Massachusetts Bike Week 2006
Metro Boston Events
Saturday, May 13 through
Sunday, May 21

MassBike Online: The Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition on the Web
Bike Week is part of Bike Month, a national event to celebrate and encourage bicycling.

Events listed are not necessarily connected with MassBike. Event organizers may not even know that they've been made part of Bike Week

Email Doug Mink your Massachusetts Bike Week (or Bike Month) events as soon as you have them scheduled.

Check out the statewide calendar or the local event calendar for the Pioneer Valley.

Before Bike Week:

Thursday, May 4:

Bicycle Commuter

noon - 1:00 pm
All interested cyclists are invited to attend this free event at Cambridge City Hall Annex at 344 Broadway and are asked to bring a bag lunch (light refreshments will be served). RSVP required.

Saturday, May 6:

Wake Up the Earth
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Jamaica Plain
The 28th Annual Wake Up the Earth Festival will be held on Saturday, May 6th (Rain Date: Saturday, May 13th), and the theme is "Peace in the Streets: Communities United with Youth." In conjunction with our regular youth programs, we are calling for an end to youth violence by focusing on providing opportunities for our youths to positively impact their community.
There is a parade down Centre St. in the morning and a festival in the afternoon in the Southwest Corridor Linear Park between Stony Brook MBTA station and Minton St.

Thursday, May 11:

Bike/Ped/Rail Trail Caucus
10:00 am
The state legislature's Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Rail Trail Caucus, co-chaired by Senator Pam Resor and Representative Anne Paulsen, will meet in room 222 of the State House. There will be a discussion on the tradition of charity rides in Massachusetts and how they benefit the Commonwealth with John Siemiatkoski, coordinator of MS bike tours in Massachusetts and Billy Starr of the Pan-Mass Challenge. A brief legislative update will follow. This meeting is open to the public.
For more information, contact Shelly Macneill in Senator Resor's office at 617-722-1120 x1127.
Intro to Bike Safety
6:30 - 9:30 pm
Free Introduction to Bicycling Safety off-bike lecture/discussion. This course--which provides an overview of bike safety principles, tips for riding in traffic, maintenance and accessory advice, and more--is a prerequisite for Bicycling 101 and/or Bicycling 201. You must preregister. For more information or to register, email us.

Friday, May 12:

Book Reading
Harvard Book Store
6:30 pm
Anthony Flint, a Boston Globe reporter, will read from his book, This Land: The Battle over Sprawl and the Future of America, at the Harvard Book Store. In his book, he "explores the economic, cultural, and political forces that make it difficult for sensible growth to gain a foothold in the United States." Sprawl is a barrier to increased bicycle use, too. There is a cluster of bike racks directly in front of the store.
For more information, click here.

All Week:

2006 TMA page

Bike to Work Week Commuter Challenge

Check with your local Transportation Management Association (TMA) or click here or here for more information.
Click here for help concerning bike commuting from the League of American Bicyclists.

Saturday, May 13:

Milton Bike Day
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Celebrate the beginning of Bike Week with this event in Cunningham Park. Proceeds will benefit the Milton Rotary Club Scholarship program.
  • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Silent Auction of donated bicycles and bicycle accessories
  • 10:00 am Children's Bicycle Parade for children 7 and younger
  • 10:30 am Public Ride starting at Cunningham Park, going to various locations
    Pledge on Rotary web site.
  • 11:00 am Citizens Race 18 miles (Main Course 6 laps)
    Medals for top three finishers in Men's, Women's, and Juniors (age 10-18)
    Register on Rotary web site.
  • Noon Main Race (USCF sanction pending) 24 miles (Main course 8 laps)
    Medals for top three finishers in Men's, Women's and Juniors
    Register on Rotary web site.
  • 1:00 pm Silent auction winners announced.
Bike the Charles
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Boston, Cambridge, Watertown, Waltham, Newton
Meet at Herter Park, off Soldier's Field near Everett St. in Allston to ride the entire length of the Charles River bikepath system, about 27 miles. We'll bike down to the New Charles River Dam, cross over and bike up the north bank of the river (except for a stretch in Newton) all of the way to Prospect St. in Waltham, then bike back on the south bank (except for a stretch in Waltham). Almost all of the ride will be on bikepaths. This ride is cosponsored by MassBike's Metro Boston Chapter, Hub On Wheels, the Cambridge Bicycle Committee, and ...
Click here for more information.

