Boston Getting It’s Very First Official Bike Lanes

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 01

Thats right, Boston may be playing catch up, but it just got it’s very first bike lanes. There will be a media event next Tuesday (August 5th) at 11:00am to announce them.

This will be a press event to announce the new bike lanes on Comm Ave. between Kenmore Square and the BU Bridge. The Mayor will be speaking along with David Watson, MassBike’s executive director. It would be really great if a bunch of bicyclists could show up by 10:45. I don’t know the exact location but just look for the media trucks along that stretch of Comm Ave (my guess would be the plaza in front of Marsh Chapel?)

This should be a fun time, and hopefully a sign of things to come.

EDIT: More details below

Tuesday August 5th
11:00 AM
640 Commonwealth Ave
Courtyard, BU School of Communications

Topics: Commonwealth Avenue Bike Lanes, Rack installations…and one
item yet to be announced.

Please feel free to invite cycling friends and family, and bring your
bikes, of course.

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7 Responses to “Boston Getting It’s Very First Official Bike Lanes”

  1. By t on Aug 2, 2008 | Reply

    You’ll be able to find it. It’s where the media trucks are parked in the middle of the bike lane.

  2. By suffolkbikes on Aug 2, 2008 | Reply

    have been riding this lane to get to landrys lately, its a good ride and feels surreal to be in a lane in Boston. A step in the right direction!

  3. By Tom Revay on Aug 4, 2008 | Reply

    This title isn’t correct. Boston has bike lanes in a couple locations:

    1) Perkins Street, Jamaica Plain.

    2) Ruggles Street, adjacent to Northeastern University.

    Many people view bike lanes as the one-size-fits-all solution to on-street accommodation of bicyclists. Unfortunately, there is no evidence that adding a stripe of paint actually improves cyclists’ safety or access to roadways, and the spotty safety record of several cities’ lanes suggests that, at best, bike lanes are irrelevant as a part of efforts to create actual improvements in individual cyclists’ safety.

  4. By suffolkbikes on Aug 4, 2008 | Reply

    I think that this bike lane is a noticeable and powerful first statement in the bicycle developments Boston is planning. There may be no hard facts as to whether or not safety is actually increased but I DO see a difference made.

    I just got my brother on a bike for the first time in ten years. He’s still nervous about Huntington Ave. and the Financial District where he works, but he says he does like riding on Mass Ave. in Cambridge because of the lane.

    What it means to a beginner and a long-time enthusiast may be different, but anything at all that increases consciousness is a net gain in my opinion

  5. By Boston Biker on Aug 4, 2008 | Reply

    A well designed bike lane does nothing to increase danger for a cyclist. So as was mentioned above, if it isn’t any more dangerous and it makes people “feel” safer then I say they are a good thing. More people on the streets is better in my opinion.

    Also consider the alternative? No bike lanes? We have had that setup for the last 30 years and it has done nothing to help get more people out on bikes. Even if it is just psychological I say we should put well designed bike lanes all over.

  6. By gotbike on Aug 4, 2008 | Reply

    That’s great!

    I should also mention that several Northeastern Civil Engineering students created plans for continuing these lanes all the way east to the public garden and west to Allston in addition to several other critical bike path and lane plans around the city as their senior projects. The projects were overseen by Professor Peter Furth, and presented to the city/public this April.

    So, hopefully with continued interest and support we’ll see an increasingly bike-friendly Boston.

  7. By tone711 on Aug 5, 2008 | Reply

    How about the bike lanes between JFK/UMass and The Boston Globe building. They say “Bike Only” right in the lane. How come these aren’t considered official bike lanes?

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