Boston Bicycle Lane Extension

July 27th, 2010 in Bicycle Safety

Boston’s Bike czar, Nicole Freedman, has announced an extension to the Commonwealth bike lane. According to an official Press Release:

“Commonwealth Avenue bike lanes will be added from the BU bridge, where bike lanes currently terminate to Brighton Avenue.  The lanes will [connect] to existing bike lanes at the BU bridge that extend all the way to Arlington Street.

This is likely to be music to the ears of many a commuting cyclists. Read the entire press release below.

Mayor Menino’s Boston Bikes
Bike Lanes installation
Commonwealth Avenue (BU Bridge to Brighton Ave)
July, 2010

What are bike lanes? Bike lanes are sections of road designated for exclusive use by cyclists.

Why install bike lanes? Commonwealth Avenue is a primary routes for cyclists travelling between Cambridge, Mass Ave, Allston, Boston University, the Back Bay and many other points downtown.  Commonwealth Avenues sees some of the highest volumes of bike traffic in the city every day.  It is our goal to make both roadways as safe as possible, for all users.   By extending the bike lane from the BU bridge to Brighton Avenue, cyclists will be able to travel from Arlington Street to Brighton Avenue completely in a bike lane.

What about safety? Bike lanes make the roads safer for all users in the following ways:

  • Provide guidance for vehicles wishing to pass cyclists;
  • Reduce the number of cyclists biking on the sidewalk;
  • Designate safe riding zone for cyclists;
  • Encourage cars to drive at slower, safer speeds;
  • Encourage cyclists to bicycle more respectfully and predictably;
  • Make pedestrians and vehicles more aware of cyclists.

What are the project limits and scope? Commonwealth Avenue bike lanes will be added from the BU bridge, where bike lanes currently terminate to Brighton Avenue.  The lanes will connecting to existing bike lanes at the BU bridge that extend all the way to Arlington Street.

This project does not change or impact curbs, walkways, pedestrian crosswalks, pavement, etc.   This project is part of a greater project to create bike lanes throughout Boston.

What is involved with installation? Work will take place during the business day.  Parked cars may have to be moved but road closure should not be necessary.

Will parking be impacted? This project does not remove parking spaces.

Will traffic be impacted? No.   This project does not change or alter travel lanes or traffic patterns. Bike lanes encourage cars to drive at safer speeds; this does not cause an increase in traffic, however.

Boston Bikes is part of Mayor Menino’s vision for a vibrant and healthy city that benefits all its citizens. It seeks to make Boston a world-class bicycling city by creating safe and inviting conditions for all residents and visitors.