Beacon Street Design Project
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.
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.
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.
View the pavement markings and curbside uses for Beacon Street. If you have proposals for curbside changes, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.Outreach, education, and next steps poster (PDF)
With the new design, we’re planning more outreach. We'll also continue to collect data.
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.
Review Meeting Materials
- Presentation (PDF)
- Design Alternatives Poster (PDF) This poster reviews the four design options that we considered, and gives a summary of our thought process.
- Concept Design - Alternative 1 (PDF) This document shows the concept design broken out block by block. We've included information about proposed changes at each intersection.
Give your feedback
- Give us your feedback on the proposed design. We are collecting comments by email through June 30, 2017. E-mail your comments to us at email@example.com. Please include your zip code and neighborhood.
- Take our 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.
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.
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.
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.