Wednesday Ride #5 Postponed

The Springfield Institute is resting its bikes this week

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the fifth installment of our “Wednesday Rides” will be postponed until next week on August 25th. Therefore, we will not be meeting in front of the YMCA tomorrow as usual.

Stay tuned details of the next Wednesday Ride coming soon. Meanwhile, you can see videos from our previous rides here:

Ride 1: Springfield’s Bike Path

Ride 2: North End neighborhoods and Gerena School.

Ride 3: Mason Square & McKnight neighborhoods

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Wednesday Rides #3: Mason Square and McKnight

We are grateful to Khali Maddox-Abdegeo (video above) and Eli Colgram (both from Universal Community Voices Eliminating Disparities) for guiding us through the Mason Square and McKnight neighborhoods last week. Highlights from our third Wednesday Ride include: A warm welcome at Arise for Social Justice, A hidden mural at Nation of Islam Mosque #13 (right), a visit to State Representative Ben Swan’s office (where we picked up Hal Swan), some oral history of Springfield from a McKnight resident and history buff, and growing numbers of riders! Enjoy this streetscape video (above), with music by Springfield native and UMass grad, Taj Mahal (Farther On Down the Road).

Click to check out Ride #1 and Ride #2, and you can also use our new category (Wednesday Rides) to see a running list of all our posts. Join us this week as we revisit the bike path from its Northern tip (and see if the drainage project is complete). We’ll gather at the YMCA on Chestnut Street at noon, and depart shortly thereafter.

Springfield Wednesday Rides kicks off (There’s a river here!) [Updated x2]

Last week, James, Marcos, and I did a test ride (route map below) for a new movement: WEDNESDAY RIDES. What’s the point?:

  • Get in shape
  • Create safe spaces
  • Promote alternative transportation
  • Get to know different neighborhoods
  • Network
  • Raise eyebrows
  • Have fun!

Every Wednesday at noon (at least through August) we’ll gather at the Springfield YMCA on Chestnut Street and have a casual group ride through a different neighborhood each week. All are welcome. You will have aceess to the Y’s locker room. Bring a helmet.

Many people have said, “Sounds awesome, now I need to get a bike!” Let me know if you’re in that boat. The Y will negotiate discounts with a local bike shop if we have enough people. You can also check Craig’s List or the only bike shop with a Springfield address.

Coincidentally, the Holyoke Food and Fitness Policy Council just started weekly rides, too. Check out Ciclovía, Thursdays at 4:30PM.

Update: According to The Intruder, guided walks along the river began on June 30th. These walks also take place on Wednesdays, at 12:15. (Thanks, Sheila!)

Update 2: Here are some bilingual materials about the Holyoke bike movement from tonight’s Holyoke Food and Fitness Policy Council meeting (below, click to enlarge). For more info: Liz Budd, lbudd@holyokeymca.org, 413-437-0864.