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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Thanks for helping us make Biketoberfest the best party we've ever had!

Thanks to everyone who joined us on October 20th for Biketoberfest: Election Edition! This year’s fall party was our best yet, helping us raise over $30,000 for better biking in the Boston area! The party brought together over 250 of our members to celebrate our successes and hear from inspiring speakers including Boston City Council President Michelle Wu, and Cambridge City Councilor Nadeem Mazen (pictured to the right), before dancing the night away!

Held at Hibernian Hall in Dudley Square, just a few blocks away from our office, this year’s election-themed Biketoberfest helped us continue to draw attention to the “All-powerful bike lobby,” showing elected officials and candidates who took the time to attend how committed the bike community is to advancing progress, and raised our visibility and political power.

With appearances from Boston City Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George, representatives from the offices of Boston City Councilors Ayanna Pressley and Mark Ciommo, Boston City Council candidates Kristen Mobilia, Brandon Bowser, and William King, Cambridge City Council candidate Bryan Sutton and a representative from the campaign of Gubernatorial Candidate Bob Massie, our elected officials and candidates heard loud and clear that anyone running for office needs to take this issue seriously. They saw that there is a huge constituency who is committed to making biking in the Boston area safer and more comfortable for people of all ages and abilities.

The election is tomorrow, so be sure to check out the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition’s candidate questionnaire to see where your candidates stand on this issue, and don’t forget to vote on November 7th!

If you missed the party, but want to help support our work of making the Boston area safer and better for people of all ages and abilities to bike as a means of transportation, you can still donate!

Lastly, we’d like to thank all of our sponsors as well as Madison Park Development Corporation for hosting us, our photographers Konrad Zalewski and Donrick Pond (you can see their pictures from the party here!), Emily Thibodeau for designing the artwork for Biketoberfest and all of the members of our Board of Directors and the volunteers who helped make Biketoberfest not just happen, but become the most successful annual fundraising party we’ve ever held!

Fill out our Boston Area #WinterBiking Survey!

Over the years, the Boston Cyclists Union has worked hard to improve biking over the winter.  

A tweet from Allston-Brighton Bikes during the #WinterBiker campaign of 2013/2014

A tweet from Allston-Brighton Bikes during the #WinterBiker campaign of 2013/2014

In the 2013/2014 winter, the coordinated #WinterBiker campaign was launched in response to poor clearing of the Southwest Corridor.  Through a targeted social media campaign with Allston-Brighton Bikes, Southie Bikes, other neighborhood bike groups and individual activists, and using #WinterBiker on social media, we told a powerful story of the large number of people who continue to bike through the winter, and demonstrated that our municipalities have an obligation to clear bicycle lanes and paths.

The successful campaign led to the formation of a committee of transportation advocates and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to deal with snow clearance and other issues important to our bike network and infrastructure.  Our advocacy has led to the acquisition of new equipment to allow our municipalities to clear snow off of separated bike lanes and paths.  We have continued to elevate issues of snow clearance to each municipality as they have arisen.

Last winter, Bike Union staff Becca and Doug, along with Board President Steve Bercu, went to Montreal for the Winter Cycling Congress.  Conference sessions left them inspired to continue to push the region to innovate and make our streets more accessible for people to bike through winter.  

We already know, through summer and winter counts on the Southwest Corridor, Longwood Ave, and the Eco Totem in Kendall Square, that 40-50% of the people who bike in the summer continue to bike in winter.  Data like these counts are important tools to help us with advocating for better winter clearance, for more protected infrastructure and equipment to keep it clear of snow, and for year-round Hubway operations (which we’re getting, in Boston, starting this year!)

Now, here is where we need you: we are releasing a Winter Biking Survey to get a rich set of data about who rides in the winter, who doesn’t ride in the winter, what people experience, and what could be improved.  Please help us out by taking 5-15 minutes of your time to fill out this survey.  Even if you don’t bike in the winter, it’s very valuable for us to have your data — please fill out the survey!  Share this with your friends, and colleagues, and people you know on social media.  The good news?  Anyone who fills this out by November 26th at 11:59pm will be entered to win a Bern Helmet and other great prizes!

Click here to access and fill out our Boston Area Winter Bike Survey!

A tweet from Allston-Brighton Bikes during the #WinterBiker campaign of 2013/2014

A tweet from Allston-Brighton Bikes during the #WinterBiker campaign of 2013/2014

A big thank you to Alta Planning + Design who inspired us to launch this survey at the Winter Cycling Congress in Montreal in 2017.