.
To volunteer to help out (not to ride), email Tim Baldwin at
Reclaiming Holyoke's neighborhood streets A pilot project with the Father of Traffic Calming, David Engwicht

Sunday May 21:

Bike-Arlington Tour The 3rd annual easy-going bicycle tour of Arlington's special places starts at 9:30 am at the Spy Pond parking lot (off Pond Lane, near the Arlington Boys & Girls Club). This free ride will be escorted by Arlington bicycle police, and there will be complimentary refreshments at Trader Joe's at the end of the ride. All riders will be responsible for their own safety. Helmets required. Steady rain will cancel.
Kahpreé Hodge Memorial Benefit Bicycle Ride Bikes Not Bombs is running a fun and a fulfilling 15-mile ride through the Boston area to celebrate the memory of Kahpreé Hodge, who died on December 22, 1999. Pledges will be collected in memory of Kahpreé, who committed much of his youthful life to community service at Bikes Not Bombs and elsewhere, to award scholarships to two seniors at English High School who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to their communities.
South Natick Aqueduct Tour
Rescheduled from Thursday
Meet at 6:00 pm in the back left parking lot of Memorial School in South Natick for an easy bike ride on the aqueduct. It's a surprise for first-time visitors, with great views for all. We'll finish with a quick tour of the adjacent Community Farm.
May is GoGreen Month in Cambridge GoGreen Month is a series of events and activities to promote environmental awareness and action, including use of transportation alternatives and energy conservation. Contact: Rosalie Anders at 617-349-4604 / or online at
Check out the League of American Bicyclist's Bike Month Information for help concerning bike commuting.

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