Press Kit


May 2018

Provincetown rates as the nation's best Bike Network in a small city

May 4, 2018

PROVINCETOWN – The tiny town at the tip of Cape Cod scored as the nation's top bike network in the small city category of the PlacesForBikes City Ratings released this week.

PlacesForBikes, a project of the bicycle industry advocacy group PeopleForBikes, announced its first-ever City Ratings at its annual conference this week in Indianapolis, IN.

In the overall scores, Provincetown was awarded 2.1 stars on a 5-star scale, with the overall top-rating city of of Fort Collins, CO scoring 3.5.

"It's great to have this fantastic feedback as we kick of our Bike Month events around town," said Rik Ahlberg, chair of the Provincetown Bicycle Committee. The committee's Bike Month event calendar is available online at https://BikeProvincetown.org/bikemonth.

Small City Network Ratings
1. Provincetown, MA
2. Crested Butte, CO
3. Davis, CA
4. Rexburg, ID
5. Jackson, WY

Source: PeopleForBikes City Ratings

“What gets measured gets done,” said PeopleForBikes Research Director Jennifer Boldry in a blog post on their web site. Boldry has spent three years developing the rating system. “I would love if this were a tool for cities to measure where they are and track their progress.”

The City Ratings are a data-driven approach to rating bicycling across cities and towns of all sizes. The overall ratings are based on five underlying categories:
- Ridership: Estimates how many and how often people are riding bikes.
- Safety: Includes injuries and fatalities from vehicular crashes to people walking, biking, and driving.
- Network: Rates how people are connected to their destinations using comfortable bike routes.
- Reach: Measures how consistently a community's bike network serves everyone in the community.
- Acceleration: Indicates how quickly a community is improving its biking infrastructure and getting people riding.

Provincetown topped the Network category ratings early on when the PeopleForBikes Bicycle Network Analysis tool was released in 2017. The Network Analysis is based on a level of stress system initially developed by Peter Furth at Northeastern University. The analysis looks at a wide variety of data sourced from OpenStreetMaps including road widths, speed limits, bike lanes and paths, and how well the low-stress network connects residents to everyday destinations. 

In the overall Network category nationwide, Provincetown scored 4.0, second behind Boulder, CO at 4.1.

"The analysis tool is incredibly helpful, since it generates a map we can use to identify the roads that need improvement," Ahlberg added. "It gives us data that we never had before to make roadway improvement recommendations to the town's Select Board."

The only other town on Cape Cod that was rated this year was Falmouth, which scored 1.1. The top five scores in Massachusetts were Boston (2.6), Cambridge (2.3), Melrose (2.2), Provincetown (2.1), and Somerville (1.7).

Massachusetts Overall City Ratings

City    Rating
Boston    2.6
Cambridge    2.3
Melrose    2.2
Provincetown    2.1
Somerville    1.7
Northampton    1.5
Lexington    1.4
Newburyport    1.1
Falmouth    1.1
Worcester    1.0
Lowell    0.9
Springfield    0.8
Bedford    0.6
Cochituate    0.4
Foxborough    0.4

Source: PeopleForBikes City Ratings

At their conference, PeopleForBikes provided guidance to cities on how to improve their scores and their web site includes details on how the scores were calculated. Next year's PlacesForBikes conference is schedule to take place in Atlanta, GA. 


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PeopleForBikes City Ratings Web Site:
http://cityratings.peopleforbikes.org

PeopleForBikes Bicycle Network Analysis Web Site:
https://bna.peopleforbikes.org

About the Provincetown Bicycle Committee
The Provincetown Bicycle Committee was created in 2011 to advise the Board of Selectmen on planning and policy to improve conditions for riding bicycles in town. This includes recommendations for improvements to on- and off-road bicycle facilities, installation of bike racks and other bicycle-specific amenities, public safety education, and encouragement of riding bicycles for both recreation and active transportation. For more information, visit http://bikeprovincetown.org or http://fb.me/bikeprovincetown.

