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May is Time to Celebrate Bike Week and Cambridge Go Green Month

Boston Bikes frontpagephoto1TMM We're looking forward to seeing friends new and old this spring! Statewide and in the Boston area is Bike Week and, in Cambridge, the City of Cambridge will be celebrating sustainable transportation all month long through Go Green Month. Find out about events that celebrate walking, biking and using public transit at the city"s on line calendar.

 MassBike partners with Mass DOT to promote great bike rides and events during Bike Week and all through the month of May – visit the on line calendar at the MassBike web site to find an event near you. Check out Boston Bikes as well, for Bike Week events, too!

Picture: Boston Mayor Thomas Menino (L) and Boston Bikes Drector Nicole Freedman (R), at last year's Bike Week Kick-Off.

Already Met the 11 in 2011 Bus Challenge

 First11in11-vidya sivan-crAs a daily bus rider, Vidya Sivan of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government says she's had no problem meeting the 11 in 2011 challenge in just three months! All year round, MBTA buses can take you and your family where you want to go in the Boston area. Each time you ride a new bus line, sign in and tell us where you went. We will honor all 11 in 2011 participants in January 2012.

A Royal Walk/Ride Day Ride

It will be worth getting up early for the chance the have the streets to ourselves on April 29th, Walk/Ride Day. Walk/Ride Day Program Coordinator Sarah Fresco will be leading a 5 am bike ride to Stitch House, a Dorchester yarn and fabric store and Walk/Ride Day sponsor, where they will join a group of knitters for refreshments, knitting and a chance to watch and dish about the royal wedding.

Knitters who are interested in being a part of this ride: please note that we will be meeting outside Gather Here, 270 Broadway, Cambridge MA 02139.  Gather Here is Cambridge's newest yarn and fabric store and a Walk/Ride Day Sponsor at 4:45 am and will be departing promptly at 5 am.  

Invite your friends, bring your knitting and consider dressing for the occasion.



Volunteers Invited to Assist TROMP on April 29th Walk/Ride Day Traffic Safety Project

TROMP, a Cambridge-based non-profit that advocates for "safe and responsible travel", needs volunteers for two outreach projects on April 29th, Walk/Ride Day.

From 8:00 AM-9:30 AM volunteers will meet at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Sacramento Street, near the Baldwin School.  

From 5:00 PM-7:00 PM volunteers will meet at the corner of JFK Street and Mount Auburn Streets, in Harvard Square.

TROMP staff and volunteers will work alongside the Cambridge police to help change the culture of travel. Volunteers will have one-on-one conversations thanking travelers, drivers, bikers and pedestrians for obeying the laws. For those who may use poor judgment, volunteers will help them understand how their individual travel actions affect everyone else's on the road.

TROMP also has another event scheduled for May 19, in Central Square.

Anyone interested in participating should contact TROMP program coordinator Melanie Arzt at

Congratulations to the Winners of the Best Shoveled Block in Somerville Contest

Somerville BSB 2010 winners Nicole Rioles, Somerville Walk/Ride Day Program Coordinator (far left) with Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone (far right) congratulated the winners and thanked them for keeping Somerville sidewalks safe for walking all winter long.

Bikes, Music and Fun at the New England Bike Expo

NEBE_flyer April 27, 2011 is Walk/Ride Day.  Invite friends, family and coworkers to walk, bike or take the bus or train and sign-in here.  One lucky participant will win two tickets to The New England Bike Expo on May 7 and 8, 2011, at the Somerville Armory.

Friends of Green Streets: Hide a Golden Shoe

Goldenshoe_01 In Cambridge every May, walkers are rewarded by warmer temperatures. A few can reap even more rewards on their walks when they find a special, hidden "golden shoe". One of the many ways that Cambridge celebrates "Go Green Month", the golden shoes come with instructions that allow the winners to claim a prize package.

If you had a golden shoe to hide anywhere in Cambridge that a walker might find it, where would you hide it?  Let us know where and why, and you could win the chance to hide a shoe there.  Email your entry to by May 1, 2011. We will announce the winner (but, of course, not the location!) on May 5, 2011.

Tufts UEP Students Leading the Way to Build Community Support to Extend Dorchester Bike Path

A team of Tufts University graduate students from the Department of Urban Environmental Planning and Policy (UEP) have been working in collaboration with Green Streets to support and expand Walk/Ride Day Program in Boston.  The public is invited to attend a community meeting at the Port Norforlk Yacht Club on March 26th from 10am to 12pm. The meeting will be run by UEP graduate students, in collaboration with the Boston Cyclists Union, Dot Bike, Boston Natural Areas Network and Representative Marty Walsh. 

The objective of the meeting is to collect resident and stakeholder feedback on a potential greenway link between the Neponset River Trail and UMass Harborwalk.  The meeting will consist of a presentation by the Tufts research team as well as hands on mapping and feedback exercises for the meeting participants. Dorchester residents and other interested individuals are encouraged to attend.

Contact with any questions or comments.

Green Streets' Stationer to Close, Unless Buyer is Found

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Green Streets' director was recently quoted lamenting the closing of a Cambridge treasure: stationery store Bob Slate. Perhaps a new buyer will emerge. Read more here.