Biking Resources

Biking Resources

  • The League of American Bicyclists . They sponsor the , an awards program that recognizes municipalities that actively support bicycling. A Bicycle-Friendly Community provides safe accommodation for cycling and encourages its residents to bike for transportation and recreation.
  • Bikes Belong : Bikes Belong works to put more people on bicycles more often. From helping create safe places to ride to promoting bicycling, we carefully select projects and partnerships that have the capacity to make a difference.
  • Bicycling Life . This site focuses on the "Good News about Bicycling as a means of transportation and recreation in everyday life."

Rail trails

  • Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
  • Minuteman Bikeway (converted rail bed between Arlington and Bedford)
  • Nashua River Rail Trail , which goes through Ayer, Groton, Pepperell and Dunstable.
  • Friends of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail : The Bruce Freeman Trail is a proposed rail trail through the communities of Lowell, Chelmsford, Westford, Carlisle, Acton, Concord, Sudbury, and Framingham in Massachusetts -- following the 25-mile route of the old New Haven Railroad Framingham & Lowell line.
  • Cochituate Rail Trail , Natick

Walking / Pedestrian Resources

  • : A town-wide campaign to encourage residents to walk and bike more, and drive less.
  • Street Smarts : This compact tutorial, available as a 46-page booklet and this online version, will increase your safety and confidence while bicycling on any road, whether you are a beginner or an expert.
  • Walk Boston is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to improving walking conditions in cities and towns across Massachusetts. Founded in 1990, our goal is to make walking and pedestrian needs a basic part of the transportation discussion.
  • Complete Streets ... "are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and bus riders of all ages and abilities are able to safely move along and across a complete street."
  • East Coast Greenway Alliance

Guidelines for Bicycle Lanes

  • American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials ( AASHTO Guide )
  • Bike Lanes article on bicyclinginfo.org
  • Chicago's Bike Lane Design Guide

Other Green Resources

  • Green Streets Initiative : The Green Streets Initiative is a grassroots organization of people from Cambridge, Massachusetts and surrounding cities, who celebrate, promote, and advocate for the use of alternative transportation.
  • Green Needham is a collaborative - an umbrella organization bringing together individuals and organizations living in, working in and serving Needham who share a common interest in building a more sustainable community through collaborative efforts on energy and the environment.

Government Resources

  • Massachusetts Statewide Bicycle Transportation Plan (1998)
  • Massachusetts Regulations and By-Laws Relating to Bicycles (Chapter 85: Section 11B)
  • Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation
  • Massachusetts Transportation Enhancement Program
  • Federal Transportation Enhancement Activities

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