Planning Boston's Bicycle System and Completing the City’s Streets
The MIT Site and Urban System class (11.304/4.255) worked with the City of Boston Director of Bicycle Programs and Toole Design Group to develop a comprehensive and integrated bicycle plan and street design that enhance a livable public realm, are shared by all modes of travel equitably, and are responsive to environmental conditions.
a. To provide specific design solutions and planning ideas for the construction and implementation of the City’s bicycle plan components.
b. To create a draft street design manual that addresses Boston’s new initiative for Complete Streets Policy - an inclusive approach to the use of Boston's extensive and diverse road infrastructure.
Specific aims include:
• The design and incorporation of bicycle lanes, bicycle facilities and other bicycle priority measures within existing streets
• Inclusion of scooters/motorcycles, electric car and vanpool parking spaces
• Development of shared street realms that accommodate all modes of travel equitably including pedestrians, motorists, bicyclists, transit riders and persons with disabilities.
• The use of sustainable techniques to reduce environmental impacts such as stormwater runoff (green streets).
• Use digital technologies to make streets "smarter"