Newsletter

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

The Union Rider: February 2021

Learning session: Contra-flow Bike Lanes What are the benefits of “contraflow” bike lanes, and where can they be used to build out Boston’s bike network? Join us on Tuesday, March 9 to learn all about contraflow bike lanes from experts in the field and BCU staff/activists! Come with questions and ideas for BCU’s advocacy on…

Read More

An exciting moment for our mission

Several recent developments could provide huge opportunities for us in 2021. Mayor Walsh is expected to join the Biden administration, opening the door for a new leader with a bolder vision for biking. At the state level, MassDOT’s top executive, Stephanie Pollack, is also headed to D.C. And speaking of the federal government, you may…

Read More

The Union Rider: December 2020

As 2020 comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to thank you for your support, and wish you happy holidays and a happy new year. May 2021 bring you joy, good fortune and plenty of nice bike rides. __________ What we achieved in 2021, and what we’re working on next Despite this…

Read More

The Union Rider: November 2020

With the holiday season underway, we want to take a moment to wish you well, and say thank you for supporting the Boston Cyclists Union. After all the challenges this year has posed, we hope you get some time to relax and be with the ones you love, if only virtually, to celebrate during this season…

Read More

The Union Rider: October 2020

Before getting to the newsletter, we wanted to remind you to vote if you haven’t yet done so. One of our core beliefs is that everyone should have a say in shaping the world around them, so although we can’t tell you how to vote, we can’t say this loudly enough: VOTE! __________ New protected…

Read More

The Union Rider: September 2020

New pay-what-you can membership model To ensure that cost isn’t a barrier to joining the Bike Union, this month we initiated a new pay-what-you-can membership model. You can now join for as little as $5. We depend on Individual donations for a majority of our funding, so if you have the means, we hope you’ll give at a…

Read More

Union Rider: August 2020

Boston to make downtown bike lanes permanent, expand Healthy Streets The Boston Transportation Department (BTD) announced during an August 20th City Council Healthy Streets hearing that new pop-up bike lanes downtown will become permanent, completing a nearly decade-old vision for a network of protected bike lanes around Boston Common and the Public Garden. BTD previously indicated the pop-up…

Read More

The Union Rider: July 2020

Boston installs first “Healthy Streets” pop-up bike lanes Last week, Boston finally installed pop-up bike lanes downtown as part of the city’s “Healthy Streets” pandemic response. (The city also added pop-up bike lanes on Cummins Highway to test a long-term safety solution there; Cummins was not included in Boston’s original Healthy Streets plan.) Now that temporary infrastructure is in…

Read More