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Community meeting to discuss ways to make East and West Broadway safer

Posted by Patrick Rosso  January 14, 2013 10:43 AM

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East Broadway looking towards West Broadway.

South Boston residents and transportation advocates will be coming together next week to devise ways to make West and East Broadway safer for all users.

A meeting, sponsored by the neighborhood group Planet Southie, will be held Thurs., Jan. 24, at the Distillery Building at 516 East 2nd St.

The meeting will run from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Mike Tremblay, a transportation engineer, and former students of Northeastern University's Civil Engineering Program will be on hand to present a transit study they generated. The former students will also work with residents to come up with potential ideas for the street.

“The current state of West and East Broadway is not exactly ideal, but it is certainly not the worst road that I have used,” said Jon Ramos, an area resident and member of Planet Southie.

Ramos bikes, walks, takes public transit, and drives in the neighborhood, and said there are a number of problem spots along the roadway, from speeding motorists, double parking, and unnecessarily long crosswalks.

“As a motorist and a cyclist, I have a difficult time with the double parking,” said Ramos. “Motorists have a hard time getting through the pinch points that are created, and it can be very difficult to see a defenseless pedestrian from around a double parked vehicle. When vehicles are double parked, cyclists are forced to take the remainder of the lane, which can be very dangerous, and it can also be frustrating for motorists waiting to pass.”

At the meeting residents will be working to come up with ways to make walking, driving, and cycling safer for residents on West and East Broadway all the way up to L Street.

A 15-minute presentation will be given by the engineers and the rest of the time will be devoted to a Q&A session.

Topics will range from the potential of a cycle track on the roadway to better off-street parking.

“Broadway is the backbone of the residential neighborhood, it has all of the civic amenities that everyday people need for everyday life,” said Ramos. “The road is a public place; it can and should be designed to safely serve all modes of transportation: driving, walking, and cycling.”

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