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City considering two-way cycle tracks on streets around Public Garden

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  August 28, 2013 03:18 PM

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Boston officials are considering a plan that would add cycle tracks around the Boston Public Garden and improve intersections for cyclists.

Boston Bikes, the city’s program focused on improving cycling conditions, is hosting a public meeting next month to discuss installing cycle tracks on Arlington Street, Beacon Street, Charles Street, and Boylston Street.

A two-way cycle track along the streets around the Public Garden would designate part of the streets for exclusive use by cyclists. The track would be physically protected from vehicles by parked cars or flexible bollards that separate the track from traffic lanes.

The cycle tracks will be at street grade, separate from the sidewalk, and marked with paint or thermoplastic.

Boston Bikes said the proposed two-way cycle track is a key component of the city’s Bike Network Plan, which seeks to provide safe, protected routes throughout the city.

The one-way street pattern in the Public Garden area requires bicyclists to ride significantly out of their way, against traffic, or on the sidewalk, but the proposed two-way cycle track would provide a path-like facility connecting the Charles River Path to on-street facilities, Boston Bikes said.

The Boston Parks Department recently announced it would continue its policy banning bicycle riding through the Public Garden and Boston Common. The department said at the time it will continue to work with the cycling community and other city departments to establish safe street routes for cyclists traveling near the parks.

The city will present its plans at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18, at the Firehouse at 127 Mount Vernon St. Officials will discuss parking and traffic modifications at the meeting.

E-mail Kaiser at Johanna.yourtown@gmail.com. For more news about your city, town, neighborhood, or campus, visit boston.com’s Your Town homepage.

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