The Boston Transportation Department (BTD) has installed flexible-post plastic bollards along the Massachusetts Avenue bike lanes through the Boston Medical Center campus, one of the city's most dangerous street segments, to replace more robust concrete curbs that were removed in December.
The entire length of Massachusetts Avenue is part of the city’s “high crash network,” with a higher density of crashes that cause injuries to bicyclists and pedestrians than 97 percent of all other city streets.
Drivers killed three victims on Massachusetts Avenue in the vicinity of the Boston Medical Center (BMC) in 2020, according to state crash records.
At the time, BTD officials said that the concrete bike lane separators had been removed "out of an abundance of caution" after four crashes on the corridor, some of which involved motorists who had driven their vehicles into the concrete curbs at high speeds.
State records indicate that none of those crashes resulted in any injury, only property damage.
There was, however, yet another injury-causing crash involving a pedestrian recorded on December 28, about two weeks after BTD removed the protective curbs, at the corner of Mass. Ave. and Albany Street.
The newly-installed flexible-post bollards will allow drivers to drive into the bike lane, the adjacent sidewalk, and any humans occupying those spaces without damaging their personal property.