Farewell friends, it's been a pleasure working with you!

Friends,

For the past three years I have worked alongside you as we fought, one street at a time, to make the Boston area safer for people to bike. We’ve won countless victories, and the fruits of our labor are evident all over the city.

It seems like every month a new stretch of bike infrastructure is being installed somewhere in the Boston area. Where three years ago I rode in a door-zone bike lane, there’s now a parking-protected bike lane. The one-way streets I’ve salmoned on everyday for years now have signs that read “Do Not Enter (Except Bicycles).” When I stop at a red light, I find that, not only am I not the only person on a bike waiting at a light, there are sometimes dozens of people on bikes in front and behind me.

It’s these changes, both in the conditions of our streets and in the growing number of people on bicycles, that have given me so much joy and inspiration over the past three years. There’s nothing that has motivated me more to fight for safer streets than riding my bike on a newly opened protected bike lane, and occasionally getting held up by “bike traffic”.

I’ve also been incredibly lucky to work with some of the kindest and most passionate people I’ve ever met. You might not know it, but I only became a bike commuter in 2012, when I decided that I’d had enough of being stuck in traffic or sitting on a stopped train. I came to my first bike party the next year, and since then my bike family has grown beyond counting.

 

Above: (from left) Michelle Cook, Angela Johnson, Becca Wolfson, Jess Feldish. Below: Jon Ramos

 

 
That is why it is with a mix of sadness and excitement that I share this news with you. December 29th will be my last day as a staff member of the Boston Cyclists Union. In January I will be starting a position as a public involvement specialist at a planning and engineering firm. I’ll still be involved in the projects that are making our cities and towns safer and better for people who walk and bike as a means of transportation, and you may even see me at some public meetings for projects in your neighborhood.

Departing the Bike Union caps three of the best years of my life. It has truly been a pleasure to work with all of you, and I could not be more grateful for all the friends I have made through the bike community.

I’d like to invite you all to celebrate these past three years, and the people who have helped make them so great, on Tuesday, January 9th for the Bike Union’s Annual Volunteer Appreciation Party at Flat Top Johnny’s. We’ll recognize our volunteers and supporters, give out amazing raffle prizes to folks who volunteered this year, and usher in a new era for the Bike Union.

Now, you may be asking, “Who will replace Doug?!” Well, the answer might be: YOU! Have you always dreamed of working to build a grassroots movement to transform our streets, neighborhoods and city into a place that is safe and convenient for people of all ages and abilities to bike as a means of transportation? Then keep a look out for a job opening with the Bike Union. We’ll be posting more details soon!

Thanks again for all of your support over the past three years. I hope to see you on the 9th, and until then, enjoy the holidays and Happy New Year!

Sincerely,
Doug Johnson

This year, there’s a lot to be thankful for. With your help, we’ve fought for and won improvements to our roads that will go a long way towards making biking in the Boston area safer and more comfortable for people of all ages and abilities.

Thanks to your grassroots advocacy, new bike infrastructure has been added in Boston, Cambridge and Somerville in just the past few months!

In Boston:

In Cambridge:

In Somerville:

  • Thanks to the incredible work of the Somerville Bike Committee, the City installed protected bike lanes on Washington Street east of Union Square! This change comes as a part of a larger set of improvements to Union Square, including adding protected bike lanes to Webster Avenue next Spring!
  • The Beacon Street cycletracks will also be completed next year, thanks to the work of the Somerville Bike Committee and the Bike Union back in 2012. Together we organized a massive campaign to build public support for the project!

We couldn’t be more grateful for the support of our members and friends like you who have helped make all of this possible.

We’re also grateful for the incredible generosity of two anonymous donors, who have agreed to match up to $3,500 of donations made between now and Tuesday night!

If you were already planning on donating to the Bike Union on #GivingTuesday, now your donation will go twice as far! Please help up reach our goal of raising $3,500 in the next 3 days, so that we can continue to fight for the kinds of changes on our streets that will make biking safer and easier for everyone! Donate today!

Even better, not only will your donation be matched by anonymous donors, Crimson Bikes is donating a brand new bike, to be raffled off at the end of the year! From now to December 31st, anyone who joins, renews or donates $36 or more to the Bike Union, or refers a friend who donates, has a chance to win a brand new Schwinn Brighton!

So let your friends and family know about the Bike Union, encourage them to join, or buy them a membership as a gift! You’ll be helping to make biking in Boston better, and you might start off 2018 with a brand new bike!

Raffle Rules

  1. Each donation of at least $36 entitles the donor to one entry into the raffle for the Schwinn Allston or Brighton.
  2. For every $50 above the initial $36, the donor gets one additional entry into the raffle.
  3. Anyone listed in the referral field of the donation form will be entered into the raffle. (To refer a friend, put their full name in the field titled “I was referred to the Bike Union by…” on the donation page.)
  4. Donations made between November 26th and midnight on December 31st can qualify for the raffle.
  5. The raffle winner will be selected during the first week of January 2018 and immediately notified. The winner will be responsible for coordinating pick up of the bicycle with Crimson Bikes.

Join us for World Day of Remembrance this Sunday

 

This Sunday, on World Day of Remembrance, the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition is organizing a day of actions to remember those who have been injured or lost to traffic violence, and to demand safe streets for everyone in our communities.

World Day of Remembrance is an annual event taking place in cities around the world. In Massachusetts, we gather each year on the steps of the state house in Boston, to show our legislators that traffic fatalities are still unacceptably high, and we need more cities and towns to commit to ending traffic violence now.

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Rutherford Ave and Sullivan Square: The Vision of a New Linear Park and Walkable Neighborhood Betrayed by the “Underpass Option”

The underpass at Austin Street – a barrier between Charlestown and Bunker Hill Community College

 

By Professor Peter Furth

Please sign this petition in support of the Surface Option!

In the 1960’s, Rutherford Ave in Charlestown was converted into a 10-lane highway complete with underpasses and flyovers, decimating Sullivan Square in the process, so that it could carry all the traffic from the terminus of I-93 – which at the time reached from New Hampshire only to Medford – into Boston. Well, I-93 was finished several decades ago, capped off by the completion of the Zakim Bridge in 2003 which provides ample capacity for traffic from the north. Meanwhile, the incongruity of valuable land being wasted as unneeded highway ramps and parking lots so close to Boston and within walking distance of two MBTA stations –  Sullivan Square and Community College – makes it especially pressing to demote Rutherford Ave from a highway to urban avenue, and to turn Sullivan Square into a walkable grid with development parcels that supports a dense hub of transit-oriented development.

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