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Charlestown bike lane decision expected in April

Posted by Sara Brown  March 31, 2011 02:27 PM

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A decision about the contested Charlestown bike lanes is expected in April, with Charlestown riders uniting in the meantime with a new bicycle program.

According to Nicole Freedman, Boston's director of bike programs, the city will coordinate a late April meeting with the Charlestown Neighborhood Council's Basic Services to discuss the issue. Last November, the city installed about a quarter-mile of a bike path on Charlestown's Main Street, then removed the lanes a short time later after neighborhood complaints.

Proponents of the bike lanes, who came out in force to advocate for the lanes at a January meeting, have formed a Charlestown bike group that first met in March to discuss "opportunities and possibilities for improving biking in Charlestown."

According to Jennifer Johnson, who was named Charlestown's "bike czar" in working with the city, the group has another meeting set for April 7 at 8 p.m. at Chow Thai Cafe, 187 Main Street.

Some businesses representatives have said the Main Street bike lanes pose a danger to bikers and motorists, and would thwart plans to add angled parking to the street.

A city-wide meeting to discuss Boston's biking network will be held next Tuesday, April 5, at Madison Park High School. The Open House, running from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., will allow residents to give input about a city-wide biking initiative.

Email Sara Brown at yourtownsara@gmail.com.

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