Bay State Bike Week 2008

Metro Boston Bike Week 2008
Saturday, May 10 through
Sunday, May 18

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

Email Doug Mink your Metro Boston Bike Week events as soon as you have them scheduled.

Check out statewide event calendars at MassBike and the City of Boston.
Check out local event calendars in Cambridge and the Pioneer Valley.

See the pages for previous bike weeks for ideas:
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All Week:

50,000 Mile Commuter Challenge Fill out this form to participate in the 50,000 Mile Commuter Challenge.
You have to live or work in Massachusetts to enter.

Saturday, May 10:

Bike the Charles
10:00 am
Watertown, Newton, Waltham
Meet at 10:00 am for a mostly bikepath (and sometimes way off-road) 15-mile ride up the Charles River past Commonwealth Avenue in Newton. This year we decided to go entirely beyond the Paul Dudley White Bikepath and ride the Upper Charles Reservation Trail, the Riverpath in Newton, and a bit more. Wide tires will help; helmets are required.
Mystic River Bike Tour
1:00 pm

Sunday, May 11: Mothers Day

Monday, May 12:

University Park
Bike Commuter Breakfast

7:30 - 9:00 am
On Mass. Ave. at Sidney Street, the Charles River Transportation Management Association will sponsor a bicycle commuter breakfast in University Park, near Central Square. Cyclists will show their helmets to get breakfast.
Contact Jim Gascoigne at 617-324-6119 or email him.
Mayors Press Kickoff
2:00 pm
Join Mayor Thomas M. Menino of Boston and Mayor E. Denise Simmons of Cambridge on a short, midday ride from City Hall Plaza to Post Office Square to kickoff the 2008 Bay State Bike Week. Email Nicole Freedman. Limited to first 100 to RSVP. T-shirts and water bottles provided.

Tuesday, May 13:

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.
Bike Breakfast
7:00 - 8:30 am
Dot2Dot Cafe at 1739 Dorchester Ave. (just south of St. Marks Church).
If you come on your bike and show us your helmet breakfast goodies are complimentary. Enjoy some great food, meet fellow bike commuters and find out more about DotBike and other Bike Week events. Meet your fellow bicycle commuters over free coffee and pancakes.
See the faces behind some of the names you see on the Internet.
Bike Breakfast
7:30 - 9:00 am
The Charles River Transportation Management Association will sponsor a bicycle commuter breakfast near theend of the Minuteman Bike Path near Alewife MBTA station (cyclists will show their helmets to get breakfast)
Contact Jim Gascoigne at 617-324-6119 or email him.
Bike Breakfast
7:30 - 10:00 am
MGH, Boston
Massachusetts Genderal Hospital Bicycle Breakfast and Tune-Up at the MGH Bike Cage.
MBTA Press Conference
10:00 am
Alewife Station
In an effort to accommodate the increasing number of MBTA customers cycling to and from T stations, a pilot program has been developed to introduce the T's first ever bike cage at Alewife Station. With over 250 cyclists parking at Alewife station each day, Transportation officials are hopeful the bike cage will take the pressure off the already overflowing bike racks. Scheduled for installation by this summer, the secured bike cage, accessible with a swipe of a CharlieCard, will accommodate approximately 50 bicycles, and provide a higher level of security with a camera surveillance system.

Wednesday, May 14:

Harvard Square
Bike Commuter Breakfast

7:30 - 9:30 am
In front of the Au Bon Pain in Harvard Square, Harvard University will host a bicycle commuter breakfast. Cyclists will show their helmets to get breakfast. Contact Kris Locke at 617-495-7374 or email her.
Bike Breakfast
7:30 - 9:30 am
Charles River Plaza
Breakfast & Tune-Up on the Charles River Plaza Parking Deck with food from Whole Foods.
Monthly Ride Home

5:30 pm
Boston Common
Dotbike's monthly group ride home to Dorchester.

Thursday, May 15:

Back Bay
Bike Commuter Breakfast

7:30 - 9:30 am
Breakfast on the Boylston St. Plaza of the Prudential Center, sponsored by the Back Bay TMA.
Kendall Square
Bike Commuter Breakfast

7:30 - 9:30 am
In the park between Six Cambridge Center (Marriott Residence Inn) and Eight Cambridge Center (Cambridge Technology Partners) in Kendall Square, the Charles River Transportation Management Association will sponsor a bicycle commuter breakfast. Cyclists will show their helmets to get breakfast.
Contact Jim Gascoigne at 617-324-6119 or email him.
Longwood Medical Area
Bike Commuter Breakfast

