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Better bike lanes

We've installed many bike lanes in Boston. Now we're working to make them better.

Through the Go Boston 2030 process, City residents envisioned better bike facilities. You asked for bike lanes that would be more comfortable and safe. You also asked for better bicycling connections between homes, jobs, schools, and open space. You can learn more about our efforts to build better bike lanes below.

About our work

Boston has a large network of conventional bike lanes. These lanes dedicate about five feet of space in the street for bicycling. As we’ve added bike lanes across the City, more people have chosen to ride a bike to work, to the T, to farmers markets, or just for fun.

But, many people don’t feel comfortable riding in conventional bike lanes. That’s why we are creating more routes with separation between drivers and bicyclists. We're also creating traffic-calmed local streets. We want to provide comfortable, safe places for biking and also make the streets safer for everyone.

Seven types of bike facilities are depicted on a scale from least comfortable to most comfortable. The least comfortable types are shared lanes, including shared lane with all vehicle traffic and shared lane with bus traffic. Conventional bike lanes, including standard bike lane and buffered bike lane, are in the middle of the scale. In the “most comfortable” category are separated bike lanes, including quick build using interim materials and full build using concrete and granite, and traffic-calmed local s



Current Projects

A Street Better Bike Lanes
We plan to improve the bike lanes when the street is resurfaced.
American Legion
American Legion should be more comfortable for walking, waiting for the bus, crossing the street, and riding bikes with your family.
Blue Hill Avenue Transportation Action Plan
The Blue Hill Avenue Transportation Action Plan seeks to improve the experience of all corridor users.
Boylston Street (Fenway)
We're making biking and walking better on Boylston Street in the Fenway.
Cambridge Street (Allston)
We are making safety improvements for Cambridge Street, between Harvard Avenue and Soldiers Field Road, in Allston.
Congress Street
We're redesigning Congress Street in the Fort Point neighborhood.
Connect Downtown
Redesigning downtown streets to prioritize walking and to create a connected bike network
Cummins Highway
Our goal is to improve safety and access for every resident of Mattapan.
Fenway Multiuse Path
The trail will start at the Muddy River path in Brookline and extend to Maitland Street.
Harrison Avenue (Chinatown)
We are working with Chinatown residents to make streets feel safer for people of all ages who walk, play, and live along Harrison Avenue
Lower Roxbury Transportation Study
Working with residents of Lower Roxbury to invest in their priorities
Mass. Ave. Better Bike Project
We are building a safe, comfortable biking facility to connect Dorchester, Roxbury, and the South End.
North Washington Street Bridge
The new North Washington Street Bridge will feature separated bike lanes.
Nubian Square
Redesigning the streetscape and streets in Nubian Square.
Ruggles Street
Improving safety and connecting Nubian Square and the Southwest Corridor
Rutherford Avenue/Sullivan Square
Redesigning Rutherford Avenue and Sullivan Square to improve safety and access for all modes of transportation
State Street
We're rebuilding historic State Street to meet today's needs.
Tremont Street (South End)
We have begun construction on our project to improve pedestrian safety on Tremont Street in the South End.


View a map of bicycle facilities in the City of Boston.



Bike Lane Types

Learn about the different bike lane types in the City of Boston.

Bike Lane Types

Design Elements

View the different bike lane design elements in the City

Design Elements


See our tips for parking your car, getting in and out of your car, and bicycling on streets with parking-protected bike lanes.

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