Top Cycling Workplaces, May Walk/Ride Day and More
May 31 is Walk/Ride Day! No matter your transportation style, make sure to check-in (or “log”) your commute any day between May 27 and June 3rd to enter the raffle & redeem retail rewards.
Check-in Raffle Prizes
A keyless Bluetooth U-Lock from DTLA Bike Shop
Two $30 gift cards towards a Ridj-it adventure trip (includes cycling adventures)
A Solar-powered battery (donated by Natixis Investment Management)
4 Bike Benefits stickers
Check-in Questions of the Month
In which area would you invest public funds to improve bicyclist safety?
If you travel by bike, do you feel safer cycling now than you did 2 years ago?
Have you or someone close to you been in a bicycle crash, collision, or fall (with or without injury, and regardless of the reason) in the past 5 years?
Thank you for your responses to last month’s questions. Check out our latest blog post about how you commuted in elementary and high school and your feedback on desired commuter benefits in the workplace (more detailed report forthcoming).
May’s Theme: Cycling
Congratulations to our top cycling workplaces in April! We look forward to seeing how many of you log cycling commutes in May. See more of our April data here.
A report from The League of American Bicyclists shows that bike commuting has been growing double digits in Boston-area cities. Somerville and Cambridge rank 5th and 6th among U.S. cities with the highest share of cyclists (9% and 8.2% respectively). Boston (where just over 2% commute by bike) is on the list of cities where bike commuting is growing fastest. While this is great news, we know that more of us would cycle if we felt safer on two wheels.
Another barrier to cycling is not knowing the best route or how long it will take to get there.
Colleagues who bike are the best resource for learning the ins and outs of cycling to work. Consider hosting an event at your workplace for an informal conversation about commuting to work. Green Streets would be thrilled to support your commuter social hour.
Check out the information resources below to help you plan a bike commute or a leisure trip on the weekend:
Information resources for planning your cycling commute:
Your colleagues who already commute by bike
Average commute times by bike and other modes among Green Streets participants (this is your data from April!)
Where to find a BLUEbike
Park and Pedal locations where you can drop off your car and bike the rest of the way (they’ve expanded to central & western Mass.!)
Rules about bringing bikes on trains, buses and ferries (yes you can!)
This amazing MAPC trail map
April Walk/Ride Day Recap
Thank you for sharing your commuting statistics last month and special kudos to those who made a green and/or healthy switch for Walk/Ride Day. Together we saved close to 9,000 Kg of CO2 by not driving alone for the whole commute (the equivalent of 22,000 driving miles). Thanks to the 190 individuals who usually drive and logged a commute; almost a quarter were able to reduce their driving or switch to a greener mode in April, leading to savings of over 1,000 Kg of CO2.
Events (Many more listed here!)
Walk/Ride Day - May 31
Free yoga classes, free ice cream, free coffee, and other free and discounted goodies throughout our region
8 - 9am: Somerville Bike Committee / Whole Foods Commuter Breakfast on Beacon St
8am - 1pm: City of Cambridge Walk/Ride Day Celebration, City Hall, 795 Mass Ave
Boston Bike Month Send Off Party, 6pm - 8:30pm, 50 Milk Street (Mass Bike HQ), with Adventure Cycling
Post Walk/Ride Day Events
June 1, 11am to 6pm, Climate Action Extravaganza, River Festival, Cambridge
Sunday June 2nd, Bike to the Sea Day, start at Madeline English School, Everett
June 3rd, 5pm - 9pm, Redbones annual bike party
June 9th, Bikes Not Bombs annual Bike-a-thon
June 15th, City Splash, DCR’s Fiedler Community Dock, Esplanade, Boston
Help us Spread the Word about Walk/Ride Day
Share a picture of yourself on social media with one of these signs or your own (based on how you plan to commute on Friday, or another day near then). Post to social media and tag #walkrideday!
Featured Sponsors and Donors
The Cambridge Community Foundation recently awarded Green Streets with a grant to bring Walk/Ride Day programming to Cambridge housing projects.
And, of course, thank you to our retail partners, raffle donors, and ongoing sponsors!
Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@WalkRideDays) for more theme-related facts, cartoons and stories. Share your commuting photos and stories with us on our website or by tagging #walkridedays or #walkrideday on social media.