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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.

A protected bike lane is coming to Beacon Street this fall!

Beacon Street protected bike lane as it approaches Mass Ave.

Last night the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) held an Open House to present the final design of the Beacon Street protected bike lane!

While the changes to Beacon Street can’t happen soon enough, we’re excited to see that BTD heeded our calls to carry the protected bike lane all the way to Mass Ave, rather than having a mixing-zone at the intersection of Beacon Street and Mass Ave that would have created unnecessary conflicts between people biking and people driving.

Continue reading A protected bike lane is coming to Beacon Street this fall!

Bike to Market Season Recap and a new Basic Bike Maintenance and Repair Class!

The end of September marks the end of another great Bike to Market Season! This year, we worked on over 500 bikes at 41 events, thanks to generous support from the Boston Public Health Commission!

Classes are lead by our mechanic, Brian!

Even though Bike to Market has ended, our Dudley Bike Workshop will continue hosting open shop hours on Tuesday and Saturdays. Click here for a full schedule.

Stop by and use our stands and tools (free of charge) to fix your bike and learn basic maintenance skills with guidance from our professional mechanics!

In addition to Open Shop hours, we’re also holding our Basic Bike Maintenance and Repair Course this fall!

During this course, students will learn how to fix flats, adjust and replace brakes, maintain and tune drivetrains, and adjust hubs and other bearing systems.

The class runs for 2 hours, once a week for 5 sessions and you’ll get to work on your own bike. The course costs $100, though there are scholarships available.

Click here to sign up for the course!

Students will work on their own bikes!