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The Top Projects to look forward to in 2018 - Part 3

This year we’ve seen some monumental changes on our streets, including the completion of projects that have been underway for years, as well as a number of pop-up projects that were quick to implement, but will have a lasting impact for people biking.

Next year is looking to be even better. Over the last week of December, we’ve been showcasing some of the projects that you can look forward to in 2018 that may have big implications for your commute! You can find the third and final installment in the series below!

The Longfellow Bridge

Under construction since 2013, the restoration of the Longfellow Bridge will be complete in 2018. While the project was initially scheduled to be completed in 2016, the project was delayed by 2 years.

Over the course of the project, people on bikes have experienced varying conditions ranging from standard bike lanes to sharing sidewalks with people walking. The Bike Union and other advocates have kept a watchful eye, and called on you to help us pressure MassDOT to make changes at times when the conditions for people riding were not adequate.

One particularly challenging issue arose when the a temporary track for the Red Line was being constructed. Construction of the track pushed into the inbound bike lane, and people biking on their morning commute found that the bike lane abruptly ended in a jersey barrier, forcing them to merge into motor vehicle traffic.

The bike lane on the Longfellow Bridge ending in a jersey barrier in January, 2016.

In response, we called on you to let MassDOT know that these conditions and lack of thought for people biking were unacceptable, and MassDOT responded to your flood of letters by addressing the issue.

Since then, we’ve worked with MassDOT and it’s contractors to address safety issues for people biking over the bridge as construction has progressed. Now, with the completion of the project in sight, we’ll soon be enjoying better biking conditions on the Longfellow Bridge than we’ve had in years, though it could be even better. Currently the plans will create a protected bike lane into Cambridge and a standard, painted bike lane into Boston. We’re going to be calling on you in the next few weeks to do everything we can to push MassDOT to change the final design to include a protected lane into Boston, so stay tuned!

The Longfellow Bridge (right, oriented up/down), Storrow Drive (oriented left to right) and the future bike and pedestrian bridge over Storrow Drive (in white.) Rendering by White Skanska Consigli.

Moreover, the bike and pedestrian bridge over Storrow Drive is being reconstructed as part of this project! Check out the rendering to the right to see what it will look like when it’s completed next year. Anyone who has biked or walked on the current pedestrian bridge over Storrow Drive knows it’s far from ideal, with steep grades and tight turns. Thankfully the new bridge won’t be nearly as steep and will be much easier to navigate by bike!

Fighting for changes on our streets that will improve the safety and comfort of people biking is the kind of work that you support when you become a member or donate to the Bike Union! 

PLUS, when you join or donate between now and the end of 2017, you have a chance to win a bike from our friends at Crimson Bikes! Become a member today and help us make 2018 the best year ever for biking in the Boston area!

The Top Projects to look forward to in 2018 - Part 2

This year we’ve seen some monumental changes on our streets, including the completion of projects that have been underway for years, as well as a number of pop-up projects that were quick to implement, but will have a lasting impact for people biking.

Next year is looking to be even better. Over the last week of December, we’ll be showcasing some of the projects that you can look forward to in 2018 that may have big implications for your commute! You can find the second installment in the series below, click here for the first installment, and follow us on social media for future posts!

The Casey Arborway

In 2018, the years of construction around Forest Hills will finally come to an end, with the completion of the Casey Arborway Project.

The final design of the Casey Arborway.

One of the Union’s first major campaigns, the project will replace the former overpass with a boulevard. Removing the overpass will create new open space equivalent to the size of Copley Plaza, allow for the construction of an additional entrance to the Forest Hills MBTA station, and include bike paths and protected bike lanes linking the Southwest Corridor, Arnold Arboretum and Franklin Park.

The project was not without controversy, with a small but vocal group advocating for the replacement of the overpass with a new overpass. However, Bike Union members and advocates prevailed in convincing the Massachusetts Department of Transportation that an at-grade boulevard, with increased parkland and improvements for walking, biking and transit was the best solution.

The project is scheduled to be completed in 2018, but many of the bike facilities are already complete and usable!

In this photo from August, 2017, cyclists are already using one of the new bike paths along the Arborway! (Photo credit: Pete Stidman) 

Fighting for changes on our streets that will improve the safety and comfort of people biking is the kind of work that you support when you become a member or donate to the Bike Union! 

PLUS, when you join or donate between now and the end of 2017, you have a chance to win a bike from our friends at Crimson Bikes! Become a member today and help us make 2018 the best year ever for biking in the Boston area!

The Top Projects to look forward to in 2018

This year we’ve seen some monumental changes on our streets, including the completion of projects that have been underway for years, as well as a number of pop-up projects that were quick to implement, but will have a lasting impact for people biking.

Next year is looking to be even better. Over the last week of December, we’ll be showcasing some of the projects that you can look forward to in 2018 that may have big implications for your commute! You can find the first installment in the series below, and follow us on social media for future posts!

The South Bay Harbor Trail

A plan that has been in the works since the early 2000s will take a major step forward in 2018. The City of Boston has secured funding to build a section of the trail connecting the Fort Point Channel, South Boston and the South End.

As part of the plan, bike facilities will be installed on:

  • West 4th Street Bridge
  • Traveler Street Bridge
  • Foundry Street
  • parts of D Street

Currently, the bridges linking South Boston to the South End over the MBTA train yards can be daunting to bike on, with high traffic volumes and many drivers rushing to get onto the Mass Pike and I-93. With the completion of these bike facilities, residents will finally have a low-stress bike route between South Boston, the South End and Roxbury.

The Bike Union and our members have been highly engaged in the public process over the past year, advocating for the City and MassDOT to make adjustments to the design that will improve conditions for people biking.

Continue reading The Top Projects to look forward to in 2018

 

This year, there’s a lot to be thankful for. With your help, we’ve fought for and won improvements to our roads that will go a long way towards making biking in the Boston area safer and more comfortable for people of all ages and abilities.

Thanks to your grassroots advocacy, new bike infrastructure has been added in Boston, Cambridge and Somerville in just the past few months!

In Boston:

In Cambridge:

In Somerville:

  • Thanks to the incredible work of the Somerville Bike Committee, the City installed protected bike lanes on Washington Street east of Union Square! This change comes as a part of a larger set of improvements to Union Square, including adding protected bike lanes to Webster Avenue next Spring!
  • The Beacon Street cycletracks will also be completed next year, thanks to the work of the Somerville Bike Committee and the Bike Union back in 2012. Together we organized a massive campaign to build public support for the project!

We couldn’t be more grateful for the support of our members and friends like you who have helped make all of this possible.

So let your friends and family know about the Bike Union, encourage them to join, or buy them a membership as a gift! You’ll be helping to make biking in Boston better, and you might start off 2018 with a brand new bike!

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  1. Each donation of at least $36 entitles the donor to one entry into the raffle for the Schwinn Allston or Brighton.
  2. For every $50 above the initial $36, the donor gets one additional entry into the raffle.
  3. Anyone listed in the referral field of the donation form will be entered into the raffle. (To refer a friend, put their full name in the field titled “I was referred to the Bike Union by…” on the donation page.)
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