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Boston Cyclists Union Launches Petition for Protected Bike Lanes on Arborway

Should safety be improved for cyclists on the roadway?

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo

Representatives with the Boston Cyclists Union are looking for support in petitioning for protected bike lanes along the Arborway in Jamaica Plain. 

The BCU said in a statement it was denied access to the striping plan by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation in regards to a new bike lane on the roadway, and as such was not able to encourage safety improvements to the area. 

To learn more about the effort and to sign the petition, click here

Do you think safety should improve for cyclists on the Arborway? Let us know in the comments section below.

Lois DiGiacomandrea June 14, 2014 at 10:18 PM
No, a petition should be started..."NO Bikes in Boston!" It is ridiculous. In the 60's they told us do not ride your bike on the street, you will be road pizza. Streets are no place for bikes. They turn corners flying down one way streets, cuts across traffic. If they insist on being on the streets of Boston, they should have to pay car insurance rates, so when they get hurt or killed, their insurance will pay for it. They need to be off the streets. It's not safe for bikers or car drivers, truck drivers, bus drivers. It has to stop.
yannaro June 15, 2014 at 01:43 PM
There can be no such thing as a protected bike path on the Arborway, Jamaicaway and Riverway. It is a nothing short of dumb, not to mention so very dangerous. Just look at all the trees that border the road. Almost all of them bear scars from being hit by autos. Ask the state police why they don't hand out speeding tickets on that road and they will tell you it is too dangerous for the police. It is one of the most dangerous roads in Boston.
Sarah Freeman June 15, 2014 at 11:46 PM
Clarification: The Jamaicaway is the parkway between Route 9 & Kelley Circle (by Jamaica Pond); it has 4 lanes and an off-road bike path. The Arborway goes from Kelley Circle to Franklin Park, has more lanes & pavement than the Jamaicaway, and in the section between Kelley Circle/Jamaica Pond & Murray Circle/the Arboretum, there are 6 to 8 lanes for cars, but until now, nothing for bikes. There is plenty of pavement & space for much-needed enforcement by State Police - it is not OK that this is such a high accident area. It can be safer for all users while still accommodating the traffic. At a public meeting in May, DCR announced: - re-paving between Kelley & Murray Circle - re-striping: outer lanes would be narrowed to create wider breakdown lanes that could be used by cyclists - this summer, there will be a bike feasibility study between the circles. I hope the community will put public safety first and support a design that will be safe for all users. All users should obey the rules of the road - pedestrians, bicyclists & motorists. If the study reveals that protected bike lanes are feasible, that would be a huge safety improvement. Thank you to the Boston Cydlists Union for seeking the safest solution for this gap in the bike network.
Rhea Becker June 16, 2014 at 08:45 AM
Lois, the age of the automobile is over. When gas prices have risen in the past, people turned to bikes. It's just going to keep moving in this direction.

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