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Bike lanes could soon be added to parts of Brookline Avenue and Palace Road under a city proposal to improve travel for bicyclists in the Longwood Medical Area.
Boston Bikes, the city’s ongoing biking initiative, has proposed installing bike lanes in both directions on Brookline Avenue from The Fenway to The Riverway where possible and shared lane markings on some segments of the road.
The proposed bike lanes would require removal of metered parking spots adjacent to Simmons College on the outbound side and in front of the Yawkey Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute on the inbound side, according to the city’s design concept.
The proposal would also add a bike box, or a designated space for bicyclists behind the crosswalk and in front of stopped cars during a red light, for riders heading outbound on Brookline Avenue at Longwood Avenue.
On Palace Road, the city hopes to add shared lane markings from Longwood Avenue to The Fenway.
The city says these changes will make the roads safer for all users by providing a safe riding zone for bicyclists and guidance to drivers wishing to pass bicyclists while encouraging drivers to drive at slower, safer speeds and bicyclists to be more respectful and predictable.
Boston Bikes has scheduled a public meeting to discuss the proposed changes on Thursday, October 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. in room 306 of Dana-Farber’s Yawkey Center.