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SPECIAL: THE FALL 2014 BOSTON BIKE ISSUE

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With a successful Boston Bike Week behind us, the elite Mayor’s Cup on Saturday (September 20), and the all-inclusive Hub on Wheels this Sunday (September 21), we figure now is the ideal moment to formally join the pro-cycle chorus. Not only as cheerleaders, but by addressing prehistoric problems in new ways that hopefully spur conversation and action. Continue reading

News Opinion 

CAN’T WE ALL JUST PEDAL ON? THE CASE FOR PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS TO WORK TOGETHER

PETE CHRIS TOP

Whether you respect bike rights or spite them, riders are here, they’re in gear, so you’d better make some room for them. That considered, and on the premise that this city and most any other can immensely benefit from collaboration between cyclists and those who hoof it, we paved a road map toward tandem teamwork.
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News Opinion 

FREE RADICAL (TEACH ONE EDITION): ‘ASSATA: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY’

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I was right in the middle of reading Assata when Michael Brown was murdered in Ferguson. As the events in Missouri unfolded, reading Shakur’s memoir was a horrifying deja vu. Continue reading

Opinion 

FREE RADICAL: DO I LOOK HOMELESS?

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Her hair is always clean and pulled back, and her clothes are always neat and fitted. Continue reading

Music Opinion 

FREE RADICAL: WHITE BOY BANDS FALL BACK

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If you have any respect for your music or your (potential) fans, then you need some fucking diversity. And not just to groove with some kind of agenda I have for all types of media to better reflect marginalized communities, though that is a huge part of it. Continue reading

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FREE RADICAL: WHERE ATHLETICISM MEETS ELITISM

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Boston doesn’t have slums like Brazil does. Nor do we have such pervasive government corruption. But inviting the Olympics to our city would mean needing real answers about how to host the games without causing harm to our neighborhoods, be that related to increased police presence or potential displacement. Continue reading

News Opinion 

FREE RADICAL: CAN’T BUY ME PRIDE

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We have come a long way, but being queer can still mean death, might mean second-class citizenship, and will definitely mean harassment of some kind. Continue reading