This came in from the neighborhood bat line: “Matt, why is no one talking about the unbelievable traffic congestion on Commercial Street since they changed the lanes (removing a vehicle lane to make room for bike lanes)?”
Ok, we’ll start. It’s true, driving on Commercial Street from Battery St. to Cross St./Atlantic Ave., less than a half-mile, can take 20 minutes or longer during the morning and evening rush hours. Especially bad pinch points are around Battery Wharf, Lincoln Wharf and the Fleet St. intersections. The street markings were recently realigned from last Fall after a faulty installation.
As part of the Mayor’s bike lane initiative, one southbound traffic lane was removed and bike lanes were installed in October 2011. At a series of community meetings, Boston Transportation Department presented a traffic analysis projecting “removal of travel lane SB does not impact traffic operations.” See the slides presented below.
So much for theoretical analysis. But hey, there is plenty of room in the bike lanes!