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Tell DCR: Protect cyclists on your roadways

Last Thursday, we sent a powerful message to the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) that we need more protected spaces for cyclists on our roads — and we need them now. Around 125 people stood ground on Fenway and Brookline Ave. to highlight the dangers of DCR’s unprotected bike lanes on those roads, proving…
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Boston Bike Story: David

When and why did you start biking? I am from Colombia, and there on Sundays they shut down the street and hundreds of people [Ed. note: Sometimes millions!] come to bike and walk. It’s like Memorial Drive here, but the Ciclovía there is a longer stretch and filled with more people. I started biking in…
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The Union Rider: June 2019

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Progress on “Mass Ave South,” and a chance to impact other plans nearby

Thanks to you, Massachusetts Avenue south of Melnea Cass Drive (“Mass Ave South”) is on track to become safer and more accessible for cyclists, but the work is far from over. Today in particular we are feeling the urgency to improve this stretch after a pedestrian was killed crossing Massachusetts Avenue at Melnea Cass this morning.Their name…
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Speak Up For a Safer Memorial Drive That Puts People First

Plans to overhaul Memorial Drive, between the BU Bridge and Eliot Bridge, are moving along — and next Tuesday is your first chance to weigh in on the initial concept designs. Memorial Drive Greenway Improvements Phase III, Public MeetingTuesday, June 25 // 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School Cafeteria102 Putnam Avenue, Cambridge, MA…
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Boston Bike Story: Laura Sinclair

“I live in the South End and work in Hyde Park as an engineer. I started biking about 12 years ago, and enjoy the freedom and speed while traveling in the city. I just moved to Boston last fall, and am still figuring out routes through the city. I’m excited to get out and explore…
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Centre St. Needs Protected Bike Lanes and a Road Diet

There is clear and overwhelming support to make Centre St. safer for walking and biking, and next week you can weigh in on whether plans from the Boston Transportation Department would do enough to accomplish that goal. We are hopeful that, thanks to all of the grassroots organizing over the last few months, these plans…
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Boston Bike Story: David (and Micah)

“I’ve always been a bike commuter. I want a livable planet for my kids, and if more people bike it could help us get there. I think cars are great for some people and situations, but bikes are good for most. My family owns a car, but the bike has been my primary mode of…
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Boston Bike Story: Linda Alila

Why do you bike? I’ve been biking ever since I was a kid, and I started biking in Boston six years ago. Boston in the first city I’ve ever biked in. Weather permitting, I’ll commute on my bike from JP to Downtown Boston, and then I like to do some longer rides for fun. Driving…
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Speak up For a Car-Free Northern Ave. Bridge!

Last year, Boston unveiled several concepts for rebuilding and reopening the Northern Ave. Bridge, including one option for a car-free pathway. However, the City is now suggesting it will settle for a design that adds cars and private shuttle buses to the bridge, too. On Monday, join us in urging Boston to build a bridge to a more sustainable…
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Shape the Future of Mobility in Somerville

On Wednesday, there will be two public meetings about projects with the potential to reshape Somerville — and dramatically improve the convenience and safety of bicycling — for years to come. If you live in Ward 6 or 7, or bike on Powder House Blvd., please consider attending the Powder House redesign meeting (info below)…
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Widening the Somerville Community Path

Once completed, the Somerville Community Path Extension (CPX) will form a key link in the region’s bike network and, as a result, will see strong usage from people biking and walking. Yet the state’s plans call for creating a multi-use path that is only 10 feet wide — narrower than the width state and federal…
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Boston Bike Story: Reynaliz Herrera

I guess I have two stories. One is biking, and one is making music with bicycles. The first time I rode, I was 6 or 7 in Mexico, but I didn’t have experience biking more until I was in Boston. Where I grew up, in Monterey, Mexico, there is no biking culture. I came to…
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The Mystic River Needs a Bike- and Pedestrian-Only Bridge

Massachusetts is exploring the possibility of a bike- and pedestrian-only bridge between Somerville and Everett across the Mystic River. This bridge holds enormous potential to promote multimodal travel in a rapidly growing area, and to serve a high volume of foot and bike traffic every day. However, the state is considering narrowing the bridge from…
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Boston Bike Story: Cameron

My first bike was a Huffy, and it was black. I started customizing it and doing tricks, and have been biking ever since. I like to bike because it’s a great way to exercise and get your cardio. There’s nothing better than getting somewhere on your own strength, and it cuts down on pollution. That’s…
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You spoke. Boston is listening.

Thank you to everyone who rode with us Sunday for the Glacial Pace Rally and Ride! It was ~cool~ to see so many of you join us as we called on Mayor Walsh to pick up the pace when it comes to building a safe, separated bike network. Boston is listening — but we need…
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Bike Month Giveaway & Member Drive

Help us reach our goal of 500 donations this month, and you could win a $1,500 upgrade to your bike. In celebration of Bike Month, we’re offering the opportunity to win a Copenhagen Wheel — the electric wheel that transforms any bike into a pedal-assist joy machine — to anyone who makes a gift of…
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Boston Bike Story: Chavella Lee

When did you start biking, and where do you typically go? My mother began to teach me to ride without training wheels when I was 5, but her pregnancy with my younger sister was very demanding and she wasn’t able to finish my lessons. I learned how to bike when I was 10 years old.…
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Demand a Safer Craigie Bridge Design

On Wednesday, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will present new plans for redesigning the Craigie Bridge. Join us in insisting those plans include physical separation for cyclists! Safety Improvements on the Charles River Dam Road / Craigie Bridge Wednesday, May 1 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Museum of Science, Cahners Theater (1 Science Park…
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West Roxbury launches local bike committee

We wanted to take a moment to highlight the newest local bike group in the Boston area: The West Roxbury Bicycle Committee. Founded by Bike Union member and West Roxbury resident, Ben Wetherill, this group is intended to provide a local presence in West Roxbury and to advance projects for road safety and better bikeways…
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