Thursday, September 24, 2009

TRAFFIC: Bikes Lanes on Somerville Ave

Question/Comment: I noticed in engineering plans of the Somerville Avenue project that the bike lanes are supposed to end at the Beacon Street intersection and not connect to the Cambridge bike lanes at Porter Square. Why is there a planned gap in the bike lane system between Union and Porter Squares? Instead of having two traffic lanes each way between Beacon Street and Porter Square, I believe that section of Somerville Avenue should continue as one-lane each way with continuous bike lanes. Is it possible to change the design?

City Update 8/1/2009: The Somerville Bicycle Committee has developed a proposal that will allow the bike lanes to connect from Beacon Street through to Cambridge. This proposal has been shared with MassHighway who has agrees with the proposal in concept. MassHighway requested engineering drawings in order to give it formal nod.

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