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The Union Rider: March 2020

Before getting to the newsletter: How are you? The coronavirus pandemic continues to change how we connect and communicate with each other. We wish we could be advocating side by side, or even just biking together, but that’s not possible right now. The camaraderie of Boston’s bike community is one of its greatest assets, and we…
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Biking during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Last updated: April 1 With all the uncertainty in the world right now, we at the Boston Cyclists Union wanted to answer some questions you may have about the safety and practicality of biking at this time.  The situation around coronavirus has changed and will continue to change. We will do our best to keep…
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Deadline to support Cummins Highway improvements: Next Tuesday, 3/31

Cummins Highway could soon provide a safe route between Mattapan and Roslindale for people who bike — but only if you speak up now to ensure that happens. The city of Boston has proposed adding protected bike lanes to Cummins Highway, alongside other safety improvements to slow traffic and make walking safer and easier. Now is…
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How we’re responding to coronavirus

Dear BCU supporters, As the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to unfold, we at the Bike Union want to update you on what this means for our work in the near future. This public health emergency will require everyone to adapt as conditions continue to change, and the BCU is no different. Public Meetings & Hearings…
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Speak up for better bike lanes on Warren St.

This Thursday, the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) will present potential design options for improving Warren St. Show up and speak up in favor of changes that reduce traffic, get more people on buses, and improve conditions for people who bike! Warren Street Priority Bus Corridor Public MeetingThursday, March 126:00 – 7:30 p.m.2315 Washington Street, Boston ____________…
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A chance to complete a backbone in Boston’s bike network

The Connect Downtown: Southwest Corridor Extension project could complete a safe bike route all the way from the Southwest Corridor path to Downtown, Beacon Hill and out to Cambridge (via the Longfellow.) This would have an enormous impact in getting more people on bikes and getting people to bike more often — but we need to…
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Support protected bike lanes on Blue Hill Ave.!

Protected bike lanes are a possibility on Blue Hill Ave. — but only if people speak up now in favor of them. The Blue Hill Ave. Transportation Plan has the potential to impact everything about how this road looks and functions, and on Thursday, the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) will host its second meeting about the project. Blue Hill…
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The Union Rider: February 2020

Fix Our Transportation Crisis: Call to Action Tomorrow, speak up for solutions to the state’s transportation crisis that put people first! Join us on February 25th as we stand with Transportation for Massachusetts and many other advocates in calling on lawmakers to take bold action to reduce driving and increase funding for bike, pedestrian and…
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Support separated bike lanes on Cummins Highway

The City of Boston is considering plans to add physically separated bike lanes to Cummins Highway — and your support can make those plans a reality.  Next Thursday, Public Works will hold its third public meeting about reconstructing part of Cummins Highway, from River St. to Harvard St.  Cummins Highway Project Public MeetingThursday, Feb. 27th6:00…
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Sign up for our Leadership Institute and develop your organizing skills!

(Vea abajo para español) The Boston Cyclists Union invites you to our second-annual Leadership Institute: Saturday, March 7th & Saturday, March 14th 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. 1419 Tremont St (across from Roxbury Crossing T Station) This 2-day immersive training provides the opportunity to develop and deepen relationships across neighborhoods and discuss our collective organizing…
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The Union Rider: January 2020

Executive Director Becca Wolfson’s Sabbatical As we announced last week at our office-warming, Executive Director Becca Wolfson will be going on leave for the next four months to finish the coursework to complete her Masters in Urban Policy & Planning. Becca has overseen the BCU’s incredible growth and development since 2015, and we know she will…
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Bos/treal 2020: Registration is now live!

Do you dream of biking through the gorgeous Green Mountains? Do you want to help make biking better in Boston? If the answer to both questions is yes, then we want you to join our team for the fifth-annual edition of Bos/treal! On Bos/treal, you’ll pedal 400 miles from Boston to Montreal over five days, traversing…
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‘Bikelash’ training 1/25: Learn skills to combat car culture!

The key to getting better bike infrastructure is building a movement of advocates to outweigh opposition to change. It’s why our new Strategic Plan calls for investing more resources in skills trainings and community organizing. And it’s why we’re excited to invite you to join us on Saturday, January 25th, for a special seminar with…
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I biked 400 miles to Canada from Boston — and you can too

By: Shavel’le Olivier *Me awkwardly sitting with a group of people thinking about how to start a conversation* No one: Literally no one: Me: “I biked 400 miles to Canada from Boston!” And I say this with a smile every time I mention or think about it. A bike tour from Boston to Canada seemed…
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Here’s to even bigger achievements in 2020!

As 2019 comes to a close, we want to thank you for making this another amazing year of growth and success. With your support, we won key campaigns for protected bike lanes, passed statewide distracted driving legislation, convinced Boston to double its bike infrastructure budget, and developed a new Strategic Plan to optimize our impact in the…
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Will you help us get more results like these?

Among the values articulated in our exciting new Strategic Plan is an affirmation of people power, alongside a goal of shifting more resources toward community organizing. In 2019, we began to embrace and embody these new values with intention — and we’re already seeing results.  Glacial Pace Rally & Ride In May, we rallied almost 100 people…
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Donate before Jan. 1 for a chance to win a new bike!

With only 3 days until 2020, time is running out to enter our raffle for a brand new bike. Putting yourself in the running is easy: All you have to do is donate to the Boston Cyclists Union! All donations through 12/31 automatically enter you to win a brand new Cooper T200 Reims bike —…
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4 Ways We’ll Improve Biking in 2020

After growing our organization and notching some big wins this year, we’re eager to capitalize on that momentum to accomplish even more in the year ahead. How much we achieve will  depend on the strength of our of supporters. So if you want to see progress on the projects listed below, and many more, then…
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A “tipping point” for transportation

It’s a pivotal moment for the future of our streets. Projects being planned RIGHT NOW will determine whether Greater Boston meets its climate and transportation goals — or doubles down on car-choked congestion. It will take a collective effort to break car culture’s stranglehold — and that’s why we need your help now more than…
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The 5 biggest wins for biking in 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, we’re looking back at some of our proudest achievements from the year. We couldn’t have accomplished all this without the support from people like you. So if, like us, you’re thrilled by the developments listed below, then please consider donating to the Boston Cyclists Union. With your support, we…
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