The I-90 on-ramp from Clarendon Strete under Back Bay Station has been targeted for closure by MassDOT – a move that will add significant value to a previously-approved redevelopment plan of the station and its parking garage.
The Governor proposed several amendments, including a simpler 3-foot minimum distance for motor vehicles passing bikes and pedestrians, and striking language that would let cities and towns reduce speed limits to 25 mph on state-owned roadways, including the Department of Conservation and Recreation's dangerous "parkways."
The project connects to another path segment that runs behind the Landmark Center complex and opened last fall. That segment, which runs along the Green Line tracks east of the Fenway stop, currently ends at Miner Street.
The agency will make more permanent repairs where tree roots had previously broken the pavement on the popular bikeway, and will also remove bumpy cobblestone curb ramps where the trail crosses local streets.
Volunteer work at Jamaica Plain's nonprofit bike shop doesn’t require any previous experience with bike repair, but it can serve as a good introduction for novices to gain some familiarity and experience with bike tools and parts.
“This stretch of I-375 cuts like a gash through the neighborhood, one of many examples I have seen in communities across the country where a piece of infrastructure has become a barrier,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said.
For six months out of the year, staff and volunteers, mostly recreation therapists, loan out adaptive bikes and take participants for guided rides along Boston’s Harborwalk.