It was wonderful to enjoy the mostly good weather that we had last week, in the company of so many fun and dedicated bike riders. Short commutes, long commutes, daily commutes and occasional commutes –there is no one type of bike commuter on the streets. And for every bike commuter who stopped to enjoy the free coffee and pastries, there are many more who did not, including many bike commuters who work irregular hours and those who are not reached even by extensive outreach, because of language or cultural barriers.
There was one rainy morning during Bike Week and it might just have been my favorite morning. On Wednesday morning, displaying their varied rain gear in Harvard Square was a great crowd, great conversation and and maybe great inspiration for others. Biking can be a hobby and form of exercise, but it is also a form of transportation; many of us have pushed our comfort zone far beyond a pedaling around the neighborhood on only sunny days!
- Sarah Fresco
Thanks to a grant from the Men's Health Initiative at The Cambridge Health Alliance, the Walk/Ride Day Program in Cambridge, MA has been doing targeted outreach to men - especially men of color - in the month of April.
Our posters that encourage participation and volunteer involvement in the Walk/Ride Day Program are now displayed at five barber shops in Cambridge, all of our local library branches, local health center and many other locations around Cambridge.
We are working with Just a Start, a public alternative high school and job training program to develop volunteer opportunities for the students who they serve.
Please let us know how you might like to be involved.
Download Mens Health Flyer
Somerville is bursting into spring with big Walk/Ride Days planned for April and May!
Shape Up Somerville, Tufts University students, volunteers, and parents are helping to make the Healey School "Walk/Ride Central", with four separate walking school buses, leaving from all corners of the city, and meeting at the school before the first class. Look for kids and Tufts students in [green] costume on April 30th! Groups will be meeting at Seven Hills Park; Willow Ave and the Community Path; Prospect Hill; and Porter Square. To learn more about the Walk-to-School events, contact Shape Up Somerville at SUS@somervillema.gov.
In March, the Healey hosted a Pep Rally in support of walking and biking to school and honored students and staff who walk and bike to school regularly. And next month, the Healey will host a Bike Day on Friday May 28th.
In addition to being Walk/Ride Day, April 30th is also Arbor Day. To celebrate both events, Somerville will host a tree (the symbol of the Green Streets Initiative!) planting ceremony at the Lincoln Park (290 Washington Street) from 10:30-11:30am. Please join the event by foot or bike and wear green to celebrate Walk/Ride Day.
And, for all those Somerville residents checking-in on Walk/Ride Day, thank you! One of you will be randomly selected to receive a citation from the city thanking and congratulating you for being a role model for others in the city, and you and your transportation habits will be profiled by the Somerville Journal.
Somerville's Mayor Curtatone Encourages Somerville Residents to Walk and Ride Their Way to Better Health
Mayor Joseph Curtatone and over five
hundred Somerville residents kicked off Somerville’s first annual
Mayor’s Fitness Challenge on Saturday at Somerville High School,
celebrating the multitude of options available to community members
interested in healthy eating and active living. Participants in the
Mayor’s Fitness Challenge can sign up for a Team Challenge
competition, or take a Health
and Wellness Participation Pledge
to join in the fun at community events designed
to promote physical activity and nutrition. So
far 138 individuals have signed up for
the Team Challenge and 224 individuals have taken the Participation
As part of the Fitness Challenge, Mayor
Curtatone is encouraging all Somerville residents to take part in the
March and April Walk/Ride days and to incorporate active transit into
their daily routines. As the weather warms up, the Mayor encourages
all residents to take advantage of the City’s sidewalks, bike lanes
and bike racks.
The April Walk/Ride Day will coincide
with Somerville’s Arbor Day celebration. Arbor Day will take place
at Lincoln Park, across the soccer field from the entrance to the
Argenziano School. The ceremony will be held from 10:30-11:30 and
will be attended by the Mayor, Ward 2 Alderman Maryann Heuston, and
Argenziano school officials and students. Please stop by—all are
welcome to attend!
Make a pledge for better health and a
healthier environment today! Go to www.somervillema.gov/challenge
to join the Mayor’s Challenge.
