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Longfellow Bridge Construction: Progress, But Questions Remain

MassDOT recently held a public meeting with the firm selected to perform the reconstruction of the Longfellow Bridge, scheduled to start in earnest later this year and continue until 2016. Click here to see the April 9th meeting presentation. Originally, MassDOT intended to detour all Cambridge-bound motor vehicle and bicycle traffic for the duration of […]

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MassDOT Biking Toward Sustainability

We were glad to see more evidence that the state gets it when it comes to bicycling. Back in August, we made extensive comments on MassDOT’s GreenDOT Draft Implementation Plan. GreenDOT is MassDOT’s sustainability initiative, and the implementation plan is the document laying out the path to achieving the goals contained within it. The final […]

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State Transportation Funding Plan Is Big On Biking

Governor Patrick is finally taking on the state’s transportation crisis in the upcoming legislative session. With the state’s ambitious mode shift goals and GreenDOT Implementation Plan both strongly supportive of biking and walking, we were anxiously waiting to see if the Governor’s funding proposal reflected these priorities. In other words, would the state put its […]

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Mark Your Calendar – Bay State Bike Week Is Coming

It’s really impressive – we’ve already gotten some emails and phone calls from Bay State Bike Week organizers asking what the dates are for 2013, because they have already started planning their events. This year, Bay State Bike Week will take place from May 11 – 19. And for the first time includes both weekends […]

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Add Your Voice To MassDOT’s Statewide Conversation

Starting this week, we have an opportunity to voice our support for bicycling as a statewide priority. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is holding a series of public meetings in the run up to creating their long range financing plan. This plan is going to dictate whether we continue on the 20th-century path of […]

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MassBike Comments On GreenDOT Implementation Plan

In 2010, MassDOT launched its GreenDOT initiative, a comprehensive program to combat climate change, encourage biking, walking and transit, and support smart growth. This year, MassDOT released a draft GreenDOT Implementation Plan, and invited public comment. The plan focuses on what MassDOT can do to reduce greenhouse gases from its own operations and to make […]

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Federal Transportation Bill A Step Backwards

The federal transportation bill, a focus of much analysis and anxiety (we’ve written most recently about it here and here), was finally passed through congress late last week. It’s not good news. This bill, which was largely based on the Senate’s legislation “MAP-21″, is being considered a “step backwards,” a “failure,” a “missed opportunity,” and […]

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The Long View Of The Longfellow Bridge

MassDOT recently released the long-awaited Environmental Assessment for the Longfellow Bridge reconstruction project, which reveals the design MassDOT has chosen for the bridge. To its credit, MassDOT clearly listened to much of the input from the Longfellow Bridge Task Force (on which I served): As seen above, the outbound (Boston-to-Cambridge) side of the bridge as […]

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MassDOT, Make The Fore River Bridge Better For Biking

On Thursday, February 9th I attended a public hearing in the Town of Weymouth on the Fore River Bridge Replacement Project. This bridge, part of the Accelerated Bridge Program, is the main connector between Quincy (and the City of Boston) and points further down on the South Shore, as proven by the fact that it […]

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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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