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Old 07-11-16, 11:29 AM   #26
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I'm guessing you no-no'd at Lafayette Park too.)
Where Main St and Mass Ave come together? I don't remember having to do anything tricky there...

Does the new bike lane make that Main St to Main St transition easier for cyclists? Is it basically space carved for cyclists along the route I used to do, of questionable legality, through the park?
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Where Main St and Mass Ave come together? I don't remember having to do anything tricky there...

Does the new bike lane make that Main St to Main St transition easier for cyclists? Is it basically space carved for cyclists along the route I used to do, of questionable legality, through the park?
Oh, you've been up the road a while. Main St and Mass Ave no longer come together, not since late 2007/early 2008. Some people on bicycles bunny hop Lafayette Square.

Yes. On paper the new bike lanes are fulfilling old desire lines, but as built, not so much.

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Oh, you've been up the road a while. Main St and Mass Ave no longer come together, not since late 2007/early 2008. Some people on bicycles bunny hop Lafayette Square.

Yes. On paper the new bike lanes are fulfilling old desire lines, but as built, not so much.

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Yeah, I left the city at end of 2005, and even that year, I was commuting Medford to Kirkland St. through Union Sq, on the other side of Cambridge...

Ah, I see the new layout now... Goodness... Well in that case, yes, I'd probably most definitely cut through Lafayette, especially if I was headed out Western Ave, but more likely for my former commute, avoid the Central Sq mess entirely by cutting down Bishop Allen Dr, which runs behind both businesses where I used to work.

Progress, not perfection. If it eases that transition, then I'll certainly deal with a cycle-traffic calming bump-out than blatantly flaunt cycling rules and or deal with other routes through there...
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Lots of stop signs on Bishop Allen Drive. [insert silly smiley faces]

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Lots of stop signs on Bishop Allen Drive. [insert silly smiley faces]

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Pssh, the side streets are lightly traveled -- just run them! Except at Prospect. Stop for that light...
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It is indeed.

According to one person on a bicycle in Hawaii, you may not mention Fort Point and Central Square in the same sentence, because.

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Please provide the quote where I said that.

Once again you falsely attribute words to others. Poor Boston boy.
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Uh, that's simply not fair. Nothing ever happens as fast as we would like it to happen, BUT....
  • Stefanie Seskin Director of Active Transportation (replacing Bike Czar Nicole Freedman now in Seattle.)
  • 20 mph speed limit - See H 4349 Home Rule Petition
    (If you've ever biked in 30 kph neighborhoods, you'd know that this is a BIG DEAL.)
  • Go Boston 2030
  • Commonwealth Ave protected intersections approved
  • Feasibility studies for Mass Ave and North Station Area underway
  • Hubway expansions to Roxbury and Dorchester
  • Hubway expansion to East Boston (but you can't get there from here!)
  • ...

You have rose colored glasses on about the state of our bridges btw.

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Bill,
Stephanie simply doesn't have the power that a Menino enabled Nicole did. Of course when Menino shifted his focus Nicole couldn't get anything done either. Stephanie, while very knowledgeable and competent is buried within BTD. BTD commissioner Gina Fiandaca won't push hard to make changes happen - she promised 18 miles of bike lane last fall during the bike safety hearing and not one single foot has been placed since then (if I'm wrong please correct me). Public Works commissioner Michael Denehy, who is also head of the Public Improvement Commission, can overrule any physical changes that some well meaning people in BTD would like to do in the name of making snow removal easier for subcontracted snow plow drivers.

20mph speed limit? I've heard the talk, but the state legislature hasn't said Boston could do it. So Boston is still stuck with a 30mph minimum speed limit.

GoBoston 2030 - over a year and a half of studies and nothing yet. If Mahty doesn't get reelected it could very well end up shelved. And if he does get elected, well so far, he has shown absolutely no leadership on anything except union bargaining. I really hope it comes to something, it might be truly transformative for the city, there are some great ideas in there.

