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Save Cycling At The 12th Annual National Bike Summit

With the current threats to federal bike funding it is more important than ever to show your support for bicycling. On March 20 – 22, the 12th annual National Bike Summit will take place in Washington D.C. and bring together advocates and government official from across the country to talk about biking in America. This […]

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Victory In The Senate!

Just two days ago we sent out an Action Alert asking you to contact Senator Kerry and urge him to support a pro-biking amendment in the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. We got a lot of notes from bicyclists who heeded our call, and it seems like it worked. Not only did Senator Kerry vote […]

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Bicycling at Night? Use Lights and Reflectors!

With the days already growing shorter and Daylight Savings Time set to end on November 6, it’s time to prepare for riding in the dark. So, without further ado, here is 2011’s edition of the “Light Up Your Ride” blog post series. The key to riding safely in low-light situations (such as foggy or rainy […]

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UPDATE: Reporting Crashes And Harassment In Boston

Bicyclists have been following our advice and reporting crashes, harassment, and other incidents with motorists to the Boston Police Department. Unfortunately, some bicyclists have reported receiving a less-than-helpful reception from BPD, ranging from disinterest to disdain to outright hostility. MassBike took these concerns directly to the City of Boston and BPD, and learned (or confirmed) […]

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It’s Time To Get Past Rage

What happens when the hostile rhetoric we see in local media leaves the page and comes to life on the streets? I had the misfortune to experience it first-hand yesterday. I was intentionally hit by a motorist, who used his car to push me and my bike out of the way while I was stopped […]

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MassDOT And RMV Bringing Bicyclist Safety To Drivers

As part of our ongoing work with MassDOT, this year MassBike has been expanding our cooperation with the Registry of Motor Vehicles. In May, our collaboration resulted in a revised Go By Bike brochure, released during Bay State Bike Week. But there have been two other notable milestones in our work with RMV this year: […]

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What’s With All The Hate?

I wasn’t really surprised by the recent screeds against bicyclists in the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald. These seem to come in flurries every once in a while, first one media outlet, then others not wanting to be left out of the resulting mayhem. Generating controversy is a common tactic for the media, and […]

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Update: Globe Gives Cyclists A Say

After the anti-cyclist column last week, the Globe today printed Letters to the Editor from MassBike Executive Director David Watson and others. Most of the letters touch on the theme that there is a broader issue of mutual respect among all road users, and targeting cyclists is not the solution.

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Globe Attacks Cyclists, MassBike Responds

Today’s Boston Globe included an anti-bicyclist column that focused on a narrow view of bicyclist behavior to argue that we should be banned from Boston streets. While risking drawing more attention to this screed than it deserves, MassBike thought it necessary to respond. MassBike Executive Director David Watson submitted the following letter to the editor: […]

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State And Cities Receive Bike Friendly Awards

As a part of their Bicycle Friendly America program, the League of American Bicyclists has released the 2011 rankings for all 50 states and issued awards to those that chose to apply for further recognition. Due to the hard work of MassDOT, MassBike, and other advocates, Massachusetts has moved up from 16th place to 9th, and […]

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