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Bicycling

Bicycles aren’t just for recreation - they are also a mode of transportation and a great way to commute to work! Even just one day a week can help save money and keep you in shape. We’re also lucky to live in one of the most Bicycle Friendly States in the nation.

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Why Bike?

There are numerous benefits to commuting by bike. You’ll arrive at work less stressed and stay fit in the process. You also save money on parking, tolls, gasoline and wear and tear on your car. Plus you’re doing your part to cut down on traffic and take harmful pollutants out of the air.

Know the Rules

When you commute on your bicycle, you’re most likely riding at a peak travel time and on routes with automobiles present. It is important that you know and follow the basic safety rules. For starters – wear a helmet, obey all stop signs, traffic lights and lane markings, be visible and predictable at all times and make sure to have your bike checked for basic maintenance. Before you hit the road, familiarize yourself with Massachusetts bicycle laws and consider a bicycle safety course.

Give It a Try

It is easy to come up with excuses - maybe you feel out of shape, concerned about the distance or worried about work attire. Remember it’s okay to start slow and consider some simple solutions like these:

  • Try a practice ride on a weekend to find a good route and see how long it takes you
  • Find a co-worker or friend who bikes and ride with them
  • Start by trying just one day a week (try it on "casual Friday")
  • Try riding to work and taking mass transit home, then alternating the next day
  • Many workplaces have showers and some health clubs offer shower-only memberships at a low cost
  • And remember, you don’t have to ride every day so when it’s raining or snowing, choose another commute!

Biking Resources

Check out these links for information on bikes in the Commonwealth - from bicycle routes to safety tips, and bike sharing.

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Celebrate Cycling

Whether you’re new to cycling or ride your bike daily, we want you to participate in Bay State Bike Week! The Massachusetts Department of Transportation, MassRIDES and MassBike partner to make Bay State Bike Week an exciting statewide celebration in May. Bay State Bike Week promotes biking as a mode of transportation that is safe, economical, healthy, environmentally-friendly, fast and fun! 

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Emergency Ride Home for Cyclists »

Don’t worry about being stranded at work in an emergency or not being able to get there fast enough by bike. MassRIDES’ Emergency Ride Home program lets you get home quickly if you're sick or have a family emergency by reimbursing you for up to four trips each year. Check to see if your employer offers this great benefit and then sign up here.

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Earn Rewards for Bicycle Commutes »

Register in NuRide, report your bike trips and earn points that can be redeemed for lots of great rewards provided by local and national sponsors (even some bicycle and sporting goods stores). Active NuRiders typically redeem around $300 a year in rewards.