Merrimack Valley TMA Newsletter
May/June 2017
Who biked the most? 2017 Bike Week Results 

John L. and Sal R. at our Bike Breakfast at Vicor on May 18th. 
Scott D. at our Bike Breakfast at Philips on May 15th.  
In its 23rd year, the MassCommute Bicycle Challenge (MCBC) was a huge success! Across the Commonwealth, cyclists logged over 147,000 miles and had a great time doing it! Congratulations to the cyclists at Philips who biked 1100 miles and came in 4th place in the 1500-2999 employee category. Honorable mentions go out to cyclists at Schneider Electric (logged 140 miles), Putnam Investments (clocked 99 miles) and Vicor (racked up 63.5 miles). A fantastic showing by all-- Congratulations!
Andover Town Meeting: How it all went down 

Sal Lupoli and Andrea Leary at the MVTMA Spring Roundtable on April 25th. 
After approximately an hour debate, Sal Lupoli addressed the members of the Annual Andover Town Meeting on May 1st stating that Article 57 and 58 will be withdrawn. Mr. Lupoli told the attendees of the Town Meeting that he will work with members of the Andover community to address any questions that remain regarding the ID3 zoning amendment and he looks forward to bringing the zoning amendment back before the town in the future. In a similar statement to the members that evening, Stephen Stapinski withdrew Article 69 (which seeks to amend the ID2 Zoning District to include residential use) noting that he would like to have more time to work with members of the community, the Planning Board, and the Economic Development Council to craft an article that is the most responsive to the needs of the town. On May 8th, the Town Meeting's 3rd night, Article 71 (Zoning for a Restaurant Drive Thru) failed.   
MVTMA Director selected for National Committee  

The Association for Commuter Transportation is exploring the development of a certification program for transportation demand management (TDM) professionals. MVTMA Executive Director Andrea Leary was selected along with 11 other professionals from around the country to serve as a subject matter expert to develop a jobs analysis survey that will gather information on the key skills and abilities of professionals within the TDM industry. The two-day intensive process was guided by Schroeder Measurement Technologies, Inc in Clearwater, Florida. The Jobs Analysis survey will be distributed in early July to all individuals who are directly or indirectly involved in public-sector and private-sector TDM activities. The results of the survey will help determine next steps in the potential development of a certification program for TDM professionals.  
Bicycle Commuter Benefit 
Did you know that you can get reimbursed up to $20 per month for commuting via bicycle? Any employer, if they chose to do so, may provide a reimbursement of up to $20 per month for reasonable expenses incurred by an employee in conjunction with their commute to work by bike. The Bicycle Commuter Act provides a tax-benefited reimbursement for the expenses of bicycle commuting. The reimbursement is a fringe benefit paid by the employer. The employee does not get taxed on the amount of the reimbursement.  
MassDOT State Bike Plan 

MassDOT is updating their statewide Bicycle Transportation Plan and they are seeking riders' help. Please complete this brief survey or draw on a map to identify where you'd like to ride and note if there are barriers preventing you from doing so. MassDOT will also be hosting events at various locations throughout the summer to promote the Plan. More information...  
Upcoming Events

Bike Bash
Wednesday, May 31st
5:30 - 7:00 P.M.
Flat Top Johnny's
1 Kendall Square, Cambridge

Board of Directors' Meeting
Thursday, June 15th
9:00 - 10:30 A.M.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
165 Dascomb Road, Andover
Emmaus Cycle for Shelter
Sunday, July 23rd
Four great ride options for a terrific cause!
More information...