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For Immediate Release: 05/09/2012
CONTACT: MassDOT Press Office
(617) 973-8472

Patrick-Murray Administration Encourages Bicycle Transportation in Celebration of Bay State Bike Week, May 14-20, 2012

BOSTON - Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey is encouraging residents to bicycle during Bay State Bike Week, May 14 - 20, 2012.  Hundreds of events across the Commonwealth have been planned and groups and individuals can participate by signing up at www.baystatebikeweek.org.

“Events will be taking place throughout the Commonwealth during Bay State Bike Week.  I value the work each community is putting forth to make this year a success and to encourage bicycling as an enjoyable way to stay active and to support mode shift,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey.  “The work that each community places in hosting events throughout the Commonwealth works to achieve the GreenDOT mission and the Healthy Transportation Compact statewide.”

Two years ago, MassDOT became the first state Department of Transportation in the nation to organize and lead a statewide Bike Week celebration.  To successfully accomplish this, MassDOT worked in partnership with the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike), the statewide bicycle education and advocacy group, as well as MassRIDES, the Commonwealth’s statewide travel options program.

This year, MassDOT, MassBike, and MassRIDES will build on the past two years of success to broaden the scope of Bike Week events.

Bay State Bike Week supports GreenDOT, a comprehensive environmental responsibility and sustainability initiative of MassDOT.  GreenDOT incorporates sustainability metrics into all of its activities, from strategic planning to project design and construction to system operation.  

In addition to community-wide events, the 11 Massachusetts Transportation Management Associations (TMAs) are presenting the 18th annual MassCommute Bicycle Challenge; a friendly competition among employers, schools and communities to encourage Massachusetts residents to take some of their regular short trips by bicycle during Bay State Bike Week.  For more information, visit www.masscommutebicyclechallenge.org

Participants are also encouraged to track their trips through NuRide, the nation’s largest rewards program for taking green trips – walking, biking, carpooling, vanpooling, public transportation, and even telecommuting.  For the month of May, first-time NuRiders can log in with the promotional code, GREENMA to receive 1,000 points just for signing up.  New and current participants can track their trips online and get rewards at www.nuride.com.

A strong commitment to bicycle and pedestrian travel is a key part of MassDOT’s transportation vision.  Bicycling and walking transportation enable people to diversify travel choice to healthy transportation options.  Utilizing healthy transportation reduces traffic congestion, improves Massachusetts air quality, and promotes healthy lifestyles.  To learn more about Bay State Bike Week and for information about current bicycling projects in your area visit www visit www.mass.gov/massdot/bike.

For transportation news and updates visit MassDOT at our website: www.mass.gov/massdot, blog: www.mass.gov/blog/transportation, or follow MassDOT on twitter at www.twitter.com/massdot.