Eyes On the Avenue: Downtown’s New Protected Bike Lane Community

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Eyes On the Street: Downtown’s New Protected Bike Lane Network


Previously week, Boston Transportation Division crews have put in new flexposts to delineate the town’s new “Join Downtown” bikeway challenge, which fills in essential gaps within the metropolis’s bike infrastructure community to hyperlink the town’s downtown workplace buildings with main bike routes to outlying neighborhoods.

Downtown Boston bike network map in 2020
A map of downtown Boston’s new protected bike lane community (highlighted within the thick blue traces) and its connections to present bike lanes and paths (in inexperienced). Circles spotlight intersections the place the town additionally reprogrammed visitors lights to provide pedestrians extra frequent stroll indicators.

 

“This has been an enormous effort from the town and a key purpose of GoBoston 2030, making it extra comfy and extra attainable for folks to decide on biking as a mode of journey,” mentioned Boston’s Chief of Streets, Chris Osgood, throughout a digital press occasion on Wednesday. “We’ve been in a position to construct out a set of motorcycle lanes that function a hub for the bike community that programs into Boston’s downtown.”

The GoBoston 2030 plan contains an aspirational goal to chop citywide automotive visitors in half – a purpose that was later embraced within the metropolis’s local weather motion plan – partly by quadrupling the the share of Bostonians who commute by bike, from 2 % to eight %, throughout the subsequent decade.

Under is our picture tour of downtown’s newly improved streets, ranging from Authorities Middle, then heading southwest alongside the Boston Frequent and looping across the Public Backyard:

Tremont St. protected bike lane in Nov. 2020.
The Tremont St. protected bike lane and the Park St. Church, pictured on the night of Nov. 16, 2020. This southbound protected bike lane enhances a northbound lane that was constructed earlier this summer season one block away on Washington Avenue.

 

Two bike lanes intersect at Boylston and Tremont in downtown Boston
Two new flexpost-protected bike lanes intersect at Boylston and Tremont, exterior the Boylston Inexperienced Line station entrance. To the left, the Boylston Avenue protected bike lane continues into Chinatown to fulfill the Washington Avenue protected lane, and to the proper, the Tremont Avenue bike lane continues a couple of extra blocks to the I-90 overpass. As a result of there isn’t any longer any right-turning visitors from Tremont to Boylston, pedestrians like this one now get an additional stroll sign every time the Tremont St. gentle is inexperienced.

 

Two-way protected bike lane on Boylston St. approaching Tremont
One other view of the Boylston and Tremont intersection from Boylston Avenue. This new two-way protected cycletrack on Boylston St. connects the brand new one-way protected bike lanes on Tremont and Washington Streets with the Columbus Avenue and Charles River Esplanade bike routes to the west.

 

Boylston Street's two-way cycletrack at Charles St.
On the western fringe of the Boston Frequent, Boylston Avenue’s two-way cycletrack has taken over a former slip lane. From right here, bike visitors can flip proper onto Charles Avenue towards the Charles River Esplanade and the Commonwealth Avenue bike lanes, or flip left alongside a brief contraflow bike lane to journey into Park Plaza in direction of the Columbus Avenue bike route.

 

The Charles St. protected bike lane, pictured on Nov. 17, 2020.
The brand new Charles St. protected bike lane, trying north, pictured on Nov. 17, 2020.

 

As seen in this photo, taken on November 17, A driver had already run over one of the project's new flexposts at the corner of Charles and Beacon St., at the northeast corner of the Public Garden, just days after installation.
At the least one driver had already run over one of many challenge’s new flexposts on the nook of Charles and Beacon St., on the northeast nook of the Public Backyard, simply days after its set up.

 

Beacon St. protected bike near the Public Garden in Nov. 2020.
The Beacon St. protected bike alongside the northern fringe of the Public Backyard, trying west from Charles Avenue.

 

The Beacon St. protected bike lane, where it turns onto Arlington St. at the northwestern corner of the Public Garden.
The Beacon St. protected bike lane the place it turns onto Arlington St. on the northwestern nook of the Public Backyard. Within the background is the intersection with Mugar Approach, the place the Charles River Esplanade could be accessed through the Fiedler Footbridge.

 

Arlington St. protected bike lane
The brand new Arlington St. protected bike lane, trying again in direction of Beacon Avenue, with the Commonwealth Ave. mall to the left.

 

Protected bike lane on Boylston Street south of the Public Garden
The Boylston St. protected bike lane alongside the southern fringe of the Public Backyard, trying east in direction of downtown.

 

 



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