Hundreds of seasonal workers come to Provincetown every year through the J-1 international visa program. To get them up to speed on safe biking, the Bicycle Committee and Police Department participate in WorldFest, a 2-day celebration of culture, and provide free bike safety checks, bike maps, and lights. A Bike Safety Quiz asks challenging questions that reinforce local bike regulations in a fun and entertaining way.
Two top safety messages are to remind everyone to use lights at night and to slow down and watch for other people in the street.
Banners hung across Commercial Street feature illustrations by a local artist to let visitors and residents know that these are important things to pay attention to.
Police officers and volunteers distribute hundreds of bike lights are for free throughout the summer months.
National Bike Month in May has become Provincetown’s celebration to usher in the summer season. We also participate in Bay State Bike Week, the only statewide bike week in the nation, which also takes place in May. Events throughout the month have included a Bike to Work Breakfast, a Blessing of the Bikes, a Bike Repair Clinic, and a Children’s Bike Rodeo.
In 2017, the Board of Selectmen issued a proclamation in support of Bike Month.
A challenge on how to communicate some key messages was solved through the development of bike rack stickers. Messages include “Did you lock your bike?”, “Use lights at night”, and a QR code with a link to the online bike parking map.
The annual print run of our Provincetown Bike Map & Safety Guide is 25,000 copies.
The guide includes safety tips, maps of the trails and bike amenities, and information about bike parking, bike rentals, and taking a bike on public transit.
It’s distributed for free throughout town at bike shops, events, and brochure racks.
The Bicycle Committee’s online presence through the Bike Provincetown page on Facebook allows great reach into the broader community. Posts include general bike information, local meetings and hearings, and a virtual lost and found for abandoned bikes.
In early March each spring, the town comes out of winter hibernation for the annual Year-Rounders’ Festival at Town Hall. It’s a day-long mashup of music, entertainment, community organizations, local artists and craftsmen, and food donated by local restaurants.
The Bicycle Committee participates with a table of information about upcoming projects, discussion with community members about safety and enforcement, and giveaways of free bike safety gear.
The Provincetown Police Department established a bike patrol in 1992. That team performs positive enforcement, including handing out free ice cream gift certificates to children who wear their helmets. Kids without safety gear get a free helmet and safety information to take home.