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Hemenway St. could see bike lanes, markings

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  August 7, 2013 01:54 PM

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The Fenway’s Hemenway Street could soon see new bike lanes and markings as the city looks for ways to make the street safer for cyclists.

Boston Bikes, the city program focused on promoting cycling and improving infrastructure, is considering adding bike lanes, shared bike lane markings, and contraflow bike lanes on Hemenway Street to allow for a legal and safe flow of two-way bike traffic.

Contraflow bike lanes allow two-way traffic for cyclists on streets that only allow one direction for vehicles, and shared lane markings designate the road for shared use between cyclists and drivers.

Improvements such as these improve safety, the city said, by designating a safe riding zone for cyclists, encouraging cars to drive slowly and safely, encouraging cyclists to bicycle more predictably, and make pedestrians and drivers more aware of cyclists.

The city is hosting a public meeting to discuss the proposed bike facilities on Wednesday, August 14, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Boston Conservancy at 31 Hemenway St.

No parking will be lost and no travel lanes will be removed for the project, according to the city.

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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