Monday, January 7, 2013

Development on D Street

Development on D Street:
What does it mean for Pedestrians, Cyclists, and Transit riders?

The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) will be hosting a community meeting to discuss the latest proposal along D Street. The project description paints a picture of an animated pedestrian friendly street-scape stretching from Summer Street to West First Street. In my experiences this picture is often described beautifully in words but neglected in reality... for example this proposal includes a large parking structure along D Street... how pedestrian friendly will that be? We won't know until we ask the question. What I do know is that these meetings are our one chance to tell developers what we would like to see. So join me at the meeting where we can tell them we want bike lanes, we want safe crosswalks, we want friendly human scale sidewalks, we don't want expansive blank facade parking garages (perhaps first floor retail / commercial at the parking garage would help). We can suggest additional buses or shuttles may be required to get people to and from this new place to alleviate our current bus shortage. Speak up now because once its built its much harder to change.

For more information about this development Click Here

For more even more info, you can read this article from the Globe

Meeting info:

Jan. 14, from 6:30 - 8:00p.m. at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center - Room 154

Hope to see you there.


The bikes action team should be particularly interested in this development as this leg of D Street was identified as an area in much need of improved cycling. Its a major connector from the neighborhood to the Seaport, cars travel at unsafe speeds on this road so dedicated cycle-tracks are a MUST. The existing road width can support cycle-tracks so we should act now.

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