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Tell Your Senator: Act Now to Fund Better Transportation!

The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated longstanding problems with Massachusetts’ transportation system — and legislation to address the crisis is now pending in the State Senate. The Senate will debate and vote on the Transportation Bond Bill this Thursday, July 16. Take 2 minutes today to tell your senator: Act NOW to improve transportation! The Senate bill…
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Joint Statement: Arborway Parkways Improvements Project

Below is a joint letter the BCU, LivableStreets Alliance and WalkBoston sent to the Department of Conservation and Recreation regarding the Arborway Parkways Improvement Project. For more about that project, head here. Department of Conservation and RecreationOffice of Public Outreach251 Causeway St 6th FloorBoston, MA 02114 CC: Senator Chang-Diaz, Representative Nika Elugardo, Representative Liz Malia,…
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Get Involved: Western Avenue Corridor Study + Rezoning

With Allston-Brighton experiencing significant growth in recent years, Boston is preparing for big changes along Western Ave. — including the potential for protected bike lanes.  Next Tuesday, the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) will hold a virtual meeting to discuss the Western Avenue Corridor Study, and to hear feedback from the public. This is a great opportunity…
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Arborway Improvements: Feedback due FRIDAY

With the Arborway Parkways Improvement Project just getting underway, now is a crucial opportunity to shape this project’s goals — including whether it will aim to complete the Emerald Necklace with protected bike lanes. You have until THIS FRIDAY (July 10) to tell the Department of Conservation and Recreation what you want to see done with the Arborway. You can…
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The Union Rider: June 2020

COVID Streets Plans Boston, Cambridge and Somerville have all released plans for adapting streets and sidewalks in response to the pandemic. Learn more about each plan here: Boston Cambridge Somerville We are frustrated that after announcing plans in late May for a bike network expansion, Boston has yet to show results on the ground. We are also…
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Boston Bike Story: Genesis Perez

I started biking back in Guatemala when I was around six years old. I got into an accident where I broke an arm, so I never got back on a bike until this year.  Bluebikes has helped my commute, and my finances by allowing me to save some money. That’s most important to me during…
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URGENT ACTION: Curb policing + invest in communities

Tell City Council: Vote NO on the budget Over the past several years, our Boston Bike Budget campaign has led to significant changes to Boston’s transportation priorities. Now, we’re asking you to join us in supporting a different budget demand that could have critical street safety implications for Black Bostonians and people of color.  TODAY,…
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Speak up for protected bike lanes on the Arborway!

Big changes could finally come to the Arborway — but we need your help getting them on the ground. Next Wednesday, the Department of Conservation and Recreation will hold a virtual public meeting to discuss next steps in the Arborway Parkway Improvements Project. Show up and speak up for protected bike lanes! Arborway Parkways Improvement Project…
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Recommendations for Boston’s Healthy Streets COVID Response

Below is the letter we, MassBike, LivableStreets Alliance and WalkBoston sent to Chief of Streets Chris Osgood regarding Boston’s Healthy Streets plan. June 16, 2020 Chris Osgood, Chief of Streets 1 City Hall Square, Room 603 Boston, MA 02201 Dear Chief Osgood, On May 12th, the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) presented a plan to the…
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Act Now to Defund BPD + Change Policing in Vision Zero

The Boston Cyclists Union stands with local advocates and activists calling for dramatic changes to policing on our streets — some of which begin to address systemic racism in our transportation system.  We sent a forceful letter to Mayor Walsh today, along with LivableStreets and WalkBoston, calling for reforms to enforcement in Vision Zero; the defunding…
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The Union Rider: May 2020

Statement on recent killings of black Americans We are saddened and outraged by the recent killings of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery in Minneapolis and Georgia. As these tragedies show yet again, not everyone enjoys equal freedom to move on our streets. While the BCU is most focused on improving safety on our streets for…
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Amid Economic Toll of COVID-19, Boston Cyclists Union and Wagner Foundation Launch Subsidized Bluebikes pass program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jon Terbush, Communications Director, Boston Cyclists Unionjterbush@bostoncyclistsunion.org, 860.466.0910 BOSTON, Mass. (May 27, 2020) — As the economic fallout from the coronavirus continues to unfold, the Boston Cyclists Union (BCU) and Wagner Foundation have partnered with Bluebikes to provide limited-income individuals with subsidized annual passes to Greater Boston’s bike-share program.  “The Boston Cyclist…
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Don’t let parking stop protected bike lanes on Mass Ave.!

Boston has plans to complete protected bike lanes this year on Mass Ave. between Melnea Cass Blvd. and Columbia Rd., but that could change due to last-minute concerns about the impact on parking from a few businesses. Here’s what you can do to convince the city to move ahead with these long-needed bike lanes:Email Councilors Baker…
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Testimony for City Council Hearing on Pandemic Street Safety

On April 12, the City of Boston held a hearing to discuss how to improve streets during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is the testimony that the BCU submitted.
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The Boston Bike Budget, and a people-first Northern Ave. Bridge

There are two opportunities this week to influence the future of Boston’s bike network and transportation budget, and we need your support on both fronts. Boston Bike Budget Critical funding to improve biking in Boston is on the line this Thursday when the Boston City Council’s Ways and Means Committee meets to discuss next year’s budgets (FY21)…
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A pivotal moment for biking in Boston

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold, it’s becoming increasingly clear that this is a critical time for biking in Boston — and for the Boston Cyclists Union as an organization. So as we join organizations around the world in participating in today’s #GivingTuesdayNow, we’re asking you to support our work to make Boston a…
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The Union Rider: April 2020

Keeping people safe while making essential trips Along with our partners in the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition, the BCU has called on city and state leaders to take specific steps to keep people safe during this crisis, including making more space for people to walk and bike. (Read our full statement here.) Brookline has extended…
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Tell City Council: I Support the Boston Bike Budget

Critical funding for Boston’s bike network is on the line — and we need your support to ensure it makes it into the city’s budget.  On Thursday, May 7, at 10 a.m. the City Council will hold a hearing about the next fiscal year’s proposed budgets (FY21) for the Public Works and Transportation Departments. This…
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Boston Bike Story: Sarah Kimball

When/why did you start riding a bike to work? I’m a primary care physician at Boston Medical Center, and I co-direct BMC’s Immigrant & Refugee Health Center. I’ve lived in Boston for about 11 years, and I’ve always biked to school and work. It is the perfect addition to my life. I get exercise, and I generally…
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Statement: Keeping people safe while making essential trips during COVID-19 Crisis

Below is a statement from the BCU and our partners in the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition.
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