Bikeshare traffic across the Allston and Fenway neighborhoods more than doubled after a city project added protected bike lanes on Commonwealth Avenue. Furthermore, the fastest growth involved trips that would have been likely to use the newly-built protected bike lanes.
The project will repurpose the westernmost lane of Mass. Ave. from Melnea Cass Blvd. to Columbia Rd. into a two-way cycletrack – essentially a protected bicycle path, separated from traffic with low concrete barriers – along the western curb of the street.
Although it would be narrower, with more crosswalks, wider sidewalks, and dedicated bike infrastructure, there's little doubt that the new Rutherford Avenue will still be a high-speed, multi-lane highway.