Pioneer Valley
Planning Commission

Eric Carle Museum, Amherst, MA
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Press Release

CONTACT: Tony Dover, PVPC Sustainable Development Planner, (413) 781-6045

May 1, 2009

Tenth Annual Bike Commute Week Scheduled for May 9-16

Pioneer Valley citizens can leave the car keys at home and bike to work, school, or the grocery store during the Pioneer Valley’s Tenth Annual Bike Commute Week, May 9–16. This collaborative effort of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, MassBike Pioneer Valley, MassHighway, WRSI, 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.

Ten communities will host events this year: Amherst, Chicopee, Easthampton, Greenfield, Hadley, Holyoke, Northampton, Springfield, Westfield, and West Springfield, 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, music, lectures, a bicycle rodeo, and prizes. Bike-themed film festivals will be held in Westfield and Northampton. This year will also feature a drawing for a KHS commuter bike donated by New Horizons Sports of Westfield. Other giveaways include gift certificates from Trailside Bicycles of Hadley, People’s Pint of Greenfield, and a month-long membership at any regional YMCA.

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



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