5 Projects that will change biking in the Boston Area in 2017: #5 Connect Historic Boston

This is Part 1 in a 5 part series about infrastructure projects in the Boston area that will have a dramatic effect on biking in 2017. The projects were selected based on various criteria including improvements to safety and convenience and innovation in implementation and design. Read Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4

 

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A map of Phase 1 of the project, which includes Staniford, Causeway and Commercial Streets

If you’ve ever ridden a bike up the steep grade of Staniford St, along high-speed Commercial St, or through the gridlock on Causeway St, you’ll know that biking in the West End and North End is not for the faint of heart.

But thanks to funding from the National Park Service and an outpouring of support from bike advocates at public meetings in 2014, Staniford now boasts Boston’s first ever curb-separated cycletrack and construction of Boston’s first sidewalk-level cycletrack on Commercial St is well underway! This project also includes Boston’s very first bicycle traffic signals!

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Causeway St will be completed in 2017, linking the project together. For now, you can take a ride with us on the Staniford St. cycletrack in the video below, or go ride it yourself, thanks to the Boston Public Works Department treating it with a brine solution to prevent it from getting icy this winter!

 

This is the kind of progress that you help us make when you become a member or donate to the Bike Union! PLUS, when you join or donate between now and the end of 2016, you have a chance to win one of two bikes from our friends at Broadway Bicycle School in Cambridge or Wheelworks of Belmont and Somerville! Become a member today and help make 2017 the best year ever for biking in the Boston area! 

 

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