Bicycle riding is still prohibited in the Boston Common, Public Garden, and Commonwealth Avenue Mall.
The Boston Parks and Recreation Department announced that its current policy prohibiting bicycle riding in those parks will remain in place after city officials met with bike and park advocates to discuss the issue.
The Parks Department said bicycling will not be allowed in the parks “due to the volume of foot traffic and quantity of events held on those sites on a regular basis.” Cyclists can still walk their bikes through the parks.
Parks Commissioner Antonia Pollak, Boston Bikes director Nicole Freedman, the Friends of the Public Garden, Walk Boston, bike advocates, and property abutters had several discussions about the policy, according to the Parks Department.
The department said that those meetings were productive, but listed concerns about bicyclists riding through the historic parks, which are among the busiest pedestrian thoroughfares in the city.
The Parks Department said cyclists can come up quickly and quietly from behind and catch pedestrians off-guard, and that the events such as festivals, athletics, tours, and protests “make the locations incompatible for sharing space with riders on bikes.”
The department also pointed to crowds that gather near the Tadpole Playground, Visitors’ Center, Swan Boats, and MBTA transit stations that “could be endangered by cyclists traveling on paths.”
The Parks Department said it will continue to work with the cycling community and other city departments to establish safe street routes for cyclists traveling near the parks.
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