Downtown Bicycle Wayfinding Pilot Program Gets Underway

The Boston Transportation Department this week began the installation of 90 Bicycle Wayfinding signs that are being posted at busy intersections Downtown to point the way for cyclists to popular sites in Boston.

The installation of the new bicycle wayfinding signs is another step toward the City’s ongoing efforts to becoming a world class bicycling city, and helps make Boston’s historic, winding network of streets more accessible for bicyclists.  The City aims to make bicycling in Boston safe and convenient for all who choose this clean and healthy form of transportation.

The green and white signs, more compact than a typical street sign, are outfitted with a bicycle logo as well as the name of a popular Boston site and the distance in miles to that location.  The tips of the signs are shaped as arrows to point cyclists in the proper direction.  Some of the signs offer directional information to multiple destinations.  All signs are being fabricated in-house and installed by BTD staff and, as a result, the total cost of the project is estimated at less than $400.  The installation process is expected to be completed in the next two weeks.

 Destinations referred to by the new signs are:

  • South Station
  • North Station
  • The New England Aquarium
  • Faneuil Hall
  • Park Street
  • Government Center
  • Cambridge.

Kristopher Carter of the Boston Bikes Program said, “In recent years, 50 miles of bike lanes have been installed on Boston’s streets, hundreds of bike racks have been procured and installed, and we have successfully introduced the Hubway bike-sharing program to Boston’s residents and visitors.  The Bicycle Wayfinding signs will complement these initiatives and ensure that Boston cyclists find the safest and most direct route to their destination.”

“We are pleased to have been given this opportunity to participate in this important project,” added Boston Transportation Commissioner Thomas J. Tinlin.  “Providing incentives for people to leave their private vehicles at home and take advantage of alternate forms of transportation, such as cycling, walking and public transportation, is important to us as fewer cars results in reduced traffic congestion and improved public safety on our local streets.”

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