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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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Protecting and Encouraging Winter Bikers: The BCU Winter Riding Survey Results

“People who stop cycling as the winter comes mention two obstacles—no safe infrastructure, no winter maintenance—as the most important ones…Once there’s no proper cycling infrastructure nor winter maintenance, cycling through the year becomes an extreme sport.” ~ Timo Perälä, organizer of the Winter Cycling Congress There’s nothing that city or state officials can do about snowfall,…
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World Day of Remembrance, Sunday Nov. 18

Sunday is World Day of Remembrance. Will you join the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition in honoring victims of traffic crashes? World Day of Remembrance Sunday, Nov. 18 // 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Learn more + RSVP The day will begin with a ghost bike ceremony at 12:30 pm, followed by a vigil and silent march…
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Safer Trucking in Changing Cities: End Deadly Truck-on-Bike Collisions

Two years ago, someone driving a tractor trailer hit and killed Joe Lavins as he rode his bike through Porter Square.
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Make South Boston Roads Safer For All

Change cannot come quickly enough to South Boston, where a spate of recent crashes — including one in July that killed a toddler — has the city eyeing long-awaited improvements to roadways throughout the neighborhood.
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Shape the Future of Mobility in Allston/Brighton!

Boston is kicking off a project to identify potential improvements impacting all modes of mobility in the Allston and Brighton neighborhoods, and they want your help outlining the study’s scale. As a first step in that process, the Boston Planning & Development Agency will host a meeting on Wednesday, September 12, to provide a general…
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You’re Invited to Biketoberfest 2018

It’s time once again for Biketoberfest, the Bike Union’s annual party and fundraising bash, and you’re invited to join us and 300 of your favorite and future bike friends for this night full of food, fun, drinks and dancing!
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Shape the Implementation of JP/Rox Transportation Priorities

After the public meeting on July 17, the Boston Planning and Development Agency launched an online poll to hear from people who live and work in and near Jamaica Plain. There are 22 projects to choose between in the survey and we know they will not all get funded. In thinking about which projects will…
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Tell the State: Add Protected Bike Lanes to Day Boulevard!

William J. Day Boulevard in South Boston is unsafe for pedestrians and cyclists, according to a road safety audit, and changes are coming to address that problem. What those changes will look like is now up to you, as the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) are seeking public…
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Revel in Boston’s Biggest Bike and Beer Festival: Tour de Fat

New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat returns to Boston this summer for a second-straight year of whimsical fun that brings together bikes, beer, music and more all in a single celebratory day. What’s more, proceeds from the event flow to the Bike Union — which means you can revel with fellow cyclists and partygoers while…
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Urge Lawmakers to Ban Distracted Driving

A bill that would ban the use of cell phones while driving is stalled on Beacon Hill — and we need your support to convince lawmakers they can no longer punt on this life-saving measure. Massachusetts banned texting while driving in 2010, but did not prevent drivers from holding their phones for other purposes, such…
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The state of the Longfellow Bridge: We’re making great progress!

The Longfellow Bridge has re-opened after more than five years of construction, to full beneficial use. Due to heavy campaigning by us, our partners, and YOU, the bridge is much safer than it was going to be! Flex posts have been implemented to create physical separation between people biking and driving, speed feedback signs are…
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Bos/tréal Turns Advocates into Adventurers

This post originally appeared on Practical Visionaries. It is reposted here with permission. You can read the original article here. By Liza Burkin “Our aim is to recruit bike commuters for the ride,” said Jon Ramos — Boston resident, architect, Team Dad, and co-creator of Bos/tréal, a bike ride from Boston to Montreal that raises funds…
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