Massachusetts Bike Week 2002
Saturday, May 11 through
Sunday, May 19

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

All events are tentative!

Send your Massachusetts Bike Week (or Bike Month) events to Doug Mink, as soon as you have them scheduled. See the pages for previous bike weeks for ideas.

Check out the City of Boston's Bike Week page and the MassBike Pioneer Valley Bike Week page for more information about events!

Before Bike Week:

Bicycle Driver Training
April 27 and May 4

9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Get ready for BikeWeek. This 12-hour class teaches you everything you need to cycle safely in Boston traffic-or anywhere. Two Saturdays, 9 am to 3 pm at Roxbury Community College. Also offered June 8 and 15.
Contact Paul Schimek, 617-635-4606,

All Week:

Bike to Work Week
Commuter Challenge
Check with your local Transportation Management Association (TMA) or the Boston Transportation Department to participate in the Bike to Work Corporate Challenge during Bike Week May 11-19th. You have to work in Boston or nearby parts of Cambridge to enter. Here are the rules. Click here for help concerning bike commuting from the League of American Bicyclists.
Clean Commute Week
11:00 am-1:00 pm daily; alternative commuting events in front of the Civic Center.

Friday, May 10:

Bike to Work Community Breakfast
7:00 -9:00 am
North Adams
Mass MOCA parking lot. Sponsored as part of Bike to Work Week by the Berkshire Bike Path Council

Saturday, May 11:

Breakfast and more
Amherst/Hadley line
9:00 - 11:00 am
Breakfast, Bike Safety and Equipment Program, and Alternative Fuel Vehicle Showcase at Big Y Supermarket, 175 University Drive, Amherst.
Contact Karen Jones, 413-367-9585
Boston Bicycle Festival
Franklin Park
There will be a noon program will include live music, refreshments, free bicycle tune ups, bicycle helmet fitting, and a bicycle lighting information, and displays by bicycle-related groups and three rides: Valet bicycle parking provided by MassBike.
Contact Paul Schimek, 617-635-4606,
Learn to Ride a Bicycle
10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Offered free by the Bicycle Barn and Riding School, Davis Square, Somerville. For all beginners, ages 10 to 100. Potluck lunch break Give your mother the gift of bicycling for Mother's Day. Bike rentals $5/day. Call to reserve your place. 617-776-6524.
Bike Tour of Natick
2:00 pm
Pegan Cove Park
Meet in the Pegan Cove Park parking lot for an easy bike ride on trails and roads in downtown Natick, visiting that park on Lake Cochituate, the trail along Middlesex Avenue Extension, and Dell Park Cemetery overlooking Fisk Pond. (Rain date: 2:00 pm Saturday, May 18) Natick Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee: 508-653-6136, 9am-9pm; Dick Miller, Chair
Berkshire Brevet 200K
125 mile tour of the Pioneer Valley
Meet at New Horizons Sports in Westfield
Contact Don Podolski, 413-562-5237
Greenfield Bike Rodeo
Turners Falls
Contact Chris Pichette

Mass Art Courtyard
Ride yer bike to the second annual PEDAL IN VIDEO + FILM FEST at 621 Huntington Ave., Boston. Bigger and better than last year, this year's program will teach you how to make a bike into a nuclear submarine or make it rotate 360 degrees as you ride it. It will introduce you to some top female mountain bikers and the Bikes Not Bombs girls group. It will entertain you with the beauty of a forest bike path and the cheesy horror of the bike helmet massacre. It will feature the work of brilliant local and not-so-local video and film makers who happen to love their bikes. Many of them will be around to answer your questions after the show.

There will be bike mechanics from Broadway Bicycle School on hand to help you fix your bike before the show for FREE. The popcorn will be FREE. The soda will be FREE. The movies will be FREE. Getting there will be FREE, since you ride a bike. In fact, everything is FREE except the beer, which is very cheap.
For more info contact Cory at or 617-629-0007.

