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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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MassBike Goes To Washington: A Recap Of The National Bike Summit

“This isn’t just an issue of recreation; it’s an issue of equality, bringing people together, expanding the middle class and helping people who are trying to get into the middle class.” These were heartening words to hear coming from keynote speaker US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx at last week’s 2014 National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C., […]

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Virtual Lobby Day: This Wednesday, Tell Congress To Support Biking!

As we MassBike staffers cross our collective fingers for smooth travels to Washington, DC for the National Bike Summit with snow in the forecast, we want you to know about your opportunity to tell Congress to support bicycling, all from the comfort and warmth of your own home or office. Yes, the time has come once […]

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Federal Update: Bike Funding Remains Intact–For Now

The past two weeks saw a flurry of action on Capitol Hill as federal transportation funding was debated in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Both chambers of Congress were unable to pass the Transportation Appropriations bill. Congress will need to pass a continuing resolution by the end of September to avoid shutting down […]

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Action Alert UPDATE: Renewed Attack On Federal Bike Funding

UPDATED Wed., July 31st: According to The League of American Bicyclists, which has been monitoring the recent federal action, “House leadership has pulled the Transportation Appropriations bill from the floor. Debate and voting have been postponed until September.” The leadership most likely felt that they did not have enough votes on the bill to move forward. […]

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Action Alert Update: Save Transportation Alternatives

The response has been great since we issued the Action Alert yesterday afternoon. Many thanks to those of you who have already reported contacting Senator Warren and Senator Markey! If you have emailed or called one (or both) of Massachusetts’ Senators, please email action@massbike.org so we can keep track of who has been contacted. Thank […]

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Action Alert: Save Transportation Alternatives – Contact Your Senators TODAY!

This is happening TODAY, so we need you to take action right now! Just last year Congress passed a new transportation bill, MAP-21, that dismantled dedicated funding for biking and walking by combining Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School and Recreational Trails into one program and cutting the funding by 30%. This is money that […]

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Recap Of 2013 National Bike Summit

“This is a fight we have to win. We have to do more.”  Said Senator Ben Cardin at last week’s 2013 National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C. The focus this year was on how bicycling means business, and this was explored, discussed, and debated in workshop, over meals, and during coffee breaks. There were over […]

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Tweet Congress To Support Bicyclist Safety

You might have heard that Washington DC offices are closed on account of snow. This isn’t great timing for us, since today was supposed to be our day on Capitol Hill for the National Bike Summit. However, the League of American Bicyclists is asking for bicyclists nationwide to tweet their members of Congress to make […]

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Register Today for the National Bike Summit

The current transportation authorization, MAP-21, was passed after years of delay and much hard fought negotiation. The united voice of bike advocates was a crucial element keeping even our small share of funding from being totally gutted. However, it expires in a short 19 months from now and the current Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair […]

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