I was asked to pass this along by Newton Transportation Advisory Group. Yes, it’s a local event, but I think it should still be relevant to my readers outside of Massachusetts.
As more and more places decide to officially recognize biking in this way, our culture will continue to adapt to accommodate more bikes on the roads. This is the sort of celebration that should be going on in every city. Go out and make it happen.
If you’re planning to be anywhere near Newton, MA at the end of September, you’ll want to check out its first annual celebration of Walk Bike Week.
The city is highlighting all the good ways to walk or bicycle there, while also opening up discussion about where things could be made better. What’s more, it promises to be fun and do some good.
For cyclists, there are coordinated rides—including a Friday ride into Boston for commuters with added benefits—a bicycle census (sign up at bikenewton.org), various street openings, a learn-to-fix-your-bike workshop at International Bicycle, and free fitness classes for anyone who cycles to either the JCC or the YMCA in Newton. Details are here.
That’s the fun. The doing good part is both a shoe collection at City Hall for children in need, and a 20- or 40-mile ride to benefit LivableStreets and honor the life of Newton resident Bob Zeeb. Bob died in a cycling crash in 2009 and was a passionate cyclist and environmentalist. To ride or donate visit http://bike4lifeboston.org/.
A full listing of all the events, including walks, a street mural and more, is here.