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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 transportation…
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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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Ask your legislators to pass e-bike legislation!

E-bikes have enormous potential to get more people on bikes and out of cars. However, they currently exist in a legal gray area in Massachusetts; we’re one of only 4 states with “problematic” legislation currently on the books, according to People for Bikes. Tomorrow, lawmakers are holding a hearing about legislation we support that would modernize…
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Speak up for traffic safety bills!

Wednesday, October 13th at 11am, the MA Legislature is holding a virtual hearing on a variety of traffic safety bills. The BCU and our partners in the MA Vision Zero Coalition will be testifying in support of and in opposition to various bills—and we need your help emphasizing to lawmakers which bills will positively impact street safety, and…
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The Union Rider: September 2021

Sign the petition for bike lanes on Charles Street We’ve been hitting the streets to build support among residents, businesses and visitors to Boston’s Charles Street for a 2-way protected cycle track (bi-directional bike lanes). Bikes make up 23% of all peak-hour traffic on Charles Street, yet there are five lanes for cars and none for…
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Speak up for bike lanes on Boston’s Cambridge Street

People on bikes make up 10 percent of all traffic on Cambridge St. during peak hours—yet this important connector has no safe, separated bike lanes. Will you help us add this key link to Boston’s bike network? The Boston Transportation Department (BTD) is looking at improvements to Cambridge St. as part of the Connect Downtown project. Separated…
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Pledge to vote for a bike-friendly Boston

Local elections this year offer a golden opportunity to elect a new mayor in Boston committed to our vision for people-first streets To make that happen, we’re rallying Bostonians to do two things: Read our voter guide — Learn where Boston’s mayoral candidates stand on bike/transportation issues. If you want to dig even deeper, check out…
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The Union Rider: July 2021

Where local candidates stand on bike issues As a member of the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition, we once again produced a candidate questionnaire this election cycle to help voters understand where candidates stand on transportation issues. Responses from Boston’s mayoral and city council candidates are now live, and ones for Somerville and Cambridge are coming…
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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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