Seems like a pretty awesome proposal, and will create a much more bike friendly Down-Town.
From the cities website:
Relative to a conceptual plan for a cycle track and intersection improvements around the Public Garden on Arlington Street, Beacon Street, Charles Street, and Boylston Street.
Presentation by the City of Boston
Wednesday September 18, 2013
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Firehouse at 127 Mount Vernon Street
The concept plan envisions a two-way cycle track along the streets around the Public Garden including intersection improvements.
What are cycle tracks? Cycle tracks are sections of road designated for exclusive use by cyclists, physically protected from motor vehicle traffic. The cycle tracks will be at street grade, separate from the sidewalk, and marked with paint or thermoplastic. Parked cars and/or flexible bollards will separate cyclists from the moving vehicles.
Why install cycle tracks? The proposed two-way cycle track is a key component of the City’s Bike Network Plan, which seeks to provide safe, protected routes throughout the City, encouraging all residents to bicycle, from children to senior citizens. The proposed two-way cycle track would provide a path-like facility connecting the Charles River Path to existing and proposed on-street facilities in the network. The existing one-way street pattern requires bicyclists to ride significantly out of their way, against traffic, or on the sidewalk to make important connections.
What about safety? Cycle tracks in other cities have been shown to:
- Increase ridership;
- Decrease sidewalk riding;
- Decrease crashes; and
- Reduce speeds.
What are the project limits? The bike facilities being discussed will be on Arlington Street, Beacon Street, Charles Street, and Boylston Street around the Public Garden.
Will parking or traffic be impacted? Parking and traffic modifications will be discussed at this meeting.
Contact: Nicole Freedman, City of Boston, (617) 918-4456 [email protected]
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