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Beacon Street Design Project

Last updated: 11/14/17

Beacon Street Design Project

We're working to slow drivers and improve safety on Beacon Street in the Back Bay. This includes people who walk, bike, and drive.

Beacon Street map

We're looking at ways to make Beacon Street, between Arlington and Massachusetts Avenue, safer for everyone. Based on data collection, field observations, and community feedback, our project goals are to:

  • manage vehicle speeds
  • reduce the number and severity of crashes, and
  • increase walking comfort.
Still have questions? Contact:
1 City Hall Square
Room 721
Boston, MA 02201-2026
United States
Fill out the form below to get updates about the Beacon Street design project.
Bicycle connections survey

We want to know how you think we should connect the Beacon Street design to the rest of Boston's bike network.

Take our survey

Public meeting: October 2, 2017

We hosted a drop-in meeting on October 2, 2017. More than 100 attendees reviewed the plans in detail and asked questions to the full design team. You can view the meeting materials below.

Data analysis poster (PDF)

We summarized key data collected for the project. This includes the number of people walking and driving, traffic volume, and speeding drivers.

Existing and proposed signal sequences poster (PDF)

We plan to have the WALK light appear automatically in most locations, while giving pedestrians a six-second head start.

Curbside use and pavement markings roll plan (PDF)

View the pavement markings and curbside uses for Beacon Street. If you have proposals for curbside changes, email them to

Outreach, education, and next steps poster (PDF)

With the new design, we’re planning more outreach. We'll also continue to collect data.

Public meeting: June 12, 2017

More than 100 people joined us on Monday, June 12, 2017, to discuss our concept design for Beacon Street. We've provided the meeting materials below:

Presentation (PDF)

View the presentation given at the meeting.

Design Alternatives Poster (PDF)

The four design options we considered with a summary of our thought process.

Concept Design - Alternative 1 (PDF)

The concept design broken out block by block. This includes proposed changes at each intersection.

Project updates

Project updates

Review Meeting Materials

Give your feedback

Give your input on potential objectives and interventions. We’ve put together a list of potential project objectives and a list of tools / interventions that can be used to reach the objectives.

We need to know your priorities so we can explore the right types of changes. Read through the potential objectives and tools / interventions and then share your priorities for Beacon St.

Central Library, Commonwealth Salon 700 Boylston Street

The Boston Transportation Department held a community meeting to discuss transportation safety improvements for Beacon Street. We collected ideas from people who walk, bike, and drive along Beacon Street to shape the project’s objectives and identify the design interventions that should be considered.

Related documents
Old South Church, 645 Boylston Street

The Boston Transportation Department and the Boston Police Department attended a special meeting called by the Neighborhood Association of Back Bay to discuss pedestrian safety and ways to reduce speeds on Beacon Street.

Speed feedback signs give motorists instant feedback on how fast they are going and flash when a driver exceeds the speed limit.

A speed feedback board on Beacon St. A static sign at the top shows the speed limit. A digital sign posted underneath shows the speed of a passing car.