An entire lane of Tremont Street lined with orange cones now greets bicyclists as the city takes on its Healthy Streets initiative.
Tremont Street is one of the areas of downtown to receive “quick-build” bike lanes. Other areas include Beacon Street between Charles and Berkeley streets, Charles Street between Boylston and Beacon streets, and Arlington Street between Beacon and Stuart streets, according to the city website. There are nine of the quick-build lanes planned in total.
The city is also installing permanent bike lanes that were in the planning stages – Stuart Street between Arlington and Washington streets, Berkeley Street between Tremont Street and Columbus Avenue, and Washington Street between Stuart Street and Avenue de Lafayette.
Pop-up bike lanes are being installed this evening downtown as part of #HealthyStreetsBOS! Family-friendly *and* commuter-friendly! Learn more: https://t.co/bWxXRJbxMQ #teambtd #StillHere pic.twitter.com/91PBwS8urs
— BostonTransportation (@BostonBTD) July 22, 2020
“We are making changes to Boston’s streets to support a healthy reopening and an equitable recovery,” the Healthy Streets website says. “We are focused on safe streets, connected bike routes, reliable transit, and resilient small business districts.”
Also part of phase one of the initiative are increasing the space at bus stops, and repainting bus lanes plus adding new ones on Washington Street between Marginal Road and Temple Place.
Bicyclists are already taking advantage of the new designated space, as shown in a video posted to Twitter by user Stefanie Seskin and retweeted by city’s Transportation Department.