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Another reason to ride your bike this week

We’re more than halfway through Bike Month. Are you playing #BCUBikeBingo yet? Bike Bingo is free to play. All you have to do is ride your bike. Complete spaces on your Bingo board to get 5 in a row, and you could win limited edition BCU swag and other prizes. Invite your friends to play, and help us…
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Speak up to allow more bikes on the Blue Line

Do restrictions against bringing bikes on the Blue Line impact how you get around? If so, we want to hear from you. On Tuesday, September 29, Boston City Councilors Lydia Edwards and Michelle Wu will host a virtual Town Hall about potentially changing current regulations, which cap bikes at 2 per car and prohibit them entirely…
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Speak up for a safer American Legion Highway

Temporary, protected bike lanes are coming soon to American Legion Highway — but with your support, they could become permanent. The Boston Transportation Department is hosting two virtual meetings to discuss plans for American Legion and to hear from the public: Thursday, September 10, noon – 1 p.m   Thursday, September 17, 6 – 7 p.m. The…
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Bike Month: New membership model, Bike Bingo + more!

Bike Month is one of the most important opportunities every year to connect with our members, grow our movement and raise funds for our work. Usually held in May, this nationwide celebration of biking was moved to September this year due to COVID. Unfortunately, the pandemic continues to complicate how we connect with the bike…
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Union Rider: August 2020

Boston to make downtown bike lanes permanent, expand Healthy Streets The Boston Transportation Department (BTD) announced during an August 20th City Council Healthy Streets hearing that new pop-up bike lanes downtown will become permanent, completing a nearly decade-old vision for a network of protected bike lanes around Boston Common and the Public Garden. BTD previously indicated the pop-up…
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Statement: Environmental Impact of Melnea Cass Reconstruction Plan

Several people have reached out recently to ask about our stance on Boston’s plans for overhauling Melnea Cass Boulevard. As you may have read, many Roxbury residents and environmental advocates oppose the city’s plans because they involve removing more than 100 mature trees. We share those concerns. So although the BCU has for years been…
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URGENT: Make the case for safer streets today

On Thursday, the Boston City Council will hold a hearing about plans for improving streets in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Will you take five minutes today to ask Boston to act with the urgency this crisis demands? Contact your city councilor: Ask that they attend this hearing and tell them you support these recommendations for improving Boston’s “Healthy Streets”…
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Two ways to get more bike lanes in Boston right now

In July, Boston added temporary bike lanes Downtown and on Cummins Highway to support safe mobility during the pandemic. We’re now campaigning for Boston to expand on this initial effort — and to use short-term fixes toward permanent improvements.  Here’s how you can help make that happen: 1) Take a BTD survey— In just a few…
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BCU Board Transition: New President Angela Johnson-Rodriguez

Last week, Steven Bercu stepped down from his role as Boston Cyclists Union (BCU) Board President, and handed the reins to now-former BCU Board Vice President Angela Johnson-Rodriguez. (Katie Theodoros, a Board member since May 2019, was voted in as the new Board VP.) Below are statements from both Angela and Steve about the transition. Combined,…
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The Union Rider: July 2020

Boston installs first “Healthy Streets” pop-up bike lanes Last week, Boston finally installed pop-up bike lanes downtown as part of the city’s “Healthy Streets” pandemic response. (The city also added pop-up bike lanes on Cummins Highway to test a long-term safety solution there; Cummins was not included in Boston’s original Healthy Streets plan.) Now that temporary infrastructure is in…
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Speak up for bus + bike improvements on Columbus Ave.!

Dedicated bus and bike lanes could come to Columbus Ave. — and your support can get both on the ground soon. Today, attend one of two virtual meetings with the Boston Transportation Department, and speak up in favor of 1) dedicated bus lanes, and 2) protected bike lanes between Jackson Square and Walnut Ave.! Columbus…
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Cambridge Shared Streets Feedback Deadline: THIS FRIDAY

Cambridge is accepting feedback through this Friday, July 17, on the first phase of its “Shared Streets” response to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can comment in as little as one minute via the city’s form here. Speak up now in favor of more changes that will help people safely get where they need to go! In addition to…
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Tell Your Senator: Act Now to Fund Better Transportation!

The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated longstanding problems with Massachusetts’ transportation system — and legislation to address the crisis is now pending in the State Senate. The Senate will debate and vote on the Transportation Bond Bill this Thursday, July 16. Take 2 minutes today to tell your senator: Act NOW to improve transportation! The Senate bill…
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Joint Statement: Arborway Parkways Improvements Project

Below is a joint letter the BCU, LivableStreets Alliance and WalkBoston sent to the Department of Conservation and Recreation regarding the Arborway Parkways Improvement Project. For more about that project, head here. Department of Conservation and RecreationOffice of Public Outreach251 Causeway St 6th FloorBoston, MA 02114 CC: Senator Chang-Diaz, Representative Nika Elugardo, Representative Liz Malia,…
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Get Involved: Western Avenue Corridor Study + Rezoning

With Allston-Brighton experiencing significant growth in recent years, Boston is preparing for big changes along Western Ave. — including the potential for protected bike lanes.  Next Tuesday, the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) will hold a virtual meeting to discuss the Western Avenue Corridor Study, and to hear feedback from the public. This is a great opportunity…
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Arborway Improvements: Feedback due FRIDAY

With the Arborway Parkways Improvement Project just getting underway, now is a crucial opportunity to shape this project’s goals — including whether it will aim to complete the Emerald Necklace with protected bike lanes. You have until THIS FRIDAY (July 10) to tell the Department of Conservation and Recreation what you want to see done with the Arborway. You can…
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The Union Rider: June 2020

COVID Streets Plans Boston, Cambridge and Somerville have all released plans for adapting streets and sidewalks in response to the pandemic. Learn more about each plan here: Boston Cambridge Somerville We are frustrated that after announcing plans in late May for a bike network expansion, Boston has yet to show results on the ground. We are also…
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Boston Bike Story: Genesis Perez

I started biking back in Guatemala when I was around six years old. I got into an accident where I broke an arm, so I never got back on a bike until this year.  Bluebikes has helped my commute, and my finances by allowing me to save some money. That’s most important to me during…
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URGENT ACTION: Curb policing + invest in communities

Tell City Council: Vote NO on the budget Over the past several years, our Boston Bike Budget campaign has led to significant changes to Boston’s transportation priorities. Now, we’re asking you to join us in supporting a different budget demand that could have critical street safety implications for Black Bostonians and people of color.  TODAY,…
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Speak up for protected bike lanes on the Arborway!

Big changes could finally come to the Arborway — but we need your help getting them on the ground. Next Wednesday, the Department of Conservation and Recreation will hold a virtual public meeting to discuss next steps in the Arborway Parkway Improvements Project. Show up and speak up for protected bike lanes! Arborway Parkways Improvement Project…
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