The Union Rider: August 2019

Vision Zero Candidate Questionnaire
With local elections coming up this fall in Boston, Cambridge and Somerville, get to know where candidates stand on important bike and road safety issues. As part of the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition, we surveyed city council and mayoral candidates about their personal transportation habits, plans for building out bike infrastructure, and more. Read all the responses here, and make an informed decision when you had to the polls!

We have a jam-packed calendar of events coming up, including several for which we could also use volunteers. We hope you will attend or lend us a hand!

  • Hub on Wheels — Saturday/Sunday September 14,15
    • We’ll be out all weekend supporting Boston’s biggest annual bike ride, and we need volunteers Saturday for the pre-ride party, and Sunday for the event itself — sign up to volunteer here.
  • PARK/ing Day — Friday, September 20
    • PARK/ing day is a national event in which cities repurpose public space to create more people-centered streets. Boston is participating for the first time this year,  and we’re working with the BTD on a pop-up event somewhere in Beacon Hill (exact details TBD.) Stay tuned for more info, and sign up to volunteer here.

Cambridge VZ report card
In tandem with the Vision Zero Coalition, this month we released a report card on Cambridge’s progress toward eliminating fatal traffic crashes. The short of it: Cambridge has shown a commitment to achieving its ambitious goals, but its Vision Zero plan could use a refresh to reflect new projects, priorities, and timelines. (Good timing: Cambridge is now seeking public input on how to update its Vision Zero plan; learn more and submit your feedback here.)

You can read the full Vision Zero report card for Cambridge here.

Welcome to StreetsblogMass!
Effecting change requires holding elected officials accountable, and this summer Boston gained a powerful new voice toward that end with the launch of StreetsblogMASS. If you’re not yet familiar, Streetsblog is a news organization that covers biking, walking and transit nationwide, and in select cities. Massachusetts is now fortunate to be one of only seven areas with a dedicated, local affiliate. Please join us in welcoming StreetsblogMASS, and check out their coverage to stay up to date on all things transportation in Massachusetts.

Boston Common survey
The City of Boston is planning a $28 million renovation of Boston Common, and the first step in that process is hearing what the public wants to see done to America’s first public park. How do you use the Common, and what changes would you like to see made to it? While this project doesn’t directly address transportation or bike issues, it impacts an iconic and important  area of green space, and what happens there could set precedent for how Boston approaches future green space and people-centered projects citywide. You can share your feedback on the Master Plan for Boston Common here.