Boston continues to lag behind other cities in terms of bike-friendliness and Vision Zero funding and is not going to meet it’s own bike network goals laid out in Go Boston 2030 at the current pace of implementation. To accelerate the city’s pace, the Bike Union is calling on the City to make meaningful increases to the Vision Zero and Bike Network budgets for the next fiscal year.
You can read the full details of our proposal below, and find the latest updates about the campaign here.
Help us pass the Boston Bike Budget!
Our advocacy and your support led Mayor Walsh to increase transportation department funds by $5 million last year. Help us carry on that momentum this year by contacting Walsh and the City Council and urging them to invest in safer streets and better bike infrastructure!
Here’s a sample script:
Subject: Invest in safer streets and better bike infrastructure
To: Mayor@boston.gov, your city councilor
CC: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Mayor Walsh and Councilor [ X ],
As a resident of [YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD] who bikes/who would bike in Boston if it were safer, I ask that you increase capital funding for Vision Zero and the Strategic Bike Network to the levels recommended in the Boston Cyclists Union’s 2020 Bike Budget, $12 million and $4 million, respectively.
I am encouraged by components of Mayor Walsh’s proposed FY 2020 budget that would improve street safety, reduce congestion and promote bike ridership. Extending protected bike lanes on key corridors like Mass Ave. and Columbus Ave., expanding BlueBikes, and increasing parking meter fees are all great ideas that I hope are included in the final budget.
However, the proposed level of funding will not get us far enough to create a connected network of safe bike routes. There are still critical gaps in the network and dangerous roads that aren’t addressed in the proposed budget. Bostonians in all neighborhoods deserve transportation choice and Boston is not living up to its commitment to make biking a viable, safe option for all ages and abilities.
[SAY SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL EXPERIENCE RIDING A BIKE IN BOSTON]
The Bike Union’s proposed funding would put Boston on track to achieve Go Boston 2030’s bike network goals over the coming decade, while ensuring critical priority projects are completed on schedule. If Boston is serious about minimizing traffic fatalities, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and making our City a better, more livable place, we must raise funding for the bike network and Vision Zero projects in FY20.
Thank you for your consideration,
[Your name / contact info]