For Immediate Release
September 21, 2010
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In another step toward meeting Mayor Thomas M. Menino's goal to create safe and inviting bicycling conditions in the City of Boston, Boston Bikes and the Boston Transportation Department are installing bike lanes on South Huntington Avenue, from Centre Street to Huntington Avenue, and along key sections of the Centre-South Street corridor.
"These projects will bring the total number of existing bike lane mileage in the City of Boston to seventeen," said Mayor Menino. "I am pleased with the progress that we are making toward ensuring that city streets are equipped to accommodate bicycles as well as cars."
Mayor Menino added that bike lanes are being installed in the area on Centre Street, from Perkin Street to Eliot Street, and on South Street, from Centre Street to the Arborway. Bicycle accommodations along Jamaica Plain's main spine will support the increasing number of bicyclists in the neighborhood.
South Huntington Avenue is considered a primary route for cyclists and the implementation of a bike lane is expected to enhance safety for cyclists, motorists and pedestrians alike. Among other considerations, bike lanes provide guidance for vehicles wishing to pass cyclists, designate safe riding zones for cyclists and reduce the number of cyclists biking on the sidewalk. At this particular location, the installation of a bike lane will have the added benefit of allowing cyclists and drivers to better navigate the MBTA tracks.
Work will take place daily from 7 AM to 5 PM in the coming weeks. The road will remain open to travel while workers apply thermoplastic and paint to the pavement and install new signs to demarcate the bike lanes. Area motorists are advised, however, to pay close attentions to posted signage as temporary parking restrictions may be necessary.
For more information on the project, residents are encouraged to call Nicole Freedman at Boston Bikes, (617)918-4456.