Sunday, May 14:

Birds and Bards
9:30 am
Meet at Boston Bicycle on Beacon Street to explore some of the city's best places to hear birds, and visit the places where the person who helped design those special areas had his workshop. Ride leader: Andrew Prescott
Celebrating Our Town
with MyTown

11:00 am
Meet at Franklin Park for a Teen-eye view of our city's history on a tour designed by a multi-cultural group of young people. Ride leader: Andrew Prescott

Monday, May 15:

Bicyclist Appreciation Breakfast
7:30 - 9:00 am
At University Park near Central Square, Cambridge: Sidney Street & Mass. Ave. intersection. Cyclists must present their bike helmets to receive a free breakfast.
10th Annual Bike Valet Party
5:00 - 10:00 pm
Davis Square, Somerville
Redbones, 55 Chester St., Davis Square, Somerville, MA
$15.00 gets you bike valet parking, a Redbones sandwich and sides (vegetarian available), a beverage and a raffle ticket. Proceeds benefit MassBike and NEMBA. There will be more info on the Redbones web site.

Tuesday, May 16:

Pancake Breakfast
7:30 - 9:30 am
Broadway Bicycle School, 351 Broadway, Cambridge
Meet your fellow bicycle commuters over free coffee, juice, and pancakes.
See the faces behind some of the names you see on the Internet.
Longwood Bike Night
6:00-8:00 pm
Longwood Bike Night - Free Registration - Free Food - Free Raffle
Lyle J. Micheli, M.D., Director of the Division of Sports Medicine, Children's Hospital Boston, world renowned orthopaedic surgeon and cycling enthusiast would like to invite you to attend our 2nd Annual Longwood Bike Night at Children's Hospital, Ender's Auditorium, 320 Longwood Avenue
This event is hosted by the Children's Sports Medicine Foundation, Inc. a 501c3 Not for Profit Foundation.
This year we hope to enlighten, educate and encourage commuters in the Longwood Medical Area to cycle to work to benefit their health, our environment and enhance their overall quality of life. We will address new MBTA initiatives, MASCO's new brochure and incentive program targeting the commuter cyclist. We will also discuss pending legislation supporting cyclists and current laws protecting the cycling community.

Wednesday, May 17:

Bicyclist Appreciation Breakfast
7:30 - 9:30 am
At Harvard Square, in front of the Au Bon Pain in Holyoke Center. Cyclists must present their bike helmets to receive a free breakfast.
Bicyclist Luncheon
Noon - 1:00 pm
Registered Bike Week participants from Boston University Medical Center (BUMC) are invited to come to TranSComm's Bike Luncheon and Safety Program at the Bike Cage at East Newton Street between BUMC and the School of Dental Medicine for a FREE lunch, a bike safety demonstration by Kryptonite and FREE giveaways. NOTE: Registered BUMC cyclists should check-in at event. For more information, please contact TranSComm at 617-638-7473
Intro to Bike Safety
6:30 - 9:30 pm
Free Introduction to Bicycling Safety off-bike lecture/discussion. This course--which provides an overview of bike safety principles, tips for riding in traffic, maintenance and accessory advice, and more--is a prerequisite for Bicycling 101 and/or Bicycling 201. You must preregister. For more information or to register, email us.
Ride of Silence
7:00 pm
On May 17 at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn't aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.

The 8.5 mile (one-way) Boston area ride will start from the Arlington Heights Playground parking lot behind Trader Joe's.

The route will follow Massachusetts Ave. to Somerville Ave. (Porter Square, Cambridge) to Beacon St. to Broadway (Kendall Square) over the Longfellow Bridge to Cambridge St. (Boston) to Tremont St. to Boston Common.

Red Ribbon Ride Workshop
6:00-8:00 pm
Meet at the Men's Action Life Empowerment (MALE) Center, 571 Columbus Ave. to talk with professionals about what it takes to train for a multi-day, long distance event. Topics will include training, nutrition, fundraising and more. Bring your questions, friends, family and coworkers. Refreshments provided.
For more information, go to the Red Ribbon Ride website.

Thursday, May 18:

Bicyclist Appreciation Breakfast
7:30 - 9:00 am
In Kendall Square at 8 Cambridge Center on Broadway between Galileo Galilei Way and Ames Street. Cyclists must present their bike helmets to receive a free breakfast.
Bicyclist Appreciation Breakfast
7:30 - 9:00 am
South Boston
In the South Boston Seaport District at the Seaport World Trade Center West. Cyclists must present their bike helmets to receive a free breakfast.
Bicyclist Appreciation Breakfast
7:30 - 9:30 am
In Back Bay at Boylston Plaza, where the Prudential Center meets Boylston St. Cyclists must present their bike helmets to receive a free breakfast.
Bicyclist Appreciation Breakfast
7:30 - 9:00 am
At The Broken Yolk, 136 College Ave., Power House Square, Somerville, sponsored by the Somerville Bicycle Committee.
Bicyclist Appreciation Breakfast
8:00 - 9:30 am
Longwood Medical and Academic Area, Boston: 375 Longwood Avenue, next to Bruegger's Bagels. Cyclists must present their bike helmets to receive a free breakfast.

Friday, May 19:

Bicycle Commuter Appreciation Day
7:30 - 9:00 am
Members of the Cambridge Bicycle Committee and CDD staff will be in Alewife, Harvard Sq, Central Sq, and Kendall Sq, handing out a small thank you gift to bicyclists.
Franklin Park Events
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Explore Harvard's little piece of Olmsted's Emerald Necklace on foot on 7:00 am, 3:00 pm, or 6:00 pm walks. Click here for more details. Part of the Birds and Bards Festival.

