After a series of community meetings last Spring and Summer on various concepts for a North End bike lane, the City of Boston has decided to install a “standard” lane in order to avoid removing parking spaces from Commercial Street and Atlantic Avenue. One lane of southbound traffic on the interior side of Commercial Street will still be removed to make space for the two lanes. All street lanes will be “re-painted” to include a 5’5” lane in each direction.
The three concepts initially presented are shown above, including the buffered Cycletrack that was favored by Boston Bikes as a hybrid solution, but would have removed 15-20 resident parking spots. After the community meetings and a public comment period, the City has instead chosen Option #2, the standard bike lane, that would included painted lines next to moving traffic.
The decision was announced by Nicole Leo of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services at the October 13, 2011 meeting of the Residents’ Association (NEWRA).
Impacted area for North End bike lane. (Source: Boston Bikes)
Slides courtesy of Boston Bikes. More information is available on their website.