Gifts of 2016!

Thanks to you we’ve made a lot of progress in 2016 in making the Boston area safer and better for biking!  While there is always more work to be done, now is a time to celebrate our victories as we prepare for next year. 

Read below for highlights of milestones from 2016. If you like what you read, and want to help bring even more progress to the region in 2017,  please consider making a tax-deductible year-end gift to the Bike Union. We also encourage you to get involved in our work or with your neighborhood advocacy group – none of this change happens without the passion and commitment of the community. 

We hope you have a great and restful holiday!

Becca Wolfson, Executive Director
Doug Johnson, Community Organizer

ps: If you donate now through Dec 31st you could win one of two bikes!

Milestones This Year



  • The City of Cambridge Adopted Vision Zero!  Following the City of Boston’s launch in March of 2015, Cambridge became the second municipality in Massachusetts to formally sign on to this policy to save lives and work to eliminate traffic fatalities.
  • The Town of Brookline began working on the Route 9 Emerald Necklace crossing, and it’s almost done! All that is left is to activate the traffic signals. 


  • We launched the inaugural Montreal to Boston Ride, where we took 15 riders to Montreal to show them what Boston could be in a few years, and then we rode our bikes 400 miles back to Boston to fundraise for the Bike Union!





  • The Bike Union and our partners in the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition held the Streets Are for People Rally outside Boston City Hall.
  • We finished the Bike to Market season with over 800 bikes worked on and bike repair skills taught to over 500 people!


  • The Commonwealth Ave Reconstruction project, which includes innovative protected bike lanes and protected intersection designs thanks to a massive advocacy effort by the Bike Union and our partner organizations in 2014, finally broke ground.


  • The City of Boston opened its very first curb-separated bike lane on Staniford Street! This is part of the Connect Historic Boston project that in 2o17 will connect Beacon Hill, the West End and North End with protected bike lanes!


  • Gov. Baker signed Duck Boat safety legislation requiring the tour vehicles to have 2 operators at a time (one to drive and one to narrate tours to passengers) as well as motion sensors and cameras.
  • The Bike Union and our partners in the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition Released the Vision Zero Boston Report Card, which tracks the City’s progress towards its goals set in their Vision Zero Action Plan and highlights where the City has more work to do

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