May 03, 2006

What Mass Bikes Saw!

Hello gentlemen,
Please forgive the delay, I've spent the past weekend getting my LCI certification and moving to a new apartment. You know, nothing too time-consuming. ;) The MassBike member who met the group was the intrepid Ray Jordan ( from Dorchester. Bob Nesson was indeed filming the whole thing; I don't know about the plans for that footage. MassBike was represented by yours truly Vance Edwards-Orr, Jessie Grogan and Rich Fredericks. Two proclamations were read by Steve Gag from Mayor Menino's office and City Councilor Felix Arroyo, respectively, wishing the cyclists good tidings on their trip across the country. It was a lovely afternoon for a bike ride, and those present seemed pleased with the affair. I have more pictures if desired, although none of them are that good.

Vance M. Edwards-Orr
Development Associate
Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition
20 Park Plaza, Suite 528
Boston, MA 02116

Posted by mkrieg at 07:54 PM

May 02, 2006

Steve Miller's Boston NBG Day Report

The sun cut through the brisk air as Scott Campbell and Jim Meullner circled Boston’s City Hall Plaza to start the 2006 coast-to-coast National Mayor’s Bike Ride. Both Mayor Menino and the City Council issued proclamations supporting the ride, presented by Mayoral adviser Steven Gag and Councilor Felix Arroyo respectively.

Representatives from the city’s Hub On Wheels Citywide Bike Ride and Festival, MassBike , and Livable Streets Alliance also attended.

Long criticized as an extremely bike-unfriendly city, Boston is moving in a new direction. Most symbolic of this change is the Mayor’s offering of city hall plaza as the staging area for the October 1st Hub On Wheels bike ride and the willingness of the new Commissioner of the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, Steve Burrington, to shut down Storrow Drive for the cyclists.

Jim Meullner, now 70 years old, was the first coast-to-coast rider representing the National Bicycle Greenway on the Mayor’s ride. Scott Campbell ran a bicycle supply store and has been active in west coast bike groups. They were lead out of Boston to Providence by Ray Jordan, Jr., another post-70-year-old bicycle enthusiast.

Steve Miller
Hub on Wheels Director

Posted by mkrieg at 01:35 PM