Access Boston 2000 - 2010Boston's Citywide Transportation Plan
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
TABLE OF CONTENTS
|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||Helmets||Recommendations|
Traffic Rules and Enforcement
|Conformance with the Uniform Vehicle Code||Traffic Violations by Bicyclists||Traffic Violations by Motorists||Harassment by Motorists||Boston Police Training||Recommendations|
Bicycle Transportation Facilities
|Planning||General Design Guidance||Roadway Design Considerations||Road and Path Maintenance||Bicycle Repair Shops||Recommendations|
Bicycle Parking and Support Facilities
Transit and Intermodal Connections
|MBTA System||Express Service and Private Bus Carriers||Amtrak||Water Transportation||Recommendations|
Promotion and Tourism
|Transportation Management Associations||Tourism||Bicycle Economy||Recommendations|
Funding and Implementation
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.