Comm Ave protected lanes and intersections (and the newly designed ones for Harrison Ave) are being paid for by others. True to his election promise, he will build them if someone else pays for them. Comm Ave gets state monies, Harrison is funded by private development.

Mass Ave: well, we might get flex post protected lanes in this fall before the snow plows take them out. And next year, Mass Ave is scheduled to get repaved, we know that many in BTD want to do the right thing, but there are just as many in the administration who would prefer it to fail. So far we've seen lots of talk about removing 4 legal parking spots and 18 illegal ones (should we break out the champagne for that?), lots of promises but nothing actually built. And still, not even a bike lane on Mass Ave from Melnea Cass to the Clapp Pear to connect Dorchester with the rest of Boston.

We should see a demonstration today (Tuesday) morning from 8am-11am on Beacon Street at Mass Ave to show what parking protected bike lanes look like to the neighborhood. I'm thinking flex posts if were lucky and no planters - a tough sell to what I think is your neighborhood: the Back Bay.

North Station - Causeway Street, well Connect Historic Boston was to provide protected lanes on nearly all of Causeway Street this summer, but the Boston Garden/Hub development appears to need that lane to park construction vehicles in. So it may be another two years before that gets fully built, even with a Federal TIGER grant picking up most of the tab. The project was designed three years ago.

Hubway expansion - WOW, great news. Still nothing in Mattapan, Dorchester proper, Roslindale, West Rox or Hyde Park.

Bridges over the Charles - they are continually improving bike infra as the bridges get designed and rebuilt: Craigie Bridge near the museum of Science completed about 5 years ago got sharrows, BU bridge completed 4 years ago got lanes that merged into sharrows at the ends, Anderson Memorial (nearly finished) is getting bike lanes, Longfellow (under construction) is getting a lane on one side and a cycle track on the other, North Washington (at 25% design) is getting cycle tracks on both sides plus a dedicated inbound bus lane.
The former Casey overpass has been taken down and cycle tracks will be built alongside it and along Washington Street towards Rozzie, that project just got delayed until fall 2017 with final landscaping waiting until spring 2018.

Vision Zero - well the rapid response task force seems to have lost it's drive as many departments can't seem to even visit fatality sites anymore let alone in the three day rapid response time. So far absolutely nothing has been changed on the roads to improve safety at any of this years fatality sites. (I'm told that work is supposed to be starting today (Tuesday, 12 July) two days short of six months after the death of Silvia Acosta on Washington ST in Roslindale, but I won't be holding my breath) Mayor Mahty even defended the actions of the cop who assaulted a pedestrian who he nearly ran over - think he said something about what do you expect, he hit the guys car with his umbrella.

The worst part about all this crap in Boston is that I actually believe that we have some very talented and competent people in BTD who believe wholeheartedly in what they try to do, but we still can't seem to get anything built (2 1/2 years into this administration) except minor Hubway expansion.

But enough about Boston, this post was about Cambridge and they usually do so much better than what they did here.

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In looking at the bike lane "pinch", if it was to extend that far into a motor vehicle lane, I can guarantee that the city would have found the time, energy, and money to move the obstructing vent.
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Bill,
Stephanie simply doesn't have the power that a Menino enabled Nicole did. Of course when Menino shifted his focus Nicole couldn't get anything done either. Stephanie, while very knowledgeable and competent is buried within BTD. BTD commissioner Gina Fiandaca won't push hard to make changes happen - she promised 18 miles of bike lane last fall during the bike safety hearing and not one single foot has been placed since then (if I'm wrong please correct me).
There's the new couple hundred long two-way "bike lane" at the US Constitution. (Yes, I know, NPS built it. Don't know why they build it, don't know who wanted it built, but it makes me laugh out loud just about every time I'm in "The Town".) So, there's that.

And New York lost Janette Sadik-Khan.

