electrical bike Cummins Freeway narrowing and bike lanes to be prolonged from Mattapan into Roslindale this month
A metropolis pilot aimed toward making Cummins Freeway safer by decreasing the variety of lanes from 4 to 2 and including devoted bicycle paths might be prolonged from Wooden Avenue to American Legion Freeway by the tip of the month – as town appears to be like at extra everlasting adjustments alongside the thoroughfare – a Public Works mission supervisor says.
In a video presentation posted yesterday, Jeffrey Alexis, Cummins Freeway mission supervisor, says town hopes to start building subsequent 12 months on everlasting adjustments to the freeway that is not truly a freeway, together with the elimination of the median strip, the set up of everlasting bike lanes, wider sidewalks, intersection bump outs, higher bus stops and new visitors indicators and higher sign timing.
The final word aim is to cut back each crashes and the severity of those that also occur by slowing visitors alongside the thoroughfare and by offering bicyclists and pedestrians – all the time essentially the most susceptible in crashes – safer methods to journey alongside and throughout the street. The street is at present within the high 3% of all Boston roads for crashes, Alexis stated.
Alexis stated that by month’s finish, staff will start changing the present construction-style boundaries erected earlier this 12 months for the pilot and change them with flex-posts and markings that ought to make the street much less complicated for motorists. Additionally, BTD and police will start issuing warnings – however not tickets – to motorists who use the bike lanes for parking. And a public-works crew will patrol the realm to take away trash and particles from the bike lanes.
Alexis continued that the present pilot, which runs from roughly Brockton Road to Wooden Avenue, might be prolonged to the intersection with the equally non-highway American Legion Freeway, the place town is planning on everlasting bike lanes from there all the best way to Blue Hill Avenue.
Later this 12 months, metropolis planners will spend a number of months designing everlasting adjustments for Cummins that may doubtless be put in beginning subsequent 12 months.
Alexis stated knowledge collected through the pilot so far confirmed that narrowing Cummins has slowed visitors – common speeds are down 14% between Wooden and Brockton, however up 6% on the stretches exterior the pilot space, though he added there’s nonetheless a major variety of individuals exceeding 30 m.p.h., which is now 5 m.p.h. than the official pace restrict on the road. Even with the slowdown, it now solely takes about 30 seconds longer to get between Wooden and Brockton, he stated.
However the 11 crashes between July 24 and Sept. 20 – two involving pedestrians – present town nonetheless has extra work to make the street safer long run. He added that comparisons between a pilot run throughout a pandemic and earlier years is legitimate, as a result of whole visitors volumes on the street have dropped solely about 15% from pre-Covid-19 days, which he stated is just not statistically important for traffic-planning functions.
Alexis acknowledged considerations from residents that few bicyclists appear to be utilizing the brand new bike lanes, however stated that is typical for brand spanking new bike lanes – utilization, he predicted, will choose up as soon as the lanes are made extra everlasting, and as soon as bicyclists understand that the particles now being dumped within the lanes might be picked up.