Massachusetts has vaulted into the TOP TEN among states for being Bicycle Friendly, vaulting ten places, from 19th in 2009 to become the 9th Most “Bicycle Friendly State” for 2010, in an announcement by the League of American Bicyclists.
In addition, the League's staff and local reviewers also recognized Massachusetts with a special Bronze level award. Both are prestigious national honors and recognize all the changes implemented since MassDOT began on November 1, 2009. Important innovations include implementation of the Healthy Transportation Compact with a stated target of making Massachusetts a Top Ten Bicycle Friendly State and implementation of the GreenDOT policy, MassDOT’s comprehensive sustainability initiative that includes promoting walking, bicycling, and public transit as one of its central goals.
Key to these honors has been the teamwork across divisions in recognizing and promoting the value of bicycling. The RMV, MBTA, Highway and Aeronautics Divisions have made important contributions to bicycling as MassDOT becomes a truly multi-modal DOT focused on customer service and safety. We are proud of our regional, municipal and advocate partner relationships which have allowed us to work together statewide to act on MassDOT’s Sustainability and Livability Policy Framework.
Thank you to everyone who is working to advance bicycle transportation in Massachusetts. We now have to reset our goal and aspire to be the nation’s top bicycle friendly state!
Whittier Bridge/I-95 Project Traffic Update posted on Sep 19
Work on the Whittier Bridge/I-95 Project in Newburyport and Amesbury will require extended lane closure hours beginning next week. Beginning on Monday, September 22, the hours of daytime construction will extend the I-95 Northbound right lane closure the associated right lane closure on I-95 Northbound …Continue Reading Whittier Bridge/I-95 Project Traffic Update
Take the Clean Air Challenge! Join Us September 22-26 posted on Sep 18
Massachusetts travelers will improve air-quality by choosing more sustainable transportation options during the Massachusetts Clean Air Challenge (formerly Car-Free Week). This year, Massachusetts challenges you to explore your commuting options and Shift Your Mode from September 22nd-26th. By trying greener modes including carpooling, vanpooling, bicycling, …Continue Reading Take the Clean Air Challenge! Join Us September 22-26
MBTA Silver Line to Chelsea Approved posted on Sep 17
The MassDOT Board of Directors today approved a construction contract to extend the MBTA’s increasingly popular Silver Line from East Boston to Chelsea. A project funded entirely by Governor Deval Patrick’s 2013 Transportation Finance Plan, the Silver Line will be extended past the Seaport to …Continue Reading MBTA Silver Line to Chelsea Approved