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A Street Better Bike Lanes

A Street is used by hundreds of people on bikes each day. We plan to improve the bike lanes when the street is resurfaced.

Vicinity Energy is working on its steam pipe on A Street between W Second Street and Necco Place. When they are finished, they will resurface the street. At that time, we will change portions of the existing bike lanes on A Street between West Second Street and Binford Street.

2023 Construction

Beginning in late spring 2023, A Street will be re-painted with separated bike lanes. A Street is an important corridor for people who live, work, visit, and travel through South Boston.

The plans include some changes to on-street parking between Iron Street and Binford Street. There will be no parking on A Street northbound between Mt. Washington Way and Binford Street, which will improve visibility at the crosswalk and provide a more connected bike facility. Parking will be between the bike lane and travel lane in both directions between Iron Street and Mt. Washington Way. 

Striping will be added after the street is repaved. Then, City teams will help to install new signs and flex posts. We appreciate your patience during this time — and look forward to a safer, more comfortable A Street soon!

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Concept design

We plan to:

  • Change standard bike lanes to buffered bike lanes between West Second Street and West First Street
  • Change standard or buffered bike lanes to protected bike lanes between West First Street and Mount Washington Way
  • Make minor changes to the number of on-street parking spaces
  • Keep existing bus stop at Mount Washington Way

Share your feedback

We have two options for the block of A Street between Mount Washington Way and Binford Street.

Share your feedback

In option B:

  • Improve visibility in the intersection by restricting parking in front of 241 A Street
  • Continue a conventional bike lane to Binford Street
  • Retain the MBTA bus stop

In option A:

  • Retain parking in front of 241 A Street
  • End the bike lane at Mount Washington Way
  • Retain the MBTA bus stop

Talk with us

We'll be in the neighborhood in late July and early August! Find us at A Street Park:

  • Wednesday, July 27, 7:30 - 9 a.m.

  • Thursday, July 28, 5 - 6:30 p.m.

  • Monday, August 1, 5 - 6:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, August 2, 7:30 - 9 a.m.

  • Thursday, August 4, 7:30 - 9 a.m.

Stop by any time and stay as long as you'd like.

We advertised these events via a postcard sent to 1,299 addresses in the A Street area. We also placed flyers on the street.

Download the postcard

Download the flyer

Better bike lanes on A Street

Boston has a large network of conventional bike lanes -- including on A Street. These lanes dedicate about five feet of space in the street for bicycling. But, many people don’t feel comfortable riding in conventional bike lanes. That’s why we are creating more routes with separation between drivers and bicyclists.

We aim to build more separated bike lanes and traffic-calmed local streets in Boston.

A Street is an important connection to, from, and through the Fort Point Neighborhood. It serves people who are heading into or from the South Boston Waterfront and downtown Boston from other parts of South Boston and Dorchester.

We count bikes on A Street regularly as part of our annual bike counts program. Bike traffic on A Street was lower in 2021 than in pre-pandemic times. However, people on bikes still represents 2 percent of peak travel traffic on bad weather days in March and 14 percent of all peak traffic on more pleasant days in June and September. Even in December, up to 9 percent of peak traffic was on bike.

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