Bike Melrose

BIKE PARKING PROGAM EXPANDING IN MELROSE

New Bike Racks to be Installed in Coming Months

(Melrose, MA) June 2, 2015–Through a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Mass in Motion program, the City of Melrose has been able to purchase additional bike racks.

Bike racks are currently available in downtown Melrose, at many of the schools and other public buildings, and the commuter rail stations. New bike racks are proposed to be placed at Gooch Park, on Main Street across from Pine Banks and Crystal Street tennis courts.  Adding more bike racks to the City’s infrastructure is one way to improve conditions for bicyclists and promote bicycling as a viable, healthy, and fun means of transportation.  Incorporating small positive changes, like biking around the City to run errands, keeps families active and healthy.

Thanks to the Health Department’s partnership with the Mayors Office, Office of Planning and Community Development and Department of Public Works (DPW), Melrose Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee, residents can view a map of locations and find each rack with a “Bike Melrose”sign affixed to or placed nearby.

Park your bike at one of the racks, snap a photo and tweet @MiMMelWak #bikemelrose.

Bike Melrose

Same Roads, Same Rules:

The City’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee, in conjunction with Mass Bike and Safe Routes to School, offers the following rules of the road reminders:

Bicyclists:

  • Always stop before entering the road and look both ways
  • Ride on the right, in the same direction as cars
  • Stop at all red lights and stop signs
  • Look back and signal before turning
  • Stop for people walking

Motorists:

  • The law says bicycles are vehicles so it is ok (and often safer) for them to ride in the middle of the lane.
  • Stay a few feet away from bicyclists when passing; don’t try to squeeze past them.

 

The entire list of tips for motorists and bicyclists can be found here: http://massbike.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Spoke-Card_English.pdf.

The Health Department sells bike helmets ($15/each), in a variety of colors and Toddler-XL sizes.  Visit them at City Hall, Lower Level, during normal business hours or call 781-979-4130.

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About Mass in Motion-Melrose/Wakefield, a Program of the City of Melrose and Town of Wakefield Health Department

 Mass in Motion-Melrose/Wakefield works locally to increase opportunities for Melrose and Wakefield residents to eat better and move more in the places they live, learn, work, and play. Melrose and Wakefield are among 22 cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth that are part of the Massachusetts Department of Public Healths Mass in Motion Municipal Wellness and Leadership Program.  Mass in Motion-Melrose/Wakefield helps make the healthy choice the easy choice for residents.  Web: www.MiMmelrosewakefield.com.  Twitter: @MiMmelwak. 

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