From Hubway to bike paths, Boston has made great strides towards becoming a more bicycle-friendly city. But even compared to the work that has already been done, the Boston Bike Network Plan — announced last Friday and scheduled to take up to 30 years to fully complete — is very ambitious. If this program is implemented, it has the potential to transform the way Bostonians get around the city. It will also require political courage from the next mayor to pull it off.
Boston currently has 120 miles of lanes, but almost none on major streets are protected from traffic. The plan calls for a total of 356 miles of bicycle lanes to be completed by 2043, with nearly half offering some form of barrier from cars. Combined with painted lanes on less-traveled residential streets, the network would connect residential areas to downtown and neighborhoods to each other.