In the past week, Boston Transportation Department crews have installed new flexposts to delineate the city’s new “Connect Downtown” bikeway project, which fills in crucial gaps in the city’s bike infrastructure network to link the city’s downtown office buildings with major bike routes to outlying neighborhoods.
“This has been a big effort from the city and a key goal of GoBoston 2030, making it more comfortable and more possible for people to choose cycling as a mode of travel,” said Boston’s Chief of Streets, Chris Osgood, during a virtual press event on Wednesday. “We’ve been able to build out a set of bike lanes that serve as a hub for the bike network that courses into Boston’s downtown.”
The GoBoston 2030 plan includes an aspirational target to cut citywide car traffic in half – a goal that was later embraced in the city’s climate action plan – in part by quadrupling the the percentage of Bostonians who commute by bike, from 2 percent to 8 percent, within the next decade.
Below is our photo tour of downtown’s newly improved streets, starting from Government Center, then heading southwest along the Boston Common and looping around the Public Garden:
District Councilor Ben Ewen-Campen said that "I have become increasingly convinced that it is indeed possible - not only possible, but really essential - that we include protected bike lanes on Highland Ave."
The study team found that the average level of fine particulate pollution on Boston's underground subway platforms was 139.8 micrograms per cubic meter – a level of pollution that's categorized as "unhealthy" under the EPA's air quality index.
The complaint alleges that "the RIDOT plan to dismantle the central bus hub in Kennedy Plaza... will impose additional and unnecessary transfers, longer commute times and system confusion for thousands of riders."