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Newton to Hold First Walk/Bike Week

The week will feature events highlighting alternate modes of transportation.

Planes, trains and automobiles? How about bicycles, MBTA trains and walking routes?

The city of Newton will be promoting alternate modes of transportation during its first ever Walk/Bike Week from September 28 - October 5. 

Throughout the Newton Walk/Bike Week, the city will offer a number of events, activities and workshops focused on getting residents out of their cars. The event, which was announced last week, is part of the city's 13 Villages, One Villages campaign launched earlier this summer

A full list of Walk/Bike Week events is included below. More details on each event are available on the Walk/Bike Week website.

Friday, Sept. 28

  • A ride from Newton City Hall to downtown Boston with the Newton Bicycle-Pedestrian Task Force.
  • Earn rewards for biking, walking or taking public transit to work/school through the Green Streets Initiative rewards program. Retail partners include HipStitch, L'Aroma Cafe & Bakery, Inna's Kitchen, Dahlia's and Centre Ski & Bike.

Saturday, Sept. 29

  • Newtonville Village Day with helmet and bike safety checks as well as information from the city's Transportation Advisory Group.
  • A bike parade, dog parade and bike safety check with the Nonantum Neighborhood Association.
  • A hike through the Sudbury and Cochituate Aqueducts with the Newton Conservators.
  • A walking tour of Newton Upper Falls with Historic Newton and the Upper Falls Area Council.

Sunday, Sept. 30

  • Bike repair working session from 10 a.m. - noon at International Bicycle.
  • Bike4Life rides (20 miles, 40 miles or kids routes) with Livable Streets.
  • A bike safety check with the Lower Falls Improvement Association.
  • A bike census with Bike Newton.
  • A street opening at Waban Avenue with the Waban Improvement Society.
  • A "green city mural" on Lincoln Street with the Newton Highlands businesses.

Monday, Oct. 1

  • Free classes for non-members at the West Suburban YMCA and reflective gear given to all those who walk or bike to the YMCA.

Wednesday, Oct. 3

  • International Walk to School Day with the Newton Safe Routes to School Task Force.
  • A bike census with Bike Newton.

All week

  • Free passes to all those who walk or bike to the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center.
  • The Newton Safe Routes to School Task Force will collect gently-used shoes to donate to children in need.

Questions?

Contact:

Alicia Bowman, Pedestrian Coordinator, 
pedestrian@newtonma.gov 

Lois Levin, Bicycle Coordinator, 
llevin@newtonma.gov 

Andreae Downs, Transportation Advisory Group and Newton Green Streets Coordinator, 
TAG@newtonma.gov 

teresa September 18, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Nonantum Neighborhood Association will host their bike/walk event on Sept. 29th. Our event will start at 12:00p.m. to 3:00p.m. Bike/carriage decorating, walking contests, dog events, participants such as Forever Fit, YMCA, face painting, Cabot's ice cream, Steamer's cooking hamburger's, will make a fun event & support the Mayor's Bike/walk week here in Nonantum. Harris Cyclery has donated $200.00 of bike equipment such as helmets, locks, bells, water bottles to be given away as prizes. Don't forget one of the highlights will be at 3:00 when there will be two bikes given away in a free raffle with helmets in a free drawing. You need to be present to win the bikes. Come on down and participate in our events plus have the opportunity of winning a free bike/helmet!
Melanie Graham September 18, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Thanks for the details on your event, Teresa!
Lisa D. September 18, 2012 at 02:07 PM
The Nonantum Neighborhood Association event will be held at Pelligrini Park located on Hawthorne Street.
LoisMargaret Dominique September 18, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Contests: Decorate your bike -decorate your baby carriage- bring your dog (on leash) for the smallest, biggest, cutiest, and ugliest dog. Don't miss an opportunity to win something for free!!! 12-3. Pellegrino park. Hawthorne street Nonantum.

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