Pioneer Valley
Planning Commission

Eric Carle Museum, Amherst, MA
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Press Release

CONTACT: Catherine Miller, PVPC Principal Planner, 413) 781-6045
April 30, 2008

Bike Commute Week Scheduled For May 10-18

With gas prices at all-time highs, Pioneer Valley citizens can leave the car keys at home and bike to work, school, or the grocery store during the Pioneer Valley’s ninth annual Bike Commute Week, May 10–18. This collaborative effort of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, MassBike Pioneer Valley, MassHighway, community volunteers, and business and civic organizations encourages Pioneer Valley residents to commute by bicycle to work, to school, and for short trips in their communities.

Eleven communities will host events this year: Amherst, Chicopee, Easthampton, Greenfield, Hadley, Holyoke, Northampton, Pelham, Springfield, Sunderland, and Westfield, with many sponsoring free breakfasts or lunches for bicycle commuters. Other activities and events during the week include bike tours of the region’s landscape, community bike rides, free bicycle tuning, music, lectures, and prizes. Bike-themed film festivals will be held in Amherst, Northampton, and Pelham. This year will also feature a raffle for a KHS commuter bike donated by New Horizons Sports of Westfield and a $50 gift certificate from Trailside Bicycles of Hadley.

For details about community breakfast sites, scheduled activities and events, and information about bike commuting, visit the Pioneer Valley Bike Week website at, or contact Catherine Miller, Bike Commute Week Regional Coordinator, at (413) 781-6045 or by e-mail at

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