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McGrath Highway could have protected bike lanes

Feedback deadline: Monday 3/8 MassDOT last week announced plans for improving McGrath Highway that would involve removing one traffic lane in each direction while adding buffered (not protected) bike lanes.  It’s an exciting proposal overall that will make McGrath safer ahead of longer term plans for a massive road reconstruction. However, there is still room for improvement…
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The Union Rider: February 2021

Learning session: Contra-flow Bike Lanes What are the benefits of “contraflow” bike lanes, and where can they be used to build out Boston’s bike network? Join us on Tuesday, March 9 to learn all about contraflow bike lanes from experts in the field and BCU staff/activists! Come with questions and ideas for BCU’s advocacy on…
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Build momentum for transportation legislation!

State lawmakers have proposed a number of important transportation bills this year, including ones to reduce crashes and fatalities, support e-bike growth, and address racism and inequities in traffic enforcement. This Friday, February 26th, is the first deadline for legislators to cosponsor bills. The more co-sponsors a bill has, the greater its odds are of passing. Here’s…
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Sign the petition: Advance Safe Streets in Somerville

A new advocacy group, Somerville Alliance for Safe Streets (SASS), has formed to push City leaders to honor the community’s shared values and stated commitments to safety, accessibility, equitable investment, and to mitigate the effects of climate change. We’re excited to get to work with this dedicated group of residents, parents, vulnerable street and sidewalk…
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Happy Valentine’s Day from the Boston Cyclists Union

With the BCU’s 10th anniversary coming up this summer, we’re feeling the love as we reflect on the movement we’ve built and the incredible people who’ve supported us along the way. In the spirit of this holiday of affection, we wanted to take a moment to say: We’re grateful for your support, and we love having you in…
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Sign the petition: Allston-Brighton Mobility Improvements

Boston’s Allston-Brighton Mobility Study presents a draft plan for improving transit, expanding the bike network and making streets safer for all modes. Comments on the draft plan are due by next Monday, February 15. There are two ways to provide feedback. Sign the petition from our partners in the Allston Brighton Health Collaborative, which lays out specifics…
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Speak up to keep State Street’s new bike lane!

Last summer, Boston widened sidewalks and put a protected bike lane on State Street. However, those changes were only a pilot, or test project — and now, Boston is asking the public whether the changes should stay or go. Part of Boston’s “Healthy Streets” plan to adapt to the pandemic, these improvements arose from longstanding…
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An exciting moment for our mission

Several recent developments could provide huge opportunities for us in 2021. Mayor Walsh is expected to join the Biden administration, opening the door for a new leader with a bolder vision for biking. At the state level, MassDOT’s top executive, Stephanie Pollack, is also headed to D.C. And speaking of the federal government, you may…
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How would you change Warren St. and Malcolm X Boulevard?

Over the past few months, we’ve been working with a team of Roxbury residents to gather community feedback about how to make Warren St. and Malcolm X Blvd. better for people traveling via bikes, bus and foot. If you haven’t yet filled out our survey, we want to hear from you!  Your responses will shape…
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URGENT: Transportation, Climate and Housing Bills Need Gov. Baker’s Signature

Gov. Baker has only a few days left to sign bills that are critical for improving mobility, the economy, and public health; essential for fighting climate change; and necessary to ensure equity for underserved populations.  The state legislature finally passed these bills, and it’s up to the Governor to sign them or not, bringing them to the…
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URGENT: Speak up for protected bike lanes on Highland Ave!

Somerville is finalizing plans for a major road reconstruction project in Spring Hill. Unfortunately, the latest draft design shows a glaring gap: There are no protected bike lanes, only sharrows, planned for Highland Ave. Don’t let this one-in-a-generation opportunity slip away. Speak up today, and tell Somerville that its residents want protected bike lanes on Highland…
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The Union Rider: December 2020

As 2020 comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to thank you for your support, and wish you happy holidays and a happy new year. May 2021 bring you joy, good fortune and plenty of nice bike rides. __________ What we achieved in 2021, and what we’re working on next Despite this…
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How we’ll get more bike lanes in more parts of Boston next year

The BCU has always stood by the belief that there is strength in numbers. And in 2020, as our movement continued to grow, we saw unprecedented progress in Boston, including 6.5 miles of new bike lanes. We want to add another full-time community organizer in 2021 to help us get even more bike lanes in…
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Four ways we’ll make biking better in 2021

Below is a short list of some of the projects we’re most excited for in 2021. Your support makes all our work possible. So please, consider a year-end donation to the BCU today, and help us make this progress possible in 2021!  Remember: Everyone who donates through the end of the year is automatically entered…
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Four ways we made biking better in Boston this year

As 2020 comes to a close, we’re reflecting on our proudest achievements this year. Your support makes all our work possible. So please, if this list leaves you inspired, consider a year-end donation to the BCU today.  ________ More miles of new bike lanes than ever before This year, our advocacy led Boston to build…
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How we grew stronger in 2020

As a result of COVID-19, more people are biking for essential travel and recreation. At the same time, transit is struggling, and Boston risks a “carpocalypse” of increased driving unless the city invests more in bike infrastructure. In the face of these challenges, the unprecedented progress Boston made this year to its bike network — progress you made possible…
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And the surprise speakers for Thursday’s Golden Cog Awards are…

We are excited to reveal that Thursday’s Golden Cog Awards ceremony will feature remarks from Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Boston City Councilors — and 2021 mayoral candidates — Michelle Wu and Andrea Campbell! Walsh, Wu and Campbell will each share their vision for biking in Boston. You don’t want to miss this — so RSVP…
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Donate for a chance to win this new bike!

Beginning today on Giving Tuesday, we’re kicking off a month-long raffle featuring a special grand prize: A limited-edition cruiser bike from New Belgium Brewing!  All you have to do to enter the raffle is donate any amount to the Boston Cyclists Union from now through the end of the month (12/1 – 12/31). We’ll then randomly…
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The Union Rider: November 2020

With the holiday season underway, we want to take a moment to wish you well, and say thank you for supporting the Boston Cyclists Union. After all the challenges this year has posed, we hope you get some time to relax and be with the ones you love, if only virtually, to celebrate during this season…
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We’re raffling off fresh, local beer to enjoy with the Golden Cog Awards!

The Golden Cog Awards (next Thursday!) are a celebration of leadership and biking. So to add another celebratory note to the occasion, everyone who RSVPs will now be entered to win a complimentary beer delivery from Somerville’s Remnant Brewing!  The Golden Cog AwardsThursday, Dec. 3rd7:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. All you have to do to enter is…
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