Saturday, May 20:

"Green Building"
Bicycle Tour

10:00 am
Orientation at 10:00am at Cambridge Common; ride departs at 10:30am
Join the Cambridge Bicycle Committee for a leisurely ride through the streets of Cambridge as part of the city's annual GoGreen Month activities. The theme of this spring's bike tour is Green Buildings of Cambridge. The ride will take about two hours with a few short stops along the way where we'll hear about featured buildings. We'll be escorted by the Cambridge Police Bike Patrol. Refreshments will be provided at the end of the ride. A shorter version of the ride for families with small children may also be available.
Rain date May 21, same time. Announcements regarding rain and other information will be posted at
There is no registration or charge for the tour -- just show up and enjoy.
Bicycle Tour of
Historic Somverville

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Join the Somerville Bicycle Committee and the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission for the 5th Annual Bicycle Tour of Historic Somerville. The ride starts in the parking lot of Somerville City Hall, 93 Highland Avenue (just east of School Street). We'll ride for about 10 miles, and we should be finished around 1 pm.
We'll visit historic sites throughout Somerville, including the Prospect Hill Tower, the Old Powder House, the Somerville Armory, and beautiful old houses all over the city.
If there is steady rain, we'll postpone the ride to Sunday, May 21, same time and starting place. For more information, contact Ron Newman by phone at 617-628-8895 or email him.
Boston Nature Center
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Explore Massachusetts Audubon's extension Olmsted's Emerald Necklace on foot on a 7:00 am bird walk, a talk on raptors at 11:00, or a talk at 1:00 pm by John Hanson Mitchell, one of America's best writers about the natural world who wrote a great book about a bike tour called "Following the Sun" but is talking today about Robert Gilbert, an African-American landscape photographer. Click here for more details. Part of the Birds and Bards Festival.

Sunday, May 21:

Forest Hills Cemetery
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Explore America's first garden cemetery (which unlike its counterpart north of the Charles allows bicycling) on a 7:00 am bird walk, an 11:00 am walking tour, and more. Click here for more details. Part of the Birds and Bards Festival.
Bicycing 101 Training
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
This on-bike training for beginning and intermediate cyclists is geared to adults who want to get back into bicycling, improve basic cycling skills, and/or participate in a large-scale benefit ride. This course will teach you how to operate your bicycle more smoothly (including shifting gears), ride safely on roadways, increase your pedaling efficiency, climb hills more easily, participate in group ride events, and more.
$40 for MassBike and MassCommute members, as well as Mass Red Ribbon Ride, PMC, and MS Riders; $50 for non-members.
Introduction to Bicycling Safety is a pre-requisite.
Register online until noon, May 18. Email MassBike if you plan to attend.
Blue Hills
Mountain Bike Day

10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Eleventh Annual Blue Hills Mountain Bike Day at Houghton's Pond Picnic Site #5 in Milton. Perfect your pedaling power with the DCR Rangers, Blue Hills TrailWatch and the New England Mountain Bike Association. Discover the wonderful world of wheels. Marked routes for all abilities and skills clinics throughout the day. Fun obstacle course and games for kids. Expo area with bike repair demonstrations, Share the Trails, responsible riding information and free give-a-ways. Bring your own bike. Helmets are required. For more information, call (617) 698-1802.
Take exit 3 off Route 93 and follow signs to Houghton's Pond Picnic Site #5 in Milton.

After Bike Week

Tuesday, May 23:

4:00-8:00 pm
From 4-8 at O'Naturals on Elm St. in Davis Sq. 10% of sales goes to Cambridge Green Streets Initiative, which sponsors this Friday's (and every month's last Friday's) Walk/Ride Day.

Wednesday, May 24:

Bike Week Bash
5:30-7:30 pm
Celebrate the end of Bike Week at FLATTOP JOHNNY'S at 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge (near the intersection of Hampshire and Portland Streets). The BIKE BASH is a fun way to celebrate the winners of the Bicycle Commuter Challenge, for participants to collect their prizes and bicycle commuters to reward themselves on adding a healthy leg to their commute. All bicyclists are invited to attend.

Friday, May 26:

Walk/Ride Day
all day
As part of Cambridge Green Streets Initiative's Last-Friday-of-the-Month WALK/RIDE DAY, people who live, work, study or send children to school in Cambridge are being asked to WEAR GREEN and walk, ride a bus, train, bike, or scooter, skate pogo-stick, stilt, scooter... - whatever! - etc. to work, errands, or school on that day each month. Check with your school's or businesses's coordinator, or become one yourself!
For more information, contact Janie Katz-Christy at 617-625-3822 or email her.

Here are some good reasons to ride a bike from the League of American Bicyclists.

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