Memorial Ride Weather Forecast: 0% Precipitation!

Great news — the weather forecast is calling for ZERO rain this Sunday, May 11 for our third annual Mother’s Day Memorial Ride, starting at Newton City Hall!

There’s still time to register for the ride online at, but keep in mind that you can always register day of, too. We’ll be ready to take cash, check, or credit cards at the registration booth. Be sure to show up at least a half hour before the various start times:

  • 8:00 am – 68 mile route
  • 9:00 am – 34 mile route
  • 10:00 am – 17 mile route
  • 10:30 am – 3.4 mile ride for families… with PRIZES for best costume and best decorated bike!

BONUS: Care to attend our indoor event with art, booze, and delicious food to hide from the rain Saturday, May 10? Check out our Spring Benefit… also available, of course, to register day of. Bring a few friends and just show up!

SoulCycle Benefit Class – June 7th

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Our SoulCycle benefit class has been moved to June 7th at 2:30PM!

Click here to reserve your bike with a suggested donation of $40

All tickets purchased from the original May 3rd date will be honored. If you cannot attend the new date we will gladly issue a refund. Please contact us ( with any questions or concerns.

If you’re still itching to bike, sign up to ride one of our four routes on Mothers Day May 11th in the mean time!

Bike Safety Tuesday: Data Matters

Data is one of the most important components of modern bike safety. Collected by interest groups and local government agencies, this information is organized and displayed to paint a grand, detailed picture of what cycling is really like in a city or town.

Here are three examples of how data is being used to make streets safer for cycling:

Crash Data – Boston began properly gathering and analyzing cyclist crash data in 2010 from Boston Police and EMS. In 2013, the city released its first crash report. The information collected in reported crashes involving cyclists from 2010-2012 included the cause of crash (cyclist ran red light, motorist failed to yield, etc.), the location, and if the cyclist was wearing a helmet. The city and its cycling advocacy organization, Boston Bikes, used the data to shape their programs and actions for 2013. For instance, as 22% of reported crashes were caused by “dooring”, city officials began encouraging taxi companies to post signs in their vehicles alerting passengers to check for cyclists before exiting.

Traffic Data – New innovations make it easier than ever for cities to collect data on bike traffic. Arlington, VA installed a new “bikeometer” last week to count the number of cyclists that pass through one of the busiest intersections in the city. The device displays a real-time count of daily cyclist traffic along with monthly and yearly totals.

Commuter Surveys – Many cities across the country survey residents and commuters to find out how they travel, where they go most, and what they’d like to see for improvements. Calgary, AB recently conducted a survey of residents and found that residents were particularly concerned with the combined lack of bike infrastructure and amount of bike traffic in downtown. The city council’s transportation department is taking quick action and planning on creating a network of two-way cycletracks for a pilot program as early as next summer. The city even believes that area bicycle traffic will double in the first year. Calgary’s plan is a great model for how cities can save money by going straight to the source, the public, to create the most effective infrastructure first.



Bike Safety Tuesday: WABA

Behind every great cycling community is a highly productive team of organizers, constantly working to provide innovative resources and programs that ensure everyone is riding safer.

The 2013 recipient of the CCG Foundation Bike Safety Fellowship, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), performs this type of on-the-ground work in the greater Washington DC area.

Here are some of the above-and-beyond educational efforts WABA provides to make cycling even safer in their community:

Motorist Awareness: WABA works with public transportation and bus fleets to increase drivers’ awareness of cyclists on the road. While educating all motorists can seem like a daunting task, focusing on these drivers is especially important. Buses and cyclists often share lanes, and those buses will also need to cross bike lanes to pick up customers.

Educator Resources: Teaching the next generation of cyclists safe and proper habits creates a safer future for everyone. WABA provides tools to parents, teachers, and community leaders for every aspect of personal bike safety, including fitting helmets, administering safe riding courses, and teaching bicycle law.

 Bike Share Member Safety Courses: This year WABA and Bethesda Transportation Solutions are teaming up to make cycling even more accessible in Washington DC.  Members of Capital Bikeshare (the Hubway or CitiBike of Washington) will be able to sign up for a free “Intro to City Cycling” course where participants will learn about bike infrastructure, coexisting with other vehicles on the road, and some best practices for urban riding.

