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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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Recapping the New England Bike-Walk Summit

“What do you want your streets to look like?” League of American Bicyclists President Andy Clarke asked over 200 advocates at the New England Bike-Walk Summit in Providence, RI on Friday, October 4th. If we want our streets used primarily by cars, with a few fearless cyclists (if any bicyclists at all) riding with the […]

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New, More Flexible Design Guidelines for Pedestrians and Bicyclists

Providing infrastructure for bicycles is a necessary step when it comes to improving a bicyclists’ comfort level and overall feeling of safety on the road. For many, traveling along a separated bike path provides a more pleasant experience than bicycling on a road with fast-moving cars and a narrow shoulder. Earlier this month, Federal Highway Administration […]

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More Local Transportation Dollars = An Opportunity For Advocates

Starting this year, there is going to be a lot more asphalt poured, roads re-striped, and bridges rehabilitated here in the Commonwealth. A significant chunk of the new transportation funding passed by the state legislature goes toward increasing “Chapter 90″ funding by 50%, or funding that goes directly to municipalities with very few strings attached […]

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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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MassBike Report Shows Assets, Obstacles To Hampshire County Bikeability

Back in November, we worked with local advocates to undertake a Bikeability Assessment in three Hampshire County communities (Amherst, Belchertown and Northampton). This project was done at the request of Healthy Hampshire, in collaboration with the Towns of Amherst and Belchertown and the City of Northampton. The focus was specifically on intersections, and how to […]

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Recap Of 2013 National Bike Summit

“This is a fight we have to win. We have to do more.”  Said Senator Ben Cardin at last week’s 2013 National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C. The focus this year was on how bicycling means business, and this was explored, discussed, and debated in workshop, over meals, and during coffee breaks. There were over […]

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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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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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