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State Initiatives

To create a cohesive network of bicycle facilities, MassDOT proposes a Bay State Greenway

system of 788 miles of facilities in seven corridors, crossing the Commonwealth, in tandem with a secondary network of feeder routes.

Massachusetts is the first state to have a statewide bike week presented by the State DOT, MassDOT and the State Bicycle Advocate, MassBike and launched in 2010 as a Healthy Transportation Compact initiative. Bay State Bike Week (BSBW) is the annual springtime celebration of bicycling in Massachusetts. It is fun, healthy and green. This is an annual event that happens in May and reinforces MassDOT’s GreenDOT goals.

Moving Together 2014

Moving Together is the State’s annual bicycling and walking conference and was established in 2000. The conference brings together professionals from state and local government, advocates and design professionals to advance bicycle, walking and transit. Visit the Moving Together website for more information.

Massachusetts Car-Free Week enhances the GreenDOT mission by encouraging customers to leave their cars in the driveway and try bicycling, walking, public transit, carpooling, or vanpooling, for one week in September. This global event takes place annually in over 1,000 cities in 40 countries in an effort to showcase the community and environmental benefits of reducing the number of vehicles on the road, and also promotes the financial, community, and health benefits of using public transportation, carpooling, bicycling, and walking.

Mass in Motion is an initiative of Health and Human Services that aligns with the vision of the Healthy Transportation Compact (HTC). Mass in Motion was launched to address the social and transportation conditions that contribute to Massachusetts’s increasing obesity rates. The initiative seeks to promote healthy communities, eating habits and increased psychical activity amongst Massachusetts residents.

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a federal-aid program of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The program provides funds to states to improve the ability of primary and middle school students to walk and bicycle to school.


SRTS is managed by MassDOT, through our MassRIDEStravel options team to promote walking and bicycling to school in order to improve student’ s health, reduce traffic congestion, and improve air quality in Massachusetts communities. This program is a key initiative of the Healthy Transportation Compact.


Massachusetts Walk and Bike to School Day
Part of the Safe Routes to School program, May 5th is a celebratory day for thousands of elementary and middle school aged children to participate in hundreds of walking and bicycling events across the commonwealth. Massachusetts established the Commonwealth's Walk to School Day in 2007. Since then, partner schools have conducted over 500 walking and bicycling events to celebrate Walk and Bicycle to School Day. Register your Event
Go by Bike!

The Go By Bike! brochure provides a concise and easily understood summary of biking basics that can be used to help a range of ages and experience levels get an easy ride when they “Go By Bike!” Like Bay State Bike Week, “Go By Bike!” is another product of the essential MassBike – MassDOT partnership. Download the flyers from MassBike

Driver’s Manual, Testing and Enforcement Resources

In 2009, to further promote safe interactions on our roads between bicycles and motor vehicles, Governor Deval Patrick signed several new laws. These will expand the rights of bicyclists and make it easier to cite them for their own traffic violations. They will also place new legal responsibilities on motorists.123 The current and pending changes should help ensure that bicyclists will have a safer riding environment. The changes enforce stricter standards on motorists to be alert and careful in the presence of bicycles. For a brief description of these changes, see page 76 and 102 in the Driver’s Manual (pdf). Bicyclists have a legal right to use all public roads in this state except limited access or express state highways where signs specifically prohibiting bicycles have been posted. Like motorists, they are also required to know and obey traffic laws and regulations. Both bicyclists and motorists need to understand the current and pending laws. As a motorist, you need to understand and appreciate that bicyclists are far more vulnerable to injury and death when forced off the road and when in collision with a motor vehicle. Drivers need to know and respect bicyclists’ rights and safely share the road with them. You also need to know your own legal responsibilities when driving in the presence of bicycles.

Regional & Local Bicycle Plans

If your plan is not listed below, please provide the final electronic plan to our State Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator at the contact information provided at the end of this page.

Maps and Data

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MBTA Rail Rights of Way for Alternative Transportation Corridors (ATCs)

This spreadsheet details how MBTA rights of way are being made available to Commonwealth agencies and communities for the purpose of developing Alternative Transportation Corridors, or ATCs. In most cases, these ATCs are rail trails. The most current MBTA spreadsheet is posted; it will be updated periodically.

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