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DCR Gets It Right – With A Little Help From Advocates

We are pleased to declare victory for bicyclists on two separate but related roadway access issues, on the Alewife Brook Parkway on the Arlington-Cambridge-Somerville line, and on the Mystic Valley Parkway in Arlington. In late August, we discovered what appeared to be preliminary striping for very narrow shoulders and very wide travel lanes on the […]

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Public Health Commissioner Resigns, Biking And Walking Lose A Champion

Most people have heard of the drug testing scandal that emerged out of the state crime lab a few weeks ago. The head of the state Department of Public Health, Commissioner John Auerbach, resigned in its wake. Unfortunately, the situation has implications for biking and walking in Massachusetts, because Commissioner Auerbach was one of our […]

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Your Role In The Bicycle Revolution

There are a lot of times here in the MassBike office that we get a familiar call. Our phone rings, and a concerned citizen starts telling the story of a terrible road, dangerous intersection, bad enforcement, or any number of other barriers that keep them from bicycling. And the question inevitably follows, “So, what should […]

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MassBike Comments On GreenDOT Implementation Plan

In 2010, MassDOT launched its GreenDOT initiative, a comprehensive program to combat climate change, encourage biking, walking and transit, and support smart growth. This year, MassDOT released a draft GreenDOT Implementation Plan, and invited public comment. The plan focuses on what MassDOT can do to reduce greenhouse gases from its own operations and to make […]

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Bikeable Communities Guide and Training

  MassBike is proud to present a brand new resource to help advocates around Massachusetts make their communities’ roads better for biking. This guide, Shifting Gears: An Introduction to Better Biking for your Community, is designed to open the door for people who want to make things better for bicyclists, but don’t know how to […]

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Action Alert: Vulnerable Road Users Bill May Die In Committee

This is it. On June 1st, our Vulnerable Road Users bill will die in the Joint Committee on Transportation unless we can convince the committee to report it out. We’re not the only ones who think this bill is needed to protect bicyclists and pedestrians – many of you have voiced your support and so […]

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We Got Beacon Hill Moving!

Last Thursday, May 17th, biking and walking advocates from around the state came to Beacon Hill for Massachusetts’ first Bike/Walk Summit. Simultaneously, scores of people who couldn’t make it to the Summit called in to their state Representative and Senator to let them know that safer streets for biking and walking need to be a […]

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Massachusetts Rises To 3rd In National List Of Bicycle-Friendly States

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 22, 2012 CONTACT: MassDOT Press Office (617) 973-8472 David Watson, MassBike (617) 542-2453 Massachusetts Rises to 3rd in National List of Bicycle-Friendly States The Commonwealth continues to improve its “Bike-Friendliness” ranking from League of American Bicyclists Boston – May 22, 2012 – In their recently-released annual ranking, the League of American […]

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Action Alert: Ask Congress To Protect Funding For Biking And Walking

We know this is a big ask, coming on the heels of this morning’s Action Alert for our Bike/Walk Summit, but we need your help again – this time at the federal level. Just two months ago, the Senate passed a transportation bill that included the Cardin-Cochran agreement. This bipartisan compromise would ensure that local […]

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Join Us Or Call In To Get Beacon Hill Moving!

The day is almost here. Next Thursday, May 17th, advocates from around the state are going to come to Boston, urging their legislators to make biking and walking a priority. If you are interested in coming to the Summit, please RSVP by Monday, May 14th (so that we can be sure to have enough food). […]

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