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May
2020
4

Bike Advocacy – Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition

Riding in MA during COVID-19

Massachusetts is under a stay-at-home advisory, per notice by the Governor, until the foreseeable future in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. This is something that has never occurred on this scale and severity, and in these unprecedented times MassBike has received a lot of inquiries as to whether it is still safe and smart to ride your bikes outdoors. (Got an indoor trainer? No problem!)

Our response has generally been to follow the directives of the Governor’s Office and the CDC, which have not suggested banning bicycling or other forms of active transportation or exercise as long as folks can maintain safe distance from one another. But MassBike certainly agrees with, and wants to reiterate, the official message of #StayHomeSaveLives. We encourage you all to stay home as best you can.

 

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Doctors in Wuhan, China enjoying a bicycle ride on their break. (ChinaDaily)

But we also recognize that bicycling is a lifeline for a lot of people throughout Massachusetts, and not just during the public health crisis. For many essential workers, bicycles are a primary mode of transport to get them to their jobs. Doctors and nurses, grocery clerks, cleaning and sanitation staff, pharmacists, journalists, and more depend on their bikes to get to work (which is why MassBike advocated strongly for bike repair to be considered an “essential service” by the Office of the Governor, read more here). Bicycles also allow for short and long distance travel while still maintaining physical separation from others, especially for those who do not have cars and want to avoid public transit. Bicycling also helps people save money, which is crucial for all of us as we unfortunately have an economy in free-fall that has millions of people suddenly out of work. And biking of course still allows for active transportation, so people can get exercise as they get where they are going. For these reasons, and more, the bicycle will be an important tool for fighting this disease by building mental as well as physical fortitude.

So how should we modify our riding to fit these uncertain times? Since the data is still changing by the day, we recommend checking with the CDC and mass.gov for latest updates, but in the past few weeks we’ve seen some basic guidance from riding clubs and advocacy organizations that boil down to these six points:

1. Ride solo, or with those you’re already quarantined with.

2. Carry all you’ll need, so you won’t need to rely on interacting with other people or depend on stores that may not be open.

3. Take the path less traveled, and find places that have open space.

3. Ride with caution, since our medical community is already overburdened you really don’t want to end up in a hospital.

4. Wash your hands, you’ve likely got some grease on them anyway.

5. Wear a mask even if you’re not feeling sick, since we know there are many asymptomatic people out

Apr
2020
17

Massachusetts to close some park roadways to expand pedestrian, bicycle access

State officials said they would close some segments of three parkways to vehicular traffic in state parks and open it up to pedestrian and bicyclists in an effort to encourage social distancing. The sections of roadways will close to vehicular traffic on Friday at dusk and the Department of Conservation and Recreation said they will evaluate the effectiveness of the measure after the weekend. DCR said it will also reduce parking capacity at state parks statewide starting Saturday, and continue the measure indefinitely.Parkways that will open to pedestrians and cyclists include:William J. Day Boulevard between Farragut Road and Shore Drive in the city of Boston (South Boston)Francis Parkman Drive between Perkins Street and the Arborway in the city of Boston (Jamaica Plain)Greenough Boulevard (Little Greenough) between Arsenal Street and North Beacon Street in WatertownThe state urges people to only visit parks that are close to home, limit excursions to short periods of time and only participate in recreational activities that are transitory in nature, such as walking, jogging and biking.DCR stresses that if a park is crowded, visitors should visit a different location or return at a later date or time.

State officials said they would close some segments of three parkways to vehicular traffic in state parks and open it up to pedestrian and bicyclists in an effort to encourage social distancing.

The sections of roadways will close to vehicular traffic on Friday at dusk and the Department of Conservation and Recreation said they will evaluate the effectiveness of the measure after the weekend.

DCR said it will also reduce parking capacity at state parks statewide starting Saturday, and continue the measure indefinitely.

Parkways that will open to pedestrians and cyclists include:

  • William J. Day Boulevard between Farragut Road and Shore Drive in the city of Boston (South Boston)
  • Francis Parkman Drive between Perkins Street and the Arborway in the city of Boston (Jamaica Plain)
  • Greenough Boulevard (Little Greenough) between Arsenal Street and North Beacon Street in Watertown

The state urges people to only visit parks that are close to home, limit excursions to short periods of time and only participate in recreational activities that are transitory in nature, such as walking, jogging and biking.

DCR stresses that if a park is crowded, visitors should visit a different location or return at a later date or time.

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Mar
2020
31

Bicycle maps and Bed & Breakfast Inns for Massachusetts & New England from Rubel BikeMaps.

Bicycle maps and Bed & Breakfast Inns for Massachusetts & New England from Rubel BikeMaps.

We make high quality recreation and bicycle maps of Massachusetts and
the New England region.
Our regional maps also contain mountain biking features and
guides to bed & breakfast inns that welcome cyclists.
We also publish
Car-Free in Boston and
Bicycling Street Smarts.
See below for titles and purchasing options.

Books published by Rubel BikeMaps

  • Car-Free® in Boston:
    The area’s ultimate transit guide since 1977,
    by the Association for Public Transportation —
    the classic guide book for locals and visitors to hundreds of places to
    visit and how to get there. Thoroughly covers Eastern Massachusetts with
    additional coverage of New England and beyond.
  • Bicycling Street Smarts: Riding
    Confidently, Legally and Safely, by John Allen —
    Increase your safety and confidence on any road.

Regional Bicycle Maps & Recreation Maps
by Rubel BikeMaps
testimonials

  • Western Massachusetts Bicycle Map —
    NY state border eastward to include Quabbin.
  • Central Massachusetts Bicycle Map —
    Quabbin Reservoir to I-495.
  • Eastern Massachusetts Bicycle Map —
    All MA east of I-495 except Cape Cod.
  • Cape Cod & North Shore Bicycle Map —
    Cape Cod, Islands, Cape Ann, North Shore.
  • Massachusetts Bicycle Map Set —
    Includes above 4 maps (great gift!).
  • Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Island Recreation Map —
    Both islands plus town details.

Urban Bicycle Maps by Rubel BikeMaps

  • Boston’s Bikemap —
    Greater Boston detail map

Pocket Rides
by Rosemary Jason (eastern Mass.)