Biking into Boston!

Matt and Tina Howell joined the Bike-to-Live program in 2007 and have since commuted over 15,000 miles by bicycle.

For years, Alewife Station has been our gateway to Boston.  So accessible from Route 2, we could get on the T (Red Line) into Beantown, and avoid city driving and steep parking fees.  On our latest visit to Boston, however, we decided to put our bikes on the back of the car and take a different approach into the city.  This time, we drove to Bedford‘s Depot Park, at the end of the Minuteman Commuter Trail, and switched to bicycle mode there.

A very pleasant 11 miles down the Minuteman Trail–which passes through Lexington and Concord–took us to familiar Alewife Station, but this time we got on the T with our bikes (allowed on weekends and off-peak hours). Moving around the city, we noticed a lot more bicycles in Boston than we used to see, including many Hubway rental bikes.  On our return to the car the next day (no problems or charges with keeping our bikes overnight in the hotel’s secure luggage storage room), we decided to use Googlemap’s bicycle route recommendations to bike from downtown all the way back out to Bedford, again using the Minuteman trail for the last 11 miles or so.

Navigating the streets of Boston was a lot easier than we had imagined, with bike lanes along most of our route, and lots of other cyclists along the way.  Another bonus, traveling by bike instead of underground, was that we saw a lot more of Greater Boston than we had seen on other visits.   Rolling into Bedford’s Depot Park, we were glad to see our car (parked overnight for free) right where we had left it.  We’ll definitely travel into Boston this way again, but next time, we hope to explore the city a lot more by bike, including the paths that run along the Charles River.

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Summer Commuter Challenge

Update: We have extended our commuter challenge, and are excited to offer additional sponsorship. Ride 40 miles by the end of July to receive a $25 gift certificate from The People’s Pint, a certificate for a jar of sauerkraut from Real Pickles, and a chance to win a $10 gift certificate from The Solar Store in Greenfield! 

Summer Challenge

Thanks to all our sponsors!:

The Solar Store

Real Pickles

Bike Week A Success!

Bay State Bike Week 2013 was a big success in Franklin County! With events throughout the week, Franklin County Bike Week events brought a large number of people together to celebrate bicycle commuting and recreation. Thanks to everyone who came to one or more Bike Week events. Here are some pictures from Bike-to-Work day and our Bike Commuter Lunch on Friday.

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Thanks to Bicycle World Inc for hosting everybody.

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We had some delicious burgers from Wheel-View Farm

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Sara Campbell, Greenfield Town Engineer, reads Mayor Martin’s declaration.

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Last, but certainly not least, a huge thanks to all of our sponsors:

Bicycle World Inc.
The People’s Pint
Wheel-View Farm
Fosters Market
Snow’s Ice Cream
2nd Street Bakery
Mesa Verde
Greenfields Market
Hope and Olive
Dean’s Beans
The Gill Tavern

The June Commuter Challenge

We are excited to announce the 2nd year of our June Commuting Challenge. Ride 40 miles in the month of June and receive a $25 gift certificate to The People’s Pint restaurant in Greenfield. Simply print out the sheet below, fill it in, and either bring it to The People’s Pint or send it to franklincountybikes at gmail.com.June Challenge

Bay State Bike Week 2013

We’re excited to announce our series of Franklin County events for Bay State Bike Week, May 11-19. Please share this calendar with friends, family, co-workers and neighbors! If you are interested in volunteering at or supporting any of our events, please let us know at franklincountybikes [at] gmail [dot] com!

Monday (5/13), 8-10 am – Commuter Breakfast at Unity Park in Turners Falls

Tuesday (5/14), 7:30-10 am– Commuter Breakfast at the new JWO Transit Building in Greenfield

Tuesday (5/14), all evening– Dinner to benefit DIAL/SELF at The People’s Pint in Greenfield

Thursday (5/16)- Inaugural Walk-to-School Day in Greenfield

Friday (5/17), all day– Greenfield Bike-to-Work Day

Friday (5/17), 12-2 pmCommuter Lunch at Bicycle World on Federal Street in Greenfield.

Saturday (5/18), all day- Pedal 2 Pints Ride (sold out, but try next year)

Commuter breakfasts and lunch are TOTALLY FREE to everyone who commutes by bike! DIAL/SELF will join us Tuesday evening at The People’s Pint to offer information about their program and collect donations from those willing to support them.

We’re also happy to have Mayor Martin’s support for Bay State Bike Week 2013 in Franklin County. Mayor Martin has officially pronounced Friday, May 17, as Greenfield’s Bike-to-Work day and will send a representative (sadly, he had a prior engagement) to Friday’s commuter lunch to show his support for bike commuting in Franklin County.