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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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New, More Flexible Design Guidelines for Pedestrians and Bicyclists

Providing infrastructure for bicycles is a necessary step when it comes to improving a bicyclists’ comfort level and overall feeling of safety on the road. For many, traveling along a separated bike path provides a more pleasant experience than bicycling on a road with fast-moving cars and a narrow shoulder. Earlier this month, Federal Highway Administration […]

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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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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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Better Biking On The Vineyard With MassBike

Earlier in July, Programs Director Price and I (Kim) had the opportunity to tour Martha’s Vineyard (on bike—of course!) with some local planners and advocates, and to attend the Martha’s Vineyard Bicycle-Pedestrian Planning Advisory Committee (MVBPAC) meeting for the month of July. We were there to take a look at some of the gaps in […]

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Longfellow Bridge Construction Begins Amid Traffic Concerns

This week, MassDOT held the second public information meeting focused on the construction and traffic management plans for the Longfellow Bridge rehabilitation project. If you frequent the area, you may have noticed some of the preparatory work already in progress (in Charles Circle, in Kendall Square, and in front of the Museum of Science), and […]

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MassBike’s New Project In Springfield

Earlier in the month, MassBike kicked off a project in Springfield to help develop a bicycle and pedestrian plan and implementation strategy, which will set the stage for increased rates of active transportation in the city. While the details are still being finalized, Programs Director Price Armstrong has been spending two to three days per […]

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