Biking in Boston

Lrfox

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In general, new bike lanes have been way too slow to be rolled out, and in a very disconnected way. There still is not a connected network. (Even the protected lanes around the North End and North Station don't connect to anything, not even the bridges.) Still way too many places where you go from protected bike lane to sharrow (shared travel lane) with heavy traffic. The average person who is not comfortable sharing a busy city street with traffic will never bike there. We have a lot more work to do, and it needs to be faster.
Agreed. My commute from Somerville to downtown is, thankfully, mostly bike lanes (Lowell St. Somerville - Beacon/Hampshire - Broadway/Main in Kendall - Longellow Bridge - Cambridge St.). The problem is that once you hit Cambridge St. it gets dangerous. Bike Lanes in the center of the city are way too disjointed and mostly go nowhere, forcing riders to endure sizable chunks of the commute in mixed traffic on some of the city's busiest streets.
 

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Totally agree sm89! Just look at Mass Ave. It started as striped bike lanes, and over time the City upgraded much of it to protected lanes. Same thing with Comm Ave by BU. Simpler improvements generate more bicyclists, which then generate political will to make the facilities even better.
 

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