New energy and success...but much more work to do!
By Lauren LeClaire - Communications Coordintor
MassBike moves by bike to a new shared office!
MassBike leapt into the new year with excitement, energy, and momentum. Thanks to the efforts and generosity of our supporters we were able to make the jump to be the first tenant of a new transportation hub at the Cambridge Innovation Center, a co-working space in downtown Boston. Led by MassBike, this hub will showcase the collaborative spirit of local transportation advocacy groups and facilitate new projects and relationships with a diverse array of partners.
One of these projects will be to focus on the formation of chapters of MassBike. As we continue to grow, we hope to enlist local advocates in key communities across the state to help with on the ground efforts as well as contributing to our Project 351 goal of having a complete database of resources for every community in Massachusetts. Through a strong team across the state, we can begin to replicate the changes and improvements that are occurring in the greater Boston area.
A crucial part of the initiative will focus on Vision Zero, a global movement that strives to reduce traffic deaths to zero. MassBike, along with the other members of the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition, continues to work together to improve Massachusetts roadways for all users including bicycles, pedestrians, and transit users. MassBike works within the Vision Zero framework pairing this with Complete Streets design and funding opportunities for communities throughout the state of Massachusetts to make our roadways safer.
Through recent legislative work, MassBike worked towards the goal of Vision Zero with a package of bills critical to both bicyclists and pedestrians. MassBike took the lead in organizing State House testimony to support passage of key bills such as the Vulnerable Road Users bill and the Bike Lane Protection bill. MassBike is still working through the legislative process to ensure passage of those key bills during this legislative session.
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