Sunday, May 12: Mothers Day, Arnold Arboretum Lilac Sunday

Emerald Necklace Tour
11am to 3pm
Boston Common
Join Boston Bike Tours (for free if you bring your own bike) at the Boston Bike Tours stand on the Boston Common. This tour is processionally lead and a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. It explores Fredrick Law Olmsted's (the father of Landscape Architecture) finest works. The Emerald Necklace, a chain of 9 interconnected parks, is a hidden treasure of Boston. The tour starts from the Boston Common, and cruises through the Back Bay, Fenway, Brookline, Jamaica Pond to Arnold Arboretum which is run by Harvard University and features over 15,000 species of trees and a great view of Boston atop Peter's Hill. Along the way we see many different Boston neighborhoods and stop for homemade Ice Cream at JP Licks. The ride is 12 to 17 miles with some moderate hills and will take 4 hours.
For information, contact Lyall Croft at 617-308-5902 or email
Walk Across the Zakim Bridge
noon - 5:00 pm
This is not a bicycle event, but you can park your bike at the O'Neill Building next to North Station and walk over. The Leonard P. Zakim-Bunker Hill Bridge isn't scheduled to open to traffic until October, but pedestrians are getting a chance to travel on the bridge in a special event on Mother's Day when Boston's striking new landmark will be open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Tentative plans call for walkers to assemble that day at North Station. The bridge will be wheelchair accessible. Watch for future public announcements for other details. This event is being organized by walkBoston and the Central Artery/Tunnel Project.
Learn to Ride a Bicycle
1:30 - 5:00 pm
Offered free by the Bicycle Barn and Riding School, Davis Square, Somerville. For all beginners, ages 10 to 100. Potluck celebration afterward. Give your mother the gift of bicycling for Mother's Day. Bike rentals $5/day. Call to reserve your place. 617-776-6524.

Monday, May 13:

Bike to Work Community Breakfast
7:00 -9:00 am
Great Barrington
Studio 21 parking lot across from Price Chopper Plaza. Sponsored as part of Bike to Work Week by the Berkshire Bike Path Council
Bike Commuter Breakfast
7:30 - 9:30 am
West Springfield City Hall
Contact Mike Vezzola, 263-3390
Bike Commuter Breakfast
8:00 - 9:30 am
Longwood Medical Area
Longwood Medical Area, 375 Longwood Ave.
Contact: Melissa Marantz,
Bike Commuter Breakfast
8:00 - 9:30 am
Breakfast at Jester's Café
Contact Don Podolski, 413-562-5237
5th Annual Bike Valet Block Party
4:00 - 10:00 pm
Davis Square, Somerville
Redbones, 55 Chester St., Davis Square, Somerville, MA
$10.00 includes great food, a pint of beer, lomonade, or soda, bicycle valet parking and a raffle ticket. Proceeds benefit MassBike and NEMBA.
Framingham Rail Trail
4:00 - 8:00 pm
4:00 - 5:00 PM Visit the proposed Framingham Rail Trail.
{Outdoors; rain or shine}, Hemenway School, 729 Water Street
7:00 - 8:00 PM Rails-to-Trails Presentation by Craig Della Penna New England Representative for the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy plus question and answer session with officials.
{Indoors} Memorial Building, 150 Concord Street, Lower Nevins Hall, Public Hearing Room
Learn about Framingham's newest Historic Rail Trail project from Framingham Centre to Nobscot and beyond. Discuss the Trail with Framingham officials and national Rail Trail experts. Complementary refreshments
Framingham Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee William Hanson, Chair (508) 628-3686, (508) 904-0446 (day of event only)
MetroWest Bicycle Task Force, John Stasik, Chair
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Bike Tour
6:00 pm
Meet at New Horizons Sports, Westfield; snacks after.
Contact Don Podolski, 413-562-5237

Tuesday, May 14:

