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Donate for a chance to win this new bike!

Beginning today on Giving Tuesday, we’re kicking off a month-long raffle featuring a special grand prize: A limited-edition cruiser bike from New Belgium Brewing!  All you have to do to enter the raffle is donate any amount to the Boston Cyclists Union from now through the end of the month (12/1 – 12/31). We’ll then randomly…
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The Union Rider: November 2020

With the holiday season underway, we want to take a moment to wish you well, and say thank you for supporting the Boston Cyclists Union. After all the challenges this year has posed, we hope you get some time to relax and be with the ones you love, if only virtually, to celebrate during this season…
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We’re raffling off fresh, local beer to enjoy with the Golden Cog Awards!

The Golden Cog Awards (next Thursday!) are a celebration of leadership and biking. So to add another celebratory note to the occasion, everyone who RSVPs will now be entered to win a complimentary beer delivery from Somerville’s Remnant Brewing!  The Golden Cog AwardsThursday, Dec. 3rd7:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. All you have to do to enter is…
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And the winners of the 2020 Golden Cog Awards are…

The Boston Cyclists Union is proud to announce the winners of the 2020 Golden Cog Awards, which honor leadership and contributions to promote biking in Boston: The Ride for Black Lives (Organizers: Alex Joachim, Tiffany Cogell, Elijah Mandela Evans, Laura Gray, Greg Hum, Chris Aileen Ditunno, Saskia VannJames, Noah Hicks and Peter Cheung)  Vivian Ortiz (Super Volunteer,…
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Bike to Market 2020: We fixed 550+ bikes for FREE!

Thank our B2M volunteers atthe Golden Cog Awards! We will be celebrating our collective work over the past year, including Bike to Market, and honoring some outstanding people in our community at the Golden Cog Awards on December 3rd. Stay tuned for an announcement next week about this year’s Golden Cog winners! In the meantime, register for…
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Speak Up to Prevent MBTA Service Cuts!

The MBTA faces significant service cuts in 2021 unless lawmakers act to fill a budget shortfall. The cost of inaction would be disastrous for the region, leaving riders stranded, causing major harm to the environment and economy, worsening inequities, and forcing many more people to drive. Legislators are debating the budget this week. Before they vote,…
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Arborway feedback due Fri. 11/6

On October 21, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) shared 3 options for redesigning the Arborway between Jamaica Pond and Forest Hills. DCR now wants to hear from you — what do you like in the three proposals, and what can be improved? Feedback on the designs is due by Friday, Nov. 6. Progress on the…
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The Union Rider: October 2020

Before getting to the newsletter, we wanted to remind you to vote if you haven’t yet done so. One of our core beliefs is that everyone should have a say in shaping the world around them, so although we can’t tell you how to vote, we can’t say this loudly enough: VOTE! __________ New protected…
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In their words: Bike to Market volunteers reflect on the program’s importance

Thank our B2M volunteers atthe Golden Cog Awards! We will be celebrating our collective work over the past year, including Bike to Market, and honoring some outstanding people in our community at the Golden Cog Awards on December 3rd. Stay tuned for an announcement next week about this year’s Golden Cog winners! In the meantime, register for…
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Get involved: Egleston Square Redesign

New priority bus lanes are coming to Columbus Ave. — and now, we have the opportunity to add a safe, complementary bike route alongside them. If you want to help make that happen, then get involved in the Egleston Square Redesign! The new bus lanes will vastly improve T service for thousands of daily riders, while…
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SAVE THE DATE: Golden Cog Awards 12/3

The Boston Cyclists Union cordially invites you to join us for a celebration of local leadership and contributions to promote biking in Boston: The Golden Cog Awards! The Golden Cogs recognize outstanding efforts by advocates, allies and volunteers that support the BCU’s work or advance its vision for Boston. Normally presented during our fall gala,…
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Progress is within reach on the Arborway

On Wednesday, DCR will share three proposed options for the permanent redesign of the Arborway between Jamaica Pond and Forest Hills. Show up and show support for completing the Emerald Necklace! Arborway Parkway Improvements Virtual Public MeetingWednesday, October 21, 20206:30 – 8:00 p.m. As many of you know, two decades of planning processes around the…
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Boston Bike Story: Matthew Coker

“I started riding ten years ago, at least. “A little background is that I am Trinidadian and love listening to music such as soca, calypso, and reggae. “I bike because it is good for your health, it’s good exercise, and to commute. I also volunteer for group rides, from leading them to being a marshal.…
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The Union Rider: September 2020

New pay-what-you can membership model To ensure that cost isn’t a barrier to joining the Bike Union, this month we initiated a new pay-what-you-can membership model. You can now join for as little as $5. We depend on Individual donations for a majority of our funding, so if you have the means, we hope you’ll give at a…
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Speak up for protected bike lanes on Blue Hill Ave.!

In early March, Boston proposed creating dedicated bus lanes and protected bike lanes on Blue Hill Ave. Before committing to the plans though, the city needs to see that these concepts would be embraced by residents. Tonight: Show up for a virtual meeting about Blue Hill Ave., and show the city there is overwhelming support for these…
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Tell DCR: Include bike lanes in short-term Arborway plan

This month, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) proposed adding buffered bike lanes to the Arborway. Before DCR commits to adding bike lanes though, they want to see what the public thinks about that plan. Will you speak up to convert car space into bike lanes on the Arborway? You have until Friday, October…
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Another reason to ride your bike this weekend

We’re headed into the final weekend of 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…
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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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