Bike Wakefield

 

BIKE PARKING PROGRAM EXPANDING IN WAKEFIELD

 

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(Wakefield, MA) JULY 21, 2016 –Through a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Mass in Motion program, the Town of Wakefield has been able to purchase additional bike racks.

Bike racks are currently available downtown, at many of the schools and parks and the commuter rail stations.  Adding more bike racks to the Town’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 Town to run errands, keeps families active and healthy.

Thanks to the Health Department’s partnership with the Board of Selectmen, Department of Public Works and Town Planner, residents can find some of the 19 racks with a “Bike Wakefield” sign affixed to or placed nearby.

To access a bike rack location list, please visit Mass in Motion-Melrose/Wakefield website (http://mimmelrosewakefield.com) and click on the “Move More” heading.

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

Same Roads, Same Rules:

The Health Department, 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
  • If you are age 16 or younger you must wear a helmet. It’s the law! (MGL Chapter 85, Section 11B)

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 Health Department continues to sell bike helmets ($15/each), in a variety of colors and Toddler-XL sizes.  Visit them at Town Hall, 2nd Floor, during normal business hours or call 781-246-6375.

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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 Health’s 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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