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Boston Bicycle Plan

Policies, education programs and facility improvements to create a better environment for bicycling in Boston.

To view the Boston Bicycle Plan full report in PDF format click here (8.68mb).


Existing Facilities and Projects in Design

Proposed Locations for Evaluation


Executive Summary

History of Bicycling in Boston
Bicycling Today
Overview of Bicycle Plan

Safety, Education, Training and Public Awareness
Bicycling by Different Age Groups
Sources of Injuries
The Effect of Experience on Crash Rates

Traffic Rules and Enforcement
Conformance with the Uniform Vehicle Code
Traffic Violations by Bicyclists
Traffic Violations by Motorists
Harassment by Motorists
Boston Police Training

Bicycle Transportation Facilities
General Design Guidance
Roadway Design Considerations
Road and Path Maintenance
Bicycle Repair Shops

Bicycle Parking and Support Facilities

Transit and Intermodal Connections
MBTA System
Express Service and Private Bus Carriers
Water Transportation

Promotion and Tourism
Transportation Management Associations
Bicycle Economy

Funding and Implementation
Implementation Approach

Today, bicyclists are a common sight on Boston streets. Those who bicycle frequently enjoy better than average health. The City of Boston is committed to encouraging and facilitating safe bicycling for utilitarian and recreational transportation. The City also recognized the job growth and economic benefits that stem from bicycle-related industries and tourism. For these reasons, the Boston Transportation Department developed the Boston Bicycle Plan. The plan was developed with guidance from the Boston Bicycle Advisory Committee (BBAC). The role of the committee is to bring together bicyclists, neighborhood residents, advocacy groups and public agencies to encourage and promote safe bicycling, thereby enhancing the Boston business community, its neighborhoods and the environment.

The BBAC worked with BTD as part of a comprehensive public process to develop recommendations that would integrate on-road and off-road bicycle facilities for use by bicyclists with a range of skills and experience and to evaluate the role of bicycling within the city. The context of the plan considered existing conditions, documented the local and regional context for bicycling and identified areas of concern. The Bicycle Plan provides a planning framework to pursue a range of initiatives from capital improvements to education and awareness to enforcement of regulations.

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