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Beacon Street Design Project

Last updated: 6/14/17

Beacon Street Design Project

The Boston Transportation Department is working to slow drivers and improve safety for people who are walking, biking, and driving on Beacon Street in the Back Bay.

A map of the area around Beacon St. Beacon Street from Berkeley St to Mass Ave is highlighted with a blue line.
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:
Transportation
1 City Hall Square
Room 721
Boston, MA 02201-2026
United States

June 12, 2017 Public Meeting Update

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. Please review them and send us your feedback by June 30.

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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.

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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.

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