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The Union Rider: November 2019

A victory for road safety at the State House On Monday, Gov. Baker signed a law banning the handheld use of cellphones while  tdriving. This “hands-free” bill was one of our top legislative priorities this year. Thank you to everyone who joined us at the State House for World Day of Remembrance on Nov. 17 (photos from that…

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Tell Boston you support a road diet on Centre St.

In June, the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) presented plans to improve safety on Centre St. through a road diet (reducing vehicle lanes from 4 to 2), protected bike lanes and other measures. Yet now, opponents to that proposal are waging a campaign to maintain the status quo — and threatening to drown out the chorus of support…

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Rally for road safety at the State House

Join us on 11/17 for World Day of Remembrance! Key road safety bills are stalled right now at the State House. Will you help us press lawmakers to act? World Day of Remembrance 2019Sunday, Nov. 172:30 – 4:00 p.m.Massachusetts State House (24 Beacon St., Boston) On Sunday, we’ll join our partners in the Massachusetts Vision…

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Two ways to support vital transportation legislation right now

Urge lawmakers to act on automated enforcement! On Tuesday, state lawmakers held a hearing about a bill that would greatly help municipalities enforce laws against dangerous driving. Will you help us pass this vital bill? The bill, An Act relative to automated enforcement (S1376), is one of the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition’s top legislative priorities. It…

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Mayor Walsh’s Laudable Proposal to Better Regulate Ride Hailing

Ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft increase congestion and siphon away riders — and revenue — from mass transit in cities everywhere, according to multiple studies. Boston is no exception, where a new report says these kinds of transportation network companies (TNCs) cost the MBTA $20 million per year. As cities continue to grapple with…

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Speak up for a Safer Powder House Blvd.!

Since 2017, the City of Somerville has undergone a process to determine a new design for Powder House Blvd. to coincide with repaving this past spring. Although Somerville initially said they had not heard enough demand for separated bike facilities, after a woman was killed while walking there in February the city agreed to revisit…

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Show your support for protected bike lanes on Tremont St.!

At last month’s Tremont St. Design Project public meeting, we scored an important victory when the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) revealed that the City’s preferred design for Tremont St. includes 3 critical safety features to calm traffic and make the street safer for walking and biking: A lane reduction, or “road diet,” along the corridor from…

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Shape the Future of Mobility in Somerville

On Wednesday, there will be two public meetings about projects with the potential to reshape Somerville — and dramatically improve the convenience and safety of bicycling — for years to come. If you live in Ward 6 or 7, or bike on Powder House Blvd., please consider attending the Powder House redesign meeting (info below)…

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A Key Hearing This Week For Road Safety Bills

This Thursday, the state Joint Committee on Transportation will hold a hearing on a range of road safety bills, including some of our legislative priorities. Help us secure passage of these key measures! Joint Committee on Transportation HearingThursday, March 28 // 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.Massachusetts State House, Room A2 (Directions available here) As part of the Vision Zero…

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There’s No Excuse For Ride-Hail Services To Block Bike Lanes

In February, we joined a coalition, led by the Somerville Bicycle Committee, calling on ride-hail giants Uber and Lyft to better train the drivers in, and ensure they follow, the rules of the road. Specifically, we asked that they address the persistent problem of drivers illegally obstructing bike lanes when picking up and dropping off…

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