The Boston Transportation Department (BTD) is kicking off a project to improve Blue Hill Ave., and they want to hear from you about what changes to make. This long-term project has the potential to impact everything about this important corridor — including how people travel here by bike.
Blue Hill Ave. Transportation Action Plan Meeting
Wednesday, September 25 // 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Kipp Academy Middle School
37 Babson St., Mattapan
This is the first public meeting about redesigning Blue Hill Ave. (BTD collected feedback online over the summer), which makes it a valuable opportunity to begin shaping this sprawling project while it’s still in its early stages. Although expediting bus service is considered the primary transportation priority, “safety” is another key focus. If you’ve ever biked down Blue Hill Ave., you know how unsafe it can be for bicyclists.
Blue Hill Ave. has a high rate crash rate for all modes of travel, including bikes. And although there are bike lanes on some parts of Blue Hill Ave., they sit directly in the door zone, with no physical separation from heavy traffic. While understanding that space is limited on this crowded corridor, we also know that Blue Hill Ave. has enormous potential to get cyclists safely to and from Mattapan, Roxbury and Dorchester, and to encourage more people in the area to bike instead of drive — but only if people have access to comfortable, low-stress bikeway here.
We encourage you to attend this initial meeting to ensure the voices of cyclists are heard. Or, if you can’t attend this meeting, you can still submit feedback online here.