One month from now will be the beginning of Bay State Bike Week, which runs from May 13th to the 21st. There will be many related activities around the Bay State of course, and here in Needham there will be a few opportunities to participate.
1. Bike Week Bike Challenge
First, there’s the MassCommute Bicycle Challenge, which the Mass Commute Bicycle Challenge website describes as a week-long, free and friendly competition among Massachusetts businesses, educational institutions, and municipalities. It’s sponsored by MassDOT, MassRIDES and MassBIKE.
It would be great to get more Needhamites tracking their mileage that week. You can see last year’s leaderboard here where Needham was ranked 48th with a mere 124 miles, though Needham Heights was listed separately at 51st with 118 miles. Even if the two were combined to total 242 miles, greater Needham would still have been ranked a lowly 27th.
A total of 600 miles would break the top 10. Tom Francis’s mileage alone will get us halfway there! Please consider signing up, it would be a fun way to rally support for cycling in Needham and continue building the Town’s self-awareness as a cycling friendly community.
2. Bike to Work May 19
There will also be a Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 19, with a convoy to Boston leaving from Needham Town Hall (6:15) and then Cutler Lake (6:30). We then meet up with the Newton Convoy at Newton City Hall at 6:45. The routes are described here. If you go all the way to Boston, there is a nice celebration on City Hall Plaza, with free breakfast and bicycle exhibits.
3. Bike Fair
The Needham Bike Fair will be held on Saturday, May 20th, and feature quick bike tune-ups by Landry’s and 2-3 group rides of various family-friendly lengths. If you’re willing to be a ride leader or if you want to get involved in any other way, please let us know by replying here or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.