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Bike lanes coming to one-mile stretch of Cambridge Street

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  October 7, 2010 04:14 PM

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Bike lanes being installed along a one-mile stretch of Cambridge Street this month are anticipated to connect to future lanes on either end of the ongoing project.

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The standalone lanes will be installed during the last two weeks of October on Cambridge Street from its intersection with Washington Street to where the road meets with Brighton Avenue and North Beacon Street. The city hopes to install connecting lanes on Washington Street in the spring and eventually add a shared lane down Brighton Avenue, according to Boston Bikes Director Nicole Freedman.

“Cambridge Street is a primary route for cyclists getting between Allston, Brighton, and downtown,” the release said. “Our number one goal is always safety. This plan will improve safety dramatically.”

Work to lay down the lanes’ paint and thermoplastic and install signs typically takes place weekdays, from 7 a.m.-5 p.m., and Cambridge Street should remain open to traffic for the most part until work is complete my month's end, the city said. Occasionally, parked cars may need to be moved.

The cost of this project was not immediately available, however one mile of bike lanes typically costs between $25,000 and $50,000, Freedman said.

The project will not remove any vehicle lanes, she said, but it remove four two-hour parking spaces where Cambridge Street intersects with Sparhawk and Warren streets.

“This change has been added to improve vehicle queuing through the intersection,” the city release said, adding, “The addition of the bike lanes will not cause an increase in traffic.”

The sections of road designated for exclusive use by cyclists will “allow cyclists and drivers to better navigate the challenging MBTA tracks; provide guidance for vehicles wishing to pass cyclists; reduce the number of cyclists biking on the sidewalk; designate safe riding zone for cyclists; encourage cars to drive at slower, safer speeds; encourage cyclists to bicycle more respectfully and predictably; make pedestrians and drivers more aware of cyclists,” the release said.

The city is preparing educational materials, including the citywide distribution of 40,000 bike map copies with rules of the road, to educate road users on how to use the new bike lanes, the release said. City officials are also working with police to enforce those rules.

E-mail Matt Rocheleau at mjrochele@gmail.com.

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