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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. 

A "Virtual Open House" is now available!


COVID-19 IMPACT TO PROJECT SCHEDULE AND OUTREACH

Our project schedule has changed to allow for more time to be put into the design and to allow for continued public participation. You can view our current draft design at our "Virtual Open House." We expect construction to begin no sooner than Spring 2021.

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

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Interpretation and translation services are available to you at no cost in Español, Kreyòl ayisyen, 繁體中文, 简体中文, Tiếng Việt, kriolu, Русский, العربية, Português, Français, and American Sign Language. If you need them, contact us at jennifer.rowe@boston.gov.

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Virtual Open House

As we continue to take precautions around public gatherings, we have created a Virtual Open House for you to learn more about our draft design plans for the Massachusetts Avenue Better Bike Project.

At our Virtual Open House, you will learn about: 

  • A two-way protected lane for people biking on the west side of Massachusetts Avenue
  • New crosswalks and improvements to pedestrian curb ramps
  • Changes to intersections to improve safety and keep vehicle traffic moving
  • Changes to bus stops on the corridor, including a new pair of bus stops that near the Stop & Shop driveway

A full design plan is available in the Virtual Open House: 

GO TO THE VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE

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.

View of Massachusetts Avenue from Columbia Road

Project area

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

Massachusetts Avenue Better Bike Project area

Past events

We asked people to share their experiences traveling on Massachusetts Avenue. We gathered written input during the biking and walking tours and meetings with civic and business associations. We also collected comments via phone, email, and an online form. In total, we heard from over 200 people who live, work and travel along Massachusetts Avenue. 

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