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City will miss cycling safety law’s May 1 deadline on changes to traffic through Porter Square area

City will miss cycling safety law’s May 1 deadline on changes to traffic through Porter Square area

A bicyclist rides south through Porter Square on Jan. 25. (Photo: Marc Levy) The city will miss its May 1 deadline to install quick-build separated…

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A bicyclist rides south through Porter Square on Jan. 25. (Photo: Marc Levy) The city will miss its May 1 deadline to install quick-build separated bicycle lanes on Massachusetts Avenue through Porter Square, the city manager will tell the City Council on Monday.

Community engagement requirements, the need for more time to develop and install infrastructure to make up for the loss of current parking spaces and complications in scheduling contractors combine to make it impossible to meet the demands set by the city’s Cycling Safety Ordinance, City Manager Louis A. DePasquale said. The letter was included Thursday in the agenda packet for the next council meeting. The bike lanes between Beech Street and Roseland Street are to be done in quick-build fashion using road paint and plastic flex-posts, with parking meters and loading zones moved to side streets to make up for some loss of spaces on Massachusetts Avenue. But a quick-build bus-and-bike project in November that cost parking spaces, angering businesses west of Porter Square, forced a reconsideration of how the Traffic, Parking & Transportation Department moved ahead with community engagement and mitigation efforts.

“We committed to providing the community with three engagement opportunities prior to project implementation. Given that we are only holding our second engagement opportunity during the middle of this month, we do not expect to be able to complete the level of meaningful engagement we have committed to while still meeting the original deadline,” DePasquale said.

One community meeting was held Jan. 25; the next is […]

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