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Biking Enthusiasts to Celebrate 18th Annual Bay State Bike Week

PIONEER VALLEY — Residents will have ample opportunity to celebrate bicycling in the region during the 18th annual Pioneer Valley Bike Week starting Saturday, May 13, with local events scheduled in more than a dozen communities through Sunday, May 21.

Part of the larger statewide Bay State Bike Week celebrations, biking enthusiasts will have no shortage of opportunities to get out and join group rides, learn more about bike safety and maintenance, and meet some of the people working to improve biking options in the region.

“Here in the Pioneer Valley, Bike Week has been a yearly staple in the cycling community, and a week of very diverse bicycle-related events that allows riders of all types to celebrate a machine that can be used for transportation, fitness, or just plain fun,” said Sean Condon, MassBike’s Pioneer Valley Chapter president.

Added Wayne Feiden, Northampton’s director of Planning and Sustainability, “our investments in bicycle infrastructure have helped lead to the increase in bicycling we are seeing in Northampton. The financial payoff from increases in public health as a result of increased bicycling alone justify these investments, to say nothing of the fact that these are the least expensive transportation investments we can make per person/mile traveled.”

With more than 35 events taking place across Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties, residents of all ages and abilities should be able to find ideal events for them.

Pioneer Valley Bike Week events are being organized and carried out by local coordinators — a majority of whom are volunteers — and is sponsored by MassBike, the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, the state Department of Transportation, the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority, and NuRide.

For a full listing of Pioneer Valley Bike Week events, click here, or visit baystatebikeweek.org for more information on Bay State Bike Week in general.

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