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Fred Flintstone, George Jetson and the I-90 Interchange

The deadline for comment on the Interstate 90 Interchange project in Allston was this past week. Below is the letter filed by MassBike Executive Director Richard Fries. To Whom it May Concern, I deeply appreciate the effort made to present a number of options and schemes to re-build the Interstate 90 interchange in Allston. The […]

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Three Ribbons and a Bow

By RICHARD FRIES, Executive Director As I labored up a massive climb during the Vermont Overland Grand Prix I fixed my gaze on the little pink ribbon tied to my stem. The month of August had three ribbons for me. The one tied to my stem came at the service for Anita Kurmann, the young Swiss […]

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Finding Marie Antoinette in Plainville

A Route 1 Bike Lane Puts 20th Century Policy in a 21st Century Lens By Richard Fries, Executive Director Like many cyclists, I’m also a motorist. Our family of five gets by fine with just a 2006 Subaru which comes in handy for hauling things about the suburbs. Whenever I find myself idling in traffic alongside […]

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A Tale of Two Cities

Are We Getting Bikes to Everybody?  By Richard Fries, Executive Director I’m going to make a hideous assumption here that many of you readers actually drive through the Boston metro area on occasion. So the next time you are stuck in traffic on the Zakim Bridge, itself an architectural accent to the Boston skyline, look […]

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LAB Releases Latest Bicycle Friendly State Rankings

Mass Makes Great Leap Forward to Fourth Overall By LAUREN LeCLAIRE, MassBike Communications Coordinator BOSTON (May 11, 2015) – The League of American Bicyclists released its 2015 Bicycle Friendly State ranking with Massachusetts on its way to the top of the charts. Now in the top five in the country, Massachusetts jumped from number 10 to […]

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In response to the Longfellow Bridge Video

There seems to be some confusion out there today regarding the laws dealing with bike lanes, sparked by a video posted by a cyclist who had a brief conversation with a State Trooper after observing a patrol car parked in the bike lane on the Longfellow Bridge. In the video, the trooper informs the cyclist […]

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April 13, 2015: Melnea Cass Boulevard Design Meeting Recap

The Melnea Cass Boulevard Design Project began in 2011. The initial concept widened the roadway and inserted a BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) in the center median, a design philosophy that caused a great deal of concern for residents in an area where rapid traffic patterns were already a hazard to pedestrians and cyclists. Thanks to […]

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The Sea Change: Going Beyond Point A to Point B

By RICHARD FRIES For me the challenge seemed so simple. I sat at a meeting called by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to discuss the messaging required to improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians in the Bay State. Messaging. Not enforcement. Not engineering. Not laws. But the messaging or mantra of safety. Believe it or […]

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Boston Strong: Why Beantown Can Soon Be America’s Best Bike Town

By RICHARD FRIES Folks in Portland, Boulder, and San Francisco would be well-served to keep an eye in the rear view mirror. For I predict one city, with help from People for Bikes and MassBike, will soon be spoken of as THE shining example of a great cycling city. As my hometown, there is undoubtedly […]

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Building Bike Culture in Fall River

There are a lot of ways that MassBike helps communities in Massachusetts access safer bicycling. We work through Safe Routes to School, the MassDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Awareness and Enforcement Program, Mass in Motion, and our Bikeable Communities Program, just to name a few. In Fall River, a lot of these programs are coming […]

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