May is one of our favorite times of year. More people are out on bikes. Some folks break them out after a long winter as temperatures warm up while some are deciding to try riding to work for the first time. The excitement and positivity of National Bike Month leads into Bay State Bike Week, where Massachusetts is the only state in the country with a statewide bike week!
With the exciting momentum of bike month, MassBike also heads in an exciting new direction. With the departure of Executive Director Richard Fries, MassBike's board of directors is hard at work to find a new leader for the organization. This person will be responsible for carrying the excitement and positive energy of Fries and moving the organization towards new achievements. Fortunately, we have Tom Franics on board, who has stepped in from his role as our business membership coordinator to that of interium executive director.
In the interim, the staff has worked hard to keep things moving forward while planning events for Bay State Bike Week, like a people protected bike lane.
What on earth is that you might ask? Just as it sounds! MassBike and other advocacy organizations want to see more protected bicycle infrastructure on our streets to encourage more people to bike who might be too afraid to otherwise. Protected bike lanes are like sidewalks but for bikes. They keep the cars out and give bicyclists a dedicated place to be. A people protected bike lane, while seemingly is a little bit dangerous, highlights the need for a protected bike lane in a given area. It's one part art, one part political protest, one part street party and community event. It's a unique way of showing a need for this type of infraastructure.
The goal is to get things moving, to stir thoughts and ideas, and to encourage change. MassBike will host a people protected bike lane during Bay State Bike Week, amongst many other community events as we continue to push the organization forward on behalf of bicyclists in the Bay State!