Bike to Work Community Breakfast
7:00 -9:00 am
Pittsfield City Hall. Sponsored as part of Bike to Work Week by the Berkshire Bike Path Council
Bike to Work Breakfast
7:00 -9:00 am
Breakfast at City Hall,
Contact Steve Frederick, 413-594-3416
Bike to Work Breakfast
7:00 -9:00 am
Turner's Falls
Franklin County Breakfast in front of the Discovery Center
Contact Mark Skinder, 617-774-6051
Pancake Breakfast
7:30 - 9:30 am
Broadway Bicycle School, 351 Broadway, Cambridge
Meet your fellow bicycle commuters over free coffee and pancakes.
See the faces behind some of the names you see on the Internet.
Mean Streets:
Boston Proper

6:00 pm
City Hall, Boston
A ride of about 12 diverse miles, led by Charles Hansen (W: 617-572-0277, starting at Boston City Hall Plaza, at the Government Center T-stop.

This is more of an urban exploration than an aerobic ride, but due to the follow the leader format participants should be capable of 12-15 MPH. Since we may encounter curbs, dirt, glass and other debris, ATB's, hybrids or sturdy commuting tired bikes are recommended. Explore Government Center, the financial district, Chinatown, Fort Point Channel area, Southie and downtown waterfronts, North End and more. We will attempt to discover alleys and nooks and crannies you never knew about.

Bicycling in the Movies Video Fest
7:00 - 8:00 pm
International Bicycles, 89 Brighton Ave., Allston. 617. 783.5804.
Sponsored by MassBike, 617-542-BIKE
Community Path Meeting
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Somerville Community Path Community Meeting at the Visiting Nurses Assisted Living Community, 259 Lowell St. Somerville, MA
6:30PM preview walk of path.
We're looking for input on the path extension from nearby residents and from community members, so we need you!!
Refreshments! Maps! Discussion! Neighbors!
Learn about the path which could connect Somerville to the Charles River, and Boston to the Minuteman Bikeway.
Donations are gratefully accepted in person, or online with Visa/MC or check.
Evening Ride
Evening ride with Northeast Sport Cyclists
Meet at New Horizons Sports, Westfield
Contact Don Podolski, 413-562-5237

Wednesday, May 15:

Bicycle Commuter Breakfast
6:30 - 9:30 am
Breakfast at Gazebo on the Common
Contact Bill Burgart, 413-527-9080
Bicycle Commuter Breakfast
7:00 - 10:00 am
Breakfast at the corner of Main & King
Contact Jim Desmond, 413-584-6441
Harvard Bicycle Commuter Breakfast
7:30 - 9:30 am
Harvard Square, Cambridge
Harvard University's CommuterChoice Program is sponsoring a bicycle breakfast in cooperation with the City of Cambridge on Wednesday, May 15. Come to the Forbes Plaza in front of Holyoke Center anytime between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and show your bicycle helmet to receive a complimentary breakfast.
Flat Fixing and Bike Lubrication
7:00 - 10:00 pm
Free! Bikes Not Bombs. 59 Amory St. #103, Boston. 617-442-0004.

Thursday, May 16:

Commuter Breakfast
7:30 - 10:00 am
UMass, Amherst
Southeast Gateway near Newman Center
Contact Robert Hendry, 413-545-6585
More info at:
Commuter Breakfast
7:30 - 9:30 am
At Valley Bicycles Trailside, Norwottuck Rail Trail
Contact John Coull, 413-253-0700
Back Bay Breakfast and
Bike Week Celebration

