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Last updated: 2/20/18

Boston Green Links

Boston Green Links is a city-wide plan to connect people in every neighborhood to Boston’s greenway network by installing new paths, new bike facilities, and safer road crossings.

The plan includes projects in progress by the City, DCR, community groups and others, as well as new projects developed with local input. The plan will be implemented over time, through grants, partnerships, and City-funded projects.

Get involved with Green Links

Help us identify key crossings, paths, and bike facilities needed to connect your neighborhood to the greenway network. Submit your Green Links project idea to charlotte.fleetwood@boston.gov

You can contact us via the Transportation Department at 617-635-2462.

What are greenways and green links?

Greenways are linear parks with paths that provide people with access to natural environments close to where they live. They also encourage healthy active transportation.

Green links are missing bike and pedestrian connections that, when completed, will create a seamless network of greenway paths connected to every neighborhood. Green Links include off-road paths, protected bike lanes, safer road crossings, and low-traffic streets also known as "neighborways".

Why we're building a network

We want to make it easier for everyone to navigate the city and enjoy our green, open spaces. Research confirms what we always suspected — access to green, open space increases physical activity and promotes good health and peace of mind.

The vision for Boston Green Links is to create a connected network of paths and low stress corridors that people of all ages and abilities can use, whether on foot, by bike, or in a wheelchair.

East Boston Greenway

East Boston Greenway

The East Boston Greenway offers three miles of pathway through parks, beaches, and marshes for use by bikers, runners, and walkers alike. (Photo Credit: Boston Natural Areas Network)
Southwest Corridor

Southwest Corridor

The Southwest Corridor is a 4.7 mile linear park that connects Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, and Downtown Boston. The park is built on land that was cleared to build a highway.
Roxbury to Fenway Connector

Roxbury to Fenway Connector

The Roxbury to Fenway Connector is a proposed Green Link that would include a path between the existing double row of trees on Ruggle Street between Ruggles Station and Parker Street. (Image Credit: Lawrence and Lillian Solomon Foundation and NBBJ )
Columbia Road

Columbia Road

Columbia Road is a proposed Green Link that would complete Olmsted's vision for an Emerald Necklace that extends from Back Bay to Marine Park (Boston Harbor). (Image Credit: LivableStreets Alliance and NBBJ)
Neponset Greenway

A striking metal bridge spans the Neponset River. A woman with a bicycle stands near the bridge.

The Neponset Greenway is a nearly completed ten-mile pedestrian and bike trail that runs through Dorchester, Mattapan, Hyde Park, and the Town of Milton. In 2017, a new section that connects to Mattapan Square was opened.
Fairmount Greenway

Fairmount Greenway

The Fairmount Greenway is a partially completed six mile system system of neighborways and greenspaces that extends through Hyde Park, Mattapan, Dorchester, Roxbury, and South Boston. (Image Credit: Michelle Moon, Fairmount/Indigo Line CDC Collaborative )

FENWAY-YAWKEY MULTI-USE PATH

A crosswalk and wide curb ramp provide access to the future location of a multi-use path

The Fenway-Yawkey Multi-Use Path will help bridge a gap in our bike network and connect the Emerald Necklace to the Fenway neighborhood.

ARBORETUM LINK/ROSLINDALE GATEWAY

A rendering shows a multi-use path near the Roslindale Village station.

The Arboretum Link/Roslindale Gateway Path is a proposed off-street walking and bicycling path between Forest Hills Station and Roslindale Village. (Image Credit: WalkUp Roslindale rendering by Halvorson Design Partnership)

CONNECT HISTORIC BOSTON

Two people ride bikes on a separated bike lane

Connect Historic Boston improves walking and bicycling access to many of Boston's historic sites, such as Faneuil Hall and the Charlestown Navy Yard. It also links several transit hubs, including North Station. Bicycling access is much improved with two-way, sidewalk-level separated bike lanes.

More information

More information
Time of Year Plan
Fall/Winter

Gather feedback on the draft Green Links plan 
Begin concept design for a Green Link

Spring Conduct community walks and rides (Summer/Fall)
Summer Complete concept design for a Green Link