Pioneer Valley
Planning Commission

Eric Carle Museum, Amherst, MA
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Media Release

CONTACT: Brian Markey, PVPC Environmental Land Use Planner, (413) 781-6045

May 5, 2011

Bay State Bike Week Scheduled for May 14-22

Pioneer Valley citizens can leave the car keys at home and bike to work, school, or the grocery store during the Pioneer Valley’s Bay State Bike Week, May 14-22. This collaborative effort of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, MassBike, MassDOT, 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.

Fourteen communities will host events this year: Agawam, Amherst, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Easthampton, Greenfield, Hadley, Holyoke, Northampton, South Deerfield, Southwick, Springfield, Westfield, and West Springfield, with many sponsoring free breakfasts or lunches for bicycle commuters. Other activities and events during the week include a free bike raffle in Westfield, bike tours of the region’s landscape, community bike rides, music, lectures, a bicycle rodeo, prizes, and bike-themed film festivals. Free Bike Week T-shirts will be available from MassDOT.

For details about community breakfast sites, sponsors, scheduled activities and events, and information about bike commuting, visit, or contact PVPC’s Brian Markey, Bike Commute Week Regional Coordinator, at (413) 781-6045 or

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