Just wondering, when was the *last* time people on bicycles in Boston had a President of the City Council like Michelle Wu?

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And still, not even a bike lane on Mass Ave from Melnea Cass to the Clapp Pear to connect Dorchester with the rest of Boston.
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The rest of this is just complaining too slow, too slow, too slow, too slow, too slow. I agree.

And setting the bar lower still, at least very very few people are listening to our local bike "experts" who want bike lanes removed.

But specifically on Mass Ave - you know that there are more miles of Mass Ave without bike lanes or sharrows in Cambridge than there is the missing mile of bike lanes on Mass Ave in Boston?

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Bridges over the Charles - they are continually improving bike infra as the bridges get designed and rebuilt: Craigie Bridge near the museum of Science completed about 5 years ago got sharrows, BU bridge completed 4 years ago got lanes that merged into sharrows at the ends, Anderson Memorial (nearly finished) is getting bike lanes, Longfellow (under construction) is getting a lane on one side and a cycle track on the other, New Washington (at 25% design) is getting cycle tracks on both sides plus a dedicated inbound bus lane.
The former Casey overpass has been taken down and cycle tracks will be built alongside it and along Washington Street towards Rozzie, that project just got delayed until fall 2017 with final landscaping waiting until spring 2018.
So, some of the bridges you just mentioned are *NOT* between Boston and Cambridge, and one is arguably not over the Charles at all (since the river techically ends at the New Charles Dam) - though most people count the Charlestown Bridge as a bridge over the Charles.

But again, really rose colored glasses. Let's be honest for a moment.

Starting from the mouth of river:

Charlestown Bridge - nice plans, long way out.

The New Charles River Dam - pedestrians but no bicycles.

You missed the delightful North Bank (aka The Sinusoidal) Bridge between Cambridge and Charlestown, technically Miller's River but since the rest of the river has been filled (thank you CLF for preserving this remnant for us), but really it's just a channel of the Charles now.

You missed the Zakim Bridge - no pedestrians or bicycles.

You missed the Leverette Circle Connector - no pedstrians or bicycles.

The Craigie *drawbridge* was completed five years ago, but the Charles River Dam Road was under construction until recently, and they spent more paint on the DO NOT BLOCK box then they did on the sharrows. There's a few of us who will ride a bicycle on that road - *A FEW* - and that's about it. Count the people walking (or riding) their bicycles on the SIDEWALKS there to see how welcoming that bridge is.

Longfellow - how have they been treating people on foot and people on bicycles during the construction? And someday there will be a bike lane and a buffered bike lane. (The ever delayed project.) At least when they finish the Longfellow, Charles River Dam Road will *finally* get bike lanes.

The Harvard Bridge we only get narrow five foot shoulder bike lanes which are a *delight* during windy weather.

On the BU Bridge they couldn't even be bothered to finish the bicycle lanes to Cambridge, and didn't even take the trivial amount of time or money, after they EXCAVATED under the Cambridge side of the bridge, to put in an underpass for bicycles and pedestrians on the Paul D White Bike Path.

And someday Grand Junction bridge - someday - maybe.

You missed the River Street Bridge - sidewalks.

You missed the Western Ave Bridge - sidewalks.

The Anderson Memorial Bridge is destined for another set of narrow shoulder bike lanes, just without the wind of the Harvard Bridge.

You left out the John W. Weeks Footbridge, where the stairs are FINALLY removed and is finally accessible and allegedly counts as a bike crossing, though I rarely see anyone on a bicycle use it.

We'll stop at the final bridge between Boston and Cambridge - the Eliot Bridge - at least there are bicycle underpasses, but just note that this is the *FIRST* of *MANY* *MANY* bridges that are bicycle hostile all the way up river.

On the bridges - I'll leave you with this op-ed.

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When MassDOT chose to install bike lanes instead of protected lanes on four major crossings into Boston — the Boston University Bridge, Craigie Bridge, Longfellow Bridge, and Anderson Bridge — it implicitly accepted that tragedy could occur at any moment for the thousands of bike commuters who use those routes to get to school or work.
So again, taking off the rose colored glasses.

