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Montague Launches Official Park&Pedal Program

Here at Montague Bikes we’ve been encouraging the concept of Park&Pedal commuting for many years. If you normally drive to work and your commute is too long to do entirely by bike, park half way or a reasonable distance from work and ride the remainder. It provides a manageable step toward bike commuting and can save money on parking, gas, and vehicle wear, while adding exercise to your daily routine.

Montague has been working to establish an official Park&Pedal program in our home city of Boston, and on Friday July 31st, Park&Pedal officially launched in partnership with the state of Massachusetts. Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton, Department of Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Deputy Commissioner for Operations Matthew Sisk, and Park&Pedal founder David Montague from Montague Bikes unveiled the first in the nation multimodal commuting network. The free program, which is designed to encourage bike commuting by providing a network of parking hubs conveniently located within cycling distance from centers of employment, will allow commuters to park their cars for free and then ride their bikes the remaining distance to work.

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“The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has always been at the forefront of innovative ideas,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The Park&Pedal Commuter Network is the direct result of state government and private partners working together to achieve results that will benefit the public and the environment.”

“The Park&Pedal program will provide a unique, outdoor recreational opportunity for Massachusetts citizens to incorporate in their daily lives while commuting to work,” said EEA Secretary Matthew Beaton. “The results of such partnerships, like the one between DCR and Montague Bikes, will have lasting effects on thousands of people for years to come.”

By commuters utilizing parking hubs, such as the one at DCR’s Christian Herter Park, the greater Boston area will benefit in various ways, including:

  • The reduction of traffic congestion during the rush hour commutes;
  • The increase in available parking spots within the City of Boston and surrounding communities;
  • The decrease of environmentally harmful vehicle emissions; and
  • The contribution to a healthier citizenship.

The launch event was a great celebration with the local bike community out in full force to support to initiative.

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It was a fun filled morning with giveaways, bike raffles, and many delicious free breakfast treats. We want to extend a big thank you to all of our vendors for donating their time, service, food and beverage, and their help in promoting our event. Thank you to Iggy’s Bread, Crema Cafe, Union Square Donuts, BolocoWhole Foods Market, Naked Juice,Mix 104.1, Urban Adventours, Belmont WheelworksCommonWheels, Green Streets Initiative, Bern, Hubway, MassCommuteBoston Bikes, Boston Cyclists Union, MassBikeCambridge Community Development, and Charles River TMA.

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Free water bottles and bike giveaway entries here!

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We had so many supportive riders from the greater Boston bike community come out to celebrate, and many new riders getting on the bike thanks to the Park&Pedal network.

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utting the used bicycle tube ribbon! From left to right: MA State Rep Kevin Honan, Park&Pedal founder David Montague, DOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack, EEA Secretary Matthew Beaton, DCR Deputy Commissioner Matthew Sisk, MA State Senator Will Brownsberger

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MA Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack with David Montague.

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MA Secretary of Energy and the Environment Matthew Beaton chatting with Renata von Tscharner, president of Charles River Conservancy!

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Hot, Iced, and Cold Brew coffee were flowing at the Crema Cafe tent!

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Urban Adventours was on site to lend support and lead a ride into downtown Boston.

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Belmont Wheelworks provided free bike service and tune ups!

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Park&Pedal founder David Montague of Montague Bikes addresses the crowd.

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Priscilla Geigis (left), DCR Director of State Parks & Recreation watches the ribbon cutting.

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Five Montague folding bikes and a Bern helmet were given away to attendees. Congratulations to our winners shown here! A Montague folding bike is perfect for a Park&Pedal commute, as it can always be stowed easily in your car trunk.

View all the photos from the official Park&Pedal launch event in our Facebook album.

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  1. Posted September 3, 2015 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    Nice collection of Image….thanks for sharing

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Installing a Kickstand on a Montague

Installing a kickstand on a Montague folding bike is very simple, and most aftermarket kickstands can be used without interfering with the folding design.

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A standard kickstand clamps to the parts of the frame known as the chain stays. These are the two tubes that extend back from the bottom bracket and toward the rear axle. While a Montague frame has a unique design for folding, the chain stays are shaped like those of a traditional bike.

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You’ll find three parts to most kickstands. The stand itself, a top plate, and a bolt.

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Position the kickstand under the chainstays just behind the bottom bracket.

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Place the top plate above the chainstays and slide the bolt through the hole. The bolt should pass between the chainstays and line up with the threaded hole in the top of the kickstand.

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Tighten the bolt so the top plate clamps down and holds the kickstand in place. This Greenfield kickstand takes a 14mm wrench.

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Your bike can now conveniently stand on it’s own!

 

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  1. Posted July 9, 2015 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    Note that kickstands come in several lengths. The length of the kickstand affects how far the bike leans; too long or too short means that the bike is unstable.

    If you cannot find a kickstand of the correct length, buy one that is longer than needed and cut it down yourself. Most kickstands are aluminum, so they’re easy to cut with a hacksaw.

    If the kickstand does not come with a rubber cap for the end you’ll also want to smooth the raw edges of the cut end. Use sandpaper or emery cloth to do this instead of a file because aluminum loads up file teeth and ruins them.

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Great Brook Farm State Park MTB

great-brook600-annotatedOver the 4th of July weekend we had the opportunity to take out a few Montague folding mountain bikes and put them to the test at Great Brook Farm State Park in Carlisle, Massachusetts. Located about 45 minutes Northwest of Boston, the park makes for a great day trip from Montague HQ.

As the name implies, the 20+ miles of trails surround a working farm complete with Holsteins, an operating dairy, and ice cream stand. Once you get away from the farm, you’ll find sprawling wooded areas covered with fast rolling singletrack, and some technical rocky areas that even more experienced riders will find challenging.

We were easily able to fit 2 Montague folding bikes into our car and head up to the trailhead, no bike rack required.

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Lush green ferns lined much of the trails. It felt a bit like we were entering Jurassic Park…

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Some downed logs made a fun feature before this descent. Tuck and roll!

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The southern portion of the park was a bit swampy, but it’s not mountain biking if you don’t get a little muddy! The wettest parts were traversed with a series wooden bridges.

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All in all a great day of riding, and you can bet we hit the ice cream stand to refuel after.

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We made our way back to Boston to cap off the weekend with fireworks over the Charles River. Happy 4th of July!

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