Citywide Network for Commuters and Families

Our campaign for a citywide bike network for commuters and families works to address the need for safe, enjoyable bikeways in all the neighborhoods of the city of Boston. Working “in tandem” with the city’s Boston Bikes program and various state and city agencies, we help influence where bike lanes, bike paths, cycletracks and other types of bike facilities are built. This also includes bike racks, bike cages, and all bike infrastructure.

The choices we make are in turn influenced by our members and the general public. At our Farmers Market Bike Tune Up Stands, we use neighborhood maps to engage local cyclists in determining where they would like to see bike lanes and other facilities in their own neighborhood.

We also research where low-cost opportunities for their installation exist, such as when a street is repaved or should be repaved. And when opportunities and need intersect, we help organize local support and work with city and/or state agencies to make those facilities a reality.

In 2010 we influenced the creation of bike lanes and sometimes sharrows on:

Blue Hill Avenue, Dorchester
Centre Street, Jamaica Plain
Columbia Road, Dorchester
Martin Luther King Blvd., Roxbury
South Huntington Avenue, Jamaica Plain
South Street, Jamaica Plain
Talbot Avenue, Dorchester
Warren Street, Roxbury

and the city’s first ever cycletrack on:

Western Avenue, Allston

Just a few of our ideas for next year include:

Bike lanes on:
Blue Hill Avenue (full length, from Mattapan to Grove Hall)
Hampden Avenue, Roxbury
Hyde Park Avenue (lower section), Hyde Park
Massachusetts Avenue (full length from Charles River to Everett Circle)
Martin Luther King Blvd. (remaining portion)
N. Washington Bridge, Charlestown
Warren Street (full length, from Grove Hall to Dudley Square)

Cycletracks on:
Boylston Street, Back Bay
Cambridge Street, Allston

We are also working on a number of longer term bike path projects, including:

Dorchester Coast Trail (formerly known as “the missing link”)
Crossings along the Emerald Necklace
The Route 9 Crossing (of the Jamaicaway bike path)
SW Corridor Crossings

Additionally, we act as an advice and support center for several local advocacy projects including pushes for new bike paths in Mattapan and East Boston.

We are always in need of volunteers who would like to influence the creation of bike infrastructure in their own neighborhoods! Please contact pete@bostoncyclistsunion.org if you’d like to participate or bring an opportunity to our attention.