Events

CommuterChoice Events

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Bay State Bike Month - September 2020

Every year, Massachusetts residents and bike commuters come together to celebrate biking during Bay State Bike Month. As you may recall, CommuterChoice hosted a virtual bike month this May in lieu of the postponed event. We are excited to announce that Bay State Bike Month has officially been moved to September this year, encouraging bicycling from Cape Cod to the Berkshires and everywhere in between. 

This year, the MassCommute Bicycle Challenge asks riders to log ALL of their trips for commuting, recreation, fitness, errands and fun. Follow these simple steps to participate:

1. Create a profile on the "MassBike Network" by clicking "Register to join".
2. Join the Harvard University Team for the first challenge. You must first join the "MassBike Network" before you can sign up for the Harvard University Team.
3. Find local events
4. Compete in challenges and win prizes!
For each challenge that you participate in, you will need to re-join the Harvard University Team.

Virtual Bike Workshop Series

"Maintain your bike, wits and distance" - Wednesday, June 3, 2020. View the workshop recording here.

We all know that bicycling is a great way to get around town, keep fit, and reduce your carbon footprint. And especially during this time of quarantine, going on a bike ride is a great way to keep yourself healthy by clearing your head (while keeping distance from others). But, along with your mental health, you've also got to maintain your bike if you want your ride to go as planned... so we're here to help you know what to check so you're ready to roll.

Please join us for a lunchtime virtual workshop to cover how to maintain your bike to keep you riding safe and smooth. Our knowledgeable instructors from MassBike will go through the basics in an hour-long presentation to cover how to diagnose your bike's ABCs (Air, Brakes, and Chain). You'll come away with a bit of home-mechanic know-how, so you can check the condition of your bike, and also fix your bike when things start to go awry.
 

"Everyday Biking" - June 17, 2020 from 12-1 PM. View the workshop recording here.

Curious about getting out on two-wheels, but hesitant about how to get going? You’re not alone! This everyday biking seminar is geared toward sharing the knowledge and empowerment to take your riding into your own hands, and getting out on the roads, bike lanes, and pathways to get yourself to exercise, run errands, and have fun. Biking is fast, free, and fun (and you’ll get fit), and the experts at MassBike have honed their tips to get you over those barriers. Come with your questions and your stories, and learn along with fellow bikers on campus. You may even gain a bike-buddy to try the commute!

Our knowledgeable instructors from MassBike will go through the basics in an hour-long presentation, and answer questions coming from our attendees.

"Fix a Flat" - July 29, 2020 from 12-1 PM. View the workshop recording here.

The dreaded "flat tire" is one of the most common problems faced when out on a bike ride. But with a little know-how and the right tools you can fix your own flat and keep rolling to make it home safe and sound. On this webinar we'll cover the basics of changing out your tires and tubes, and how to diagnose common problems that can cause a flat tire. You can join along at home, or wherever you'll be, and follow along to get the skills needed to make sure your ride isn't ruined just because of a punctured tube.

This event is hosted by Harvard CommuterChoice and MassBike, but is for everyone! Please join in with anyone you're quarantined with.Please pre-register here and you will be sent a Zoom link invitation.

"Bike Advocacy 101" - August 19, 2020 from 12-1 PM. View the workshop recording here.

These days, many folks are finding a newfound appreciation for bicycling as they are heading out on the paths and trails for recreation, fitness, and fun. But with all the new riders, we're also seeing new bike lanes and pathway connections, shared-streets in neighborhoods and businesses districts, expanded bicycle share options, and even new types of bikes! Join us as we talk about the current status of some of the major breakthroughs happening in bicycling advocacy, from the grassroots movements to the State House, that impact better bicycling locally and throughout the region. Come with your questions about a particular issue or challenge you'd like us to cover.

"Nutrition, Clothing and Biking in Inclement Weather" will be covered on September 23, 2020. RSVP here.

You don't need to only be a fair-weather rider! This webinar will focus on how to tackle the rain, snow, and long-distance riding. We'll talk about how to plan for nutrition, for the proper clothing, and how to change your technique and routes if caught in inclement weather.
This event is hosted by Harvard CommuterChoice and MassBike, but is for everyone! Please join in with anyone you're quarantined with. Please pre-register here and we'll send you the Zoom link invitation.

