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Where Local Candidates Stand on Bike Infrastructure and Safer Roads

“I Bike, I vote” — Election season is upon us! With local elections this fall, it’s important that voters know where candidates stand on issues related to biking, walking, and transit so they can make informed decisions when they cast ballots. Good news: You can find all that information right here through the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition’s…
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Show your support for a safer Centre St in West Roxbury

On June 20, the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) presented plans at a packed public meeting to improve safety on Centre St by reducing driving lanes (creating a “road diet”) and adding protected bike lanes, among other features. Road diets are a proven safety measure that reduce conflicts between pedestrians and cars, slow down driving speeds, and improve visibility for…
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Boston Bike Story: Jamilah

How did you start biking? I was able to ride a bike at 4 years old. My dad taught me. Now, I mostly find myself biking recreationally. I just feel if I commute to work on a bike I might be late. Do you see any changes lately with biking in the city? There are…
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The Union Rider: July 2019

For a PDF version with clickable links, head here.
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Boston Bike Story: William Del Valle

When did you start biking?A long time ago, 40 years ago. I would find bicycles in the trash and fix them up. That’s how I am still able to fix bikes today. I’m at the local bike shop. What’s your experience with bike safety? There will be open [car] doors, so you have to be a…
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Show your support for protected bike lanes on Tremont St.!

At last month’s Tremont St. Design Project public meeting, we scored an important victory when the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) revealed that the City’s preferred design for Tremont St. includes 3 critical safety features to calm traffic and make the street safer for walking and biking: A lane reduction, or “road diet,” along the corridor from…
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We’ve won big this year — and need your help to win more

It’s been an incredible year so far for the Bike Union, with major victories stacking up all across Metro Boston. Will you help us carry that momentum on to the big fights ahead? Community organizing is at the heart of what we do, because it’s not just about building better bike infrastructure — it’s about…
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Speak up for a Safer Powder House Blvd.!

Since 2017, the City of Somerville has undergone a process to determine a new design for Powder House Blvd. to coincide with repaving this past spring. Although Somerville initially said they had not heard enough demand for separated bike facilities, after a woman was killed while walking there in February the city agreed to revisit…
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Boston Bike Story: David

Christmas 1974, my father bought me and my brother a bike. We were crazy with the bike as kids. We would ride everywhere, and my father always told us to be careful with the bike, and to wear a helmet, when we were living in Puerto Rico. Then I came to the United States in…
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Mayor Walsh’s Laudable Proposal to Better Regulate Ride Hailing

Ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft increase congestion and siphon away riders — and revenue — from mass transit in cities everywhere, according to multiple studies. Boston is no exception, where a new report says these kinds of transportation network companies (TNCs) cost the MBTA $20 million per year. As cities continue to grapple with…
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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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How to Stay Involved In 3 Big BTD Projects

This Spring, Mayor Walsh announced new funding for critical bike infrastructure we’ve long championed. With a couple of those projects set to move forward, and with another major project just getting underway, we wanted to update you on where our campaigns stand, and how you can play a role in steering them to successful outcomes.…
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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

You can find a newsletter with clickable links here.
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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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