Lower Roxbury Transportation Study
The City of Boston is working to enhance biking and walking for neighborhood residents. We met you in nine locations over seven months in 2019 and 2020 to hear what you love in Lower Roxbury and where you envision changes to your streets.
Last summer, we heard a lot of support for the changes we proposed in response to your priorities. We incorporated your feedback and are excited to share the final design plans.
View the Final Design Plans
View an overview map of the final design plans for changes to the locations we've prioritized together.
A Closer Look
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You can talk with a member of the project team one-on-one. We will be available between 3 and 7 p.m. every other Wednesday. Sign up for a 15-minute phone call or virtual meeting.
SEND A NOTE
You can mail your questions to us at:
Boston Transportation Department
ATTN: Stefanie Seskin
1 City Hall Square Room 721
Boston MA 02201
Types of changes in the final design plans
Parking is prohibited ahead of a crosswalk or intersection. Drivers are more likely to see approaching vehicles or people crossing the street. This reduces the likelihood of crashes at intersections.
A crossing island allows people to pause while crossing multiple travel lanes. Crossing islands can also slow turning traffic by ensuring that drivers cannot “cut” turns quickly.
A curb extension extends the sidewalk out into the parking lane. This makes crosswalks shorter and improves visibility of people crossing.
Raised crosswalks slow drivers and make crossings more comfortable for people using wheelchairs and mobility devices.
Reshaping wide or irregular intersections to look more like a “T” improves visibility and shortens crosswalks.
CONTRAFLOW BIKE LANES
Contraflow bike lanes allow people to bike in both directions. We would not change the street direction for people driving.
OUTREACH ADVISORY GROUP
We are working to co-create next steps together with Lower Roxbury residents and stakeholders.
We've convened an outreach advisory group to help us communicate with and engage communities in Lower Roxbury. The group meets quarterly. You can access all meeting notes and materials below. For more information, email email@example.com.
Community members shared 297 ideas for how to improve transportation for people riding the bus, walking, biking, and driving or parking.
We heard many comments about improving safety for people walking and biking. We also heard a lot about improving bus service, accessibility, and walkability in the neighborhood.
- "Better wayfinding and markers related to neighborhood history: Frederick Douglass, Melnea Cass, MLK, Eustis St, and Harriet Tubman House."
- "Crossing is dangerous and difficult on foot because of conflicts with cars."
- "Smoother roads for biking and skateboarding"
- "Blind people have a hard time crossing the street. We need countdown timers with sounds at intersections."
- "The Silver Line is good."
- "We need another crosswalk on Washington Street at Ball Street."
- "Frederick Douglass Way has no stop sign at the corner of Tremont—can we add a stop sign?"
- "You want enough space for kids to play and ride bikes."
- "Bumpy sidewalks on Tremont near Melnea Cass. Elderly people stay inside because the sidewalks are bumpy and hazardous."
Comments we received:
- 24 discussed safer crossing or walking
- 17 proposed new crosswalks
- 13 were about slower and safer driving
- 12 mentioned safer biking
General feedback we heard:
- Support for making it safer to walk
- Enthusiasm for raised crosswalks on Shawmut Avenue
- Desire to slow vehicular speeds
- Desire to retain as much parking as possible
- Appreciation for proposed safety improvements at intersections that have been community priorities
- Excitement about the proposed safer bike connections
In February, we shared final design plans for the project. We hosted a series of pop-up events on different street corners in Lower Roxbury. At the events, we aimed to share the final design plans with community members and answer questions. We also mailed postcards to over 8,000 households in the project area.
We had approximately 60 conversations, heard a lot of support for the changes, and gathered 25 specific comments. There was a lot of excitement about safer crossings and safer bike routes. We answered clarifying questions about how contraflow bike lanes and curb extensions slow down traffic and make streets safer for all users. We listened to more stories of crashes and near-crashes, difficulties crossing the street, and discomfort felt riding next to drivers going at high speeds. Finally, we received suggestions for how to continue getting the word out about the project before construction.