Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

July 4, 2013

Pedaling for commuter change

Local riders among 2,800 in state to meet Challenge by taking bike to work

The Andover Townsman

---- — The Merrimack Valley Transportation Management Association threw a party recently at Andover’s Minuteman Road industrial park to celebrate the successful conclusion of the organization’s annual Bike to Work Week and participation in the MassCommute Bicycle Challenge.

Local riders, who were among more than 2,800 statewide to commute to work by bicycle at least once during the Challenge period of May 11 to 19, gathered for a barbecue, raffle and opportunity to check out information from bicycle-related vendors.

Employees from Philips Healthcare, Vicor Corp., Putnam Investments, Hewlett Packard, Draeger Medical and the town of Andover enjoyed lunch before sharing roughly 30 raffle prizes donated by supporters, including the Merrimack Valley YMCA, Buchika’s of Salem, N.H.; Emmaus Inc. of Haverhill, the Lowell Spinners, Philips Fitness Center and New Hampshire Bike/Walk Alliance.

Now in its 19th years, the MassCommute Bicycle Challenge is an annual event that calls attention to alternative modes of transportation, especially bicycling, by sponsoring a friendly competition among teams of riders from businesses statewide.

Philips’ team finished second in its category (business or organization with 1,500 to 2,999 members) statewide, logging more than 1,000 miles.

Merrimack Valley TMA Executive Director Andrea Leary congratulated the riders for their contributions.

The nonprofit organization of employers and property owners works to address employee transportation issues in the Merrimack Valley and along the Interstates 93 and 495 corridor and to advocate for commuter-oriented and sustainability legislation. The association serves businesses, organizations and institutions in, and the communities of, Andover, North Andover, Methuen, Lawrence and Haverhill.