On Tuesday night, I attended a community meeting hosted by DCR and MassDOT to present the Charles River Basin Bike and Pedestrian Connectivity Study. This study was commissioned as part of Governor Patrick’s Accelerated Bridge Program to identify connectivity gaps that place constraints on bike and pedestrian traffic throughout the Charles River Basin and make recommendations to improve connectivity throughout the reservation and access to the surrounding neighborhoods. The study area is from the Galen Street Bridge in Watertown to the Craige Dam Bridge/Museum of Science in Boston and Cambridge and access within a two block radius of the reservation.
The recommendations range from simple projects such as new crosswalks, bike lanes, signs and signals to more ambitious work such as a proposal to narrow Greenough Boulevard in Watertown in order to accommodate more bike, and pedestrian traffic and the Charlesgate Greenway project that will reconnect the Emerald Necklace to the Esplanade. The Charlesgate Greenway project would be funded as part of the proposed repairs to the Bowker Overpass.
We’d love to hear what you think of the study – are there recommendations that are particularly exciting, or perhaps some that should be reworked?
Office of State Senator William N. Brownsberger