There are lots of world class bridges with world class bicycle infrastructure. Boston/Cambridge/Somerville don't have them.

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But enough about Boston, this post was about Cambridge and they usually do so much better than what they did here.
Sometimes they do, and sometimes they don't.

For example, the jury is still out on the Flagstaff Park separated bike path. As horrendous as the Mass Ave/Cambridge Street merge is in Harvard Square, I still see more people on bicycles using the road (a few of us) - lots of bicycles using the sidewalks at Harvard Law School, and I think I can count on one hand the number of people using the new bike path.


But in the end - is the arc of history bending toward more people on bicycles in Cambridge/Somerville/Boston?

Most definitely!

The wonderful thing about Massachusetts is we DO NOT HAVE MUST USE laws. If they build good stuff, people on bicycles will come. If they build crap, people on bicycles WILL NOT COME.

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I just take heart that progress is happening at all. Don't forget bike share...
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There's the new couple hundred long two-way "bike lane" at the US Constitution. (Yes, I know, NPS built it. Don't know why they build it, don't know who wanted it built, but it makes me laugh out loud just about every time I'm in "The Town".) So, there's that.


Just wondering, when was the *last* time people on bicycles in Boston had a President of the City Council like Michelle Wu?


The wonderful thing about Massachusetts is we DO NOT HAVE MUST USE laws. If they build good stuff, people on bicycles will come. If they build crap, people on bicycles WILL NOT COME.

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Constitution Road was part of the Connect Historic Boston project, NPS was involved in the planning, but most of the money was from a TIGER grant. Also included are Joy Street on Beacon Hill, the Blackstone Block near Haymarket, and Commercial Street in the North End as well as Staniford and Causeway Streets.

To be fair, Councilor Wu's piece came out a few hours after I posted. As did the temp parking protected lane on Beacon Street to demonstrate to people what would be happening on Mass Ave hopefully this fall. The City hasn't been saying much about what they will be doing on the newly paved portion of Beacon Street just west of Mass Ave. Also, the city council just signs off on the City Budget and doesn't oversee or direct city departments. We have a strong mayor form of government in Boston, even if the current Mayor wants to have conversations and gain consensus with constituents on nearly everything before he acts.

I was most impressed by the temporary protected lane at the work zone on Mass Ave NB at Comm Ave - the protected lane happened after 8:30am this morning, so you might of missed it. First one that I've seen in Boston.

Bridges - MassDOT has had an absolute sea change in how it approaches bike infrastructure in the past five or six years and it seems to keep improving. Most of their projects take a couple years to design and permit and another 2 or 3 to built. Some like Anderson and Longfellow take a bit longer. Yeah, the New Washington bridge is a few years out, but it shows you what they are thinking today. River and Western - I thought they were designed four or five years ago and put on hold due to work on the other bridges, maybe I'm wrong. As far as the Harvard Bridge goes, well it was rebuilt in 1990 when no one at MassDOT had heard of a bike lane and you can only fit so much into that existing cross section.

We've been saying build it and they will come for years, but having to ride through rough construction projects really does take a toll on the number of people who bike. Longfellow, Beacon Street in Somerville and Casey will be completed someday and ridership should start to really improve once again. Hopefully what happened on Mass Ave this morning will be the way of the future and riders will be able to ride without an overly elevated level of stress through construction zones.

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The new bike lane in "The Town" is not on Constitution Rd.

Not wanting to get punted to P&R, but someone took office 18 months ago, who has been vetoing local spending since. It wasn't Mahty.

If the past is a predictor, we may know who a future mayor is.

Missed the demo this morning, but tonight rode Mass Ave from the Pear to Alewife Brook Pahkway during rush hour. You won't be surprised where it was not fun. (Near the Pear to BMC was low stress. Then Boston and Cambridge contested for wost segment. Close call, but two Joey's in Cambridge who just missed each other sealed the deal.)

