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Mass. Ave. Better Bike Project

We are designing a safe, comfortable biking facility to connect Dorchester, Roxbury, and the South End. 

COVID-19 IMPACT TO PROJECT SCHEDULE AND OUTREACH

We had to postpone the open houses that were scheduled for March 23, March 25, and March 28. Our project schedule has changed to allow for more time to be put into the design and to allow for continued public participation.

We are working on a design plan that responds to the hundreds of ideas and questions you shared with us between September and early March. We will update this web page when we have more information. Sign up for our email list below or follow @BostonBTD on Twitter for updates.

Still have questions? Contact:
Transportation
1 City Hall Square
Room 721
Boston, MA 02201-2026

WHY THIS PROJECT?

The section of Mass. Ave. between Melnea Cass and Columbia Road is a critical missing link for bike travel.

Despite less-than-ideal bike conditions, a lot of people bike on Mass. Ave. today! Between 350 and 400 people ride in the street each weekday, and that doesn’t include the many people riding on the sidewalks. It’s scary for biking and walking and — all too often — it's dangerous too. Mass. Ave. is one of the worst streets in the City for crashes involving people walking and biking.

For these reasons, you identified Mass. Ave. as a priority Better Bike Corridor through the Go Boston 2030 process.

Aerial image of Mass Ave looking north from Columbia Rd to the South End

Project area

The project includes the section of Massachusetts Avenue between — but not including — its intersections with Melnea Cass Boulevard and Columbia Road.

Map showing the project's area (Mass Ave between Melnea Cass and Columbia Rd)

WHAT WE'VE DONE SO FAR

In the fall and early winter, we hosted biking and walking tours of Mass. Ave. and notified civic and business associations about the project.

We asked people to share their experiences traveling on Mass. Ave.

We gathered more than 800 comments from people live, work, and bike along Mass. Ave.

TAKE OUR SURVEY

Past events

We informed civic and business associations along the Mass. Ave. corridor about the project. 

DATE TIME LOCATION
Monday, November 4 7 p.m. Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Association
Tuesday, November 5 7 p.m. Hancock Street Civic Association
Tuesday, November 12 6 p.m. Uphams Corner Westside Neighborhood Association
Wednesday, November 13 7 p.m. Jones Hill Neighborhood Association
Tuesday, November 19 7 p.m. McCormack Neighborhood Association
Monday, November 25 7 p.m. Polish Triangle United
Wednesday, December 18 9 a.m. Newmarket Business Association
Thursday, January 16 7 p.m. Eastman-Elder Neighborhood Association

Download materials from the meetings:

PROJECT HANDOUT

PROJECT AREA MAP

Project flier

We hosted a series of biking and walking tours. Our goal was to learn about the experience of people who use the corridor.

DATE TIME STarting LOCATION
Wednesday, September 18 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Mass. Ave. at Columbia Rd.
Saturday, October 4 10:30 a.m – 12:00 p.m Mass. Ave. at Columbia Rd.
Wednesday, October 16 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 1010 Mass. Ave.

Download materials from the biking and walking tours:

Biking and Walking tour of Mass. Ave. flier

FOLLETO DE LA RECORRIDO A PIE Y EN BICI POR MASS AVE.

Project flier