(Images courtesy city of Boston. Manipulated by Patrick D. Rosso/Boston.com/2013)
New bike infrastructure could soon be installed on A and D Streets in South Boston, according to Nicole Freedman, director of the city’s Boston Bikes program.
Plans are preliminary and the program still needs to hold community meetings on the subject, but Freedman said the neighborhood could see work happening to improve road safety by late spring.
On A Street, designs call for the installation of a mix of “sharrows,” street designs that alert drivers of cyclists; traditional bike lanes; and buffered bike lanes, designs that separate cars from bikes with a painted two-foot buffer.
Work on A Street is expected to cover the approximately half-mile stretch from Dorchester Avenue to Congress Street, with a buffered bike lane added near West First Street and green “bike boxes” added to certain intersections.
D Street will also receive a full treatment from Dorchester Avenue to Seaport Boulevard, an approximately 1.4-mile stretch of road.
The road will get “sharrows,” traditional bikes lanes, and buffered bike lanes, along with “bike boxes” at some intersections. The buffered bike lane is expected to be installed from Cypher Street to Claflin Street.
“When you add bike lanes you increase safety and the number of riders,” said Freedman. “We’re very excited to bring more bike lanes to South Boston.”
Representatives from the city are expected to organize a meeting for the community in the next month or two.
Once work begins, Freedman estimated that it shouldn’t take more than a couple of days.
In addition to a city -sponsored meeting on the subject, Planet Southie, a local group of green advocates, will be holding a meeting Thurs., Feb . 28, at 6:30 p.m. in the Distillery Building to discuss the new lanes.
Pete Stidman, director of the Boston Cyclists Union, will also be on hand at the meeting to discuss the work.
“The Planet Southie Bikes Action Team is absolutely thrilled that the Mayor's Boston Bikes program is spending considerable effort bringing bike infrastructure into the South Boston neighborhood,” said Jon Ramos, a Planet Southie member and avid South Boston cyclist. “Cyclists in Southie have a strong sense of the road conditions here, and we might have valuable feedback to provide the City. Our goal is one in the same, increase ridership by creating the safest possible means to ride on the public roadways and paths.”