Important: Longfellow Bridge Public Meeting

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 05

This is super important, seriously if you can go to this and speak up for bicycle infrastructure on the Longfellow. This will most likely be the only chance for 50-75 years to make changes to the way this bridge works, show up and speak out make this bridge work for cyclists.

Wed, Oct 6, 6:30-8:30 PM @ Shriners Hospital for Children Auditorium, 51 Blossom Street, Boston 02114

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From Livablestreets:

Longfellow Bridge Public Meeting

Wed, Oct 6, 6:30-8:30 PM @ Shriners Hospital for Children Auditorium, 51 Blossom Street, Boston 02114

Come out and speak up!

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a world class Longfellow Bridge, one that allows people to experience the best views of the City, and one that encourages more people to walk, bike and take transit to and from Boston and the surrounding communities.

The number of pedestrians and bicyclists using the Longfellow Bridge has been growing over the past 10 years, while the number of private automobiles has been decreasing.
Now is the time to reallocate space on the
bridge to create a safer more comfortable space for walking and bicycling.

It’s absolutely essential that pedestrians and bicyclists do not get unnecessarily squeezed at the inbound approach to Charles Circle in order to accommodate motor vehicle traffic.

Better connections from the Longfellow Bridge to the Esplanade are a must too. We have an opportunity to reclaim parkland and create a new ADA-accessible pedestrian/bicycle bridge between Charles Circle/the Longfellow Bridge and the Esplanade. It’s important that these improvements be made in conjunction with or in parallel to the Longfellow Bridge project!

More info here (pdf)

From MassBike

Want to find out what the Longfellow Bridge Task Force has been doing since MassDOT gave us the opportunity for more public input into the reconstruction of the Longfellow Bridge? How about speaking up for improving bicyclist access and safety getting on, crossing, and getting off the Longfellow Bridge between Boston and Cambridge? Then you need to come to the public meeting this Wednesday from 6:30-8:30pm at the Shriners Hospital Auditorium at 51 Blossom Street, Boston.

The Task Force will present design concepts currently under consideration, including concepts for crossing the bridge by bike, on foot, and by car; for the approaches/intersections at either end of the bridge; and for better connections from the bridge to the Esplanade on the Boston side and to the parkland and paths on the Cambridge side.

This is the one-and-only opportunity for the general public to comment on the design concepts before the Task Force completes its work and submits its recommendations to MassDOT. The concepts represent a range of bicycle facilities from bike lanes similar to what exists now to some much larger and truly innovative ideas. The Task Force wants your comments, and we need your support to make sure that bicyclist (and pedestrian) interests are fairly balanced in this immensely complicated project.

For more information, visit the Task Force Google Group.


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