Mass Ave, Arlington Public Meeting

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 07

Another Meeting from Livable Streets Alliance, Mass Ave in Arlington could really use some bicycle lanes, show up and show your support.



Tuesday, April 12, 7 pm

@ Arlington Town Hall, 730 Mass Ave, Arlington

Mass Ave, East Arlington
EALS simulation of improvements

WHAT: MassDOT will be holding the 25% Design Public Hearing for the Mass Ave Arlington Project (from Cambridge City Line to Pond Lane), and it is the last big opportunity for the public to express their views about the project.


LIVABLESTREETS POSITION: strongly supports the proposed design, which includes wider sidewalks, bike lanes, new and improved crosswalks, and clearly defined travel lanes, all while serving the current and projected traffic volumes. These improvements will result in a street that is safer and more appealing for all modes of transportation.


We urge folks who use Mass Ave to attend this meeting and speak in support of the proposed design. Your voice is critical at this time!

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5 Responses to “Mass Ave, Arlington Public Meeting”

  1. By Self Righteous Cyclist on Apr 7, 2011 | Reply

    This area of Massachusetts Avenue is mayhem. There are no lane markers and cars alternatively drive down the middle of the lane or drive 2-3 wide through this area. The opposition to the plan is very unified and there will need to be a LOT of bike people there to counter the anger of having one lane reduced in width. They’d much prefer to have a vast expanse of (very rough) pavement where they can drive fast, swing around cars turning left without looking, and generally terrorize other road users instead of being restricted by wider sidewalks and bike lanes. Even more surprising is that area businesses don’t seem to see the value in making Mass Ave. more “liveable.”

  2. By cycler on Apr 7, 2011 | Reply

    There’s a bigger division here than just bike lanes, there’s a feeling of long term residents, largely blue collar, that bike lanes and pedestrian improvements are yuppie affectiations that are being forced upon them by carpetbaggers from Cambridge. I think that they’re both wrong and wrongheaded- livable streets should improve life for everyone, but I think that they’re worried about being gentrified out of town. I wish that they wouldn’t pick bike lanes as their whipping boys, but I know that they do.

    An important meeting for bikers to attend. The city is behind this project, but they need as many arlington residents as possible to show up and support the bike lanes.

  3. By David Watson on Apr 7, 2011 | Reply

    MassBike strongly supports this project, but we asked only Arlington residents to attend this meeting. Even worse than framing this as a battle between yuppie Arlington residents and blue-collar Arlington residents would be to create a perception that people who don’t live in Arlington are trying to impose their will on the neighborhood. The project opponents would jump all over that.

  4. By JJJ on Apr 8, 2011 | Reply

    David, roads arent just for residents, theyre for everyone. Im sure the shop owners wouldnt want to limit their customer base only to local residents.

    As a 77 rider, I think I have an important interest in this project, even though I officially live in Winchester

  5. By Mark on Feb 26, 2013 | Reply

    JJJ, as a #77 bus rider you will want to oppose the project. Reducing westbound to one lane makes that leg slower, makes the round trip slower, and thus increases the headway, or time you will wait for the next bus during peak commuting hours. All the MBTA drivers oppose lane removal and they know the road better than anyone from using it the most.

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