The words “cycle track” may be unfamiliar to most Bostonians, but the term may soon become a familiar phrase at community meetings: By 2018, city officials intend to install more than 20 miles of cycle tracks — bike lanes with physical barriers between bikes and cars — on major thoroughfares throughout Boston.
The plans for the new lanes are part of wider plan for the city’s bicycle infrastructure over the next five years. A report from the city’s bike and transportation departments, expected to be released Friday, includes 100 new miles of bike pathways in the city.
The plan is not set in stone: The next mayor of Boston could decide not to fund the street construction projects and residents opposed to changes to their neighborhood streets will get their say.
Up to this point, the installation of bike facilities in Boston has been piecemeal, creating unconnected stretches of bike lanes scattered throughout the city. The plan to be released Friday represents a new approach that will provide uninterrupted stretches of safe roadway from residential areas to business centers, said Nicole Freedman, director of Boston Bikes, the city’s bike department.
“When you look at a world-class bicycling city now, where 10 to 30 percent of trips are made by bike, you need a very well-thought-out, smart strategy to get there,” Freedman said. With the bike network plan, she continued, “we’re in a much better position to accomplish those aggressive goals.”
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