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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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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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Complete Streets Bill And Paths Funding Passes MA Senate

Last week, the Massachusetts Senate voted to approve the Transportation Bond Bill. The great news is that they voted to preserve $50 million for a Complete Streets incentive program, and $377 million over the next five years for bike and pedestrian paths. MassBike joins its Active Streets partners Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Massachusetts Public Health […]

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Virtual Lobby Day: This Wednesday, Tell Congress To Support Biking!

As we MassBike staffers cross our collective fingers for smooth travels to Washington, DC for the National Bike Summit with snow in the forecast, we want you to know about your opportunity to tell Congress to support bicycling, all from the comfort and warmth of your own home or office. Yes, the time has come once […]

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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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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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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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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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Action Alert Update: Save Transportation Alternatives

The response has been great since we issued the Action Alert yesterday afternoon. Many thanks to those of you who have already reported contacting Senator Warren and Senator Markey! If you have emailed or called one (or both) of Massachusetts’ Senators, please email action@massbike.org so we can keep track of who has been contacted. Thank […]

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