July 2016   


Bike Week 2016 Breaks the Record by >10,000 Miles!
The 22nd Annual MassCommute Bicycle Challenge (MCBC) was a success and a record breaker- by over 10,200 more miles logged! In just 9 days (May 14-22), MCBC participants across the state collectively rode 156,285 miles saving over $15,479.26 in gas and 145,862.26 lbs of C02In the North Shore alone, we clocked 3,201.63 miles, reducing CO2 emissions by 2,604 lbs and saving $292 in gas costs (at an average of 24.1 miles per gallon, $2.20/gal of gas)
Congratulations to this year's winning teams & individuals! See the full list of winners and check out photos from the Bike Bash on 6/1.

Here are the stats for NSTMA members:

Total Miles
Total # of Participants
NSTMA Totals
2604 lbs of CO2 reduced; $292 savings in gas costs (at an average of 24.1 miles per gallon, $2.20/gal of gas)
Cell Signaling
3rd in their category (500 - 1499 employees)
10th in their category (500 - 1499 employees)
Eastern Bank
Doubled # of employees participating in the challenge this year!  Placed 21st of 49 in their category (100-499 employees)
City of Salem
 City of Salem employee Bill Woolley has participated every year since the TMA started promoting Bike Week in 2009.  Bill is a former MCBC Lifetime Achievement honoree

2016 ECO Awards Recognize North Shore Employers
On March 22nd, more than 220 Massachusetts businesses, colleges, and universities were recognized at the sixth annual Massachusetts Excellence in Commuter Options (ECO) Awards ceremony, hosted by MassCommute, MassRIDES, and MassDOT and held at historic Fenway Park. Attendees were recognized for their efforts in promoting active, healthy, and sustainable travel options. 

We are pleased to report that 100% of the NSTMA's members were recognized at this year's event and even more proud that NSTMA board member Peter Muto of Cell Signaling was featured as a speaker! Peter thoroughly inspired the crowd with stories of Cell Signaling's innovative commuter options programs. 

Congratulations to our members Axcelis Technologies, EasternBank, Cummings Properties, City of Beverly, City of Salem, Salem State University and Footprint Power for receiving Leader awards and to Cell Signaling  and Eastern Bank for achieving Pinnacle Awards! 

Bike/Pedestian Roundtable for 
Better Biking & Walking at Salem State University

In late May, the North Shore TMA hosted a bike/pedestrian roundtable for Salem State faculty and staff to learn about how the City and the University are working together to improve the safety and convenience of biking and walking, both on an off campus.  Guest speakers included Jeff Elie, City of Salem Sustainability Coordinator and John Pelletier, City of Salem Mass in Motion Coordinator, both of whom inspired discussion covering the work at the intersection of Loring Ave./Canal St./Jefferson Ave.; the intersection of Loring Ave/West St./Lafayette Street; as well as progress on the Canal Street bike path and connecting that path to the bike path running through Salem State and to the Salem Depot.   Other areas of the city that were of notable interest to participants were the condition of the roads and brush on roadways immediately adjacent to the Kernwood Bridge and the scope of the Loring Ave. project - specifically where the project ends in proximity to Vinnin Square.  

Mr.Pelletier shared the online tool and app used by the city to report a variety of issues such as potholes, speeding, street light outages, etc. - check it out.  

Executive Director Andrea Leary will be following-up on a variety of action items generated by the discussion and will report back to participants and other interested parties.  If you did not attend the roundtable but would like to attend future SSU/City of Salem bike/pedestrian roundtables and events or if you'd like to stay in the loop on bike/pedestrian issues in Salem and around the Salem State campus, please email Andrea Leary.

Changes at the MBTA: New Commuter Rail Schedules and
 a Fare Increase 
By now, most Commuter Rail riders have noticed that the new schedules went in to effect on May 23rd (check here to see how North Shore lines have changed).  The next changes will take effect on July 1st when fares on the MBTA will increase approximately 9.3%. See how this increase will affect fares on various MBTA services here.
Tobin Bridge Toll Changes
Starting in October, tolling on the Tobin Bridge (over which many North Shore commuters travel daily) will effect motorists traveling in both directions at  $1.25 each way, rather than the current $2.50 southbound only toll. 

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