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Tweet Congress To Support Bicyclist Safety

You might have heard that Washington DC offices are closed on account of snow. This isn’t great timing for us, since today was supposed to be our day on Capitol Hill for the National Bike Summit. However, the League of American Bicyclists is asking for bicyclists nationwide to tweet their members of Congress to make […]

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MassDOT Biking Toward Sustainability

We were glad to see more evidence that the state gets it when it comes to bicycling. Back in August, we made extensive comments on MassDOT’s GreenDOT Draft Implementation Plan. GreenDOT is MassDOT’s sustainability initiative, and the implementation plan is the document laying out the path to achieving the goals contained within it. The final […]

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Save The Date: Bike/Walk Summit On Beacon Hill

This year is going to be HUGE for transportation funding. The governor recently announced that he is seeking to pump $1 billion more annually into the transportation system, and MassDOT intends to devote a nice slice of that to bike/ped projects. However, negotiations are going to be tough with the Legislature, and we can’t let […]

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Get A Bicycle Advisory Committee In Your Community

Having an active Bicycle Advisory Committee can make the difference between a town that’s OK to bike in and one that is fantastic. Looking across the state, the communities with Bicycle Advisory Committees are the ones that stand out for their safer riding conditions, support of bicycle education programs, and strong bicycle culture. Northampton is […]

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Mark Your Calendar – Bay State Bike Week Is Coming

It’s really impressive – we’ve already gotten some emails and phone calls from Bay State Bike Week organizers asking what the dates are for 2013, because they have already started planning their events. This year, Bay State Bike Week will take place from May 11 – 19. And for the first time includes both weekends […]

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Two Major Victories For Bikes On The MBTA

MassBike has a long history of working with the MBTA to expand bicycle access on their vehicles. Biking and transit are natural complements: if transit agencies provide bike access, they expand the number of potential passengers, while bicyclists gain access to economic, educational, recreational and other opportunities further from home. The MBTA understands this, and […]

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Advocates Improving Intersections In Hampshire County

Last weekend, a dozen volunteers braved the chilly New England Fall weather to work on making intersections in Northampton and Amherst better for bicyclists. Through a partnership with the Hampshire Council of Governments, and thanks to our partnership with Mass in Motion, we were able to come out and train local bicyclists how to use […]

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Springfield Youth Studying Bikeability

Earlier in October, MassBike’s Program Associate and I (Price) went to Renaissance High School in Springfield to teach their Bike Club about our Bikeability Assessments. We met with the faculty sponsor of the group and students to explain the concept of bikeability, and also took them out on an assessment test run. Moving forward, the […]

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State Sets Target For More Biking

Yesterday, MassBike joined other advocates and officials to celebrate the announcement of the state’s mode shift goals. The big news for bike advocates? They want to triple the rate of biking, walking and transit use by 2030. As Secretary Davey noted, “I have news for you: We will build no more superhighways in this state.” […]

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Check Out Our New Bikeability Report

You might remember last month when two MassBike staff went to Greenfield to undertake a Bikeability Assessment. The purpose of the assessment was to feed into a regional Complete Streets Plan, which would lay the groundwork for improvements in Franklin County’s streets. We were joined by ten local residents to help with the assessment, and […]

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