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Last chance: Take our supporter survey

With help from a team of graduate students at Brandeis, we created a survey to learn more about our network and followers. We hope you’ll take a few minutes to complete it so we can better understand how to serve your interests! The survey is only open through tomorrow, Wednesday, July 21.Can you spare a few minutes today…
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As the BCU turns 10, we’re surveying our supporters to help plan our future

The BCU’s 10th anniversary is this year. As we reflect on our growth and plan for our future, we want to learn more about our supporters and followers to better understand who you are, how you heard about us, and what motivates you to engage in our work. The survey is open to anyone in…
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Last chance for more bike lanes in Boston’s budget

Last month, we delivered a petition in support of the Boston Bike Budget, signed by more than 1,500 Bostonians, to the Boston City Council. Since then, we’ve learned that support for more bike lanes runs even deeper. According to a new poll, 75% of Boston-area residents want more protected bike lanes, even if that means reducing…
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Let’s make biking an issue in this year’s elections

Boston’s mayoral election this fall is a tremendous opportunity to shape the future of our streets — and we want your help ensuring that people who bike vote in big numbers. Join our next monthly Activist Group Meeting, and find out how you can get involved in our get out the vote campaign to elect…
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Urgent action: Fixing dangerous DCR-managed roads

Are you frustrated with the conditions on roads managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation? Do you wish they had physically separated bike lanes, more pedestrian crossings, slower vehicle speeds, and more green space for recreation and commuting? If so, today is a critical opportunity to weigh in! A special State commission run by the UMASS Donahue…
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Survey responses: Egleston Sq. Redesign

The Egleston Square redesign project will bring much-needed connections to businesses, homes, schools and green space via bicycle. We encourage you to get involved and share your feedback with the city! From December 2020 to April 2021, we canvassed residents, parents/teachers/students, and other stakeholders in Egleston Square to hear their visions for mobility and street…
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The Union Rider: May 2021

We had a blast engaging with so many of you throughout Bike Month! As a quick recap, in May the BCU and our local chapters: Held free pop-up bike repair events in Nubian Sq. and West Roxbury Rallied and rode with 150 people at our Build Back Bikeable event (see photos here) Worked with residents…
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Growth, progress and the exciting road ahead

As Bike Month comes to a close, we’re feeling inspired by all we accomplished together, and all the exciting work ahead. Will you donate to the BCU today to accelerate our progress?  Connecting with so many of you during Bike Month was a true joy, and a reaffirmation of why we do this work. We…
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Tell Boston: Invest in communities, not policing

The Boston Cyclists Union’s vision for “safe streets” goes beyond bike infrastructure and transit access. It also includes ensuring everyone—especially Black people and other people of color who are subjected to racism, violence and police brutality—feel safe traveling through every neighborhood of Boston. Today, one year after police in Minneapolis murdered George Floyd, we have an opportunity to…
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New BCU Board President and Vice President

Below is a letter from new BCU Board President Katie Theodoros As many of you know, Angela Johnson-Rodriguez, our outgoing Board President (and now President Emeritus) has just begun a doctorate program at Rutgers-New Brunswick. Go Angela! We were fortunate that Angela was able to continue in her role as president beyond December 2020 as…
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Take action for 10 more miles of bike lanes in Boston

Sign the Petition: #BostonBikeBudget Last year, our movement led Boston to add an unprecedented 6+ miles of new bike lanes. This year, we’re building support for Boston to go further: 10 miles of protected bike lanes in the next year, and 10 more the year after. Will you add your name to our petition for…
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Take two important actions for Bike Month

May is National Bike Month, an annual celebration since 1956 of everything great about bikes—and a time we look forward to every year when we get to connect with and grow our bike community! Check out our calendar of events below. (It is by no means exhaustive. If you have other events to share, let us…
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Union Rider: April 2021

Petition: 10 more miles ofbike lanes in Boston this year Exciting news: Mayor Janey’s first budget proposal includes many of the projects we’re asking for in our Boston Bike Budget. However, the mayor’s proposal has some notable omissions when it comes to bike projects, and falls short of the 10 miles of protected bike lanes we’re asking for this year.…
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Statement: On Daunte Wright and mobility justice

“What will it take for law enforcement to stop killing people of color?” asks Ben Crump, the civil rights attorney representing the family of Daunte Wright, whom police shot and killed Sunday during a traffic stop in Minnesota. “This level of lethal force was entirely preventable and inhumane.” If you’ve wondered why we, as transportation…
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Join our board, staff or core committees

We’re adding to our team. Want to get more involved? After growing our capacity to kick off 2021 (more on that below!) we’re already growing again. We’re now adding members to our board of directors, hiring for a couple of staff positions, and seeking to bring new voices to the volunteer committees that steer our work.…
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Sign up for the ride of a lifetime!

Bos/treal 2021 || August 14-19Boston, MA — Hero Islands, VT We’re excited to announce that registration will soon open for this year’s edition of Bos/treal! Bos/treal (Boss-tree-all) is a weeklong bike tour and fundraiser that benefits the BCU. In 2021, participants will ride about 300 miles over 4 days before spending two nights resting on the…
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The Union Rider: March 2021

Sign the petition: Boston Bike Budget All Bostonians deserve access to a network of connected, protected bike lanes — but Boston is not meeting its commitment to that goal. We’re calling on Boston to commit to adding 10 miles of protected bike lanes in the next year, and another 10 the year after. We need progress on the…
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Statement on the Murders of Asian-American Women in Atlanta

The BCU condemns last week’s mass murder of Asian-American women in Atlanta, which escalated a pattern of anti-Asian harassment and violence that has surged amid the pandemic.  We are deeply troubled, though sadly not surprised, by this deadly crime. Anti-Asian hate and stereotypes have a long and terrible history in America, and Asian women in…
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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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