For Immediate Release
September 24, 2010
For More Information Contact:
The Boston Transportation Department would like to remind commuters who plan on traveling into and around Boston on Sunday, September 26 of extensive traffic delays, road closures and limited parking availability as a result of several events taking place in the city throughout the day. Visitors are urged to utilize public transportation for travel on Sunday and avoid bringing vehicles into the city. The MBTA will be running on a normal Sunday schedule with and expects no delays. The Boston Transportation Department will be staffing the city’s Traffic Management Center to monitor traffic conditions and Boston Police will be deployed throughout the city directing traffic and maintaining public safety.
Beginning at 8 AM 3,000 bicyclists participating in “Hub on Wheels” will gather on Cambridge Street at City Hall Plaza. Bicyclists will be traveling along three different routes as part of this event. (Hub on Wheels route Map Attached)
The first route encompasses 10 miles and will take riders from City Hall Plaza to Storrow Drive to the Back Bay, to North Allston to Kenmore to Downtown to Beacon Hill and Back to City Hall Plaza using a number of different streets.
A 30 mile route will take riders from City Hall Plaza to Storrow Drive, to North Allston, to Fenway, to the Riverway, to Olmstead park, to Jamaica Pond, to the Arnold Arboretum, to Forest Hills Cemetery, to Franklin park, to Roxbury, to Codman Square, to Dorchester, to UMASS Boston, to the Kennedy Library, to South Boston, to the McCormack Bath House at Carson Beach, to City Point to the ICA and back to City Hall.
The final route is 50 miles and also begins at City Hall Plaza and continues onto Storrow Drive, to North Allston, to Fenway, the Riverway, to Olmstead Park, to Arnold Arboretum, to Roslindale, to Stony Brook Reservation, to Mattapan, to Forest Hills Cemetery, to Franklin Park, to Roxbury, to Codman Square to Dorchester, to Lower Mills, the Neponset river Greenway, to UMASS Boston, to the Kennedy Library, to south Boston to the McCormack Bath House at Carson Beach to City Point, to the Fan Pier and back to City Hall.
Additionally, the Mayor’s Cup Professional Bike Race will begin a course of 4 different races with the first is the Kids Race beginning at 1:30 PM , the Women’s Race at 2 PM, the Mascot’s Race at 3:05 PM and ending with the Men’s race at 4 PM. Each race will begin on Cambridge Street at Boston City Hall and proceed west toward New Sudbury Street, turn right onto Congress Street, right onto Court Street and right onto Cambridge Street.
City of Boston roadways will be intermittently closed along the race routes throughout the day while the bicyclists are utilizing the road.
Motorists should also be aware of the following road closures on the DCR roadway system when planning travel into and around the city:
- Storrow Drive and Soldiers Field Road westbound from Charles Circle to the Eliot Bridge and eastbound from the Eliot Bridge to the Bowker Overpass (which carries traffic from the Fenway onto Storrow Drive.
- The Fenway, between Westland Avenue and Boylston Street
- Boylston Street, between Ipswich Street and Hemmingway Street
- Park Drive, between Boylston Street and Brookline Avenue
- University Road
- Agassiz Road
- The Riverway, southbound from Park Street to Brookline Avenue
- Morrissey Boulevard, right lane northbound from Freeport Street to the UMass entrance
- The exit ramp from Interstate 83 northbound onto Morrissey Boulevard
As well as the expected traffic congestion along the routes of both the Hub on Wheels and the Mayor’s Cub Race, parking along portions of the routes will be restricted.
Additional information on both Hub on Wheels and the Mayor’s Cup Professional Bike Race, including route maps, can be found on-line at www.bostonbikes.org.
The busy weekend ends with the Boston Pops 125th Anniversary Celebration on Boston Common. Over 2000 people are expected to attend this spectacular event. Parking will be prohibited on Charles Street, west side from the Center Gate to Beacon Street to accommodate this event.
The Boston Police may also close streets in the vicinity of these events to enhance public safety if necessary.