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The Union Rider | September 2019

Biketoberfest 2019: Thursday, Oct. 17th Our annual fall party, Biketoberfest, is less than one month away! Do you have your tickets yet? Celebrate with your fellow cyclists, enjoy free food and drink (with the price of admission), and get down on the dance floor to live music from the Ideas Not Theories “Bicycle Orchestra.” As always, there will…
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Shape the future of Blue Hill Ave.

The Boston Transportation Department (BTD) is kicking off a project to improve Blue Hill Ave., and they want to hear from you about what changes to make. This long-term project has the potential to impact everything about this important corridor — including how people travel here by bike. Blue Hill Ave. Transportation Action Plan MeetingWednesday,…
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Boston Bike Story: Paola y Antonia

En la bicicleta me siento libre. Empecé a andar en bicicleta a los 5 años en mi país, en Colombia. Uso la bicicleta para todo; es mi transporte. Mi hija y yo andamos a la escuela en el South End por bicicleta todos los días. Ella empezó a andar en bicicleta a los 3 anos…
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You’re invited to our annual fall party, Biketoberfest!

Food & drink, raffle prizes, a “bicycle orchestra” and more! We’ve been working hard all year to improve biking in Boston. Now, it’s time to celebrate — and we hope you’ll join us on October 17th to do just that at our annual bike bash, Biketoberfest! Biketoberfest 2019October 17th, 2019 // 6:30 p.m. – 9…
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Two chances to shape Mass Ave’s next bike lanes

Bike or walk Mass Ave. with BTD officials to show where improvements are needed! The Boston Transportation Department is moving ahead with plans to add bike lanes to Mass Ave., between Melnea Cass Blvd. and Columbia Rd. — and they want your feedback on how this project should take shape.  The BTD is hosting two…
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Celebrate new bike lanes with a FREE night at the Museum of Science!

This summer, bike safety in Boston saw a major improvement with the installation of physically separated bike lanes on the Craigie Bridge. Now, we invite you to join us in celebrating this historic milestone with a free night of fun for BCU members at the Museum of Science! Free night for BCU members @ Museum…
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The Union Rider: August 2019

Vision Zero Candidate QuestionnaireWith local elections coming up this fall in Boston, Cambridge and Somerville, get to know where candidates stand on important bike and road safety issues. As part of the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition, we surveyed city council and mayoral candidates about their personal transportation habits, plans for building out bike infrastructure, and…
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Boston Bike Story: Mary Ann Nelson, Roxbury

When and why did you start biking? I started biking back in the late ’70s. At that time, not too many people would be biking. I would ride my bike to high school. I was in the school band. I played the tuba and clarinet and carried both on the sides of my bike. I…
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Boston Bike Story: Vincent

When did you start biking, and why do you still ride? I learned how to ride a bike when I was little. I ride my bike now because it’s the best way to get to work in Downtown. Before, I tried to get to work in my car, but all that gave me was trouble.…
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A major victory on the Craigie Bridge — Help us keep winning!

This month, biking in Metro Boston got a whole lot safer with the implementation of separated bike lanes on the Craigie Bridge. This outcome is the direct result of us flexing our collective advocacy muscle — and we hope, in the afterglow of this milestone, you’ll consider giving to the Bike Union so we can continue fighting for more life-saving…
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Where Local Candidates Stand on Bike Infrastructure and Safer Roads

“I Bike, I vote” — Election season is upon us! With local elections this fall, it’s important that voters know where candidates stand on issues related to biking, walking, and transit so they can make informed decisions when they cast ballots. Good news: You can find all that information right here through the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition’s…
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Show your support for a safer Centre St in West Roxbury

On June 20, the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) presented plans at a packed public meeting to improve safety on Centre St by reducing driving lanes (creating a “road diet”) and adding protected bike lanes, among other features. Road diets are a proven safety measure that reduce conflicts between pedestrians and cars, slow down driving speeds, and improve visibility for…
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Boston Bike Story: Jamilah

How did you start biking? I was able to ride a bike at 4 years old. My dad taught me. Now, I mostly find myself biking recreationally. I just feel if I commute to work on a bike I might be late. Do you see any changes lately with biking in the city? There are…
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The Union Rider: July 2019

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Boston Bike Story: William Del Valle

When did you start biking?A long time ago, 40 years ago. I would find bicycles in the trash and fix them up. That’s how I am still able to fix bikes today. I’m at the local bike shop. What’s your experience with bike safety? There will be open [car] doors, so you have to be a…
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Show your support for protected bike lanes on Tremont St.!

At last month’s Tremont St. Design Project public meeting, we scored an important victory when the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) revealed that the City’s preferred design for Tremont St. includes 3 critical safety features to calm traffic and make the street safer for walking and biking: A lane reduction, or “road diet,” along the corridor from…
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We’ve won big this year — and need your help to win more

It’s been an incredible year so far for the Bike Union, with major victories stacking up all across Metro Boston. Will you help us carry that momentum on to the big fights ahead? Community organizing is at the heart of what we do, because it’s not just about building better bike infrastructure — it’s about…
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Speak up for a Safer Powder House Blvd.!

Since 2017, the City of Somerville has undergone a process to determine a new design for Powder House Blvd. to coincide with repaving this past spring. Although Somerville initially said they had not heard enough demand for separated bike facilities, after a woman was killed while walking there in February the city agreed to revisit…
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Boston Bike Story: David

Christmas 1974, my father bought me and my brother a bike. We were crazy with the bike as kids. We would ride everywhere, and my father always told us to be careful with the bike, and to wear a helmet, when we were living in Puerto Rico. Then I came to the United States in…
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Mayor Walsh’s Laudable Proposal to Better Regulate Ride Hailing

Ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft increase congestion and siphon away riders — and revenue — from mass transit in cities everywhere, according to multiple studies. Boston is no exception, where a new report says these kinds of transportation network companies (TNCs) cost the MBTA $20 million per year. As cities continue to grapple with…
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