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Action Alert: Help Move Bill Before Legislative Session Ends!

We have a chance to move the bike lane protection bill forward this week! One of the bills we filed in the Massachusetts Legislature in January 2013 has a chance to move forward, but we need your help before midnight Thursday. The Act To Protect Bicyclists In Bicycle Lanes (S 1640) protects bicyclists by prohibiting motor […]

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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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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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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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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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