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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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MassDOT Issues Groundbreaking Directive

MassDOT took another huge step forward in promoting Complete Streets throughout the Commonwealth. A nagging criticism of MassDOT’s nationally recognized Project Development and Design Guide, which requires bicycle, pedestrian and transit accommodations in all MassDOT projects, was that it was taking too long to implement. Part of the reason is the multi-year design process for […]

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MassBike Gets To Work With The New Legislature

Last week, two bills written by MassBike were filed in the Legislature, and we are strongly supporting two other bills to make biking and walking safer. MassBike’s bills are the “Act To Protect Vulnerable Road Users”, S.D. 723, and the “Act To Protect Bicyclists In Bicycle Lanes”, S.D. 731. Many thanks to Senator William Brownsberger, […]

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Check Out Our New Bikeability Report

You might remember last month when two MassBike staff went to Greenfield to undertake a Bikeability Assessment. The purpose of the assessment was to feed into a regional Complete Streets Plan, which would lay the groundwork for improvements in Franklin County’s streets. We were joined by ten local residents to help with the assessment, and […]

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Completing Streets In Franklin County

On Monday, August 6, our Program Associate Sam Markovitz and I went out to Franklin County to help local residents and the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) perform a Bikeability Assessment in Greenfield, Colrain and South Deerfield. There were roughly a dozen people present to help with the assessment, which was undertaken to inform […]

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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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Victory For Biking On Casey Overpass Project

Thanks to the hard work of MassBike and many other advocacy organizations (most notably the Boston Cyclists Union, and also the Livable Streets Alliance and WalkBoston), the Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced earlier this month that the Casey Overpass will be brought at-grade. As Transportation Secretary Richard Davey stated, “The decision was made after an […]

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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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MassBike Turns 35!

This year MassBike celebrates thirty-five years of promoting better biking. With its humble beginnings as the “Boston Area Bicycle Coalition” back in 1977, MassBike has had a history of growth and success. Since that time over three decades ago, we have expanded into a statewide organization with three local chapters, developed strong partnerships with other […]

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Spreading The Word About Complete Streets

MassDOT is offering trainings for local officials, transportation professionals and advocates around the state on how to design for “Complete Streets.” Complete Streets is a design concept that emphasizes planning for all users of the road, including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, motorists, and people with disabilities. Even though this would seem to be a straightforward […]

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