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:
One of the more striking findings from the FTA’s safety inspection was that nearly 10 percent of the system’s heavy rail subway system (the red, orange, and blue lines) are under speed restrictions because of the agency’s poor track maintenance.
As part of MassDOT's Allston Multimodal Project, Allston's Franklin Street footbridge will be replaced with a new car-free overpass that meets ADA standards and offers a smoother connection into the surrounding neighborhoods.
Una nueva red de autobús con rutas de “alta frecuencia” trata de ofrecer un servicio más simple y conveniente para vecindarios que dependen en el transporte público como Dorchester, Lynn, Chelsea, y Mattapan, y mejor servicio para los vecindarios que están creciendo como Seaport y Longwood Medical Area.
“The most vulnerable people in our community need the most support and so we wanted to make sure queer people felt safe on a bike… If you’re a queer person and you’re running around town blasting some gay music, some queer music, it is so much fun! And you feel, at least I feel, so good!” said BCU organizer Alex Shames.