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Matthew took these great pictures of the recent bike lane improvements.
You can see them all here
By Erik on May 4, 2012 | Reply
I see that photo and all I can think of is “kablammo!”
Better than nothing, though.
By cycler on May 4, 2012 | Reply
i need to take photos, but yesterday I notices that there are new buffered lanes on Congress st at Post Office Sq. Cars are driving right down the middle of them though, because they don’t realize they’re not a regular lane… There are going to need to be bollards or green paint or something for them to realize it’s not a lane.
By Fenway on May 4, 2012 | Reply
The cyclist symbols weren’t painted in the buffered lanes at the time the photos were taken. Also at intersections and all driveways the buffered lanes are dashed. So this may be why one sees some cars in the lanes preparing to turn. The no parking signs in Post Office Square haven’t been updated to reflect the presence of the buffered bike lane yet either.
Mass Ave lanes were fully repainted with thermoplastic.
Commonwealth Avenue had some touch up and additional bike boxes added at Mass Ave.
The new buffered lanes on Congress Street run from Water Street to the Greenway.
The Moakley Bridge now has buffered lanes and bike boxes at the Greenway.
Seaport Boulevard has conventional lanes from the Moakley Bridge to the World Trade Center.
Milk Street has had it’s lanes and markings tweaked and repainted from Washington Street to Oliver Street.
Some bike specific signage, as posted on Cycler’s blog, has gone up downtown. With the most prominent sign being located at Tremont and Winter Streets.
By Charlie on May 4, 2012 | Reply
This is so great to see! WTG Boston! The end of the Moakley Bridge coming into downtown is really tricky. All three lanes can turn right since there is both Atlantic Ave AND the entrance to I-93 there. Before, your only option was to merge over 3 lanes and take the lane. Now at least you can use the bike lane and bike box.
By osric on May 4, 2012 | Reply
A for effort, F for execution. It’s disheartening to see more lanes painting bikes into the pothole zone/drainage ditch on the side of these roads. Boston has never been known for its street-striping elegance, but these “buffered” lane markings remind me of the old T-bus parking zones on Huntington Ave. No one ever paid them any heed, and they were always full of delivery trucks. But I suppose anything that gets Boston to actually mark travel lanes (hello, Stuart Street?) is a good thing.
By Katie on May 4, 2012 | Reply
The intersection in the photo shows a bike lane that is the perfect example of false security. It’s rare that I head through there, en route to the Mass Ave bridge, and there isn’t some kind of near-incident, whether it’s being right-hooked, left-hooked, or seeing a pedestrian nearly run over.
By matt on May 4, 2012 | Reply
don’t let the best be the ene=my of the good. riding from Berklee to the bridge is SO much less terrifying than it used to be when contending when traffic + parked cars.
Sorry, I wasn’t clear — I was just speaking to that particular intersection, where the bike lane does nothing to make things safer. I do appreciate that they eliminated the row of parked cars.
By JJJ on May 5, 2012 | Reply
Fantastic pics, and a huge amount of paint going down. Really impressed at the buffered lanes and bike boxes.
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