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.
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!
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!