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Lowell Residents Speak Up For Better Biking

On Tuesday night, Lowell residents turned out in numbers to let Mayor Rodney Elliott and the City Council know that they want more opportunities for people to ride bikes in Lowell, and they were heard. On the agenda at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting was a motion, introduced by councilor Rita Mercier, to remove the recently-installed […]

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Find Out What’s In The Massachusetts Transportation Bond Bill for Biking And Walking

On Friday, April 18, Governor Patrick signed the Transportation Bond Bill (H.4046) into law, which provides for $12.7 billion in financing for transportation improvements across Massachusetts. MassBike is very pleased with the outcome: $377,255,000 for the design, construction and repair of, or improvements to, pedestrian, bicycle and multi-use pathways; $50,000,000 for a Complete Streets certification and grant program […]

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ACTION ALERT: Save the Bike Lanes on Father Morissette Boulevard in Lowell

The City of Lowell is considering removing bike lanes on Father Morissette Boulevard less than a year after their installation. Last August, the city installed the bike lanes between Pawtucket Street and Arcand Drive, following recommendations made in the Lowell Downtown Evolution Plan. This was an important step towards making Lowell a more accommodating place for residents to ride bikes […]

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ACTION ALERT: Tell Your State Representative to Support Funding for Mass in Motion

Mass in Motion is an important program that brings together partners across Massachusetts to fight obesity in children and adults by increasing opportunities for walking and biking and access to healthy food. The program is crucial for bicycling across our commonwealth, and is a significant source of funding for MassBike’s Bikeable Communities Program. Right now, the […]

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Walking and Biking Advocates Make The Case For Active Transportation At The Massachusetts Bike/Walk Summit

Last Thursday, advocates for better walking and biking came together for the 3rd annual Massachusetts Bike/Walk Summit at the Massachusetts State House on Beacon Hill. Organized in partnership between MassBike and WalkBoston, the summit was an opportunity for attendees to meet with their elected leaders and talk about about the importance of promoting active transportation […]

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Easthampton: Manhan Rail Trail Construction Causes Detours

Residents of Easthampton and surrounding communities in the Pioneer Valley will have to seek alternate routes if they are planning to travel along the Manhan Rail Trail corridor this spring and summer. MassBike’s Pioneer Valley Chapter (MassBike PV) reported the closure on Facebook yesterday. The closure is due to construction related to the Pioneer Mills […]

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This Thursday, The Mass Pike Straightening Project Begins Public Process

This Thursday, April 10, MassDOT will host a public meeting in Allston to discuss the upcoming Massachusetts Turnpike Straightening Project, a $260 million project to simplify the ramp system at the Allston interchange, replace the structurally deficient elevated portion of the turnpike, and better support and maintain the future all electronic “open road” tolling at the interchange. The […]

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DCR And Advocacy Groups Discuss Snow Removal And Bicycle Transportation Policies

Bicycle advocacy groups, including MassBike, Boston Cyclists Union, and LivableStreets Alliance, recently met with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to discuss the need to update DCR policies to reflect the use of their pathways as transportation facilities, and improve year-round maintenance and snow clearance policies. The meeting was the result of a response […]

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4th Annual South Coast Bikeway Summit This Thursday

Exciting things are happening for biking on the South Coast. This Thursday, March 27, the South Coast Bikeway Alliance will host the 4th annual summit from 5-8 pm at the Fort Tabor Community Center, 1000 Rodney French Blvd, New Bedford. The festivities will begin with a welcome session from 5-6 pm followed by presentations from […]

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Will The Supreme Court Ruling On Rail Trails Affect Massachusetts?

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down it’s decision in the “rail trails” case, Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust et al. v. United States. The ruling generated a lot of buzz within the bicycle advocacy community, particularly among rail trail advocates. While initially the ruling appeared to seal a grim fate for existing and future […]

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