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Allston I-90 project comments deadline: Thursday, Dec. 12

Speak up for better bike and transit connections! The federal environmental review for the I-90 project is beginning shortly, so this is the last chance to get your comments into the design process. Don’t miss this critical opportunity to influence the future of a massive project in the region! (You can read a detailed explainer on the I-90 project from StreetsblogMass here.) …
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Boston Bike Story: Gabriel Mendez, South End

Boston Cyclists Union: How did you start working as a messenger?  Gabriel Mendez: Well, I started working as a messenger in Colombia 7 years ago. Did you know that Bogota is the heart of biking in South America? [A massive open streets event called] Ciclovia started in Bogota 40 years ago! Bike Party also exists…
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Donate to the Bike Union and you could win a new bike!

Give a gift on #GivingTuesday, andyou may get a gift in return! Today is #GivingTuesday, and we need your help raising funds to transform Boston into the best bike city in America.  Every dollar you donate goes directly toward our campaigns to win better bike infrastructure and get more people on bikes. And as an…
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Broadway Bus/Bike Lanes Hearing

Critics of the new dedicated bus and bike lanes on Broadway are pressuring Somerville to reconsider the redesign and make more room for cars. If you want those bus/bike lanes to remain intact, then come out next Monday to share your thoughts with the City Council. Winter Hill Broadway Bus/Bike Lanes HearingMonday, December 9 || 6 p.m.City…
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Support bike riders like Cameron on #GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday is here! Will you help us raise critical dollars to counter car culture and campaign for better bike infrastructure? Your contribution helps us fight for changes that make Metro Boston a safer, greener, more bike-friendly place to live. That means a gift to the Bike Union is also a gift to yourself. And…
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The Union Rider: November 2019

A victory for road safety at the State House On Monday, Gov. Baker signed a law banning the handheld use of cellphones while  tdriving. This “hands-free” bill was one of our top legislative priorities this year. Thank you to everyone who joined us at the State House for World Day of Remembrance on Nov. 17 (photos from that…
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Give the gift of a better bike network this #GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday is next week. Can we count on you to help us achieve our vision of a more bike-friendly Boston? Held the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday is an international day of charity intended to counter consumerism during the holiday season. (You can donate anytime from now through next Tuesday and we’ll count it toward our…
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Tell Boston you support a road diet on Centre St.

In June, the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) presented plans to improve safety on Centre St. through a road diet (reducing vehicle lanes from 4 to 2), protected bike lanes and other measures. Yet now, opponents to that proposal are waging a campaign to maintain the status quo — and threatening to drown out the chorus of support…
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Boston Bike Story: Abi

“It started with me and my friends playing basketball around the neighborhood. Then a friend had a Mongoose. I thought it was so cool. Two years, later I got a bike and started riding every day. Then I started going to the pond with friends, and really everywhere. We’d start in Roxbury and go to…
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Rally for road safety at the State House

Join us on 11/17 for World Day of Remembrance! Key road safety bills are stalled right now at the State House. Will you help us press lawmakers to act? World Day of Remembrance 2019Sunday, Nov. 172:30 – 4:00 p.m.Massachusetts State House (24 Beacon St., Boston) On Sunday, we’ll join our partners in the Massachusetts Vision…
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Speak up for a safer Arborway!

Tell DCR: Implement separated bike lanes and connect the necklace! The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is restarting a project to improve the Arborway. After 25 years of disjointed planning processes and no significant progress on the ground, we need your help in holding the agency accountable to finally making meaningful changes. Arborway Parkways Improvement…
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Improving Warren St. from Dudley Square to Grove Hall

A project to expedite buses could benefit bicyclists, too The Boston Transportation Department (BTD) is taking steps to improve Warren St. for all modes of travel, especially bus riders. When buses are more efficient, more people choose public transit over driving their cars or taking an Uber/Lyft. Getting more people on buses means less cars…
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The I-90 Megaproject Could Be A Boon For Biking

Massachusetts is undertaking a colossal construction project to reconfigure I-90 in Allston, which could mean big changes to bike facilities to and through this area, including the Paul Dudley White (PDW) path. Don’t miss your chance to engage in the public process around this transformative, far-reaching project! Here’s what you can do: Show up and speak…
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Celebrate Somerville’s New Protected Bike Lanes

Show support for these projects with a ride and rally! The Somerville Bicycle Committee and Somerville Bicycle Safety are co-hosting this event, which will herald the recent completion of the Beacon St. cycletrack, and the creation of a bus/bike lane and protected bike lanes on Broadway. The ride departs from the Whole Foods on Beacon…
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There’s strength in numbers — and our numbers are growing

It’s with joy and gratitude that we can call last Thursday’s Biketoberfest a resounding success. At our annual party this year, we: Topped our fundraising goal and brought in more than $35,000 —  our largest tally ever  Met many new members and first-time attendees, a rewarding sign that our community (and clout) continue to grow…
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A Major Opportunity to Improve Boston’s Bike Network

The Southwest Corridor Extension Project Needs Your Input! Do you want to see a connected, low-stress bike network all the way from JP to the Longfellow Bridge? Then participate in Boston’s Southwest Corridor Extension Project! As you can see in the study area on the map below, the City is considering building out this bike network — while also…
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The Union Rider: October 2019

Read our new Strategic Plan The Boston Cyclists Union has grown significantly since 2015, when we last drafted a Strategic Plan. Much has changed about the state of biking in Metro Boston since then too. So this year, we developed a new Strategic Plan to reflect those changing dynamics and improve our ability to effect…
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Two ways to support vital transportation legislation right now

Urge lawmakers to act on automated enforcement! On Tuesday, state lawmakers held a hearing about a bill that would greatly help municipalities enforce laws against dangerous driving. Will you help us pass this vital bill? The bill, An Act relative to automated enforcement (S1376), is one of the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition’s top legislative priorities. It…
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The Union Rider | September 2019

Biketoberfest 2019: Thursday, Oct. 17th Our annual fall party, Biketoberfest, is less than one month away! Do you have your tickets yet? Celebrate with your fellow cyclists, enjoy free food and drink (with the price of admission), and get down on the dance floor to live music from the Ideas Not Theories “Bicycle Orchestra.” As always, there will…
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Shape the future of Blue Hill Ave.

The Boston Transportation Department (BTD) is kicking off a project to improve Blue Hill Ave., and they want to hear from you about what changes to make. This long-term project has the potential to impact everything about this important corridor — including how people travel here by bike. Blue Hill Ave. Transportation Action Plan MeetingWednesday,…
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