FWIW, I don't care who pays for stuff. There is good stuff being built.

I think MassDOT is late to the party though. We will be living wih their *recent* mistakes for a long time.

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How did we end up in the Boston Regional forum here, and having little to nothing to do with the OP.
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The City hasn't been saying much about what they will be doing on the newly paved portion of Beacon Street just west of Mass Ave.
You know that demo protected bike lane you liked so much?

TONIGHT between Mass Ave and Charles Gate East! Please don't complain about the temporary removal of a Hubway Station.

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It will be very interesting to see what exactly gets done here. When I spoke with the BTD people at the demo, I was left with the impression that Beacon would only be getting a 5' lane with a 3' buffer and a parking lane on the WB side. Since then I have been told that might not be correct and that the 5' lane and 3' buffer might end up being wider. The 5' lane and 3' buffer were to demonstrate conditions on Mass Ave when those are installed this fall.

There is sufficient width on Beacon between the existing curbs, from Arlington to Kenmore for the cross section to be one 7' wide parking lane, two 10' travel lanes, one 7' parking lane, one 3' buffer, and an 10' bi-directional bike lane. This is something I and others have been pushing BTD to do for some time. The Beacon Street redesign process has been rather slow, but it has been working to gain community consensus and if they are able to do that and slow speeding cars and get decent bike infra installed, then I will be very, very impressed. Hopefully this short section of separated lane will help gain community support for effectively narrowing the cross section and help slow speeding traffic.

Beacon St has sufficient width that separated bike lanes could easily be installed from Park Street on Beacon Hill to Park Drive in the Fenway without removing needed travel lanes and without removing parking.

Still, what they will be building will just be paint and flex posts, easy to fix, easy to adjust and easy to remove. Just not as permanent as I might like.

Boston has also been on a bit of a sharrow painting spree. According to a picture posted on the Bos311 app last night, someone managed to miss-install one near Washington and Green St in JP.

CB HI, well you were the first to mention Boston...
Boston, as you may not know, is a city of neighborhoods. Mr. Bill and I have kept our conversation confined to the cities of Boston and Cambridge (although I did mention the Town of Brookline once).
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CB HI, well you were the first to mention Boston...
Actually Boston appears in the OP. Sorry if some get butt hurt if they get included in the greater Boston 'area'. For myself, I do not think it is any big deal when my Colorado home gets included in the greater Denver area or when my Hawaii home gets included in the greater Honolulu area.
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It will be very interesting to see what exactly gets done here. When I spoke with the BTD people at the demo, I was left with the impression that Beacon would only be getting a 5' lane with a 3' buffer and a parking lane on the WB side. Since then I have been told that might not be correct and that the 5' lane and 3' buffer might end up being wider. The 5' lane and 3' buffer were to demonstrate conditions on Mass Ave when those are installed this fall.
How are the bike lane and the buffer planned? In most places I've seen, the bike lane is placed to keep the bicyclists next to the parked cars, with the buffer between the bike lane and the traffic lane. Passaic NJ had some sharrows with buffers painted to keep bicyclists out of the door zone of the parked cars. I found in Passaic this worked pretty well, as drivers seemed to accept bicyclists using the correct turn lanes and otherwise acting like anyone else using public roads.
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Actually Boston appears in the OP. Sorry if some get butt hurt if they get included in the greater Boston 'area'.
To be fair, the title of the linked article was automatically filled in by the forum software. But to address a subtlety here:

