"There are so many cases like this that could be avoided with a safer cycling network... this would help us advance a true sustainable transportation network that so many of us on the council want to see, to bring down carbon emissions, and make a more equitable network," said Sobrinho-Wheeler.
The newly amended ordinance aims to accelerate the construction of the city's protected bike lane network by encouraging the use of "quick-build" projects, and adds a May 1, 2026 deadline for most projects.
Both these links, plus Hampshire and Cambridge Streets east of Inman Square, are highlighted in the amended ordnance as specific routes that must be improved by 2026. Otherwise, city staff would have some flexibility in choosing where to build other protected bike lanes, provided that at least 22.6 lane-miles are built by 2026.
The amendments also give special consideration for Massachusetts Avenue, with requirements that the city create a detailed plan for protected bike lanes north of Harvard Square by May 2021.