Merrimack Valley TMA Newsletter
May 2016
MCBCReady, Set, Register!
The 2016 MassCommute Bicycle Challenge (MCBC) is May 14-22

Whether you're a 22-year veteran of the MassCommute Bicycle Challenge (MCBC), or a first time bike commuter, the MVTMA is thrilled to again be partnering this year with MassCommute to promote MCBC, taking place as always during  Bay State Bike Week May 14th-22nd

The MCBC is an annual event, hosted by the twelve TMAs of MassCommute, that promotes cycling as a healthy, affordable, eco-friendly and fun transportation choice. Simply log all of the miles you ride on the MCBC website and enjoy some friendly competition between local businesses, universities and communities throughout Massachusetts. Last year, Massachusetts residents and employees logged a grand total of 146,001 miles during the Challenge- REGISTER TODAY  so we can break that record! The first 50 people to register will receive a FREE legendary MCBC t-shirt.

We'll be hosting daily FREE breakfasts for anyone biking to work during Bike Week- check our calendar to find out where we'll be each day!

**Save the date for the Bike Bash on June 1st, where the 2016 MCBC winners will be announced and celebrated with food, drink, and raffle prizes!**

The 6th Annual Massachusetts Excellence in Commuter Options (ECO) Awards were held on March 22nd at historic Fenway Park, celebrating and recognizing over 220 employers from across the Commonwealth for their efforts in promoting active, healthy, and sustainable travel options.

The MVTMA more than doubled our participation in the ECO Awards this year, with a total of 13 member companies receiving recognition at the event.  Andrea Leary, MVTMA Executive Director was especially proud: "I'm excited and gratified by the response to this year's ECO recognition. These companies aren't just making the Merrimack Valley a better place to commute, they're making employees happier and healthier and our local economy stronger as a result".

Congratulations to our 2016 ECO Award winners!
Leader Awards:
Philips, VICOR, Putnam, HP Enterprise, Schneider Electric, MKS Corporation, Smith & Nephew, Eisai Research Institute.

Pacesetter Awards:
Emmaus, Restaurant Depot, WSI Corp, Cambridge Isotope Laboratories, Greater Lawrence Technical School

View a complete list of winners here
posedSpring Roundtables Focus on Transportation & Economic Development in Andover
In March and April, the Merrimack Valley TMA hosted two round table events with Andover Town Manager Andrew Flanagan and Planning Director Paul Materazzo to bring local businesses together for discussions on transportation, economy, and development. This spring's topic was "Transportation & Economic Development - What does your company need to stay and grow in Andover?"

Four people who shaped the conversations are pictured at left: Tom Chretien of Philips, Andrew Flanagan & Paul Materazzo of the Town of Andover, and Ed Mueskes of Schneider Electric.

Upcoming Eventsevents

 May 14th-22nd
MassCommute Bicycle Challenge #MCBC2016
Tuesday, May 17th
7:00 - 9:00 AM

Wednesday, May 18th
Health & Benefits Fair
3000 Minuteman Drive, Andover

Wednesday, May 18th
MCBC Bike Breakfast #2
3000 Minuteman Drive, Andover
6:30-9:30 AM

Friday, May 20th
MCBC Bike Breakfast #3
400 Federal Street, Andover
7:00-9:00 AM
Wednesday, June 1st
Flat Top Johnny's
1 Kendall Square
5:30-7:30 PM