Where Should Bicycling Bike and Barrier Lanes Go in Boston?

The Boston City Council is discussing how to improve bicycling infrastructure across the city, with the possibility of adding more bicycling barrier lanes to protect riders.


On Thursday, At-Large Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley led a hearing on how to improve biking infrastructure throughout the city. 

One of the topics is where to put bike barrier lanes and bicycling lanes. 

"The city has done great work to create a vast network of painted bike lanes throughout the city and they have installed barriers on Western Avenue in Allston and we know installation on Malcolm X Boulevard is in the works. This is really exciting," said Pressley to Patch. "During the hearing we’ll explore, with city officials and cycling advocates, what other specific areas of the city we should prioritize for barrier lanes."

So where do you think bike lanes and bicycle barrier lanes should go in Boston? And what do you think of bike-only turning lanes such as the photo with this article? Let us know in the comments section.

Vicki December 08, 2012 at 08:28 PM
You can install all the protective lanes and barriers you want, but if the bikers speed, run lights or cross traffic or make turns or weave between cars without a glance, it won't help. I would like some attention paid to the behavior of the bikers themselves, who create needless close calls by their irresponsible and narcissistic behavior on the roads. Of course drivers have to be mindful and respectful of them, but I have almost been hit many times by bikers who were clearly in the wrong. They scare me. Cops should confiscate the bikes of riders who commit these dangerous infractions.
Vicki December 08, 2012 at 08:33 PM
I would like to hear some reflection by our elected officials, who rightly support making the city more bike friendly, on what the city is willing to do to police bikers, in addition to adding more and more rules for drivers. It is unrealistic to think that we will all be safe without that.


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