Save the date! A virtual workshop on "Bike Touring - Routes, Resources & Recommendations" will be on October 28, 2020 at noon. RSVP here.

Virtual Bike Month

Celebrate unofficial bike month while you are at home. Visit the webpage to find out more ways to get involved during COVID19 pandemic. Download your digital bike badge below by right-clicking the image, select "Save Image As", save the graphic, and then add it to your email signature. Collect your digital badge for each month that we are working remotely!

              

 

International Winter Bike to Work Day

February 11, 2020 

Please RSVP for ten-minute bike tune ups here. Raindate: February 13

Commuter Coffee and SecuriTea

January 29, 2020 

You can sign up for a free ten minute tune up here.

Bling Your Bike and Ten Minute Tune-Ups

November 4, 2019 

 

Learn How to Bluebike

October 9, 2019 

Members of the Harvard community stopped by the Science Center Plaza and earned about the Bluebikes Bike Share program and tried out the bikes. After, they rode through an obstacle course while receiving tips on the spot by Galen Mook from MassBike.

        

 

Annual Bike Appreciation Breakfast

May 15, 2019 

Bicycle commuters were celebrated in this annual event that included bike tune ups, campus and community groups and a prize wheel!

    

   

     

 

DIY Bike Tune Ups

April 22, 2019 from 12-2 pm

Bikers stopped by the Harvard Sustainability Fair to learn how to perform minor repairs and checks on their bikes. 

   

  

 

 

Carpool Formation Event

April 1, 2019 from 7:30-9:30 am

Drivers stopped by 52 Oxford Garage to find a carpool match!

    

  

 

Spring Bike Commuting Tips/Tune Up Thursday

March 7, 2019 

Attendees learned how to prepare for bicycle commuting this spring and had their bikes tuned up for free! 

     

International Winter Bike to Work Day

February 7, 2019 

Winter bikers stopped by the CommuterChoice table in the Science Center Plaza to celebrate Winter Bike to Work Day! They warmed up with hot cocoa and handwarmers and picked up their honorary reflective winter bike commuter badge.

        

 

Winter Bike Commuting

Dec 6, 2018  

CommuterChoice, MassBike and Common Spaces teamed up to educate the Harvard community about winter bike commuting with a lunch-time seminar and free bike tune-ups toprep riders for the winter weather.

Winterize your bike tune-ups from 9-11 am, Safra Plaza outside of Smith Campus Center

Winter Bike Commuting seminar from 12-1 pm in the Smith Campus Center, Isaacson Room (2nd floor)

         

 

 

 

Bling Your Bike

Nov 8, 2018 - Science Center Plaza. 4-6PM.

Evening bike commuters geared up for short winter days by picking up free LED blinking front and back lights, and decking out their bike or helmet with reflective stickers, tape and spoke covers.

CommuterChoice was featured in the League of American Bicyclists blog for our Bling Your Bike event. Check it out!

                    

 

2018 Bike Week Breakfast

May 17, 2018 - Dudley House

Celebrating bike commuters during Bay State Bike Week & MassCommute Bicycle Challenge

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Spring Bike Check-Ups 

April 17, 2018 - Science Center Plaza

bicyclists stopped by to get the squeak out of their chains and the grime off their gears with a free after work check-up from a skilled local mechanic on the Science Center Plaza

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Bike Maintenance Basics Class

April 10, 2018 - 124 Mt. Auburn

Participants learned about the basics of bike maintenance and what techniques can be used to keep your ride rolling smoothly. 

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International Winter Bike to Work Day

February 9, 2018 - Science Center Plaza

Dozens of intrepid winter bike commuters stopped by on this freezing morning to pick up hand warmers, hot chocolate and coffee, and reflective winter bike commuter helmet badges.

   

Boston Area University Sustainable Transportation Summit

December 7, 2017 - 28 Travis St

CommuterChoice hosted the third annual event bringing together industry leaders and university sustainable transportation professionals to discuss best practices and improve access in the region.

