“Bike Week” is part of effort to increase car-free commuting

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – For the 15th year in a row it is Bike Week across Massachusetts, and cyclists from around our region are celebrating with dozens of events throughout the Pioneer Valley.

Wednesday morning, dozens of people gathered in Northampton to meet other bike riding commuters, to get some safety tips, and to see what products are new in the biking world.

22News spoke to one man who says that weather permitting, he tries to ride his bike to work as often as he can.

“Feels good to bike, it’s good for the environment, I always get to work feeling good,” Elliot Levine of Haydenville said. “Most days, I have errands and child pick-up duties and things like that, that’s why I do it once or twice a week.”

This event, and more than 45 others throughout this entire week, are hosted by the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, MassBike and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

MassDOT looks to triple the number of people who bike, walk, and use public transportation to work by the year 2030.

The following are a sample of this rest of this week’s events:

Amherst – Free International Bicycle FilmFest
Thursday, May 15, 4:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Amherst Town Hall, Town Room
Films about bicycling will be shown from various countries of the world. At 6:00 p.m., naturalist Laurie Sanders will present Bike Commuter Advocate Award to Dorie Goldman.
Greenfield – Commuter Lunch
Friday, May 16, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Bicycle World, 104 Federal Street
Ride your bike during the lunch hour for free food at Bicycle World.
Springfield – Family Fun Festival
Saturday, May 17, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
North Riverfront Park, 121 West Street
This festive event will include something for everyone: face painting, rowing and paddling instructions, a bicycle maintenance workshop, rides along the Connecticut River Walk, and festive foods.
South Hadley – Group Road Ride
Sunday, May 18, 12:00 p.m.
This 5-to-7 mile ride will start at McCray’s Farm and riders receive 10 percent off a purchase at McCray’s Creamery and Farm.

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