Pics Of MassAve Bike Lanes

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 29

The good author of BikeyFace (the best bicycle based comic you will find on the net bar none), sent me these awesome pics of the new Mass Ave bike lanes!

starting Up again near symphony

No Parking

Near the first church

Gap near Best Buy

Typical, cars already blocking the lanes

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15 Responses to “Pics Of MassAve Bike Lanes”

  1. By Mark on Dec 29, 2011 | Reply

    Are MBTA buses also stopping in the new bike lane, or was bus service sacrificed with the parking?

    PS Bikey face: nice drawings!

  2. By Fenway on Dec 29, 2011 | Reply

    Some bus stops are being relocated as part of a redistribution along Mass Ave. The bus does still stop in the lane at a few locations marked with a dash.

  3. By Bikeyface on Dec 29, 2011 | Reply

    The bike lanes go from the Charles to Symphony, both sides. Parking is gone on the northbound side, however meters still remain. There is no bike lane notation yet and I counted 6 cars parked in the lanes on the way back. There is a gap in the lanes at the section over the Mass Pike- the lanes dump cyclists in the right lanes where the busy bus stops are. That still will be a tricky area to navigate. The bus stop situation could be an issue- cyclists will have to merge into traffic to avoid stopped buses. I’m curious if that is still being worked out. I see high potential for right hooks northbound at Boylston as drivers will have to turn right across the bike lane- lots of cars turn right there at rush hour. Still a good deal of double parking/delivery truck issues. Bike lane has tricky door zone issue southbound between Beacon and Newbury.

  4. By Fenway on Dec 29, 2011 | Reply

    The Mass Ave & Boylston intersection along with the bus berths outside the Hynes Station are going to be changed as part of development projects at those two key areas in the next 5 years. These are major projects involving Mass Pike Air Rights and the expansion of Berklee School of Music.

  5. By JJJ on Dec 29, 2011 | Reply

    Bikeyface, I believe the overpass is highway controlled, not Boston controlled, so they cant stripe there unless the autocentric gods allow them too.

    However, its not a bad situation. if theres a bus, just merge, if not, go straight.

    Would be best if they painted the pavement red and officially made it a bus lane + allowed buses a head start at the light.

  6. By Fenway on Dec 30, 2011 | Reply

    More photos here:

    It appears that due to the construction at Berklee sharrows are being used from Westland Avenue to Boylston Street.

    Sharrows are also used at the decking over the Mass Pike & bus stops. It appears the Commonwealth Avenue bus stops/lanes are going to be marked with dual bike/bus markings similar to the Silver Line.

    I think once all the construction is done in the area in the next 5 years or so the Newbury to Symphony stretch will be improved significantly. The Boylston Street intersection of doom, for everyone, is going to be reworked concurrently with Berklee’s dormitory tower on that corner and the Mass Pike Air Rights developments, as the street widths and sidewalks will have significant play with the new setbacks.

  7. By Lucas on Dec 31, 2011 | Reply

    This is very exciting. I think it is worth noting what an achievement this is for cycling in Boston. This project, though imperfect in certain ways as noted above, passes through some of the busiest and most hazardous intersections of central Boston. It does this while connecting a critical gap in perhaps THE major corridor for non-motorized travel in the city.
    More importantly, the project marks a major ‘first’ for cycling infrastructure, which is the removal of vehicle parking for improved bicycle safety. From what I understand, this was done through identification of the Mass ave corridor as a dangerous one, research of traffic/parking patterns, and community outreach and discussion with stakeholders before completion of the project. The decision makers on this project deserve applause for making sound decisions in response to an obvious need for better infrastructure.
    Even though the weather is cold and Hubway is gone for the season, let’s celebrate this as a great improvement of our bike system.

  8. By matt on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    agreed, Lucas. this and BU Bridge the same month!

    I can’t wait to ride to work on the Mass Ave bike lane.

  9. By Ron Newman on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    Cars are blocking the bike lane because the city hasn’t removed the parking meters. Drivers see these and logically think that they still mark parking spaces. I’d hope the city removes them soon … except that the meters also provide much-needed places to lock bikes.

  10. By PHF on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply

    Unfortunately it seems drivers still haven’t got the hang of the new bike lane. I counted 16 cars blocking the bike lane between Symphony and comm beacon st this morning. 🙁

    Name and shame people

  11. By Fenway on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply

    Probably has a lot to do with the parking meters not being removed yet.

  12. By Erica on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply

    What I’ve seen some places that helps distinguish a bike lane from vehicular lanes is when the bike lane is filled in with a color, such as blue. Then it’s harder for drivers to ignore.

  13. By Bikeyface on Jan 3, 2012 | Reply

    Saw crews removing the parking meters this AM.

  14. By crankycoffey on Jan 5, 2012 | Reply

    This portion of Mass Ave has badly needed repaving for years. I hope they take care of that soon! I sent my recommendation into the city – you should too!

    Meters are mostly gone, and I didn’t see anyone parked in the bike lanes this morning.

  15. By Ron Newman on Jan 8, 2012 | Reply

    Is there a plan to extend the lanes further south along Mass. Ave., towards Boston City Hospital?

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