Bike Parking Program Expanding in Melrose

Bike Parking

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. 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 Mayor’s Office, Office of Planning and Community Development, Department of Public Works (DPW) and Melrose Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee, residents can view a map of locations and find most of the 34 racks with a “Bike Melrose” sign affixed to or placed nearby.

To access the Bike Rack Map, visit the Mass in Motion-Melrose/Wakefield website and click on the “Move More” heading.

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

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 Health Department sells bike helmets ($20/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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