8:00 - 10:00 am
Prudential Center, Boston
Join us at the Boylston Plaza of the Prudential Center for free breakfast, bike tune-ups, vendors, exhibits, and more. Extra bike parking provided. Brought to you by the Prudential Center merchants , Boston Properties, and the Artery Business Committee TMA. For more information contact the ABC TMA at 617-557-7322.
Group rides are being organized by Kevin Porter, 781-363-3329.
Kendall Square Bike Breakfast
8:00 - 9:30 am
Breakfast in the park at 8 Cambridge Center on Broadway. Sponsored by Charles River TMA. Phil Warnock. 617-914-8261,
Snake Brook Trail Ride
6:30 pm
Easy off-road bike ride on the Snake Brook Trail. If the trail is dry, we have special permission to take an unusual bike trip in Cochituate State Park, on the Snake Brook Trail and to Cochituate Dam. Natick Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee: 508-653-6136, 9am-9pm; Dick Miller, Chair
Evening Ride
Evening ride with Northeast Sport Cyclists
Meet at Fitness First, Feeding Hills
Contact Don Podolski, 413-562-5237

Friday, May 17: National Bike to Work Day

Bicycle Commuter Breakfast
7:00 - 9:00 am
Civic Center, Springfield
Contact Tina Manos, 413-748-3495
Boston Bicycle Commuter Breakfast
7:30 - 9:30 am
City Hall, Boston
Come to Boston's City Hall Plaza for breakfast and a celebration of bicycling in the city on National Bike to Work Day.
Contact Paul Schimek, 617-635-4606
Group rides are departing from
  • Burlington: 7:00 am, Owen Mcgonagle
  • Sharon: 7:00 am (or earlier), Kevin Porter, 781-363-3329
  • Winchester: 7:00 am, Winchester Square, Dave Adams
  • Medford: 7:15 am, Medford Hillside Little League field (Winthrop St and Rt. 16) Dave Adams
  • Milton/Quincy: 7:15 am, Dave's Bike Infirmary, 440 Granite Ave in East Milton Square
    We'll follow Granite Ave north to Fields Corner, then cut west on Quincy St to the SW Corridor, pick up Columbus Ave at the end of the path and make our way to City Hall via Boston Common. Diane Daniel
  • Roslindale: 7:30 am, Adams Park, Doug Mink
  • Somerville: 7:30 am, Ace Wheelworks (Elm St. at Beech), Dave Adams
  • Jamaica Plain: 7:40 am at the Monument, Centre and South Sts. Doug Mink To add another ride, contact Doug Mink
  • Bicycle Commuter Appreciation Giveaways
    7:30 - 9:00 am
    Cambridge cyclists will receive gifts to thank them for improving air quality, traffic flow, and quality of life. Contact Joseph Barr, 617-349-4671,
    Share the Path
    Morning & Evening Commutes
    The Friends of the Community Path will mark Bike-To-Work-Day offering bicycle bells and information on courtesy toward pedestrians. Help us "share the path" near the Davis Square MBTA stop.
    Bicycle Commuter Lunch
    Lunch on the Greenfield Town Common
    Contact Mark Skinder, 413-774-6051

    Saturday, May 18:

    Kahpre Hodge
    Memorial Ride

    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Proceeds go to college scholarship funds 13 mi., picnic provided. Must register and get pledges in advance. Meet at Bikes Not Bombs. 59 Amory St. #103 Boston. 617-442-0004.
    Breakfast/Bike Rodeo
    10:00 am
    Contact Jack Hunter, 413-534-2240
    Bike Rodeo
    11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    South Deerfield
    At the South Deerfield Police Station
    Contact Arjen Vriend.
    Neponset Greenway
    Bicycle Safety Fair

    1:00 - 4:00 pm
    Pope John Paul II Park, Dorchester. For families and children age 4 to 12. Greenway path safe riding tips, equipment checks, contests, and fun. Boston Natural Areas Network,,
    Contact Betsy Johnson, 617-542-7696
    Tour of Brookline
    1:00 - 2:30 pm
    Historic highlights south of Rt. 9. Meet at the old Brookline town green, Walnut, Warren and Sumner Streets. 7 mi, not advised for children under 12. Marian Lazar,
    Bike Ride and Picnic
    Bike Ride and picnic at the Greenfield Swim area
    Contact Mark Skinder, 413-774-6051

    Sunday, May 19:

