Streets are for People Rally - Sept. 29

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The status quo is not working. An estimated 179 people were killed in traffic crashes in Massachusetts during the first half of this year, including 13 pedestrians in the City of Boston.

It’s time to rally and call for safer streets. Will you join us?

Meet us at Boston City Hall Plaza on Thursday, September 29th at 6pm. Gather with friends and neighbors in solidarity with those who have been killed in traffic crashes to call for swifter action to prevent these tragedies in the future.

Streets are For People Rally
Thursday, September 29, 2016, 6-7pm
@ City Hall Plaza, Boston

Our leaders must prioritize safer options for people to walk, bike, and take transit. The Complete Streets program is an excellent start. Boston’s Vision Zero efforts are getting underway, but they need to be ramped up. We’ve extended an invitation to Mayor Walsh and Boston City Councilors to attend our rally. (We’ve included the invitations below.)

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Save the date: Biketoberfest 2016!

Thursday, October 13th in Somerville!

It’s that time of year again! Join us for a celebration of local breweries, bike-powered businesses and a year of victories for safer streets and better biking in the Boston area!Event_Flyer_white_cropped_2-01

Biketoberfest 2016 will be the best biktoberfest yet, with free food, free beer/wine/cider, live music, a raffle packed with great prizes, a showcase of some of the area’s leading bike-powered businesses showing off their tricycles, trailers and cargo bikes, as well as live music to dance to with over 300 of your best friends!

MEMBERS GET IN FREE!!!! Not already a member? Tickets are $25 in advance, and $35 at the door, and your purchase gives you 1-year membership to the Bike Union!

Biketoberfest 2016 will sell out! Even if you are already a member please RSVP on Eventbrite!

This event is open to all ages!

Thank you to our *Amsterdam Level Sponsors*
Breakstone, White & Gluck
Law Office of Jeffrey S. Glassman
Bike Safe Boston
Percival Beer Company

Thank you to our *Scorcher Level Sponsors*
Aeronaut Brewing Company
Cambridge Brewing Company
Downeast Cider House

and more to be announced soon!

We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Lessons from Copenhagen: Reflections on a Bicycle-Urbanism Master Class by Steve Bercu

I recently returned from Copenhagen, one of our planet’s great bicycling capitals, where I participated in a June 2016 master class on bicycle urbanism led by the Copenhagenize design firm, the gurus behind, among other things, the legendary Cycle Chic blog.  This company was founded by bicycle-urbanist extraordinaire, Mikael Colville-Anderson, pictured here.copenhagen1

 

My classmates hailed from four continents and included planners, architects, advocates, journalists, students, and elected officials. While the class addressed a broad range of issues and materials, here I want to focus on some salient impressions and reflections from the class, as well as observations of the Copenhagen bike scene.

History.  Copenhagen started early, installing, in 1892, the world’s first dedicated bike lane.  In this early era, bicycle advocates had to fight battles with the entrenched equestrian lobby over street space.  By the 1940s, the bicycle network had achieved impressive scale.  In the 1960s and 70s, the heyday of automobile-centered urban development, Copenhagen lost 50% of its bicycle infrastructure, and the bike network was effectively rendered useless.  This point marked a dramatic turning point, with the city completely reorganized around the convenience of the car, deeply inconveniencing all other modes, as dramatically visualized in this graphic:

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In what turned out to be a great stroke of fortune, Copenhagen, like Oslo and Helsinki, was too weak economically to undertake major, Robert Moses-style highway projects within the urban core (though it had plans to do so on the books).  Stockholm alone, among the Nordic capitals, went down that path, and to this day its city center bears the scars of that legacy.  In the early 1970s, in response to the oil crisis, horrific bicycling fatalities, and massive grass-roots uprisings, huge pressure was brought on the government to provide safe infrastructure for bicycling.  Since that time, Copenhagen has been decisively pursuing efforts to grow, improve, densify, and complete its bicycle network—with unparalleled success. Continue reading Lessons from Copenhagen: Reflections on a Bicycle-Urbanism Master Class by Steve Bercu

Attend an upcoming Advocacy 101 Workshop

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Want to make your community better for biking? Do you want to learn how to effectively engage your elected officials and members of your community to win policy changes at the local and state level? The Bike Union and MassBike invite you to an advocacy workshop facilitated by community activist and professional lobbyist, Erica Mattison.

The workshop is free with a suggested donation of $10. (Proceeds will support the Bike Union and MassBike.) Space is limited and tickets are given on a first-come first-serve basis. If you are interested in the workshop but are unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts or capacity, there will be another workshop the follow week on July 20th.

Light snacks will be provided.  Continue reading Attend an upcoming Advocacy 101 Workshop