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Join Us At The Cape Cod Bike Summit

The MassBike Cape Cod Chapter, Barnstable County Mass in Motion, the Town of Barnstable, and the Office of Senator Dan Wolf have been working hard the past several weeks to put together the first ever Cape Cod Bike Summit. The half-day summit will have a series of speakers discussing topics ranging from federal issues all […]

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MassDOT Issues Groundbreaking Directive

MassDOT took another huge step forward in promoting Complete Streets throughout the Commonwealth. A nagging criticism of MassDOT’s nationally recognized Project Development and Design Guide, which requires bicycle, pedestrian and transit accommodations in all MassDOT projects, was that it was taking too long to implement. Part of the reason is the multi-year design process for […]

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Supporting Healthy Communities: Focusing on the Built Environment

Last Thursday, the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission hosted a conference and presented “Massachusetts Healthy Community Design Toolkit.” Attendees included Mass in Motion coordinators and partners concerned with the built environment (that’s us!), public health advocates, regional planning councils and agencies, and city and town planners. PVPC presented their new document, the Healthy Community Design Toolkit. You can read the […]

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Springfield Considers City’s First Bike Lanes

Big news from Springfield, Massachusetts’ third largest city, and the fourth largest in New England: it’s looking at striping its first continuous bike lanes. The project is located on Plumtree Road, in the city’s East Forest Park neighborhood. Currently, Plumtree Road is a route for bicyclists (and drivers, and walkers) traveling from Springfield College to […]

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Register Today For Upcoming Bikeable Communities Training In Somerville

Do you ride in Somerville and want to make our roads safer for biking, but don’t know where to start? Or are you already involved in local projects, but want to become more effective? Sign up today for the two-part Bikeable Communities Training, sponsored by Shape Up Somerville and Mass in Motion. This is a great […]

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Making The Bicycling Case In Holyoke

MassBike has been working in Holyoke for the past several months to assemble a Bicycling Needs Assessment that addresses key issues in the city. In partnership with Mass in Motion, key city staff, and the Holyoke Urban Bike Shop, we sent out a survey and held an open house to gain input on what the […]

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Revisiting the Question, How Bikeable is Boston?

What makes for a bikeable street, neighborhood, and community? There are many factors, and we’ve been busy collecting data and observations for a number of Boston neighborhoods to revisit the findings from our very first Bikeability Assessment. In 2009, MassBike completed a Bikeability Assessment of key street segments in Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, East Boston, Mattapan, […]

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More Local Transportation Dollars = An Opportunity For Advocates

Starting this year, there is going to be a lot more asphalt poured, roads re-striped, and bridges rehabilitated here in the Commonwealth. A significant chunk of the new transportation funding passed by the state legislature goes toward increasing “Chapter 90″ funding by 50%, or funding that goes directly to municipalities with very few strings attached […]

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A Bright Outlook For Westfield And Its Local Advocates

Westfield is poised to get a lot better for biking. In July, Programs Director Price and I (Kim) traveled to Westfield, a city in the southern part of the Pioneer Valley, to conduct a bikeability assessment. We met up with eight volunteers from the community to gather observations about key roadways identified by the Friends […]

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Federal Update: Bike Funding Remains Intact–For Now

The past two weeks saw a flurry of action on Capitol Hill as federal transportation funding was debated in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Both chambers of Congress were unable to pass the Transportation Appropriations bill. Congress will need to pass a continuing resolution by the end of September to avoid shutting down […]

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