Bike plan brings more paths in Simmons area

Mayor Thomas M. Menino released the Boston Bike Network Plan, identifying a comprehensive network of bike routes through the city and calling for the creation of 75 new miles of bike routes within five years.
In the Simmons neighborhood, Avenue Louis Pasteur will be getting a buffered bike lane within the next five years.  A buffered bike lane has an additional painted buffer to provide more separation from motor vehicles. Additionally, shared use paths will be added to  Pilgrim Road, Short Street, and Blackfan Circle as part of the 30-year plan. They will have off-road pathways physically separated from traffic and designated for shared use or with adjacent separated paths for bicyclists and pedestrians.
“The Boston Bike Network Plan will improve the quality of life for every Bostonian by improving our health and reducing and congestion on our streets,” Mayor Menino said. “Boston is fast becoming one of the top biking cities in the country, and under this plan, we will continue to move forward.”
The proposed changes are linked to the Mayor’s Climate Action Plan goal of seeing 10 percent of trips made by bike by 2020.
“This plan is about getting all the people who have not biked in Boston to be comfortable and confident riding in the city,” said Nicole Freedman, the City of Boston’s Bike Director. “Separating cyclists from moving vehicles, as this plan does, will do just that.”
The Bike Network Plan can be viewed at