This year, there’s a lot to be thankful for. With your help, we’ve fought for and won improvements to our roads that will go a long way towards making biking in the Boston area safer and more comfortable for people of all ages and abilities.
Thanks to your grassroots advocacy, new bike infrastructure has been added in Boston, Cambridge and Somerville in just the past few months!
- Protected bike lanes were completed on Commercial Street and Causeway Street as part of the Connect Historic Boston project, which the Bike Union and other advocates fought hard to support in 2013 and 2014.
- Protected bike lanes are under construction on Commonwealth Ave thanks to the combined effort of Allston advocates, BU students, the Bike Union and other advocacy organizations who in 2013 fought for them to be included in the Commonwealth Ave reconstruction project. Check out the tweet below to see how they’re coming along!
- The Stonybrook neighborhood in Jamaica Plain and Talbot-Norfolk Triangle in Dorchester will soon have traffic-calming measures fully installed on theirstreets, including speed humps and other design features to discourage and slow down cut-through traffic.
- For the first time ever, Hubway will be open year-round!
- The City began piloting parking-protected bike lanes on Cambridge Street, Brattle Street and parts of Mass Ave in Harvard Square, after a groundswell of support from local residents lead by Cambridge Bike Safety and supported by the Bike Union. Since the pilots began, we’ve worked closely with Cambridge Bike Safety and other advocates to support the projects in the face of small but vocal opposition to the loss of a few parking spaces.
- Thanks to the incredible work of the Somerville Bike Committee, the City installed protected bike lanes on Washington Street east of Union Square! This change comes as a part of a larger set of improvements to Union Square, including adding protected bike lanes to Webster Avenue next Spring!
- The Beacon Street cycletracks will also be completed next year, thanks to the work of the Somerville Bike Committee and the Bike Union back in 2012. Together we organized a massive campaign to build public support for the project!
We couldn’t be more grateful for the support of our members and friends like you who have helped make all of this possible.
So let your friends and family know about the Bike Union, encourage them to join, or buy them a membership as a gift! You’ll be helping to make biking in Boston better, and you might start off 2018 with a brand new bike!
- Each donation of at least $36 entitles the donor to one entry into the raffle for the Schwinn Allston or Brighton.
- For every $50 above the initial $36, the donor gets one additional entry into the raffle.
- Anyone listed in the referral field of the donation form will be entered into the raffle. (To refer a friend, put their full name in the field titled “I was referred to the Bike Union by…” on the donation page.)
- Donations made between November 26th and midnight on December 31st can qualify for the raffle.
- The raffle winner will be selected during the first week of January 2018 and immediately notified. The winner will be responsible for coordinating pick up of the bicycle with Crimson Bikes.
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