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The thing is, in this context, that they would have to be either City of Cambridge or MassDOT standards. Boston and Cambridge aren't even in the same county. Not something that would necessarily be apparent to someone unfamiliar with the area, but the conflation looks funny to us locals.
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How are the bike lane and the buffer planned? In most places I've seen, the bike lane is placed to keep the bicyclists next to the parked cars, with the buffer between the bike lane and the traffic lane. Passaic NJ had some sharrows with buffers painted to keep bicyclists out of the door zone of the parked cars. I found in Passaic this worked pretty well, as drivers seemed to accept bicyclists using the correct turn lanes and otherwise acting like anyone else using public roads.
Angelo, Unfortunately my pics of the demonstration are quite poor and misleading. However, I found a far better picture from VisionZero Boston who actually did the demonstration. The permanent version will have flex posts fastened or adhered to the pavement and the stripes will be painted instead of tape. The one to be installed on Beacon St overnight might have a wider bike lane than what is pictured. The one to be installed on Massachusetts Ave this fall with have this layout.

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I didn't have time to post when this first came up but I encountered another concrete "obstacle" here in Portland last winter that nearly took me out. While this one is quite different and much more obvious, it will get hit for the same reason. An experienced cyclist is looking hard down side streets, for pedestrians and for left turning cars when approaching the intersection. By necessity, the pavement in front and just to the right gets less attention there than just about anywhere else. (Traffic planners often place signs and traffic controls where we cannot look at both those and the road/bikepath at the same time.

Joe Barr, director of the city’s traffic, parking, and transportation department said“It’s not a perfect situation, but we know it’s safe and we know it meets the standards ...”.



I wrote this re: Portland's streets:

Portland’s sidewalk curbs on streets with parking – a real hazard to cyclists. I’m talking about the streets with parallel parking for the length of the block where the curb and sidewalk swing nearly a car’s width into the street about a car length before an intersection. This is done to prevent cars from occupying that last spot (which is illegal anyway) and to assist the view of traffic on the main thoroughfare for drivers entering from the side street. No issue whatsoever for bikes when there are cars parked. But when done in colors that don’t contrast with the street they can be a real hazard for cyclists. Here’s my encounter with one.

I was riding westbound, late winter on Alberta a few minutes before 5 pm. Beautiful clear day. Low sun, almost out of the west. The traffic lights there are in sync and I was on pace to make them, riding in a window between cars. For several blocks, there were few parked cars, then none, I moved over to roughly where the left edge of a car would be, deeming this a good balance while “riding as far to the right as practicable” as the law states. I was riding probably a shade under 20 mph. (As a 62 year old, faster doesn’t happen much on the flats.) Approaching the intersection of a side street, I rode as I make it a practice to do, on full alert, looking as far down the side streets as I can without losing attention to the big picture. (Mind you, I was riding into a bright sky.) Just as I was about to enter the intersection, my front rim hit something hard that threw my wheel several inches to the left. Solid, hard contact from something solid with the aluminum rim. Having my wheel physically moved forced me to correct my line to maintain balance, leaving me headed straight for the opposing pedestrian ramp. A panic hard turn to get back on course was possible, but I chose to just ride up the ramp, come to a stop, get my wits about me, then go back and see what I hit. I looked at my rim and saw some scrapes on the right brake track, like it had seen some really course industrial sandpaper.

Walked backed and saw that I hit the curb extending into the street to mark the end of parking. Curb was maybe a couple of inches high and just bare nondescript concrete with many deep scrapes on it running parallel to the road.

I’ve been riding on the street 50 years. I have never seen anything like this before. Good thing is that I didn’t crash and this probably won’t affect the life of any parts on that bike. But that street is one of Portland’s bike highways. That lighting situation is going to happen twice every year and it will always be around rush hour. Those curbs are going to take someone else out.

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You know that demo protected bike lane you liked so much?

TONIGHT between Mass Ave and Charles Gate East! Please don't complain about the temporary removal of a Hubway Station.

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So, a followup. The Hubway has been relocated away from the curb, and the paint is in place, together with (not enough) temporary cones. The parking stalls go in soon, which should help quite a bit with confusion. There are signs up and down the block explaining where to park, end everybody but ONE GUY gets it. Kudos to a FedEX Ground operator for parking CORRECTLY while on a delivery.


