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Boston Bike Story: Martha Merson

I have lots of bike stories because I’ve been biking all over since 1992. A Lot of people say, ‘Oh I wouldn’t bike. I’m afraid of being hit,’ but I haven’t really had a serious experience like that. In general my biking stories are very happy. It’s the best way for me to get around.…
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Boston Bike Story: Nubia

“Me gusta andar en BlueBikes para pasear o ir a comer con amigos. Lo uso porque no tengo carro y porque es más rápido que ir en bus. Normalmente ando en los senderos como por aquí [El Greenway] pero tambien voy en las calles más tranquilas.” “I like to ride BlueBikes to go on short…
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Boston Bike Story: Felix

“For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a bike. There was a long time when I was biking by myself, but then I started going to group rides like Boston Bike Party and really getting to know what biking was all about. I became addicted. Feeling the fresh air, being active, it’s…
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Boston Bike Story: Emmanuell De Barros

What’s your bike story?After advocating for public transit to be more efficient and affordable, I saw that biking was also getting better — getting safer, clearer, connected routes — and I saw the advantage of biking as a faster way to get around. Then when I was at Dorchester Bay working with the Boston Public…
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Day of Action for Road Safety: Next Steps

On Wednesday, we brought the message of Vision Zero to the State House when more than 150 people from across Massachusetts gathered for a Day of Action for Road Safety. There, we met with Governor Baker and legislators and asked them to support bills filed last week that would make roads safer for pedestrians, cyclists…
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Boston Bike Story: Tea Su

I’ve been biking my whole life. I used to bike to school when I was in middle school and college. Where I grew up in China, people would bike together and take the street because there were no bike lanes. When I came to America, I took my folding bike on the plane because I…
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Shape MassDOT’s Plan to Give Biking Equal Priority to Driving

MassDOT is seeking input through the end of the month on their newly released Draft Bicycle Transportation Plan, a comprehensive guide to future development that aims to “reverse the decades-long practice of prioritizing automobile travel over all other modes by granting people biking the same level of importance as drivers in planning, design and maintenance…
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Craigie Bridge Bike Lanes: Deadline to Demand Physical Separation

Last month, we convinced MassDOT to rethink old ideas for redesigning the Craigie Bridge. Will you help us now hold MassDOT accountable for developing a safer plan? Though MassDOT has so far presented only two restriping options — neither of which includes protected bike lanes —the agency has requested public feedback and said it will…
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“Bike-lane Fever” Isn’t Breaking, Despite Globe Columnist’s Claims

Jeff Jacoby’s message in this week’s Globe editorial, “Is the bike-lane fever breaking?” is not only inaccurate, it’s pro-congestion. Never mind the cherry-picked “facts” Jacoby uses to paint a misleading picture of declining bike ridership. He completely ignores that we are in the midst of a congestion crisis — and it’s getting worse. Car commuters…
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Introducing: The Boston Bike Story Project

Too often, we see bicyclists portrayed as a singular, homogenous entity. Whether it’s the media bemoaning an “all-powerful bike lobby,” or elected officials shrugging off bike issues as serving only an entitled few, this mischaracterization is unfortunately entrenched in the public consciousness. Yet while the demographics of who rides doesn’t mirror the population at large,…
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Support our Bike to Market program: Donate today!

Dear friend, When access to bike shops is restricted by geography or expense, even minor repairs can keep riders off the roads — a problem that disproportionately impacts those who rely on their bikes for transportation. We are there to bridge that gap by providing free, expert repairs in neighborhoods with limited access to bike shops…
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A Major Victory on the Longfellow Bridge!

Together, we made a difference. Late last Friday, MassDOT announced it had backed down from its plan to remove flex posts on the Longfellow Bridge. As a result, we have cancelled the human protected bike lane demonstration scheduled for tomorrow morning. We are elated. This change was no doubt the result of our collective action.…
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Rally for Protected Bike Lanes on the Craigie Bridge

On Tuesday Dec. 18, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will hold a public hearing to present two options for restriping the Craigie Bridge (also known as O’Brien Highway) which was the site of last month’s fatal crash that killed Boston University student Meng Jin. Neither plan includes…
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Support the Bike Union: Donate Today!

Dear friend, Our mission at the Boston Cyclists Union is to make cycling safer and more accessible for everyone. It’s why we fight for better bike lanes, demand life-saving infrastructure changes, and hold officials accountable for making year-over-year improvements to our streets. We need your help so that we can continue to make change. On…
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Defend The Longfellow Bridge’s Protected Bike Lanes

Last summer, we won the first protected bike lanes across the Charles River. Now, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) wants to remove that protection in just a few days — while refusing to even consider protected bike lanes on another dangerous Charles River Bridge crossing. We need all of you to join us in…
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Mass Ave. South Needs Protected Bike Lanes. Join Our Campaign!

In 2013, Boston’s Bike Network plan under Mayor Menino promised protected bike lanes on Mass Ave. from Melnea Cass to Columbia (“Mass Ave. South”) within five years. Then in 2017, Mayor Walsh’s Go Boston 2030 Plan identified the entirety of Mass Ave. as a Vision Zero priority project. Yet today, there remain zero bike lanes,…
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Support the bike community this #GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday is here! Will you help us raise critical dollars to advocate for better bike infrastructure and to provide community bike repair and education to those who need it most? GIVE TODAY! On the advocacy front, we’re fighting for safety improvements on the Craigie and Longfellow Bridges. And we’re campaigning for separated bike lanes on…
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A Car-Free Northern Ave. Bridge is Within Reach

The City of Boston is planning to rebuild the Northern Avenue Bridge to support rampant growth in the Seaport — and one proposed redesign would create a car-free haven for pedestrians and cyclists. Join us in urging the city to build a bridge to a sustainable future, not a car-choked past. Northern Avenue Bridge Project…
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Support Protected Bike Lanes on Tremont St.

This Wednesday the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) will hold the second in a series of community meetings to plan a new design for Tremont Street from Melnea Cass to Herald St. In this meeting, 2-3 possible designs will be presented for feedback. Tremont St was chosen for redesign after two pedestrians were killed crossing the…
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Give early for a better bike network #GivingTuesday

All year we work hard to amplify your voice, creating the political pressure, political will, and political cover to create an environment to change the culture on our streets. Just last week, Bike Union executive director Becca Wolfson co-wrote this Boston Globe Op-Ed with Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu and Cambridge Vice-Mayor Jan Devereux, on…
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