The Boston Cyclists Union's "Bike to Market" events bring bike repair services and training to Boston neighborhoods that are underserved by brick-and-mortar bike shops. Photo courtesy of the Boston Cyclists Union.

Poor and Black ‘Invisible Cyclists’ Need to Be Part of Post-Pandemic Transport Planning Too

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Editor’s note: this article originally appeared on The Conversation and is republished here with permission from the author. As states and workplaces prepare to open up after the lockdown, many people are looking for alternatives to public transit to get to work. The National Association of City Transport Officials reports an “explosion in cycling” in […]
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MBTA Takes Small Steps to Improve Fare Equity

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The MBTA’s governing board approved some small but significant changes in the agency’s fare policies at a meeting last week to improve fare equity for minority and low-income riders. For years, in order to encourage use of reusable CharlieCards, the MBTA has charged higher prices for riders paying with cash or with the paper “CharlieTickets” […]
Construction barrels block cars and a sign encourages park users to stay 6 feet apart on Parkman Drive next to Jamaica Pond on April 11, 2020. Photo courtesy of Sarah Freeman.

Plans for Boston’s ‘Healthy Streets’ Initiative Expected Later This Week

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On Tuesday, the City of Boston briefly published a new website with tentative plans for its “healthy streets” initiative, which would make tactical changes to city streets to provide more room for safe physical distancing among pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders. City officials had discussed the overall strategy at a City Council hearing earlier this […]
Proposed "shared streets" and expanded curbside pedestrian areas, part of the city's COVID-19 mobility plan. Courtesy of the City of Somerville.

Check Out Somerville’s Citywide ‘COVID-19 Mobility Strategy’

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The City of Somerville has announced a citywide mobility strategy to provide safer walking and biking routes with more room for physical distancing as “stay at home” orders ease this spring and summer. Roughly a quarter of Somerville’s households are car-free. The city’s COVID-19 mobility plan therefore focuses on creating safer routes between residential neighborhoods […]
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