From May 14th - 22nd, bicycle commuters all over Massachusetts participated in the 22nd annual MassCommute Bicycle Challenge (MCBC). This year's nine-day challenge set a new record-- participants collectively logged 156,285 miles-- over 10,000 miles more than the record set last year. That week alone, Massachusetts cyclists saved over $15,000 in gas and prevented over 145,000 pounds of CO2 from entering our atmosphere.
This spring, MVTMA Executive Director Andrea Leary began working with Andover Planning Director Paul Materazzo on the Corporate Outreach Committee as part of the Andover Economic Development Council. In this capacity, Leary will meet with Andover businesses to learn more about their needs and wants.
"Our hope is that this effort will help us understand what makes Andover an attractive location for businesses and use this information to help attract additional businesses to the area," said Leary.
Last month, MassDOT and the California-based navigation app Waze announced a data-sharing partnership. It's called the Waze Connected Citizens Program and its goal is to provide drivers in Massachusetts with more information about traffic, construction, crashes and road closures.
On July 13th, the Massachusetts State Senate voted to include language enabling the Regional Ballot Initiative (RBI) in the Municipal Modernization Bill. The RBI will allow cities, towns and regions in Massachusetts to select the tax mechanism of their choosing that will ensure transportation funding at the regional level.
Beginning next month, the MVTMA will issue tips on biking, public transportation and general transportation news as it relates to commuting in the I-93 and I-495 corridors north of 128. These tips will be published bi-monthly and they'll be available via email, social media and on our website.