Activism

Speak up for a safer Arborway!

Next week, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will unveil proposals for permanent changes to the Arborway that could complete the missing bicycle link in the Emerald Necklace between Jamaica Pond and Forest Hills. We need your help to show DCR there is support for moving this project forward—show up and speak up! Arborway Parkways Improvement…

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An opportunity to improve biking by Carson Beach and UMASS Boston

Next Monday, the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) will hold a virtual meeting about the Dorchester Bay City project, a massive residential/commercial development proposed for 200 Mount Vernon Street. Specifically, this meeting will be about “transportation, infrastructure, sustainability and resiliency.”  The streets leading to the new project include some that are very challenging and stressful…

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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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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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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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