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From Capitol Hill: Biking Dodges Bullet In Latest Extension

Our national partners reported late last week that the US House of Representatives passed yet another extension of the current transportation legislation SAFETEA-LU. Whereas past extensions have been passed at the midnight hour, this one preemptively extends the expiration date from July 1 to September 30. The primary reason for this extension is to give […]

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Grant Awarded To Transform Communities Around The State

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health recently awarded MassBike funding through the Community Transformation Grant, which promotes active living in eight counties outside of the Boston area (see map below). We at MassBike are excited to have this great opportunity to serve communities around the state, and look forward to leveraging this expanded capacity to […]

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Clean Extension Passed on Federal Transportation Bill

Last Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a clean 90-day extension to the transportation bill, SAFETEA-LU. The Senate quickly followed suit, making this the ninth extension of the current federal transportation authorization. Passing a “clean” extension (which does not reduce funding for any program) was one of our goals at the National Bike Summit. […]

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From The Bay State To Capitol Hill

It was a whirlwind trip of conferencing, networking, and lobbying before packing back up and heading back north, but we managed to do it! A big thanks goes out to the folks who took the time to come down to Capitol Hill for the National Bike Summit – as usual, we couldn’t have done it […]

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Virtual Lobby Day Today: Help MassBike Protect Federal Funding For Bicycling

Read on for information on how you can be part of our Virtual Lobby Day. On Thursday, March 22nd, while we are visiting Congress in person, we need you to call your own U.S. Representative and both Senators and ask them to save federal funding for bicycling. All of our Representatives and Senators strongly support […]

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Progress In DC, But Battle Continues: Virtual Lobby Day Thursday!

Join us on Thursday for a Virtual Lobby Day: While we are visiting Congress in person, we need you to call and email your support for bicycling! Our first two Virtual Lobby Days in 2010 and 2011 were great successes, flooding our Congressional offices with calls and emails.  Stay tuned for more details…. If you’ve […]

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Save The Date: Lets Get Beacon Hill Moving!

We are pleased to announce Massachusetts’ first ever Bike/Walk Summit on Thursday, May 17th from 10am -1pm in Nurses Hall at the State House. This event will be the central MassBike event for Bay State Bike Week and is co-sponsored by the two statewide biking and walking organizations, MassBike and WalkBoston (respectively). It will give […]

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A Little Good News From Capitol Hill

If you’ve been keeping track of our blog, then you know that right now the US House and Senate are moving full steam ahead with a federal transportation bill. While advocates in the biking and walking community aren’t crazy about the Senate bill, it is vastly better than the highly ideological House version (deemed by […]

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Action Alert: Contact Your Senators TODAY

We told you late last week that the crisis in federal transportation funding was only getting worse, and to stay tuned for an Action Alert. This is it. The consensus among advocacy groups, like the Alliance for Biking and Walking, Transportation for America and MassBike, is that there is no chance for salvaging the House […]

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Federal Transportation Crisis Continues

Things have gone from bad to worse. On the House side, there has been an all-out assault not only on bike funding, but also transit, environmental review, and basically anything other than highways and bridges. The House Bill (H.R. 7) is one of the most extreme examples of slash and burn politics, described as “uniquely […]

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