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I stopped by the Beacon St separated lane last weekend - the lane itself is 6' wide with a 3' buffer - very nice! (the demo a few days before was a 5' lane and a 3' buffer) Also very nice to see is the first and last 20' of no parking zones to daylight both people on foot and on bike and to provide for shorter crossings for people on foot. I am somewhat baffled by the City not having the flex posts in yet - they have bought and installed them before and they know what the lead time is. They could even have used the same flex posts used in the demo - but of course, those were confiscated from a cyclist who has been installing them on his own to help protect cyclists...

I really hope that the City of Boston can keep this up and improve upon both this section of Beacon and the connectivity of bike lanes here and throughout the City.
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Angelo, Unfortunately my pics of the demonstration are quite poor and misleading. However, I found a far better picture from VisionZero Boston who actually did the demonstration. The permanent version will have flex posts fastened or adhered to the pavement and the stripes will be painted instead of tape. The one to be installed on Beacon St overnight might have a wider bike lane than what is pictured. The one to be installed on Massachusetts Ave this fall with have this layout.

This does avoid the door zone problem in buffered lanes I've seen locally, with the bike lane between the buffer and the car doors.

* Are bicyclists expected to yield at all intersections to turning motorists? I don't believe Boston requires this (only Somerville, but I think Mass state law prohibits them from enforcing it.)
* Any local experience if turning motorists see bicyclists or actually yield?
* Will left turning bicyclists now be expected to make pedestrian turns, or can they still use general traffic lanes for since the parked cars now block them from leaving the bike lane to make turns?

My understanding (haven't bicycled in Boston for about 10 years) is that bike lanes aren't mandatory in Mass, but routing bicyclists inside turning traffic seems to cause confusion in PA, DE and NY from my limited observations.
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I know, everyone's a critic. But this one deserves a critique.

So, some comments on a very quiet Saturday noon-ish. Near zero car traffic, which let me be completely casual as I approached the new changes.

Main St eastbound to Third St northbound:

0:00-0:28 The parking lane is 8.5', bike lane is 5'- but the way they are painted encourages the Massachusetts custom of "I'll walk to the curb from here." (Must squeeze in two spaces after Hayward Street - if they don't fit, make 'em fit.)

0:28-0:35 Approaching the contra-lane in the park, could not figure out where they want me to ride. There's a crosswalk, there's a raised brick table, and there is a huge concrete pad, and a bikelane off in the distance.

0:35-0:38 Surprise - that's not a mountable curb - so you have to thread between obstacles on the left and obstacles on the right.

0:38-0:45 Oh, isn't that super. An intersection controlled by traffic signals - and NOT ONE SIGNAL is facing the contra-lane. Well done!

On a quiet summer Saturday noonish, did not like. Will not be back. FAIL.


Third St southbound to Main Street westbound:

0:45-0:47 The sign still shows two left-only and two right-only lanes. Instead it's left-straight, straight-only (bike), right-only, right-only (bike). Probably should be sharrows in the left-straight lane too.

0:47-1:02 Easy enough going straight here, wait - utility cover in the middle of the bike lane *AND* crosswalk, next time will go to the right of that. But the damaged cone on the curb says *somebody* has already been hitting the curb. Really?

1:02-1:08 20 mph! Crosswalk followed by wide brick work crossing. No bike lane markings in crossing, so somebody in front of me cuts the corner short a bit. (After running the red light too.) Nice. (Same thing often happens at Galileo Galilei Way to Vassar St too.)

1:08-1:15 10' parking and 5.5' bike lane. No standing for a bit, no parking for the rest, cab stand before the bus stop, and of course somebody decides to park in the bus stop. (At least they signaled.)

1:15-1:30 Wide crossing, and another bus stop.

On a quiet summer Saturday noonish, seems like lots of standing room to me, missed opportunity, but OK.


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