Derrick Z. Jackson

A vibrant Boston needs major avenues for bikes

Imagine a Massachusetts Avenue where commuters and students have their own lane to pedal from Boston Medical Center to Arlington. Or a reconstructed Boylston Street for shoppers getting around on two wheels, or a re-done Huntington Avenue that allows Hubway-using tourists to move easily from Copley Place to Symphony Hall, the Museum of Fine Arts, Northeastern University, and the Longwood Medical Area.

More cycling makes a more vibrant city. Boston and Cambridge have come a long way in a very short time in promoting cycling and bike sharing. But for the most part, the streets still belong to daredevils willing to risk their lives on painted lanes in between whizzing cars on the left and parked cars on the right, where a deadly door could be opened into their lane without warning.

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