5th Annual Mother’s Day Ride in memory of Christina Clarke Genco

5th Annual Mother’s Day Ride in memory of Christina Clarke Genco

All routes begin at Newton City Hall – Newton, MA

7:30 am – 68 mile route

9:00 am – 34 mile route

10:00 am – 17 mile route

11:00 am – 3.4 mile ride for families

Join us for a day of fun, filled with food, music, prizes, and the joy of giving back to the community. Funds raised will support bike safety and affordable housing projects in partnership with Bike & Build and Habitat for Humanity.

This day is designed for families and elite cyclists, with bike routes including 3.4, 17, 34, and 68 miles. The distances of the routes reflect the number 34 in honor of Christina’s lacrosse jersey number.  A safe biking clinic will also be provided. Register at: www.bikereg.com/ccgfoundation

Prizes will be raffled off the day of the event. For every friend you refer to the ride, you’ll get one raffle ticket. Spread the word for a chance to win some great prizes!

If you’re interested in volunteering at the event, please visit our Volunteer Spot site to sign up!


Free Bike Safety Check-Saturday, May 7th from 1:00pm – 4:00 pm


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Free Bike Safety Check

Saturday, May 7th from 1:00pm – 4:00 pm

Newton Centre Green (across from Panera Bread)

Bike Newton and Landry’s Bicycles are teaming up to make certain your bike is ready and safe for the beautiful biking season ahead, including the upcoming Tour de Newton on June 19th(Father’s Day).   We will have mechanics on hand to check tires, brakes, gears and bike fit, making minor adjustments or repairs if necessary.  Bring your helmets as well so we can check the fit.  All bicyclists welcome.

For more information on how to get your bike ready for the season go to: http://bikeleague.org/content/smart-cycling-tips-0

Register for the this year’s Tour de Newton at:  http://bikenewton.org/services/tour-de-newton-registration/   

Commonwealth Avenue Carriage Road Update



Bike Newton welcomes back guest blogger Jane Hanser, who has lived beside and observed Commonwealth Avenue’s bicycle and pedestrian traffic for many years. Her insights, recommendations and efforts are a critical addition to the growing consensus that Commonwealth Avenue could be much safer and better, and complements the 2009 Northeastern University Capstone Project Study and the Bicycle Advisory Committee’s Bicycle Network Plan (pdf).

Last I posted on this topic on BikeNewton.org, we reported our optimism that areas along the Commonwealth Avenue Carriage Road which we had identified as unsafe for bicycles, along with suggestions for improvement, changes we proposed, would see the light of day: We had strong confidence in the leadership of The Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC), then chaired by Lois Levin, and in Newton’s Transportation Director, Bill Paille. In the intervening months, we have seen many safety improvements implemented due to the the responsiveness of Bill Paille, Jim McGonagle, Gloria Son, Shane Mark and Mayor Setti Warren. John Pelletier, the current Chair of the BAC, is continuing to support the improvements proposed and we continue to work closely with the Transportation Department and the Office of the Mayor to improve safety for bicyclists.  Come and read, and see a few photos, of some of the improvements that have been made, and a few that are on the drawing board!


Signage: First, this important safety sign warning drivers of bicycles and pedestrians crossing was designed and installed along the west side of Bulloughs Pond Road for northbound vehicles, right before where the Carriage Road  “ends” and continues as a path for bicyclists and pedestrians only (before it intersects with Walnut St.):

BulloughsParkRoad_Just the NewSignAfter neighbors enthusiastically approved  of that sign, a similar safety sign warning drivers of bicycles and pedestrians was installed in the berm on the south side of the Carriage Road for vehicles coming from Commonwealth Ave and turning and entering onto Bulloughs Pond Road:

BulloughsParkRoad_other NewSign


Bicyclists, Were you ever concerned that you might receive a traffic ticket if you continued straight along the Carriage Road at the following intersections: Bulloughs Pond Road, Lowell Ave., Chestnut, and Lyons Park? Well, you can now pedal on without concern due to new signage at the following intersections: Bulloughs Pond Road, before Lowell Avenue, before Chestnut St., and before Lyons Park.