Bike Safety Tuesday: Innovative Infrastructure

Creative and forward thinking cycling infrastructure play a major part in safety. Boston is a shining example of this. In 2007, the city was rated the least bike-friendly major city in the United States. Seven years, 82 miles of bike lanes, 1500 bike racks, a few bike paths later, and countless hours of work later, we are now one of the best! Check out some even more futuristic infrastructure that could make cycling in our community even safer:

Protected Cycle Tracks

While several neighborhoods in the Greater Boston Area do boast one or two cycle tracks, most are not as advanced as this one in Brooklyn, New York. The Sands Street cycle track, which was built in place of a median, helps cyclists navigate this tricky and congested corridor. The two-way path runs down the middle of the street, as opposed to traditional cycle tracks on sidewalks or next to parked cars. Cyclists no longer worry about cars cutting through bike lanes as they exit and enter the major thoroughfares along Sands Street. Instead they can ride easy knowing they are protected by concrete barriers and fencing.

Bicycle Tunnels

Boston already has a subway AND a highway that go underground, so the next logical step could be a cycle tunnel, such as the Maastunnel Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Finished in 1942, the path was used by over 40,000 cyclists per day in the 1950’s and still sees thousands of local cyclists each day. Escalators at ground level of the take riders down to the river floor where they traverse the 1400 meter bikeway to the other side. Perhaps one day in the future we’ll see a bike-dedicated tunnel of this capacity underneath the Charles River or in the Boston Harbor!

Bicycle Lift

This awesome piece of infrastructure in Trondheim, Norway is like a rope-tow for bikes. Imagine you live on top of a hill. You might be stuck commuting on a flatter main road where cars travel faster and more frequently than the steeper, less congested street. The Trampe saves its 20,000-30,000 yearly users the sweat and the time of struggling up this precipitous roadway.

Bike Safety Tuesday: Does Your Helmet Fit?



Bicycle helmets are only effective when they fit correctly. Take a few minutes for a safety check to ensure your noggin is as protected as possible on the road:

  • Size It Right: A helmet should sit snug on the head. It shouldn’t slide around or move back and forth. If it’s a little too big, you might be able to add some additional padding. If it’s a little too small, you could remove some of the interior pads. You should also be able to see the front of helmet above your brow when you look up toward your forehead. The finger test is also a great way to ensure a safe fit.

  • Strap It Tight: Straps should fit in two ways. First, check to make sure your ears sit inside the “V” made by the straps on each side. If the V is too big or too small, adjust the straps accordingly so they’re snug but comfy. Second, buckle the helmet and open your mouth as wide as you can – like you’re at the dentist. The connected strap should be snug under your chin and your helmet should be pulling tight on your head. If it’s not, shorten up each strap so the buckle lightly touches your chin when your mouth is closed.

  • Wear It Always: Whether you’re just going down the street to the store or to the end of the driveway, your helmet can only keep you safe when it’s on your head. Most bicycle accidents happen at low speeds and are caused by road debris, railroad tracks, or other non-automobile hazards. Your helmet is most effective in these instances, so make sure you don’t pedal without it!

For a great visual example of how to fit a helmet on yourself or your child, take a look at this chart from

Bike Safety Tuesday: Visibility

Bike Safety Tuesday

Staying visible is the only way to cycle – there’s no such thing as being too noticeable! Go above and beyond to make sure you’re seen while biking with these three tips:

  • Stay Out of Blind Spots: Cars and trucks have big blind spots, sometimes making it impossible for drivers to see cyclists next to or behind them. When you’re behind or next to a vehicle, check to make sure you can make eye contact with the driver in their mirrors or through the passenger window. If you can’t see them, they can’t see you!

  • Be Reflective: There’s no such thing as being too visible! Light up the night by putting on one of our safety triangles and wear a high-visibility vest, create designs with reflective tape on your bike, helmet, and backpack, and clip reflectors onto your bike. Drivers won’t be able to not see you when you shine from every angle! Order one of our wearable safety triangles or get it for free when you register to ride with us this Mothers Day.

  • Stay Bright: Use headlights and taillights starting 30 minutes before sundown until 30 minutes after sunrise on clear days and wear your lights at all times in the rain or snow. Select the blinking or flashing settings to best catch drivers’ eyes. Consider wearing lights on your helmet in addition to on your bike.

The THIRD Annual CCG Foundation Mother’s Day Memorial Ride: Sunday, May 11, 2014


Guess what? It’s the BEST time of year yet again — time for our Third Annual Christina Clarke Genco Foundation Mother’s Day Memorial Ride!

This year the ride falls on Sunday, May 11, 2014, and has the same fantastic route options for you as in previous years:

  • 68 mile route (starting at 8:00 a.m.):  For all of our seasoned riders
  • 34 mile route (starting at 9:00 a.m.):  Our most popular route
  • 17 mile route (starting at 10:00 a.m.):  Fun for professionals and casual riders alike
  • 3.4 mile Family Ride (starting at 10:30 a.m.):  Includes prizes for best costume, best decorated bike, and more

The ride’s home base at Newton City Hall will again feature the fabulous Boston University Pep Band, a Safety Clinic, and FREE FOOD!

