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
Dear members and friends,
It is with heavy heart that I write to you today. Most of you know by now that a young woman riding a bike, 27 year old Amanda Phillips of Cambridge, was hit and killed in Inman Square last week. While some details are not fully clear yet, it is widely believed that she was either doored or swerved to avoid a door opening in her path, and was thrown into the path of a landscape truck. We have been devastated by this loss, alongside all of you.
We want to welcome you to a vigil to honor the life of Amanda Phillips, mourn her loss, and find a way forward together. It will be tonight at 7pm, in Inman Square at the site of the crash. It is open to all, and we hope you will join us, members of the bike community, and friends of Amanda.
We are full of grief, and we are also angry. We’re angry that we know where the dangerous intersections and corridors are, and we have to battle against the interests of on-street parking and against those who value motorist convenience over bicyclist mortality, to earn the space on the road for infrastructure that will protect us, not put us in the path of car doors or aggressive vehicles. We’re angry because this was preventable.
In times like this, we understand that people need an outlet to “channel their righteous anger,” Continue reading We share your grief, and say enough is enough.
On Wednesday, June 29th at 7 pm the cycling community will be holding a candlelight vigil in Inman Square to honor Amanda Phillips, who was killed while biking on Cambridge Street on Thursday, June 23rd.
All are welcome to attend.
There will be a collection to support those planning the arrangements for Amanda. All proceeds will be contributed to the GoFundMe campaign, but you can also contribute to it directly here: https://www.gofundme.com/radloveforphillips
Afterwards, there will be a reception at Ole Mexican Grill on Springfield Street in Inman, providing everyone a place to gather, mourn and heal together.
You can find more information about the vigil on facebook.
On Wednesday, June 15th, over 250 people turned out to hear about important short-term safety improvements being
made to Mass Ave, and to tell the city that protected bike lanes are the only way to address the safety issues along this corridor.
Wearing yellow, the national color for Vision Zero, and holding signs that read “Save Lives, Not Parking”, resident after resident told the city how dangerous MassAve currently is, and how important it is that the city take immediate steps.
A rendering of the proposed southbound protected bike lane. Created by Toole Design Group.
The City is listening. In addition to protected bike lanes, their plans for an improved Mass Ave include:
- Improved pedestrian crossings and intersection markings
- Walk-signs that come on BEFORE cars get the green, letting more people cross the street before cars begin to turn, and
- No Turn on Red signs at EVERY intersection, further improving pedestrian and cyclist safety
While this is a major step in the right direction, and cause to celebrate, there will continue to be work to do to improve Mass Ave. The Bike Union will not rest until all of MassAve, from the Harvard Bridge to Columbia Road, has continuous, protected bike lanes on both sides of the street.
As always, we continue to be inspired by the passion and dedication of the bike community, and we cannot thank you enough for helping win protected bike lanes on Mass Ave!