Here are a few photos (Sorry; no photo yet for Lyons Park):







Here’s a nice set of before and after photos! Many of you are familiar with this – we’re happy to say – former danger to bicyclists, runners and other pedestrians, right before (east of) Bulloughs Pond Road:

photo_1..which now looks like this:


The “crosswalks” before and after Morseland have been repaired. On the priority list of cobblestone crosswalks to be removed and paved with the Transportation Department when warmer weather arrives are many of the remaining cobble crosswalks, in particular those that are of low elevation and that receive the runoff from the higher elevations, and those that are already crumbling, thus presenting a danger to runners and bicyclists.

CARRIAGE ROAD SIGNAGE: Graphic “Bicyclist and Pedestrian Ahead”

The Transportation Department installed many more Bicyclist and Pedestrian Ahead signs at ten  intersections where no stop sign currently exists for southbound vehicles before they enter or cross the Carriage Road. These new eye-catching graphic signs have been placed for both southbound and northbound vehicles, a significant statement about Newton’s concern for Carriage Road and pedestrian and bicycle safety and use.

The streets with these signs are  Commonwealth Park, Beaumont Ave.Higgins St., Valentine, Wauwinet, Wimbledon Circle, and Melrose Street.  These signs are already having an impact and raising driver awareness of the pedestrians and bicycles ahead and are effectively slowing down, if not stopping vehicles altogether prior to entering the Carriage Road.

Here are a few photos of some intersections:

VALENTINE, southbound

Valentine, Northbound


WimbledonCircle_new_southWIMBLEDON CIRCLE, northbound


Still to be dealt with are Westbourne, Sumner, and Islington. It is our hope that in the future some of the southbound signs can be replaced with STOP signs, but this requires a lengthy and bureaucratic process of Traffic Council (a committee of the City Council) approval. In the meanwhile, we are happy to see these signs!


It was previously a challenge for bicyclists to ride safely along the Carriage Road  (in either direction) when north/south vehicles waiting for a light to turn green blocked bicyclists’ safe path across. With these painted Xes at key intersections,  bicyclists and pedestrians have access to cross safely while vehicles heading south are lined up awaiting a green light. In addition, signs have been placed right before the painted Xes to make it clearer to drivers what intersection is being referred to.

Before Striping: before Lowell (looking west)

BN_90011_Lowell_e_rszeAfter Striping:

X at LowellSignage: View from Lowell, looking south:

Lowell_do not block box signand Valentine (before Valentine, looking west):

x at ValentineView from Valentine, looking south: (Sign and road paint)

Valentine_do not block box intersectionFOLIAGE REMOVAL

At most of the northeast and northwest intersections, foliage obstructs good visibility. My husband Phil and I volunteered through the Parks and Recreation Department to “Adopt a Corner” and the two corners we adopted were located at Bulloughs Pond Road and the Carriage Road. It took us three days to cut everything down, and a DPW front loader to haul everything away. But the result is both safer for bicyclists, pedestrians and motor vehicle drivers, and much more aesthetically pleasing for the neighborhood.

Northwest corner – before

bulloughsNorthwest corner – after (We did more touch-up after this photo was taken, removing tree stumps, carrying away a bit more of the refuse, etc.)

BPR_NWcorner_clean shaveNortheast Corner – before
BPR_CR_before_2 Northeast Corner – after:BPR NE corner_clean shaveConversations with the DPW indicate their intention to remove much more of this obstructing foliage when warmer weather arrives.


All these changes, which have been the result of considerable thought, planning and attention to the safety of bicyclists, in particular as they interface with motor vehicles and pedestrian, are very exciting. Pleased as we are for what has been done, we look forward to the warmer weather and more improvements.  Little by little, sign by sign, intersection by intersection, cobble removal by cobble removal, bike lane by bike lane, we are on a track toward safer bicycling, running, strolling, and walking for people of all ages along the Newton portion of this acclaimed Olmsted parkway.

