Safety improvements for cyclists and pedestrians are planned for Boylston Street in the Fenway, between Ipswich Street and Park Drive/Brookline Avenue. These improvements will make it easier for people who walk, ride a bike, and take transit to access homes, jobs, parks, businesses, and cultural institutions in:
- Fenway neighborhood
- Longwood Medical Area
- Fenway Cultural District
- Fenway Park
- Kenmore Square
The reconstruction of Boylston Street was identified as a priority project in the Fenway-Longwood-Kenmore Transportation Action Plan.
- Add new, protected bike lanes on Boylston Street. These bike lanes will connect to existing bike lanes on Brookline Avenue in the Longwood Medical Area, and to shared use paths on the Emerald Necklace.
- Improve pedestrian safety in the area of the Muddy River by adding curb extensions and improving signal timing. The curb extensions will shorten the distance that pedestrians need to walk to cross the street.
Schedule and implementation
Changes coming in Fall 2021
The first phase of the project is planned for construction in 2021. This phase includes:
- protected bike lanes on Boylston Street, from Park Drive/Brookline Avenue to Ipswich Street, and
- parking on alternate sides of the street.
This will be followed by a larger project in partnership with MassDOT and DCR. The larger project will extend the project south to include the Muddy River crossing, ending at Brookline Avenue and Pilgrim Road. The second phase of the project is planned for construction by MassDOT in 2023.