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Letter: Map showing bike paths shortchanged town

The graphic from The Globe’s article “New Deal For 2-Wheelers” (Feb. 9) inaccurately states that Milton has just 2.44 miles of bicycle lanes. This was based on outdated information; in fact, Milton has long led the South Shore in bike-friendliness. The town installed its first bike lanes in 2006 and has been quietly building out its network ever since.

Today, Milton has 4.7 miles of bike lanes and 5.5 miles of shared lanes. In addition, the town has 1.6 miles of paved multi-use paths, and 28 miles of trails, not just for mountain biking in the Blue Hills, but also two popular neighborhood paths, which many students use to get to the high school, the middle school, and Glover elementary school.

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Improvements coming this year include share-the-road markings on Central Avenue and a bike lane and multi-use path along Truman Parkway. Next year, the Neponset Greenway multi-use path will connect Central Avenue to Mattapan Square and the southern end of the trail through Milton and Hyde Park.

In the next few years the northern end of the Neponset Greenway will be connected to the Harborwalk in Dorchester, creating a bike commuter corridor as useful as — and far more scenic than — the popular Minuteman Bikeway.

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We have met with our Quincy neighbors several times already, and we recently met with our Dedham neighbors.

By building better infrastructure to connect our communities, this will make it easier for cyclists from around the region to bypass automotive traffic jams and get to their destinations quickly and safely.

Lee Toma

Chair, Milton Bicycle Advisory Committee

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