Archive for April 2010

Bike lanes to grace Centre and South streets!

In Jamaica Plain, a bubbling controversy over bike lanes on Centre and South streets has been the talk of the town for the past few months. For those of you not caught up in the JP rumor mill, it began back in early February when a handful of cyclists took an anti-bike lane stance during…

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Today is the first day of the rest of our lives—with the T.

The Boston Cyclists Union, MassBike and the City of Boston met with a group of MBTA officials this morning to begin a long-term effort aimed at improving how the T’s bus-driver training program incorporates bikes. This first meeting was about gathering information and listing our opportunities, which were many. To help illuminate the process, the…

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What's a cycletrack? A friend of Sam Adams explains.

How many of you knew that the beer we all know and love here in Boston was elected Mayor in Portland? Yep. Mayor Sam Adams. Well we didn’t get the memo either, but his administration is doing great stuff. Case in point: here’s Sam’s Transportation Policy Director Catherine Ciarlo talking about Portland’s new Cycletrack! The…

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The Mayor's Bicycle Safety Summit

It is amazing what we can accomplish when we come together as a community around a few powerful ideas. Last night Mayor Menino and the leaders of MassDOT, the MBTA, the Boston Police Department (BPD), Boston EMS, the Boston Public Health Commission, the Boston Bikes program and the Boston Transportation Department held a long and…

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Boston Cyclists Union hits the airwaves!

Some of you may have heard a snippet of Boston Cyclists Union co-founder Pete Stidman talking about the need for better crash reporting on WBUR over the weekend, well here’s a longer interview aired on Tuesday, April 20th’s broadcast of the Neighborhood Network News with Chris Lovett on Channel 9! We’re big fans of Lovett’s…

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Cambridge Street in Allston— a new BCU focal point

The Boston Cyclists Union has already had some early success in Allston, convincing the city to redesign to include a physically separate cycletrack on Western Avenue instead of a simple bike lane. The Boston Transportation Department’s Vineet Gupta tells us Harvard University is currently drawing up the plans for Western, which will be carried out…

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BCU thanks Mayor Menino, urges caution on enforcement plan

The BCU commends Mayor Thomas Menino, Boston Police Department Commissioner Ed Davis, and all BPD officers and staff for taking a positive step toward routinely compiling police incident reports of bicyclists hit by motor vehicles, and for adding BPD deputy superintendent Nora Baston to the Boston Bikes Advisory Group. Thank you for granting our requests…

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BCU response to the death of Eric Hunt

The death of 22-year-old cyclist Eric Hunt on Huntington Avenue on April 7, quickly followed by news of a second tragic accident involving a 37-year-old man on Beacon Street on April 8, was an emotionally jarring way for the Boston cycling community to begin the spring season. We encourage all of our fellow cyclists to…

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Bike Lanes, the reasoning

People who have biked in the city for years know to stay clear of the door zone, and think nothing of taking the middle of the road in busy traffic. This may be why a few seasoned cyclists find bike lanes to be too restrictive — a relatively confining space to one side of the…

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Welcome to the Boston Cyclists' Union!

The Boston Cyclists’ Union is a new advocacy organization focused within the boundaries of the city of Boston. Our mission is to promote the everyday use of bicycles by advocating for safe, convenient, and enjoyable cycling facilities in all of Boston’s neighborhoods. The BCU began in January 2010 as a meeting between 20 bike advocates…

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