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Shape the Future of Mobility in Somerville

On Wednesday, there will be two public meetings about projects with the potential to reshape Somerville — and dramatically improve the convenience and safety of bicycling — for years to come. If you live in Ward 6 or 7, or bike on Powder House Blvd., please consider attending the Powder House redesign meeting (info below)…
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Widening the Somerville Community Path

Once completed, the Somerville Community Path Extension (CPX) will form a key link in the region’s bike network and, as a result, will see strong usage from people biking and walking. Yet the state’s plans call for creating a multi-use path that is only 10 feet wide — narrower than the width state and federal…
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Boston Bike Story: Reynaliz Herrera

I guess I have two stories. One is biking, and one is making music with bicycles. The first time I rode, I was 6 or 7 in Mexico, but I didn’t have experience biking more until I was in Boston. Where I grew up, in Monterey, Mexico, there is no biking culture. I came to…
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The Mystic River Needs a Bike- and Pedestrian-Only Bridge

Massachusetts is exploring the possibility of a bike- and pedestrian-only bridge between Somerville and Everett across the Mystic River. This bridge holds enormous potential to promote multimodal travel in a rapidly growing area, and to serve a high volume of foot and bike traffic every day. However, the state is considering narrowing the bridge from…
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Boston Bike Story: Cameron

My first bike was a Huffy, and it was black. I started customizing it and doing tricks, and have been biking ever since. I like to bike because it’s a great way to exercise and get your cardio. There’s nothing better than getting somewhere on your own strength, and it cuts down on pollution. That’s…
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You spoke. Boston is listening.

Thank you to everyone who rode with us Sunday for the Glacial Pace Rally and Ride! It was ~cool~ to see so many of you join us as we called on Mayor Walsh to pick up the pace when it comes to building a safe, separated bike network. Boston is listening — but we need…
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Bike Month Giveaway & Member Drive

Help us reach our goal of 500 donations this month, and you could win a $1,500 upgrade to your bike. In celebration of Bike Month, we’re offering the opportunity to win a Copenhagen Wheel — the electric wheel that transforms any bike into a pedal-assist joy machine — to anyone who makes a gift of…
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Boston Bike Story: Chavella Lee

When did you start biking, and where do you typically go? My mother began to teach me to ride without training wheels when I was 5, but her pregnancy with my younger sister was very demanding and she wasn’t able to finish my lessons. I learned how to bike when I was 10 years old.…
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Demand a Safer Craigie Bridge Design

On Wednesday, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will present new plans for redesigning the Craigie Bridge. Join us in insisting those plans include physical separation for cyclists! Safety Improvements on the Charles River Dam Road / Craigie Bridge Wednesday, May 1 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Museum of Science, Cahners Theater (1 Science Park…
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West Roxbury launches local bike committee

We wanted to take a moment to highlight the newest local bike group in the Boston area: The West Roxbury Bicycle Committee. Founded by Bike Union member and West Roxbury resident, Ben Wetherill, this group is intended to provide a local presence in West Roxbury and to advance projects for road safety and better bikeways…
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Speak Up to Pass the Boston Bike Budget!

We’re making progress! As the City of Boston enters the home stretch for setting its next budget, we’re thrilled to say we’ve already scored some significant victories in our campaign to boost funding for bike infrastructure and Vision Zero initiatives. Mayor Walsh’s proposed FY 2020 budget, released on April 5, included $2 million in funding…
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The Union Rider: March 2019

A PDF with clickable links is available here
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Boston Bike Story: Jamie Kennedy

What is your bike story? 
My bike story would probably start with my dad. He’s been a big influence, because ever since I was little he’s always been biking. He was the one that taught me how to ride a bike in one of the Blue Hills parking lots, and I remember it being super…
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Boston Bike Story: Peter Cheung

For this week’s Boston Bike Story, we spoke with Peter Cheung, a prominent member of the Boston bike community who organizes ghost bike ceremonies in the region. Some brief background: Ghost bikes are an international symbol for cyclists killed in traffic crashes. Placed at the sites of these fatalities, the first memorial appeared in St.…
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Make the Memorial Drive Greenway Better for Bikes!

The Memorial Drive Greenway is slated for a major redesign affecting both the roadway and parkland. Help us ensure cyclist safety is a key consideration in the final plan! Listening SessionMemorial Drive Greenway Improvements, Phase IIIThursday, April 11 // 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.Morse School Cafeteria (40 Granite Street, Cambridge, MA 02139) On Thursday, the Department of…
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Cummins Highway Reconstruction: First Meeting 4/11

Cummins Highway is the only major connecting road between Mattapan Square and Roslindale Square, but its four lanes of fast-moving car traffic make it unsafe for bikes, forcing many of us who want to ride to instead choose another mode of transportation. With reconstruction coming soon to Cummins Highway between River St. and Harvard St.,…
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Driving the Conversation About Biking in Boston

One way we gauge our impact is through the Bike Union’s visibility in the media. The more we’re included in the discussion, the more we can shape the narrative around biking and spread our vision for a bike-friendly Boston. As we’ve grown, our success in this respect has grown, too. The most recent case in…
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VIDEO: Mass Ave. in Dorchester Needs Protected Bike Lanes

Mass Ave. in Dorchester has one of the highest crash rates in the entire city, and a high level of truck traffic that makes it particularly dangerous for cyclists. That’s why we’re calling on the city to make protected bike lanes along this corridor a priority in 2019. In this video, you’ll hear from riders…
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Community Support for Protected Bike Lanes on Mass Ave South

We turned in this letter to Mayor Walsh and Chris Osgood on March 21, 2019, along with a petition signed by 400 people, as part of our campaign to make Mass Ave in Dorchester safer for cyclists. We are grateful to all the businesses, organizations and groups that signed on and hope you will thank…
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Boston Bike Story: JP

I started biking in Chicago when I was 12 to go my friends’ houses. I’ve been biking for six years in Boston. I ride everywhere because it’s the easiest way to get around — it’s cheap and direct. I’d like to see fewer cars on the road in Boston. I’ve biked in a lot of…
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