- Dec 20, 2022
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It seems to me like the city decides to first add bikes lanes to the easiest, least-opposed streets. Whatever they have to fight the least, spend the least, and get the most PR from.I nevertheless wonder how the city decides what areas to target for such treatments?
There are a handful of short side streets that have dedicated and painted bike lanes.
Like the Pearl St. bike lanes @ Brookline Village:
It’s just a short street to provide access to a parking garage and the Green Line station that returns right back to the same main road. As a result there is little vehicle traffic and cars that do come down here travel slowly because they’re going the hundred or so feet between the garage and intersection. It’s great that these are here and I use them almost daily to skip the Rt 9 intersection coming from Washington St, but I hardly see anyone else here during rush hour.
The reason they’re here though is because the whole area was redeveloped and they didn’t have to fight against “lost parking” or opposition to lane reductions. That and it adds to the city’s “protected bike lane totals.”
That’s my theory anyway.