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This Thursday, The Mass Pike Straightening Project Begins Public Process

This Thursday, April 10, MassDOT will host a public meeting in Allston to discuss the upcoming Massachusetts Turnpike Straightening Project, a $260 million project to simplify the ramp system at the Allston interchange, replace the structurally deficient elevated portion of the turnpike, and better support and maintain the future all electronic “open road” tolling at the interchange. The […]

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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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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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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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Why You Should Attend MassDOT’s Capital Investment Plan Meetings

Bicycle and pedestrian advocates across Massachusetts are excited and encouraged by Governor Patrick’s and MassDOT’s efforts to ensure long term investments in infrastructure that encourages more bicycle and pedestrian trips in the Commonwealth. Earlier this month, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) released its draft Capital Investment Plan (CIP) for the 2014-2018 fiscal years. Within the […]

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New Report Illustrates Westfield’s Bikeability

MassBike has been working in Westfield for the past several months to create a Bikeability Assessment for the Friends of the Columbia Greenway Trail (FOCGRT). The report details how the city can improve its bicycling infrastructure to attract new bicyclists and make it safer for all road users. Back in July 2013, MassBike led a training for eight […]

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Making The Cape Great For Biking

We all knew the Cape was great for biking. All you have to do is go to the Bourne Bridge in the summer and take a look at all the bikes strapped to cars to know that the Cape is a destination for bicycling. But advocates on the Cape are actively working to make bicycling […]

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Join Us At The Cape Cod Bike Summit

The MassBike Cape Cod Chapter, Barnstable County Mass in Motion, the Town of Barnstable, and the Office of Senator Dan Wolf have been working hard the past several weeks to put together the first ever Cape Cod Bike Summit. The half-day summit will have a series of speakers discussing topics ranging from federal issues all […]

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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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Safe Routes to School: Get Biking! Get Walking!

The school year has just begun and we’re getting ready to teach thousands of elementary and middle school children how to ride their bikes more safely. Since 2009, MassBike has been teaching through the Safe Routes to School Program, a federally-funded initiative which promotes healthy transportation alternatives for trips to and from school. On October 9, 2013 join Massachusetts […]

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