375 Longwood Avenue
8:00-9:30 am
Join Commute Works for a FREE breakfast (first come, first serve) and bike safety checks. Registered bike week cyclists must show their bike helmets in order to receive FREE breakfast. For more information, contact Commute Works via email.
MBTA Press Conference
10:30 am
South Station
Beginning Memorial Day Weekend, the T's newest commuter rail line, Greenbush, will boast a bike coach equipped with 39 stationary bike racks. In 2006, a bike coach was introduced on the Rockport line on weekends from May through September. In summer 2007, the North Shore bike coach carried 1,588 cyclists. With the growing popularity of cycling as an alternative to the car, and a response to the increase in gas costs, transportation officials are working aggressively to provide people with convenient accommodations at train stations.
"The Seasons" Movie
Regent Theatre
7:00 pm
The Cycle Loft presents the Boston-area premiere for Seasons, the new MTB film from The Collective, at the Regent Theatre in Arlington Center. "Seasons" is a film that follows 7 of the world's top mountain bikers through the course of 4 seasons of one year. The film explores what it means to be a full time rider as told through the lives of downhill racers, slopestyle competitors, and big mountain freeriders.
Proceeds from ticket sales & raffle tickets will benefit the New England Mountain Bike Association and World Bicycle Relief. There will be a raffle with lots of cool prizes. Tickets are $10. Every ticket includes a chance to win great door prizes; if you ride your bike to the event you get an extra raffle ticket!

Friday, May 16:

Bike Convoys
To Boston City Hall
Celebrate National Bike to Work Day and Bay State Bike Day by joining a bike convoy to a Breakfast Pit Stop on City Hall Plaza.
Bike Breakfast
7:00-10:00 am
Stop by for free breakfast, goodies and fun on your way to work. And ride home with your new T-shirt and water bottle. All for free.
Bike Commuter Appreciation
As part of National Bike to Work Day, the Cambridge Bicycle Committee and the City of Cambridge will be thanking commuters who bike to work by presenting them with a small giveaway. Members of the Bicycle Committee will be stationed at locations throughout the city to catch cyclists on their way to work and give them their gift. Watch for them at Central Square, Harvard Square, and Alewife/Minuteman Bikeway.
Contact Stephanie Anderberg at 617-349-4671 or via email.

Saturday, May 17:

Spring Bicycle Tour

10:00 am
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 transportation history in Cambridge from pre-colonial times to the present (and maybe a glimpse of the future).
We start at the Cambridge Common for a ride just over 11 miles long. The ride should take a little more than two hours, and will include several intermediate stops for short theme-related talks. We'll end up at the brand new North Point park for a snack. After that, we'll lead those interested back to the starting point at the Cambridge Common (another 2.5 miles).
The ride will be escorted by the Cambridge Police Department's Bike Patrol.

Sunday, May 18:

Bicycle Parade

12:30 am
Brookline Bikes Bicycle Parade starts at Amory Playground at 12:30 pm and ends there, too. "We will ride as a group with the road open to traffic ahead of us and behind us. Please wear a helmet, ride safely and courteously, and obey all police directives."
Children under 10 may participate in the parade only if accompanied by an adult on a child bicycle seat, tandem, trail-a-bike, child bicycle seat, or trailer. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Bicycle Rally and Ride
12:30 am
Meet at Newton City Hall on the War Memorial Steps for a rally and ride to support making Newton a truly bicycle-friendly city.

After Bike Week

Monday, May 19:

9th Annual Bike Valet Party
5:00 - 10:00 pm
Davis Square, Somerville
Redbones, 55 Chester St., Davis Square, Somerville, MA
$15.00 includes great food, a pint of beer, lemonade, or soda, bicycle valet parking and a raffle ticket. There are a lot of raffle prizes, and proceeds benefit MassBike and NEMBA. There is more info on the Redbones web site.

Wednesday, May 21:

Bike Bash!
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Join us for a fun-filled evening at Flat Top Johnny's in Cambridge, as we recognize the employers who have won the 50,000 Mile Commuter Challenge, and celebrate the success of the first Bay State Bike Week. Free food and pool, and a cash bar will be available. In addition, all attendees will be entered into a raffle to win fabulous prize bags from local bike shops. At the end of the evening, we will also select our Grand Prize winner, who will receive a new Fuji commuter bike.
Flat Top Johnny's is at One Kendall Square, Cambridge, near the Kendall Cinema.

Saturday, May 24:

Earthfest 2008

10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Whole Foods Market and Radio 92.9 (formerly WBOS) sponsor what used to be an Earth Day celebration which has drifted later and later and more and more commercial over the years. MassBike provides free bicycle valet parking,though the sponsors tend to forget to ask us until the last moment.

Thursday, May 29:

Commute a Better Way Day
all day
Cambridge's voluntary car-free day to encourage single occupant vehicle commuters to try a different mode of transportation. Participants will take the "Commute A Better Way pledge", stating that they will try walking, cycling, taking the T, carpooling, or another option, instead of driving to work. Commuters who take the pledge will receive a recognition packet in return. They will also be entered into a drawing to win a FREE copy of "Car-Free in Boston". To take the pledge, send an email, including your name, commute mode choice for May 30, usual commute mode, round trip commute mileage, and mailing address (for the recognition packet).
Contact Stephanie Anderberg at 617-349-4671 or via email.

Send event notices or corrections to Doug Mink.
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