Ready to learn more and sign up? Register for the 2014 Memorial Ride here!


Alabama Wheelmen Host 2nd Annual Memorial Bike Ride to Benefit Foundation


Riders enjoy the bright Alabama sunshine on the Alabama Wheelmen Christina Genco Memorial Ride

For the second year in a row, the Alabama Wheelmen hosted the Christina Genco Memorial Ride to benefit the Christina Clarke Genco Foundation. Last month, a few dozen cyclists met at the Blake Community Center near Fort Payne, AL to ride in a 38-mile or 80-mile loop in beautiful Alabama countryside. This year, Board Members Jeremy Story and Sarah Royal joined in on the ride, connecting the Foundation to the community members in Alabama near the site where Christina was struck and killed by a passing vehicle in 2011.

James Dawson, President of the Alabama Wheelmen, organized and promoted the ride both last year and this year in order to connect the community members in Alabama who wanted to contribute to the memory of Christina’s life, as well as the service work that she was so passionate about. James is a superb advocate for both cycling in Alabama as well as safety, and gave a thorough safety talk prior to the departure of the two routes.


James Dawson (center) of the Alabama Wheelmen entertains Foundation Board Members Jeremy Story and Sarah Royal

Though the humidity reached, well, June-in-Alabama levels, the riders were not dismayed. The 80 milers got caught up in a rainstorm, as well, but it was quickly followed by a bright burst of sunshine. After some watermelon and relaxing in the Blake Community Center, WHNT News swung by for a recap of the ride. Afterwards, Jeremy and Sarah joined James and a smaller group of cyclists to erect a memorial cross on the site where Christina passed away. The WHNT website has a fantastic video report of the day’s events.

It was incredible for us as a Foundation to participate in this type of event. No one in Alabama knew Christina personally, and yet they as cyclists, as volunteers, and as community members felt a connection to her presence and personality to organize this ride and represent their community as one of solidarity and connection, rather than alienation and hostility. We’re thrilled that James, the Alabama Wheelmen, and all of the ride participants came out to support the Foundation and Christina’s legacy. The Foundation cannot thank you enough.


Riders gear up to take off early in the morning


Riders of all skill levels depart from Blake Community Center to begin the ride

RECAP: The Second Annual CCG Mother’s Day Memorial Ride

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Kicking off the Second Annual ride on a gorgeous misty morning!

Our Second Annual Christina Clarke Genco Mother’s Day Memorial Ride last week was a huge hit! Starting the day off with a little rain didn’t stop our 100+ participants from setting out on our 68, 34, 17, and 3.4 mile routes! Mayor of Newton Setti Warren, sending off the 68 mile route through the rain, promised that he’d ride the 68 mile route in 2014. The Boston University Pep Band huddled under a tent and played off the 34 and 17 mile route starts, with everyone in bright and beaming spirits.


Mayor of Newton, Setti Warren, sending off the 68 mile route early in the morning

Heaps of volunteers showed up to man rest stops, manage and move materials under tents, direct traffic, and cheer on the finishers. By early afternoon, the clouds parted, the sun broke through, and everyone was rewarded with a gorgeous spring day—just in time for an amazing reggae music dance party by Toussaint the Liberator. Lots of food, fun, sponsor visits, and celebrating the riders’ returns took place while everyone switched from hot to iced coffee. With the help of all of our supporters, we were able to yet again pull off an incredible day with incredible people for an incredibly important cause:  affordable housing.


President of the Foundation Caroline Genco being interviewed by NewTV!

We especially want to thank all of our wonderful sponsors, including:


Bike & Build

Taking a much-deserved nap post-ride in the sun!

Taking a much-deserved nap post-ride in the sun!

We also would love to thank Whole Foods, the Cheesecake Factory, T Anthony’s, and Jamba Juice. It was truly incredible to see the kind of support that came out for the ride, and for the night before: Our first ever Spring Benefit at the UForge Gallery! Displays of Christina’s artwork (including two crowd favorites: her heavily-stickered bicycle from her first cross-country bicycle trip and her self-portrait bust sporting slick sunglasses) were displayed as participants snacked on beer, wine, and heavy hors d’oeuvres and mingled around. It was a fantastic alternative to those supporters who already had standing Mother’s Day plans, weren’t cyclists, or just couldn’t make it to the ride the next day. Look out for a nice photo gallery on our Facebook page for the event!

With these two events together, the weekend turned out to be a spectacular success for the second year in a row. Did you participate this year? Please share your thoughts, experiences, and great moments from the weekend in the comments below!