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Provincetown's low-stress bike network as evaluated by the PeopleForBikes Bicycle Network Analysis too. Red shows streets that need improvement. 
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Massachusetts cities ranked by PeopleForBikes compared to their Bicycle Friendly Community award levels. Top Bike League Bicycle Friendly Community awards are highlighted in green.
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Provincetown's bike network ranked #1 among small cities in the nation.
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April 2018

Provincetown Celebrates Bike Month

April 20, 2018

Provincetown, MA – With spring in the air, the Provincetown Bicycle Committee, MassBike, and the League of American Bicyclists announce that May is National Bike Month, May 12-20 is Bay State Bike Week, and Friday, May 18 is Bike to Work Day.

The Bicycle Committee encourages everyone to bike to work or try bicycling for fun, fitness, or transportation. On Bike to Work Day, free coffee, fruit, and baked goods will be provided to all participants stopping by Town Hall on from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM. Bill Nesper, Interim Executive Director of the League of American Bicyclists, said, “Biking to work is an efficient and fun way to get the exercise you need, without having to find extra time to work out.”

Additional events include a Bike Repair Clinic on May 12 at 12 PM in front of Town Hall; the Ride to the Runway with Provincetown Fashion Weekend on May 12 at 7 PM starting in front of the Boatslip; the Blessing of the Bikes on May 24, 5:30 PM at the UU Meetinghouse; and a display of bike-related books on view throughout the month at the Provincetown Public Library.

Many of the town’s bike shops offer pre-season discounts on tune-ups and specials on both new and used bicycles, so it’s a great time to stop in and support local merchants before the summer season kicks in.

“It’s really a joy to ride around town in May before the crowds show up for the summer,” said Rik Ahlberg, chair of the Bicycle Committee. “And the new bike lane that is going in on Bradford Street will help reduce congestion and improve safety year-round and in the summer when there are more visitors, buses, and trucks on the road.” The bicycle climbing lane was approved by the Board of Selectmen as part of a Department of Public Works repaving project and will be painted on Bradford Street up the hill from Central Street to Carver Street. A ceremonial ribbon cutting and inaugural ride will take place after the paving and line painting are completed.

Here are some tips that will help you enjoy biking this season:
• Have your bike checked over by a local bike shop
• Always yield to people who are walking in the street
• Ride in the same direction as motor vehicles, except on Commercial St. where you can ride in both directions
• Pass others on the left and let them know you’re there
• Be friendly and courteous – a polite wave or “excuse me” helps keep everyone in a good mood.

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About the Provincetown Bicycle Committee
The Provincetown Bicycle Committee was created in 2011 to advise the Board of Selectmen on planning and policy to improve conditions for riding bicycles in town. This includes recommendations for improvements to on- and off-road bicycle facilities, installation of bike racks and other bicycle-specific amenities, public safety education, and encouragement of riding bicycles for both recreation and active transportation. For more information, visit http://bikeprovincetown.org or http://fb.me/bikeprovincetown.

About MassBike
The Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike) promotes a bicycle-friendly environment and encourages bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation. MassBike is the presenter of Bay State Bike week for 2018. For more information, visit http://massbike.org or http://baystatebikeweek.org

About the League of American Bicyclists
Founded in 1880 to advocate for better roads for bicycling, the League of American Bicyclists represents 57 million cyclists in its mission to lead the movement to create a bicycle-friendly America for everyone. For more information, please visit http://bikeleague.org

 Bike Month Flyer. Download: PDF, JPG

2018 Provincetown Bike Month Flyer (updated 4/25)
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Spring bike ride on Commercial Street
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Bicycle Committee member Max Cliggott-Perlt hangs Bike Month banners in Portuguese Square next to Provincetown Town Hall.
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A rusty bike on a sunny spring day in Provincetown.
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