    CRW Spring Century
    7:30 for 100
    9:30 am start
    10:30 for 25
    Meet at Wakefield High School, 1 mile east of Wakefield Center on Rt. 129 East. There will be 25, 50, 62, and 100 mile rides. Sponsored by the Charles River Wheelmen. Coordinator is Melinda Lyon,, 978-887-5755.
    Bike the
    East Coast Greenway

    10:00 am - ?
    Meet (and finish) in Sullivan Square in Charlestown at the corner of Bunker Hill St. in front of the Schrafft's Building.
    Join us for a 40-mile ride on the the proposed route of the East Coast Greenway through Boston, along the Mystic River in Charlestown, up the Charles River and the Emerald Necklace, down the route of the proposed South Bay Harbortrail from Ruggles Station to the Harbor, along the Harbor through Dorchester, and up the Neponset River on existing and proposed segments of the Neponset Trail to the southern edge of the city. We will return via the Southwest Corridor.
    Historic Somerville
    Bike Tour

    10:00 am
    Meet at Somerville City Hall, 93 Highland Ave., to tour many of Somerville's historical sites with the Historical Commission and the Bicycle Committee. The ride will be about three hours long and include a snack stop. Families are welcome and the ride will be paced according to participants' skill levels.
    Click here for a map and cue sheet of the ride.
    Click here for the city's site about the ride
    Contact: Ron Newman, 617-628-8895,
    Blessing of the Bikes
    10:00 am
    More than 500 bikes of all shapes and sizes are expected to line up at Fort Phoenix State Beach starting at 10:00 am. A procession of St. Joseph School is scheduled at noon, when the bikes will be blessed by Fathers David Lupo and Robert Charlton. The procession will go to Adams Street, and continue on Bridge Street until the last bike is blessed. The event is followed by a two-hour ride through the back roads of Bristol County. The ride will then conclude at the Highlander in Acushnet. For information on the event, call Cathy Melanson, development director at (508) 996-1983.
    Bike Ride to Fresh Pond
    Community Celebration

    12:40 pm
    The Cambridge Bicycle Committee, local bike shops, and the City of Cambridge are sponsoring a ride from the eastern part of Cambridge (including Cambridge City Hall) to the GoGreen Celebration at Fresh Pond (see below). Riders will start at various locations throughout Cambridge and ride through Central Square, Harvard Square, and Danehy Park on their way to Fresh Pond. The ride is open to cyclists of all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult) and all abilities. Riders will be accompanied by Cambridge Police Department Bicycle Patrol Unit officers.
    Rides will leave at
    • 12:40 pm from 2nd Gear Bicycle, Broadway Bicycle School, Cambridge Bicycle, and Dana Park
    • 12:45 from City Hall,
    • 1:00 pm from Cambridge Common (Civil War Memorial),
    • 1:15 pm from Danehy Park (field house at Sherman St.)
      (good place for families with small kids to join),
    and arrive at Fresh Pond at between 1:20 and 1:30pm.
    A final map of the route will be available on the Cambridge GoGreen web site during Bike Week.
    Fresh Pond
    Community Celebration

    Noon to 4:00 pm
    Celebrate the new bicycle and pedestrian facilities at Fresh Pond. Environmental and transportation information fair, tours, performances, and inauguration of the multi-use pathway along Fresh Pond Parkway.
    Contact Joseph Barr, 617-349-4671
    Sudbury Aqueduct Ride
    2:00 pm
    South Natick
    Meet us in the back left parking lot of Memorial School in South Natick for an easy bike ride on the Sudbury Aqueduct. It's a surprise for first-time visitors, with great views for all. We'll finish with a quick tour of the adjacent Natick Community Organic Farm.
    Come early to enjoy the events of Spring Fair at the Natick Community Organic Farm! It's 10am-3pm the same day (and with a next-day rain date, too), and is halfway up the very same Memorial School driveway. Natick Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee: 508-653-6136, 9am-9pm; Dick Miller, Chair

    Check out the League of American Bicyclist's Bike Month Information for help concerning bike commuting.

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