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Mayor Michelle Wu claps her hands in City Hall Plaza, surrounded by people with bikes at a rally.

Weigh in on the Boston Streets Department budget priorities in FY23

Last year there were no new protected bike lanes installed in Boston. While we are seeing progress on some long-awaited projects this spring, like the road diet and bike lanes on Tremont St (South End) and protected bike lanes on Boylston St (Fenway), there are others that are still delayed and many not yet initiated,…
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Bike Month Membership Giveaway

Bike Month is a chance for us to connect with our members and grow our movement. Be sure to check out our exciting Bike Month 2022 programming! It’s also an important opportunity for us to raise funds for our work. We hope you’ll consider becoming a BCU member or renewing your membership – your tax-deductible…
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You’re Invited! Bike-In Movie – Wednesday, May 18

You’re Invited! In celebration of Bike Month 2022, the Boston Cyclists Union is hosting a bike-in movie! Bike-In Movie 6:00 – 9:30 PM Wednesday, May 18, 2022 Christian Herter Park Amphitheater Join us at Herter Park’s newly renovated outdoor amphitheater on the banks of the Charles River in Allston/Brighton for a screening of Grecia White’s new Boston-based…
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Apply to Join Our Board!

The Boston Cyclists Union’s Board works with staff to define the organization’s direction and strategy and ensure its health, working on many issues of street design and mobility justice. You don’t have to call yourself “an avid cyclist” to join our board. In fact, that’s not what we’re looking for. We’re looking for people who…
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A family of a mother, father, and two kids are standing by their e-bike. The two kids are strapped into the back of the e-bike.

Action Alert: Take Action for E-bike Access!

If we want to pass e-bike legislation this year, we need the Transportation Committee at the Statehouse to move the bills out of their committee by February 2! That means we need your help demonstrating to the committee members that there is far-reaching and plentiful support for these bills. In October we heard from 200…
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Boston Bike Story: Salvador, Jamaica Plain

“I’ve been riding a bike in Boston since I moved here 19 years ago from Guatemala. I like biking because it seems to be the quickest way to get around, because I can go places outside of where T lines take me, and because I usually feel good while I’m riding. I have been hit…
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The Union Rider: January 2022

Speak up for a safer Arborway More than 200 people attended a virtual meeting this month about the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) plans to redesign the Arborway between Jamaica Pond and Forest Hills. It was great to see so many BCU supporters in the Zoom room! There are two more opportunities to shape the…
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Shape the future of the Arborway!

On January 20, DCR presented four alternative designs for the Arborway between Jamaica Pond and Forest Hills. We have reviewed the designs extensively with BCU supporters, other advocacy organizations and area-residents who walk, bike and move through here on various modes and have the following suggestions to make the Arborway as safe, accessible and park-like…
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Speak up for a safer Arborway!

On Thursday, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will unveil proposals for permanent changes to the Arborway that could complete the missing bicycle link in the Emerald Necklace between Jamaica Pond and Forest Hills. We need your help to show DCR there is support for moving this project forward—show up and speak up! Arborway Parkways Improvement…
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An opportunity to improve biking by Carson Beach and UMASS Boston

Next Monday, the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) will hold a virtual meeting about the Dorchester Bay City project, a massive residential/commercial development proposed for 200 Mount Vernon Street. Specifically, this meeting will be about “transportation, infrastructure, sustainability and resiliency.”  The streets leading to the new project include some that are very challenging and stressful…
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The Union Rider: December 2021

Thank you for another great year As we close the book on 2021, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on all we accomplished together this year. With your support, we: Reached 750+ Bostonians through our electoral organizing and education drive. (We’ve already seen the impact of this work with Mayor Wu’s appointment of long-time streets…
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The Union Rider: November 2021

We did it! Protected bike lanes on Mass Ave Bridge You spoke, and MassDOT listened: The agency is using cones to pilot protected bike lanes and a vehicle lane reduction on the Harvard Bridge (aka Mass Ave Bridge) this winter, with more robust changes expected next spring.  This is an enormous advancement for road safety,…
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The Union Rider: October 2021

I Bike, I Vote Election Day is Tuesday, 11/2.  Early voting is open in Boston, Cambridge and Somerville. During early voting, you can cast a ballot at a select number of polling locations across the city. Voter guides — The MA Vision Zero Coalition has guides compiling responses from candidates in Boston/Cambridge/Somerville about where they stand on…
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🎂 Save the date: BCU 10th Birthday Bash

In December 2011, the Boston Cyclists Union officially became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. What an incredible decade of growth and progress it’s been! Please join us on Thursday, December 9 for a virtual celebration reflecting on the BCU’s first 10 years and looking forward to the next 10 years (and beyond!) of advancing our mission to…
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Sign the petition: Protected bike lanes on the Mass Ave Bridge

Massachusetts Avenue across the Harvard Bridge (commonly known as the “Mass Ave Bridge”) is one of the busiest bike routes in the region. It’s also one of the most dangerous. Although Boston and Cambridge have protected bike lanes at both ends, the state controls the bridge and has yet to follow suit. We’re determined to…
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Ask your legislators to pass e-bike legislation!

E-bikes have enormous potential to get more people on bikes and out of cars. However, they currently exist in a legal gray area in Massachusetts; we’re one of only 4 states with “problematic” legislation currently on the books, according to People for Bikes. Tomorrow, lawmakers are holding a hearing about legislation we support that would modernize…
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Speak up for traffic safety bills!

Wednesday, October 13th at 11am, the MA Legislature is holding a virtual hearing on a variety of traffic safety bills. The BCU and our partners in the MA Vision Zero Coalition will be testifying in support of and in opposition to various bills—and we need your help emphasizing to lawmakers which bills will positively impact street safety, and…
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The Union Rider: September 2021

Sign the petition for bike lanes on Charles Street We’ve been hitting the streets to build support among residents, businesses and visitors to Boston’s Charles Street for a 2-way protected cycle track (bi-directional bike lanes). Bikes make up 23% of all peak-hour traffic on Charles Street, yet there are five lanes for cars and none for…
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Speak up for bike lanes on Boston’s Cambridge Street

People on bikes make up 10 percent of all traffic on Cambridge St. during peak hours—yet this important connector has no safe, separated bike lanes. Will you help us add this key link to Boston’s bike network? The Boston Transportation Department (BTD) is looking at improvements to Cambridge St. as part of the Connect Downtown project. Separated…
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Pledge to vote for a bike-friendly Boston

Local elections this year offer a golden opportunity to elect a new mayor in Boston committed to our vision for people-first streets To make that happen, we’re rallying Bostonians to do two things: Read our voter guide — Learn where Boston’s mayoral candidates stand on bike/transportation issues. If you want to dig even deeper, check out…
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