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News Coverage:

Sustainable Transportation Experts Descent on Harvard

 

Bling Your Bike!

November 6, 2017 - Science Center Plaza

On the first commute day home after daylight savings ended, CommuterChoice was on the Science Center Plaza to help bike commuters and pedestrians stand out a little more in the dark; we gave out hundreds of LED blinking front and back lights, and decked out bikes and helmets with reflective tape and spoke lights. 

      

Winter Bike Commuting Workshop

November 8, 2017 - 124 Mt. Auburn

A local, knowledgeable cyclist led the discussion of what to expect and how to plan for bike commuting through the winter - clothes, gear, safety, and route planning were all covered and attendees shared their own experiences, advice, and favorite piece of winter commuting gear.  

 

       

 

Bike Maintenance Basics

October 12, 2017 - Dudley House
 
Our skilled bike mechanic friends from Landry's Bicycles led some Harvard cyclists through personalized bike maintenance instruction. They provided guidance on bike maintenance, how to do some minor repairs, get ready for winter riding, and answer lots of questions from attendees. 

    

 

Traffic Skills 101

October 14th and 15th, 2017 - 28 Travis St

MassBike and Landry’s Bicycles hosted Traffic Skills 101 at Harvard University’s Allston campus on October 14-15. Twelve attendees from across Massachusetts learned basic  bike information, discussed safety and how to handle certain scenarios with on-bike practice and a road ride throughout Boston to experience the variety of bike infrastructure. This class is the pre-requisite for anyone considering becoming a League Cycling Instructor through the League of American Bicyclists.

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Green Transportation Celebration

October 14, 2017 - Science Center Plaza

Our annual celebration brought together many of the sustainable options provided to the Harvard community for traveling to, from, and around campus. Attendees could practice loading their bikes on a Harvard shuttle, register their bikes with HUPD, get a free bike safety check, help update our commuter map, talk to Hubway, the City of Cambridge, MassRIDES, Office for Sustainability, CommuterChoice, and Transportation Services. And, everyone enjoyed the cider donuts!

    

 

PARK(ing) Day

September 15, 2017 - Oxford St

          

 

Lunchtime Bike Ride

June 15, 2017

Cycling instructor led ride from the Kennedy School to Allston and Watertown Park&Pedal lots

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2017 Bike Commuter Breakfast

May 17, 2017 - Dudley House

Celebrating bike commuters during Bay State Bike Week & MassCommute Bicycle Challenge

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Intro to Bike Commuting Workshop

May 5, 2017 - 124 Mt. Auburn St

An overview of urban bike commuting presented by Galen Mook, Landry's Bicycles Marketing and Advocacy Associate

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May the Fourth be With You(r Bike) Tune-up

May 4, 2017 - Science Center Plaza

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Bicycle Appreciation Breakfast

May 18, 2016 - Wasserstein Crossroads

Celebration of sustainable commuting as part of Bay State Bike Week

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Green Transportation Celebration

October 8, 2015 - Science Center Plaza

Celebration of sustainable transportation choices with over 600 attendees featuring university and community stakeholders, helmet giveaways and seasonal treats.

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Bicycle Appreciation Breakfast

May 13, 2015 - Smith Campus Center

Celebration of bicycle commuting as part of Bay State Bike Week.

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Boston Area University Sustainable Transportation Summit

March 19, 2015 - Lamont Library

CommuterChoice hosted event bringing together industry leaders and university sustainable transportation professionals to discuss best practices and improve access in the region.

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Presentations:

University Sustainable Transportation Summit Overview

News Coverage:

Collaborating on Sustainable Transportation

 

Green Transportation Celebration

September 17, 2014 - Science Center Plaza

Celebration of sustainable transportation choices with over 400 attendees featuring university and community stakeholders, helmet giveaways and seasonal treats.

 

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Hubway Unicorn Bike Unveiling

October 23, 2014 - Harvard Information Center

Launch of the Emerald Explorer, a one-of-a-kind, "unicorn" Hubway Bike designed by Harvard employee Amy Fater, winner of the #HubwayEveryday Bicycle Design Contest

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