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Tell Mayor Wu not to delay the Downtown Bike Network!

For years, we have been asking the City of Boston to close the critical, dangerous gaps in the Downtown Bike Network. Without separated bike lanes in both directions on Charles Street and Cambridge Street, the network is incomplete and until the gaps are filled, many people still won’t choose to bike and those who do…
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Take action to prevent more fatal crashes

We are sad and upset, like many of you, after last week’s fatal crash in Boston in which a truck driver killed George Luis Clemmer, 71, of Cambridge, while he was riding his bike near Mass. Ave and Huntington Ave. We are especially frustrated because we continue to witness fatal crashes involving large trucks while the State…
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UPDATE: next steps on e-bike rebates!

Thanks to the 199 of you who emailed your legislators about e-bikes. We are thrilled to say that e-bike rebates were included in the House Transportation Bond Bill (Bill H.4897, “An Act relative to Massachusetts’s transportation resources and climate.”) We are much closer to making e-bike rebates a reality. Now the House and Senate need…
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Speak up for e-bike rebates in Massachusetts!

The Massachusetts House of Representative will vote TOMORROW on a series of amendments to Bill H.4897, An Act relative to Massachusetts’s transportation resources and climate. Amendment 331 will establish an Electric Bicycle (e-bike) Incentive Program. This incentive program will make it easier for people across the Commonwealth to access e-bikes by providing a rebate for e-bike purchases (learn more below), and will…
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Union Rider: May 2022

Pride Ride 2022 Join the Boston Cyclists Union on a queer-organized and queer-led group bike ride celebrating all the fabulousness of being a queer person on a bicycle! Get more info and sign up here! This event is a fundraiser for Trans Resistance MA. If it is accessible to you we encourage you to donate…
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Mayor Michelle Wu claps her hands in City Hall Plaza, surrounded by people with bikes at a rally.

Weigh in on the Boston Streets Department budget priorities in FY23

Last year there were no new protected bike lanes installed in Boston. While we are seeing progress on some long-awaited projects this spring, like the road diet and bike lanes on Tremont St (South End) and protected bike lanes on Boylston St (Fenway), there are others that are still delayed and many not yet initiated,…
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A Priority-brand white beach cruiser bicycle with brown leather accents.

Bike Month Membership Giveaway

Bike Month is a chance for us to connect with our members and grow our movement. Be sure to check out our exciting Bike Month 2022 programming! It’s also an important opportunity for us to raise funds for our work. We hope you’ll consider becoming a BCU member or renewing your membership – your tax-deductible…
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You’re Invited! Bike-In Movie – Wednesday, May 18

You’re Invited! In celebration of Bike Month 2022, the Boston Cyclists Union is hosting a bike-in movie! Bike-In Movie 6:00 – 9:30 PM Wednesday, May 18, 2022 Christian Herter Park Amphitheater Join us at Herter Park’s newly renovated outdoor amphitheater on the banks of the Charles River in Allston/Brighton for a screening of Grecia White’s new Boston-based…
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Apply to Join Our Board!

The Boston Cyclists Union’s Board works with staff to define the organization’s direction and strategy and ensure its health, working on many issues of street design and mobility justice. You don’t have to call yourself “an avid cyclist” to join our board. In fact, that’s not what we’re looking for. We’re looking for people who…
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A family of a mother, father, and two kids are standing by their e-bike. The two kids are strapped into the back of the e-bike.

Action Alert: Take Action for E-bike Access!

If we want to pass e-bike legislation this year, we need the Transportation Committee at the Statehouse to move the bills out of their committee by February 2! That means we need your help demonstrating to the committee members that there is far-reaching and plentiful support for these bills. In October we heard from 200…
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Boston Bike Story: Salvador, Jamaica Plain

“I’ve been riding a bike in Boston since I moved here 19 years ago from Guatemala. I like biking because it seems to be the quickest way to get around, because I can go places outside of where T lines take me, and because I usually feel good while I’m riding. I have been hit…
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The Union Rider: January 2022

Speak up for a safer Arborway More than 200 people attended a virtual meeting this month about the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) plans to redesign the Arborway between Jamaica Pond and Forest Hills. It was great to see so many BCU supporters in the Zoom room! There are two more opportunities to shape the…
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Shape the future of the Arborway!

On January 20, DCR presented four alternative designs for the Arborway between Jamaica Pond and Forest Hills. We have reviewed the designs extensively with BCU supporters, other advocacy organizations and area-residents who walk, bike and move through here on various modes and have the following suggestions to make the Arborway as safe, accessible and park-like…
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Speak up for a safer Arborway!

On Thursday, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will unveil proposals for permanent changes to the Arborway that could complete the missing bicycle link in the Emerald Necklace between Jamaica Pond and Forest Hills. We need your help to show DCR there is support for moving this project forward—show up and speak up! Arborway Parkways Improvement…
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An opportunity to improve biking by Carson Beach and UMASS Boston

Next Monday, the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) will hold a virtual meeting about the Dorchester Bay City project, a massive residential/commercial development proposed for 200 Mount Vernon Street. Specifically, this meeting will be about “transportation, infrastructure, sustainability and resiliency.”  The streets leading to the new project include some that are very challenging and stressful…
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The Union Rider: December 2021

Thank you for another great year As we close the book on 2021, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on all we accomplished together this year. With your support, we: Reached 750+ Bostonians through our electoral organizing and education drive. (We’ve already seen the impact of this work with Mayor Wu’s appointment of long-time streets…
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The Union Rider: November 2021

We did it! Protected bike lanes on Mass Ave Bridge You spoke, and MassDOT listened: The agency is using cones to pilot protected bike lanes and a vehicle lane reduction on the Harvard Bridge (aka Mass Ave Bridge) this winter, with more robust changes expected next spring.  This is an enormous advancement for road safety,…
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The Union Rider: October 2021

I Bike, I Vote Election Day is Tuesday, 11/2.  Early voting is open in Boston, Cambridge and Somerville. During early voting, you can cast a ballot at a select number of polling locations across the city. Voter guides — The MA Vision Zero Coalition has guides compiling responses from candidates in Boston/Cambridge/Somerville about where they stand on…
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🎂 Save the date: BCU 10th Birthday Bash

In December 2011, the Boston Cyclists Union officially became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. What an incredible decade of growth and progress it’s been! Please join us on Thursday, December 9 for a virtual celebration reflecting on the BCU’s first 10 years and looking forward to the next 10 years (and beyond!) of advancing our mission to…
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Sign the petition: Protected bike lanes on the Mass Ave Bridge

Massachusetts Avenue across the Harvard Bridge (commonly known as the “Mass Ave Bridge”) is one of the busiest bike routes in the region. It’s also one of the most dangerous. Although Boston and Cambridge have protected bike lanes at both ends, the state controls the bridge and has yet to follow suit. We’re determined to…
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