Press Release: 2019-06-11

Bike summits to focus on bicycling and public health

MassBike and Mass in Motion will host three free Bike Summits this month focusing on the relationship between bicycling and public health.

As part of a Department of Public Health initiative, each seminar will feature several sessions on bicycle-friendly policymaking and the implications for public health.

MassBike Executive Director Galen Mook said the topics will include a discussion of the state’s Complete Streets Funding Program (which promotes streets that are safe and accessible for walkers, bicyclists, public transit and vehicles); educational programming in the schools; bicycling issues related to children’s safety; outreach to communities of color; and the prioritization of bicycling needs as cities and towns redevelop neighborhoods. MassBike will tailor these broader topics to specific concerns faced by each of the communities.

Organizers chose the three locations – Worcester, Salem and Springfield – in an effort to engage communities beyond the Boston area, Mook said.

The summits aim to attract local officials and will focus on public policy, but Mook said he welcomes as broad an audience as possible.

“We’re looking to make these engaging,” he said.

The summits will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the following locations:
• June 25, Blackstone Heritage Corridor Visitor Center, 3 Paul Clancy Way, Worcester
• June 26, Salem Five Community Room, 210 Essex St., Salem
• June 27, Central Library Community Room, 220 State St., Springfield

To register, visit www.massbike.org/regionalbikesummits.

People with disabilities are asked to contact Mook by June 14, so that organizers can arrange for accommodations. He can be reached at 978-647-7437 or galen@massbike.org.