Questions or to get involved: Jaime Corliss: JCorliss@somervillema.gov
Cambridge's King Middle School Student Council Members surveyed the 6th and 8th
Grade homerooms on 3/10/10 to find out how students travel to school. Seventy percent of the students chose
"green" forms of transportation, including 30 percent who walked to
school. Student council members hope those numbers will be even higher
on Walk/Ride Day. Recent information from WalkAmerica
indicates that only 11 percent of students nationally walk to school, students at
the King School already have a good head start!
The King School has also become the first school in Cambridge to
have the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program at their School.
says that his school with take advantage of the pedestrian safety
training that the program offers. SRTS is a federally funded
program that offers a variety of programs to schools to promote safe
walking and bike riding. Please contact Ben Hammer at
Ben.Hammer@state.ma.us for more information if your school or community
On Walk/Ride Days, ie. the last Friday of every month of the year (when it's not a holiday) RozzieBikes has group bike rides into Boston, Cambridge and beyond. Join us for even part of your commute!
RozzieBikes is a bike group based in the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston. For these Walk/Ride Day rides, we meet in the morning in Adams Park, in Roslindale Square where Washington St. meets Cummins Highway. Generally, we leave at 7:30 am*, and meet cyclists from Jamaica Plain at 7:45 at either the Jamaica Pond boathouse, if we are biking in on the Emerald Necklace, or the Orange Line MBTA stations if we are biking in on the Southwest Corridor. We then bike to the Charles River and split into a group heading upstream toward Harvard and a group headed downstream toward MIT and downtown Boston.
*Except from May through August when the city of Boston's BikeFriday rides starting in West Roxbury come through a bit earlier.
Contact Doug Mink (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Big bikes and little bikes–join the fun and support biking for all.
2pm–Sunday, April 18th
Send us an email to let us know that you plan to attend. Wear your favorite Walk/Ride Day T-shirts, vests, etc. We have a banner we could bring, if we can figure out a safe way to use it! We'll be riding with other folks from MassBike and other local bike groups!
Cambridge–Central Square Post Office–March 26, 2010, 9am
Join Katherine Lydon, Cambridge Postmaster; Sarah Fresco, Cambridge Coordinator Walk/Ride Day Program; and Jesse Kanson-Benanav, Outreach Coordinator for TROMP to honor the winners of the "Best Shoveled Block in Cambridge Contest".
Cambridge Mayor, David Maher, TROMP board member and WBZ traffic reporter Gina Tempesta and other city leaders will attend highlight the importance of maintaining safe and walkable streets in our community.
Download this invitation and pass on to all you think would be interested! See you there!
Join citizens across the state working to clean and preserve wild spaces on April 24th. Friends of Alewife Reservation will organize a group of volunteers at the Alewife Reservation. Meet at 10am at the Friends of Alewife Reservation Kiosk (across from the Alewife T Station's passenger pick up)
Wear sturdy shoes and work clothes and bring sunscreen and bug repellent. FAR and the MDC will provide water, snacks, gloves and equipment.
Here is an early spring view of the Reservation at FAR's Equinox Inter-Faith Service that took place March 21, 2010.
The Boston Museum of Science recently added indoor, locked bike parking for
its employees. According to Baylor Bennett, MOS employee, the bike cage
is very well used. Baylor has been reaching out to even more MOS employees,
to encourage them to go green - and wear green! - on Walk/Ride Days.
Visitors are encouraged to walk, bike or take the T to the Museum of Science between April 24
and May 2 and, in addition to the regular exhibits and programs,
celebrate the 4th annual Cambridge Science Festival. There are many
special events at the Museum of Science, the MIT Museum and other
locations across Cambridge. Go to www.cambridgesciencefestival.org to view the complete schedule of events.
Walk/Ride Days are also part of the Cambridge Science Festival on April 30th. Now is your chance to get a great
picture of green travel at your school, workplace or in your
neighborhood. Send us a picture and we will get it on the GreenStreets
Initiative website before April 30th.