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Path And Complete Streets Funding Moves Forward In MA Senate

The Massachusetts Senate took an important step toward increasing funding for bicycle and pedestrian paths and other infrastructure this week. The transportation bond bill was reported out of the Senate bonding committee, and is now in the Senate Ways and Means Committee. It is scheduled for a vote by the full Senate next week, where […]

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ACTION ALERT: Speak Up For Protected Bike Lanes In Downtown Boston

Next Wednesday, February 26, the City of Boston will host a public hearing to present and gather comments on the 25% design of Phase 1 of the Connect Historic Boston bike trail and Constitution Road protected bike lane proposals. MassBike strongly encourages Boston residents who want safer bike routes into and around downtown to attend the meeting […]

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MassBike Responds To Snow Removal Controversy

UPDATE 2/19: Great news – MassBike is very pleased to announce that DCR has agreed to convene a meeting. Yesterday, Commissioner Jack Murray and I had a productive conversation about the need to address both snow removal and bicycle transportation policy. This is a very welcome step toward better aligning the needs of people who ride bikes […]

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In Allston, A Community Speaks Up And Wins A Better Bridge

In Allston, what started as a routine bridge deck replacement project turned into a major community effort to transform a long-reviled and unsafe roadway into a more livable, human-scaled city street. When MassDOT presented it’s plans in June 2013 to replace the deck of the Cambridge Street bridge, which spans the Massachusetts Turnpike, shortcomings in the […]

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Vote For MassBike!

In case you haven’t already heard, Massbike has been nominated for the People’s Choice Advocacy Award, presented by the Alliance for Biking & Walking and Bicycling Magazine. We’re honored to be nominated for the “Oscars of bicycle advocacy” — and we need your help to win! The award will be presented at the National Bike […]

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House Passes $50 Million For Complete Streets

Complete Streets guidelines could be adopted by municipal governments across the Commonwealth in the near future thanks to a bill currently making its way through the Massachusetts State House. An Act Relative to Active Streets and Healthy Communities (S.68/H.3091), sponsored by Senator Chandler of Worcester and Representative Lewis of Winchester/Stoneham, provides $50 million in funding incentives over […]

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Springfield’s Pedestrian & Bicycle Plan Takes Shape

Continuing public outreach to the Springfield community through the Live Well Springfield community partnership, MassBike held a public meeting at the Armoury-Quadrangle Civic Association (AQCA) last week to gather input for developing the City of Springfield Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan. AQCA, an all-volunteer non-profit organization representing residents and businesses in the Armoury-Quadrangle neighborhood of downtown […]

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Register Today For The National Bike Summit

We invite you to join us at this year’s National Bike Summit on March 3-5. Register by midnight January 24th and receive a $100 early-bird discount on the registration fee. This year’s theme is “United Spokes: Moving Beyond Gridlock”. For over a decade, MassBike has coordinated the Massachusetts delegation to the National Bike Summit in Washington, DC. This […]

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A Bright Outlook For Westfield And Its Local Advocates

Westfield is poised to get a lot better for biking. In July, Programs Director Price and I (Kim) traveled to Westfield, a city in the southern part of the Pioneer Valley, to conduct a bikeability assessment. We met up with eight volunteers from the community to gather observations about key roadways identified by the Friends […]

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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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