Activism

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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Build momentum for transportation legislation!

State lawmakers have proposed a number of important transportation bills this year, including ones to reduce crashes and fatalities, support e-bike growth, and address racism and inequities in traffic enforcement. This Friday, February 26th, is the first deadline for legislators to cosponsor bills. The more co-sponsors a bill has, the greater its odds are of passing. Here’s…

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Sign the petition: Advance Safe Streets in Somerville

A new advocacy group, Somerville Alliance for Safe Streets (SASS), has formed to push City leaders to honor the community’s shared values and stated commitments to safety, accessibility, equitable investment, and to mitigate the effects of climate change. We’re excited to get to work with this dedicated group of residents, parents, vulnerable street and sidewalk…

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Sign the petition: Allston-Brighton Mobility Improvements

Boston’s Allston-Brighton Mobility Study presents a draft plan for improving transit, expanding the bike network and making streets safer for all modes. Comments on the draft plan are due by next Monday, February 15. There are two ways to provide feedback. Sign the petition from our partners in the Allston Brighton Health Collaborative, which lays out specifics…

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Speak up to keep State Street’s new bike lane!

Last summer, Boston widened sidewalks and put a protected bike lane on State Street. However, those changes were only a pilot, or test project — and now, Boston is asking the public whether the changes should stay or go. Part of Boston’s “Healthy Streets” plan to adapt to the pandemic, these improvements arose from longstanding…

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How would you change Warren St. and Malcolm X Boulevard?

Over the past few months, we’ve been working with a team of Roxbury residents to gather community feedback about how to make Warren St. and Malcolm X Blvd. better for people traveling via bikes, bus and foot. If you haven’t yet filled out our survey, we want to hear from you!  Your responses will shape…

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URGENT: Speak up for protected bike lanes on Highland Ave!

Somerville is finalizing plans for a major road reconstruction project in Spring Hill. Unfortunately, the latest draft design shows a glaring gap: There are no protected bike lanes, only sharrows, planned for Highland Ave. Don’t let this one-in-a-generation opportunity slip away. Speak up today, and tell Somerville that its residents want protected bike lanes on Highland…

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Four ways we made biking better in Boston this year

As 2020 comes to a close, we’re reflecting on our proudest achievements this year. Your support makes all our work possible. So please, if this list leaves you inspired, consider a year-end donation to the BCU today.  ________ More miles of new bike lanes than ever before This year, our advocacy led Boston to build…

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Speak Up to Prevent MBTA Service Cuts!

The MBTA faces significant service cuts in 2021 unless lawmakers act to fill a budget shortfall. The cost of inaction would be disastrous for the region, leaving riders stranded, causing major harm to the environment and economy, worsening inequities, and forcing many more people to drive. Legislators are debating the budget this week. Before they vote,…

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