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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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Action Alert: Support Needed For Vulnerable Road Users Bill

Following up on our announcement last week of next Tuesday’s hearing on our Vulnerable Road Users bill (House Bill 3079), we need your help to get the bill moving out of the Joint Committee on Transportation. This is an essential first step toward getting the bill passed. Look here for more details about the bill. […]

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First Hearing Scheduled For Vulnerable Road Users Bill

MassBike’s Vulnerable Road Users bill is scheduled for a hearing before the Joint Committee on Transportation on Tuesday, June 14, 2011, at the State House in Boston. As previously reported, the bill was filed early this year. You can see the bill here. The bill will encourage motorists to exercise more caution when operating around […]

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Vulnerable Road Users Bill Filed!

MassBike’s Vulnerable Road Users bill has been filed in the Massachusetts legislature! The bill is the centerpiece of our 2011 campaigns, so we are very excited about this first step. Many thanks to Rep. Sean Garballey for filing the bill, and to co-sponsors Rep. Kay Khan, Rep. Carl Sciortino, and Rep. Will Brownsberger. When a […]

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MassBike Kicks Off New Police Training Campaign

MassBike has a long history of supporting police training to improve bicyclist safety. In fact, MassBike literally wrote the book on police training when it comes to bicycles, much of which is available on our website. Now the time has come to update our police training to reflect recent changes in the law and to […]

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Lights … Again!

Last month, we posted our annual Fall reminder about using lights at night. While many bicyclists are using lights and making visibility at night a priority, lots of people are still riding around in stealth mode, almost invisible. You’ve seen them too (or perhaps not!): People without any lights or reflectors; others with tiny, dim […]

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See And Be Seen: Get Some Lights!

I noticed a lot of people riding after dark last night without lights, so it seemed like a good time for our annual Fall reminder about bike lights. There is no debate about this – you need lights when riding at night – so the only thing you should be thinking about is which ones […]

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