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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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Exciting Updates on the Longfellow Bridge

It’s been more than a month since you’ve received an update on the Longfellow, and a lot has happened! The Boston City Council unanimously passed a resolution last month endorsing our proposed striping design, joining the Cambridge City Council, which passed a similar resolution in April. Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone and Rep. Mike Capuano also…
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Tell City Council: The Strategic Bike Network Needs More Funding!

In 2013, Boston’s Bike Network Plan called for completing 21 miles of protected bike lanes by 2018. Yet now, five years later, Boston has built barely 6 miles of that promised network. In contrast, Minneapolis built more than 6 miles of protected bike lanes last year alone. Even more impressive, New York City built 25 miles of protected bike lanes last…
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I want you to win a new bike!

Dear Friend, In the spirit of Bike Month, we’re giving away a free bicycle to one lucky person who donates to or joins the Bike Union in the month of May. It’s our small way of thanking you all for your continued support toward making biking better in Boston.  Click here to join or renew. SPRING…
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Get the inside scoop on Bos/tréal from one of our select scholarship riders!

We interviewed Ivette Castillo, an Everybody Rides rider for this year’s Bos/tréal trip. What kind of cyclists are you? Mostly I’ve been an urban cyclist, commuter, use my bike primarily to get around the city, run errands or meet up with friends if the weather isn’t gross. What motivated you to apply for the trip?…
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The Public Has Spoken: The Longfellow Bridge Needs Protected Bike Lanes

Protected bike lanes on the Longfellow Bridge are a no-brainer. Bikes comprise nearly half of all traffic on the bridge during the peak 8 a.m. hour. Yet without adequate infrastructure to handle that volume, cyclists will be exposed to unnecessary dangers when the bridge reopens next month. On Monday, we delivered to the Massachusetts Department…
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Longfellow Bridge Petition Update: 3,100 Signatures Delivered to MassDOT

Today, we moved one step closer to securing protected bike lanes on the Longfellow Bridge — and we couldn’t have done it without your help. More than 3,100 people signed our petition asking the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to reconsider its unsafe and outdated design for the Longfellow Bridge. And today, we delivered that petition to MassDOT…
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The Bike Union is Hiring!

The Bike Union is hiring a Community Organizer! The Community Organizer will engage the public in the Boston Cyclists Union’s mission, campaigns, and story. They will work with all parts of the organization (staff, board, members, interns, and volunteers) to assist with the development and implementation of the Boston Cyclists Union’s Bikeways for Everybody campaign,…
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Community Organizer

About the Boston Cyclists Union The Boston Cyclists Union (BCU) is helping Bostonians lead healthier lives by promoting the everyday use of the bicycle for transportation. Among other things, we teach bike repair, educate new riders, and organize neighborhood residents who would like to voice support for friendlier street designs, bike paths, and public spaces.…
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Longfellow Bridge Next Steps: Time for Action!

As you may have heard, the Longfellow Bridge, connecting Cambridge and Boston is scheduled to be “reopened” this May — without safe passage for people biking. You can read more in this post. Based on the fact that the last 5+ years of construction have proven that we will do fine without two lanes for…
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Take Action: Help Us Pass the Boston Bike Budget

Here’s what you can do: Send a personalized email (template below) to Mayor Walsh asking him to include the Boston Bike Budget in his budget this year, and forward the email to your local district city councilor and the four at-large (city-wide) councilors. Contact info is below. If you can, print out your letter, sign…
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Help win Protected Bike Lanes on the Longfellow Bridge!

SIGN THE PETITION!     SIGN THE PETITION! You may have heard that Gov. Baker announced the Longfellow Bridge connecting Cambridge and Boston is scheduled to be reopened this May. This is an important opportunity for Massachusetts and the Governor to live up to promises to reduce traffic fatalities and be a leader in safe…
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Five Reasons You Should Get Hubway Even Though You Already Own A Bike

by Tyson Bottenus As a cyclist, I’ve followed the rise of bikeshare with an ambivalent attitude. Overall, it’s great. More bikes! Maybe, I used to think to myself, this will mean more people will choose biking for transportation. This might mean cities will install more protected bike lanes which inevitably helps me in the end.…
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Support Safe Street Legislation

February 7th, is the deadline for legislative committees to act on bills, and An Act to Reduce Traffic Fatalities remains in front of the Joint Committee on Transportation. The Boston Cyclists Union, along with other advocates and allies in the Vision Zero Coalition, worked closely with Senator Brownsberger and Representatives Hecht and Rogers to develop a comprehensive traffic safety…
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Bostreal Rider Checklist

Every rider should have: General note: Please do what you can to pack as compactly as possible. All of the camp gear will be riding in the van each day, but space is still very limited. For Riding   Helmet Bike lights (in case we ride at night) Bike lock (for when in Montreal) Water…
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