Local Cycling Organizations Celebrate National Bike Month with Food distribution and bike education event with local partners

Local Cycling Organizations Celebrate National Bike Month with Food distribution and bike education event with local partners


 Where: 413 Main Street, Holyoke MA 01040
When: Wednesday, May 12th, 2pm to 5pm


  • Neighbor to Neighbor will be distributing food with the assistance of Nueva Esperanza 
  • ValleyBike will be offering free test rides and distributing free annual passes to eligible residents
  • Bike tune-ups will be provided by RadSpringfield – the community bike shop at Make-It Springfield
  • MassBike Connecticut River Valley Chapter will be providing free bike lights
  • Holyoke Biking and Pedestrian Committee will be providing information regarding biking and walking improvements and helping with bike adjustments.


While Bay State Bike Month is being held in September again this year due to the pandemic, May is still National Bike Month. Holyoke’s Biking and Pedestrian Committee decided to celebrate by joining forces with three local organizations to provide all kinds of cycling goodies, on the same site that the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Holyoke Chapter is hosting its food distribution program.

On Wednesday May 12, 2021, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, the public is invited to come learn more about the organizations, pick up supplies, or even get a free basic bicycle tune-up (known as ABC –air, brakes, and chain check). The event takes place at 413 Main Street in Holyoke, at Nueva Esperanza.

The event started to come together as more and more organizations decided to collaborate and celebrate bikes. Bikes are an agent for change and offer freedom to people who do not have access to other forms of transportation. Biking and walking in Holyoke is easier than ever now that many complete street projects are done, with more in the works. The Committee’s main goal is to make our residents feel safe biking and walking in Holyoke.

RadSpringfield– the community bike shop at Make-It Springfield will be providing bike adjustments and advice at the event. Their shop offers bike repairs and RadSpringfield has been working with other Springfield community groups to outfit refugees with bikes to help them with crucial transportation needs. 

MassBike Connecticut River Valley Chapter will be providing free bike lights as part of their #LightsBrigade which helps bicyclists who do not have lights on their bikes to see and be seen better when they are riding at night.

ValleyBike Share will be helping people sign up for our free annual Access Pass funded in part by the Community Foundation of Western Ma.  The Passes are usually $10 but are free again in 2021 to help people affected by the pandemic. There will be a free drawing for some goodies and the first 20 people who arrive will receive a ValleyBike face mask or reflector.

Shannon Bliven

Community Outreach and Business Development, ValleyBike