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Boston Bike Story: Abi

“It started with me and my friends playing basketball around the neighborhood. Then a friend had a Mongoose. I thought it was so cool. Two years, later I got a bike and started riding every day. Then I started going to the pond with friends, and really everywhere. We’d start in Roxbury and go to…
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Rally for road safety at the State House

Join us on 11/17 for World Day of Remembrance! Key road safety bills are stalled right now at the State House. Will you help us press lawmakers to act? World Day of Remembrance 2019Sunday, Nov. 172:30 – 4:00 p.m.Massachusetts State House (24 Beacon St., Boston) On Sunday, we’ll join our partners in the Massachusetts Vision…
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Speak up for a safer Arborway!

Tell DCR: Implement separated bike lanes and connect the necklace! The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is restarting a project to improve the Arborway. After 25 years of disjointed planning processes and no significant progress on the ground, we need your help in holding the agency accountable to finally making meaningful changes. Arborway Parkways Improvement…
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Improving Warren St. from Dudley Square to Grove Hall

A project to expedite buses could benefit bicyclists, too The Boston Transportation Department (BTD) is taking steps to improve Warren St. for all modes of travel, especially bus riders. When buses are more efficient, more people choose public transit over driving their cars or taking an Uber/Lyft. Getting more people on buses means less cars…
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The I-90 Megaproject Could Be A Boon For Biking

Massachusetts is undertaking a colossal construction project to reconfigure I-90 in Allston, which could mean big changes to bike facilities to and through this area, including the Paul Dudley White (PDW) path. Don’t miss your chance to engage in the public process around this transformative, far-reaching project! Here’s what you can do: Show up and speak…
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Celebrate Somerville’s New Protected Bike Lanes

Show support for these projects with a ride and rally! The Somerville Bicycle Committee and Somerville Bicycle Safety are co-hosting this event, which will herald the recent completion of the Beacon St. cycletrack, and the creation of a bus/bike lane and protected bike lanes on Broadway. The ride departs from the Whole Foods on Beacon…
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There’s strength in numbers — and our numbers are growing

It’s with joy and gratitude that we can call last Thursday’s Biketoberfest a resounding success. At our annual party this year, we: Topped our fundraising goal and brought in more than $35,000 —  our largest tally ever  Met many new members and first-time attendees, a rewarding sign that our community (and clout) continue to grow…
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A Major Opportunity to Improve Boston’s Bike Network

The Southwest Corridor Extension Project Needs Your Input! Do you want to see a connected, low-stress bike network all the way from JP to the Longfellow Bridge? Then participate in Boston’s Southwest Corridor Extension Project! As you can see in the study area on the map below, the City is considering building out this bike network — while also…
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The Union Rider: October 2019

Read our new Strategic Plan The Boston Cyclists Union has grown significantly since 2015, when we last drafted a Strategic Plan. Much has changed about the state of biking in Metro Boston since then too. So this year, we developed a new Strategic Plan to reflect those changing dynamics and improve our ability to effect…
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Two ways to support vital transportation legislation right now

Urge lawmakers to act on automated enforcement! On Tuesday, state lawmakers held a hearing about a bill that would greatly help municipalities enforce laws against dangerous driving. Will you help us pass this vital bill? The bill, An Act relative to automated enforcement (S1376), is one of the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition’s top legislative priorities. It…
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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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