Biking in Boston

HenryAlan

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Yes, I think it will be really nice. The benefit from the pilot is that they now have data about traffic flow, which should help assuage community concerns about the lane diet. I would really like the city to try again on Centre St. in West Roxbury, maybe using the same approach.
 
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Yaboo Fence (try not to hear that in a Captain Caveman voice) out of Nyack New York is doing the installs. That seems like a heck of a hike for a fence contract.
 

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Is it just me, or is the community path extension ridiculously narrow? I could be wrong, and maybe I should reserve judgment until its completion, but given the potential for it to be a heavy-use commuter corridor, this stretch is one where I think we really would have been better to go wide and induce non-vehicular demand. I realize the size of the right-of-way might be a challenge, but damn it looks like a lot of wasted space in some sections.

As a corollary, does anyone know if the path will have "shoulders?" That's a sharp drop off the pavement onto loose ballast for a cyclist who misjudges the edge. Yikes.
 

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Yeah, Friends of the Community Path, STEP and the other advocacy groups put a ton of pressure on the state to make the path wider, but they were all "we'd have to completely redesign it, it would cost a lot of money, tough noogies". That inbound downgrade is going to be fun and excitement on Monday mornings.
 

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For those who have been following, Cambridge is pushing forward with putting up protected bike lanes across Mass Ave (they added quick-build separated lanes between Central and Harvard last fall) and will do Porter Square next in short order. As a resident that bikes to work these lanes have been wide, comfortable, and heavily used.


Still getting pushback from local businesses - if only we could just emphasize the fact that new bike lanes = fewer people in cars = lighter car traffic & faster car trips, I can't imagine any of these boomers complaining any longer.
 

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For those who have been following, Cambridge is pushing forward with putting up protected bike lanes across Mass Ave (they added quick-build separated lanes between Central and Harvard last fall) and will do Porter Square next in short order. As a resident that bikes to work these lanes have been wide, comfortable, and heavily used.


Still getting pushback from local businesses - if only we could just emphasize the fact that new bike lanes = fewer people in cars = lighter car traffic & faster car trips, I can't imagine any of these boomers complaining any longer.

Pemberton Farms has already walked back.........and quickly!

 
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Quick question, I am looking to bike into the downtown area, maybe somewhere along Charles St near MGA and lock my bike up so I can go do some exploring. Am curious if I should be worried about anyone trying to cut the lock, steel the front wheel, or otherwise vandalize the bike. It's an expensive ride that I would rather not have messed with, so if it's risky I'd love to know. Thanks in advance.
 

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For those who have been following, Cambridge is pushing forward with putting up protected bike lanes across Mass Ave (they added quick-build separated lanes between Central and Harvard last fall) and will do Porter Square next in short order. As a resident that bikes to work these lanes have been wide, comfortable, and heavily used.


Still getting pushback from local businesses - if only we could just emphasize the fact that new bike lanes = fewer people in cars = lighter car traffic & faster car trips, I can't imagine any of these boomers complaining any longer.
I'm a boomer and ride my bike a lot, and support the bike lanes. I don't blame you for id'ing the boomers, because we have, and continue to, mess things up generally, but there are a few of us who aren't couch potatoes. :)
 

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Quick question, I am looking to bike into the downtown area, maybe somewhere along Charles St near MGA and lock my bike up so I can go do some exploring. Am curious if I should be worried about anyone trying to cut the lock, steel the front wheel, or otherwise vandalize the bike. It's an expensive ride that I would rather not have messed with, so if it's risky I'd love to know. Thanks in advance.
You should worry no matter where it is. Get a lock that can't be cut quickly with a bolt cutter. A quality U-Lock is the best bet.
 

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Fenway section of boylston parking protected bike lanes installation started on Monday.


My main route involves Columbus. I really miss the temporary parking protected lanes up near bay village - there’s so little traffic there that there’s no need for multiple lanes on that street. Plus the section through the south end is a nightmare of double parked cars. The section along northeastern needs more daylighting at the crosswalks and intersections. It’s hard to see pedestrians especially if someone parks a giant SUV van. Anyone know if Columbus is going to get improvements this year?
 

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Fenway section of boylston parking protected bike lanes installation started on Monday.
Thank God! Drove it on Saturday. That section of Boylston is a minefield for bikes right now! Between the varying widths and ad-hoc turnouts, the pot-holery, the UberEats pickups, agro drivers and gameday parking spot trawlers it’s one of the most treacherous street runs in the city. Avoid until fixed.
 

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