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City to install bike lanes along Market Street, Chestnut Hill Avenue in Brighton

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  May 2, 2013 01:38 PM

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The city plans to install bike lanes and markings that designate shared bike and vehicle use along Market Street and Chestnut Hill Avenue in Brighton this spring, officials said.

The markings will stretch for about one and a half miles. They will run from the intersection of Chestnut Hill and Commonwealth avenues through the intersection of Chestnut Hill Ave. and Washington Street and onto Market Street until the intersection of Market St. and the Leo M. Birmingham Parkway, according to an announcement from the city’s Boston Bikes program.

Along with bike lanes and shared bike lanes, markings will be installed for “bike boxes,” which are designated areas at signalized intersections that provide cyclists “with a safe and visible way” to get ahead of queuing traffic if there is a red light.

Officials said the bike lanes are being designed in conjunction with the New Balance’s massive development project along Guest Street, which branches off Market Street.

“These bike facilities are designed in conjunction with the New Balance project in Brighton,” the announcement said. “The facilities on Market Street and Chestnut Hill Avenue will connect into the existing and planned bike network that is rapidly developing in the Allston and Brighton neighborhoods.”

The announcement said the new markings will improve safety by: providing guidance for vehicles to pass cyclists; reducing the number of cyclists on the sidewalk; encouraging motorists to drive slower; encouraging cyclists to ride more “respectfully and predictably” and make pedestrians and drivers more aware of cyclists.

The announcement said the markings will be installed this spring, but did not specify further.

Officials said such work is usually done over the course of one to three days.

The new markings will not cause an increase in traffic, nor will it lead to the removal of any parking spaces, according to the announcement.

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