New Bike Lane Expansions Coming to the Hub

August 10th, 2011 in Bicycle Safety

The Mayor’s office recently announce that a large number of bicycle lanes are being added to the downtown area. The construction will begin this fall and continue throughout 2012. While some of the project will be included in repaving efforts, some lanes are simply being created by restriping the existing surfaces. The lanes will be in areas near newly installed (and consistently growing) Hubways bike rental stations, allowing renters a safe passage to their downtown destination. The project will also create “stop boxes” at traffic lights that will put riders directly in a drivers line of sight when stopped.

Please refer to the announcement and images below for more information.


Mayor Menino’s Boston Bikes

Downtown Bike lane installation

Fall, 2011


What are bike lanes? Bike lanes are sections of road designated for exclusive use by cyclists.  Paint or thermoplastic plus accompanying signage demarcates the bike lane. Green paint is occasionally added for emphasis on select segments.

Why install bike lanes? Downtown streets see high volumes of commuter and tourist cyclists.   These bike lanes will increase safety for all users of the road.

How do bike lanes impact safety? Bike lanes are proven to make the roads safer for all users. Lanes:

  • 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 drivers more aware of cyclists.

What are the project limits and scope? Installation will begin this fall and continue into 2012.

  • Devonshire Street from State Street to Summer Street
  • Milk Street from Washington Street to Surface Road
  • Pearl Street from Congress Street to Surface Road
  • Congress Street from State Street to High Street
  • Oliver Street/Kilby Street from Purchase Street to State Street
  • Franklin Street from Washington Street to Broad Street
  • High Street from Summer Street to Surface Road
  • Greenway from Kneeland Avenue to Atlantic Avenue

What is involved with installation? Devonshire, Milk, Congress, and Pearl bike lanes will be installed as part of already planned street resurfacing projects.   Oliver/ Kilby, Franklin, High, and the Greenway are restriping projects only.  Parked cars may need to be moved during the striping process.

Will parking be impacted? Other than Congress Street, these projects do not remove any parking.  Congress Street will require the removal of weekend-only parking.

Will traffic be impacted? The addition of the bike lanes will not cause an increase in traffic.  The number of travel lanes will not be impacted with the exception of Congress Street where one lane will be removed between Milk Street and High Street.  Traffic analysis on Congress Street shows no decrease in traffic capacity in this corridor.

Will the city support the bike lanes? Yes, the city is preparing materials to educate drivers and cyclists about the new lanes.   The City is also working with BPD to enforce proper rules of the road.

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.  For more information please call Nicole Freedman, Boston Bikes, 617-918-4456.