Explore the city's extensive network of dedicated bike lanes and paths. See what's next in the Boston Bike Network Plan to building a complete biking network through the city
Mayor Menino’s vision for an interconnected network of bikeways is beginning to be realized. Cyclists can now traverse parts of Boston entirely on bikeways, experiencing bike lanes that feed onto multi-use paths which transition back to bike lanes.
In January 2011, Toole Design Group began working on Boston’s Bike Network Plan. The project kicked off with an introductory meeting with the Bike Network Citizens Advisory Group. This group of advisors, representing new and veteran cyclists from all neighborhoods and walks of life, will ensure that the network serves all citizens of Boston. The project will require one year for completion. Boston Bikes looks forward to working with the public through multiple public meetings to create a plan that fits everyone’s needs.
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BOSTON BIKE NETWORK PLAN
The primary goal of the Boston Bicycle Network plan is to increase bicycling and to improve safety, comfort and connectivity for people of all abilities. The planning process is estimated to take one year and conclude in late 2011. The plan will guide development of a network of bike facilities through near-term and long-term recommendations.
The proposed network will be bold in its approach, cover the entire city, and make connections to the regional network. Recommendations will incorporate state of the practice treatments for bike lanes, separated paths, trail connections, bike parking and other applications. For each segment of the network, the plan will recommend a type of facility and the action required to implement it.
The City of Boston has selected Toole Design Group, LLC to assist in the development of the plan and produce:
An analysis of existing conditions, opportunities and barriers
A GIS-based plan with proposed facilities and interventions to achieve a feasible and efficient network. A proposed phasing plan and cost calculator for design and construction
Design alternative studies for complex locations requiring in depth analysis to develop recommendations
A resource guide for bike plan components including: policy, facility descriptions, wayfinding, maintenance, funding, and programming
One of the objectives of this plan is to develop cost estimates for the network build-out and to inform annual budgeting
The network will be constructed in phases based on the City’s annual budget for design and construction of bike facilities, as well as the availability of additional grant funding for programming and construction
Public Process & Anticipated Schedule
A Citizens Working Group will meet quarterly in conjunction with an inter-departmental team of city staff
There will be two public open houses: one at the beginning of the data collection phase and one to review the draft network and facility recommendations
The Boston Transportation Department and Boston Bikes, along with Public Works, the Boston Redevelopment Authority, Parks, the Public Health Commission, Boston Police, and the Office of Budget Management