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Bay State Bike Week, May 14-20"

MassDOT invites you to join the 3rd annual Bay State Bike Week set for May 14-20, a week of celebrating bicycle transportation across the Commonwealth. The MassDOT and MassBike partnership makes Bay State Bike Week a statewide celebration that is unique in the nation.

Building on the previous two statewide Bike Weeks, MassDOT, MassBike, and MassRIDES, our statewide travel options program, are again collaborating to raise awareness and to encourage bicycling transportation. Biking is safe, economical, healthy, environmentally friendly, fast, and fun!

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04/27/2012

Safety First: Highway Work Zone Awareness

MassDOT Secretary Richard A. Davey joined Executive Office of Public Safety and Security Secretary Mary Beth Heffernan and Massachusetts State Police Colonel Marian McGovern along with Federal Highway officials and Construction Industries of Massachusetts leaders to announce traffic enforcement steps for National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 23-27.

The Massachusetts State Police stationed additional officers at up to 24 state highway work zones in all regions of the Commonwealth during the week

During the past two years, more than 70 crashes were reported at Massachusetts work sites involving a state trooper or police cruiser. The state Work Zone Awareness program kicked off in November 2011 and has already resulted in more than 3,000 speeding citations at work zones, along with 400 drivers cited for not wearing seat belts and 75 cited for aggressive driving.

“As we enter into the prime highway construction season and do the important work of improving our roads and bridges, we remind drivers that with the construction comes with an important warning: please slow down through work zones,” said MassDOT Secretary Richard A. Davey.

The Work Zone Awareness state program is a combined effort of MassDOT, EOPSS, State Police, FHWA, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and CIM. Federal highway and traffic safety funds cover the $400,000 cost of the program.

Since 1999, the FHWA has promoted National Work Zone Awareness Week at the beginning of the highway construction season to bring national attention to motorist and worker safety and mobility issues in work zones.


Walk, Bike to School Day, May 2

Thousands of elementary and middle school-aged children will celebrate Walk and Bicycle to School Day on Wednesday, May 2 during events promoted through MassDOT's Safe Routes to School Program.

In 2011, 162 schools from across the Commonwealth participated in this event, the largest to date. The Safe Routes to School program has added more than 100 new partner schools this year.

MassDOT's Safe Routes to School program works with students, parents, school staff and local police departments across the Commonwealth to promote walking and bicycling to school.

“Massachusetts Walk and Bicycle to School Day reminds us that walking to school can be a fun, healthy and safe way to get to school," said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey. "These efforts strongly support our goals of promoting healthy transportation modes through the GreenDOT initiative and Healthy Transportation Compact.

Increasing the number of students who walk and bicycle to school helps improve students’ health, reduce traffic congestion, and improve air quality in Massachusetts communities.

According to the US Department of Transportation, fewer than 16 percent of children walk or bicycle to classes. School-related traffic can contribute more than 10 percent of morning rush hour traffic volumes in some communities, as well as significant air pollution. MassDOT established the Massachusetts Walk to School Day in 2007 to encourage healthy choices.


RMV: Electric Vehicle Plate

MassDOT Secretary Richard A. Davey and MassDOT Registrar Rachel Kaprielian this week joined Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan, Jr. to announce the availability of new Electric Vehicle Plates.

The Electric Vehicle Plates will be available for any passenger or commercial vehicle that is either electric-powered or a hybrid vehicle. There is no special annual fee for the electric vehicle plate. The normal one-time plate replacement fee of $20 will apply.

Massachusetts is the second state in the U.S. to offer the plate to drivers. MassDOT RMV and EEA designed a unique license plate that will help emergency responders quickly identify electric/hybrid vehicles, which require the use of special safety techniques.

“Public safety officials are studying how to immobilize and power down electric and hybrid vehicles, how to approach an EV fire and also learning new extrication procedures,” said MassDOT Secretary Davey. “They must be able to recognize the vehicle as an EV vehicle. The availability of this plate helps assure quick identification.”

“This new plate not only identifies the driver as environmentally friendly, it also alerts public safety officials that they may need to disable the vehicle displaying the EV plate differently in the event of an accident,” said RMV Registrar Rachel Kaprielian.

Check out MassDOT's GreenDOT commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability. Visit any RMV branch office to pick up an Electric Vehicle Plate if your vehicle is eligible.


MassDOT Board May Public Meeting

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors will hold its next regular public business meeting on Wednesday, May 2, 1:00pm, MBTA Board Room, Suite 3910, State Transportation Building, Boston.    

The MBTA Board will meet first at 1pm, followed by the MassDOT Board.  All meetings are open to the public. The meeting schedule is available on the MassDOT website.

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