FUTURE REPORTS: Auburndale Square redesign, Moving Stop Signs along the Carriage Road to be closer to the Intersections, Adding more pedestrian crossing striping, and much more!

MassDOT MBTA Fare Increase Proposal meeting

MassDOT will hold a meeting on 2/4/2016 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bigelow Middle School Auditorium, 42 Vernon Street, Newton to seek public comment regarding proposed MBTA fare increases.

Full schedule of all public hearings on both MBTA fare increases and changes to commuter rail schedules:  http://bikenewton.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/MBTA_PublicMeetingCalendar_Translated_v6-1.pdf


IMPORTANT PUBLIC HEARING-Bicycle Accommodation Beacon St. Westbound (Marion to Westbourne Terrace) Brookline

Thursday, January 7, 2015, 7 PM

Brookline Town Hall, Selectmen’s Hearing Room, 6th Floor, 333 Washington Street, Brookline, MA

Transportation Division staff will present the proposed bicycle improvement plan for the Beacon Street westbound (Marion to Westbourne Terrace) portion of the corridor. Following the presentation members of the Bicycle Advisory Committee and Transportation Board will take public comment on the proposed plans under consideration. No action will be taken by either Board on January 7th. Copies of the report and two alternative plans are available at http://www.brooklinema.gov/140/Transportation-Division-of-DPW

We hope that you can attend the public hearing, but if you cannot, we would welcome your comments via our contact page: http://brooklinebikes.org/ContactUs.html


Ride to End Alzheimer’s

Bike Newton is always willing to give a shout-out to other rides, and this year, with the weather cancellation of the Tour de Newton, it’s doubly important! Here’s one coming up soon:


Celebrating its 19th year, the RIDE to End Alzheimer’s will start and end less than an hour from Boston in Devens, MA. Choose from four different route options; the Family Ride (3-5miles), 30-mile, 62-mile, or 100-mile and ride the scenic roads of Central Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. Join hundreds of riders to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s research. Each year, 90% of funds raised go to research restricted grants.  In the last 18 years, the RIDE to End Alzheimer’s has raised more than $3 million dollars to fund critical Alzheimer’s disease breakthroughs.

Riders feel like VIPs at our pit stops every 15-18 miles, and support vans and medical teams are on hand to assist riders in need. Enjoy complimentary bike tech support. Our volunteers will cheer you on as you cross the finish line then celebrate your accomplishments at the post-ride celebration which includes live music, massages for riders, children’s activities and BBQ Lunch.

The Noonan family founded the original Memory Ride for Alzheimer’s Research hoping to save other families from experiencing the devastation of Alzheimer’s disease. The Noonan family, whose story was featured in PBS’s Emmy-winning series, “The Forgetting,” struggled with multiple cases of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease within their immediate family over several generations.

Free Bike Safety Check

Saturday, June 6th from 1:00pm – 4:00 pm

City Hall, War Memorial Circle

landry's bikes logo

Bike Newton and Landry’s Bicycles are teaming up to make certain your bike is ready and safe for the beautiful biking season ahead, including the upcoming Tour de Newton. We will have mechanics on hand to check tires, brakes, gears and bike fit, making minor adjustments or repairs if necessary. Bring your helmets as well so we can check the fit. All bicyclists welcome.

More info on how to get your bike ready for the season

Just in case you haven’t yet registered for this year’s Tour de Newton, don’t miss out. Registration is filling fast!

Brookline Bike Parade

Here’s a note from our friendly neighbors in Brookline, Brookline Bikes:

Planning to ride in the Tour de Newton on June 21st? The Brookline Bike Parade on May 17th is a good way to start preparing!

The Brookline ride is fun, free, family-friendly (ages 8 – 88+), and just five miles. There are usually about five hundred riders.

photo of brookline bike parade

The Bike Parade will give you experience riding in a group – without having to share the road with cars – and the hill through Coolidge Corner will help you judge what kind of shape you’re in for the Tour.

Watch the 2014 Parade video.

Get more info and register.