Update on Fiedler Bridge and Bikes?

Hi Will – I was glad to see an earlier post about the Fiedler bridge and the [editorializing] crazy signage regarding walking our bikes. It was from 2014, and there was mention of some updates and communication with DCR. Is anything likely to change?


Then, just so it’s clear my perspective, I’m a bike commuter into Boston, and the stricture to walk my bike is unworkable. It’s a bike bridge (in part). I’m also respectful enough to slow and even stop when there’s congestion, which I realize not everyone does. In fact, I get madder at rude bikers than even my wife, because it ruins it for the rest of us. That said, I don’t mind the sign, and can even take the occasional look from pedestrians, as long as we don’t get to a situation where fines will be imposed. I hope we don’t to that level of big government. I’d rather not have a Boston cop trying to enforce that, and away from more serious work. Instead, how about something more generic like SLOW or CAREFUL or Bikers, Respect Slower Pedestrians. I’m sure someone can come up with something decent that gets the point across.


Thank you,

3 replies on “Update on Fiedler Bridge and Bikes?”

  1. Hi will — So now there are staked “no biking” signs on both sides of the Fiedler. I presume those actually mean “no riding of bikes”.

    When I see other cyclists still biking and not walking, what possible infraction are they risking?

      1. According to CMR 302 CMR 12.12(2):

        “The use of bicycles and other means of transportation, including in-line skates, scooters, skateboards and similar equipment, may be prohibited in specific areas and at specific times at particular DCR properties, and may be communicated through postings, signs, or markings.”

        302 CMR 12.20(4):

        “Any person who violates a provision of 302 CMR 12.00 is subject to a fine, as may be provided by law.”

        A violation of such rules is punishable by a fine not exceeding $200. MGL Ch. 92, Sec. 37

        Andrew Bettinelli
        Legislative Aide
        Office of State Senator William N. Brownsberger

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