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Better bike lanes

We've installed many bike lanes in Boston. Now we're working to make them better.

Through the Go Boston 2030 process, City residents envisioned better bike facilities. You asked for bike lanes that would be more comfortable and safe. You also asked for better bicycling connections between homes, jobs, schools, and open space. You can learn more about our efforts to build better bike lanes below.

About our work

Boston has a large network of conventional bike lanes. These lanes dedicate about five feet of space in the street for bicycling. As we’ve added bike lanes across the City, more people have chosen to ride a bike to work, to the T, to farmers markets, or just for fun.

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're also creating traffic-calmed local streets. We want to provide comfortable, safe places for biking and also make the streets safer for everyone.

Seven types of bike facilities are depicted on a scale from least comfortable to most comfortable. The least comfortable types are shared lanes, including shared lane with all vehicle traffic and shared lane with bus traffic. Conventional bike lanes, including standard bike lane and buffered bike lane, are in the middle of the scale. In the “most comfortable” category are separated bike lanes, including quick build using interim materials and full build using concrete and granite, and traffic-calmed local s

Bike Lane Types

Learn about the different bike lane types in the City of Boston.

Bike Lane Types

Design Elements

View the different bike lane design elements in the City

Design Elements


See our tips for parking your car, getting in and out of your car, and bicycling on streets with parking-protected bike lanes.

Watch videos


View a map of bicycle facilities in the City of Boston.


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