I sent an email to Nicole Freedman the head of Boston’s Bike programs asking her if she wanted to say anything about the removal of the bike lanes in Charlestown. Here is what she had to say.
We did remove the bike lanes. We are still very committed to having bike lanes in Charlestown. Prior to installing, we had not paid enough attention to the public process. In the long-term interest of having a successful bike program, we decided it would be best to start he process over and have the whole community involved. We hope to be able to put back bike lanes in the future when the community is ready and with the community support.
It would be an amazing irony, if after the whole community process happens, these lanes go right back to where they were. This will most likely serve to keep the side opposed to bike lanes deeply entrenched in their opposition to them, if only to save themselves the embarrassment of putting bike lanes back down on the same street they had them ground off of.
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