Newsletter

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…

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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…

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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…

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The Union Rider: June 2020

COVID Streets Plans Boston, Cambridge and Somerville have all released plans for adapting streets and sidewalks in response to the pandemic. Learn more about each plan here: Boston Cambridge Somerville We are frustrated that after announcing plans in late May for a bike network expansion, Boston has yet to show results on the ground. We are also…

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The Union Rider: May 2020

Statement on recent killings of black Americans We are saddened and outraged by the recent killings of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery in Minneapolis and Georgia. As these tragedies show yet again, not everyone enjoys equal freedom to move on our streets. While the BCU is most focused on improving safety on our streets for…

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The Union Rider: April 2020

Keeping people safe while making essential trips Along with our partners in the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition, the BCU has called on city and state leaders to take specific steps to keep people safe during this crisis, including making more space for people to walk and bike. (Read our full statement here.) Brookline has extended…

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The Union Rider: March 2020

Before getting to the newsletter: How are you? The coronavirus pandemic continues to change how we connect and communicate with each other. We wish we could be advocating side by side, or even just biking together, but that’s not possible right now. The camaraderie of Boston’s bike community is one of its greatest assets, and we…

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The Union Rider: February 2020

Fix Our Transportation Crisis: Call to Action Tomorrow, speak up for solutions to the state’s transportation crisis that put people first! Join us on February 25th as we stand with Transportation for Massachusetts and many other advocates in calling on lawmakers to take bold action to reduce driving and increase funding for bike, pedestrian and…

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The Union Rider: January 2020

Executive Director Becca Wolfson’s Sabbatical As we announced last week at our office-warming, Executive Director Becca Wolfson will be going on leave for the next four months to finish the coursework to complete her Masters in Urban Policy & Planning. Becca has overseen the BCU’s incredible growth and development since 2015, and we know she will…

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The Union Rider: December 2019

Support the Bike Union! The Boston Cyclists Union enjoyed many successes in 2019, like getting protected bike lanes on two Charles River Bridges, and securing commitments from the City of Boston to extend the Southwest Corridor into Downtown Boston and put protected bike lanes on Mass Ave. between Dorchester and Roxbury. Will you help us achieve…

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