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Foxx Announces New Initiative at Pro Walk/Pro Bike

At Pro Walk/Pro Bike today, Secretary Anthony Foxx of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced a new USDOT national bicycle and pedestrian safety initiative to Close gaps in bicycle and pedestrian networks, especially in low-income neighborhoods. Conduct bicycle and pedestrian safety assessments in every state. Recently in Quincy, MassBike and WalkBoston led one of […]

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ACTION ALERT: Tell USDOT To Measure Up And Set Goals To Reduce Bicyclist And Pedestrian Fatalities

5,000 bicyclists and pedestrians die on our roads in the U.S. every year. That represents a full 16% of all roadway fatalities. These deaths are preventable through better design, policies, and implementation. So what is the United States Department of Transportation planning to do to address this issue? Effectively, nothing. Within its recently-released proposed safety […]

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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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