Welcome to Needham Bikes

Needham Bikes is an advocacy group that promotes the safe and widespread use of bicycles for transportation and recreation in Needham, Massachusetts. Our vision is to encourage Needham to become a bicycle friendly community by:

  • Creating safe and well marked bike routes through the town, establishing bicycle lanes and signs to raise awareness and increase safety
  • Broadening awareness of bicycles as a safe, enjoyable and healthy alternative to cars
  • Advocating for better bicycle facilities in public facilities
  • Supporting people who want to connect with other bicyclists in Needham
  • Providing resources for those interested in learning about biking in the area
 

A Rail Trail in Needham

Imagine biking from Needham to Medfield, 7 miles on a shared-use path through beautiful conservation land and over the Charles River. Needham Bikes supports the effort of the Bay Colony Rail Trail to convert those inactive tracks into a rail trail, for use by bicyclists, strollers, joggers, walkers and many other non-motorized travelers.

 

 

Family Fun Rides

Needham Bikes hosts regular family fun rides in the spring and fall. Trips of 4 - 8 miles within Needham, to interesting destinations, accessible to most of the family (usually ages 6 and up).


A Bicycling Plan for Needham

Needham Bikes is implementing the bicycling plan with these goals:

  1. To reduce accident risk to cyclists;
  2. To make cycling an attractive means of transportation;
  3. To provide recreational opportunities that will improve quality of life for Needham’s residents;
  4. To promote a healthy, active lifestyle for citizens of all ages;
  5. To improve mobility for children, lessening society’s reliance on teenage driving and parents.

 

How Bicycles Bring Business

Bike Lanes on Greendale Avenue Approved

Needham's Traffic Management Advicory Committee (TMAC) last night meeting approved adding 11 bike stencils to Greendale Avenue, effectively turning the wide breakdown lane into a bike lane.

These stenciled images added in selected locations to what is now a breakdown lane will improve safety for all: motorists will be more aware of the presence of cyclists, and the cyclists will be encouraged to stay to the right as they ride on Greendale.

TMAC Meeting Tonight To Review Bike Lanes on Greendale

The Traffic Management Advisory Committee meets tonight at 7:00 in the Charles River Room of the Public Services Administration Building, 500 Dedham Ave.

On the agenda will be the follow up discussion on adding bike markings to the breakdown lane of Greendale Avenue.

Bike to work from Needham this Friday (6/27)

Bike Friday happens on the last Friday of the month throughout the summer. There are 10 convoys heading to Boston on Friday morning, including one from Needham. The Needham convoy leaves from Town Hall at 6:15, and Cutler Lake at 6:25, en route to Newton City Hall where we meet the Newton convoy at 6:45.

The whole route is about 18 miles: 6.25 to Newton, then another 11.75 along the Charles River into Government Center. There will be free breakfast provided by Boloco, and other exhibits on the plaza outside City Hall.

The Town Wants Your Opinion!

The Survey is now closed

Adding Bike Stencils, Improving Safety

This Wednesday, June 11, Needham Bikes will be going in front of Needham's Traffic Management Advisory Committee with a proposal to add bike stencils at regular intervals in the breakdown lanes on Greendale Avenue. The lanes range from 4' to 7' in width, so are ideal for bikes.

The purpose of the stencils is twofold:

Downtown "Streetscape" Initiative Promising for Cyclists, Pedestrians

Tonight at the Town Hall, there was a public information session, covering the conceptual plans for improving the streetscape in Needham Center. Leading the presentation was the Downtown Streetscapes Working Group and the plan's designers.

You're Doing It Wrong, Dutch Cyclist Tells Americans

There is an evocative article today from Upworthy, amplified by The Bold Italic, in which a Dutchman named Mark Wagenbuur discusses how far off the mark we are in the US when it comes to enabling and encouraging cycling.

In the YouTube he created (below), Wagenbuur points out that we're 30 times more likely to get injured on a bicycle than in the Netherlands. There are many good insights in the video - good inspiration for us in Needham as we upgrade our cycling experience!

MassDOT Implements New Healthy Transportation Policy Directive; Prioritizes Inclusion of Bicycle, Transit, Walking Options

This is the text of today's press release from MassDOT

MassDOT Implements New Healthy Transportation Policy Directive; Prioritizes Inclusion of Bicycle, Transit, Walking Options

Directive Builds on GreenDOT Plan, Healthy Transportation Compact

Bike Friday, Aug 30: Bike to Boston

Bike Fridays are events, usually the last Friday of each summer month, when Boston Bikes (the City of Boston's bike advocacy group) hosts a big party for cyclists at City Hall. On Bike Friday, you can join a bike commuter convoy from one of dozens of locations throughout the Boston metro area - including Needham

We'll meet at Town Hall at 6:15 or, if you prefer, at Cutler Park on Kendrick St. at 6:30. From there, we'll head to Newton City Hall, where we join other cyclists heading into Boston.

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