Better bike lanes
Enabling more trips by bike is essential to reaching our climate and public health goals. We need to make sure our streets are safe for the thousands of people who bike today -- and for the many more who will choose to ride tomorrow.
While each block of safe, comfortable bike lane is important -- it's more important that they connect to each other. A connected network is worth more than the sum of its parts.
Everyone in Boston deserves safe access to our bike network, no matter what neighborhood they're in. We're quickly closing gaps in Boston's emerging network of low-stress bike routes -- and working intentionally with residents to design an expanded bike network that works for their communities.
We're transforming Boston's streets to better serve people walking, rolling, and riding bikes. We're connecting our bike network and bringing safer streets to every neighborhood.
About our work
Separated bike lanes are safe and predictable places for people to ride bikes. You and your family have your own space to ride. You can go at your own pace and ride side-by-side. If you're in a vehicle, you know where to expect people on bikes. You don't have to worry so much. A 13-year study of a dozen U.S. cities found that separated bike lanes make streets safer for everyone, whether they are walking, driving, or biking.
Traffic-calmed local streets are designed for people. They discourage unnecessary through-traffic by drivers, while making useful connections for people walking or bicycling. These streets make it easier and safer to:
- travel within your own neighborhood,
- get to train stations or bus stops, and
- connect with the city-wide bike network.
Citywide Bike Network Design
While we accelerate our work to close known gaps in our existing bike network, we will be working with residents to create a citywide bike plan. This planning process will embed local needs and priorities in the route selection and design.
Our work will be co-led by City agencies, including the Environment Department and the Public Health Commission. A working group of Boston residents will guide our work and advise us on outreach strategies. We aim to launch the working group in fall 2022.
All residents will be invited to participate in an iterative process with low-stakes opportunities to get involved. We will have honest and transparent conversations about trade-offs and work together to realize streets that help everyone travel safely.
Interested in learning more about the working group?
Boston's Bike NetworkBike Network
Bike Lane Types
Learn about the different bike lane types in the City of Boston.
View the different bike lane design elements in the City.
Bicycle Network Map
View a map of bicycle facilities in the City of Boston.