The city will soon build long-awaited bicycle lanes on Cambridge Street in Allston, following public calls for improved safety measures for cyclists and pedestrians on the busy roadway.
In a matter of weeks, The Boston Department of Transportation plans to add bike lanes near the Cambridge Street overpass on both sides and restripe the street on both sides, according to a Boston Globe report.
Allston resident Harry Mattison says he regularly jogs or cycles on the street, which he believes to be one of the most dangerous roadways in the city.
“Where the Mass Pike on and off ramps merge into the street are incredibly dangerous sections, so this has been something that residents have wanted for years,” said Mattison. “Cambridge Street is such a crucial link, but it’s also terrifying, so to have safer crossings will be tremendous.”
The new bike lanes are part of a two-year, $10 million overhaul of the Cambridge Street overpass, which is also set to get a new crosswalk and signal. The street sees a high volume of pedestrian traffic due to a nearby bus route.
The improvements follow months of pleas from Allston residents outraged over pedestrian and cyclist deaths on the busy thoroughfare.
A 26-year-old man was killed while on the Cambridge Street on-ramp in July when he was struck by a car.
In May of 2013, a 12-year-old was killed crossing Cambridge Street near Union Square.