You may have noticed the new bike lanes on Comm. Ave that extend from the BU bridge all the way to Packard’s Corner. Riding home yesterday I spotted this unusual sight at the corner of Comm Ave. and Babcock St.:
A man towing his daughter on a trail-a-bike down Comm. Ave!
I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone under the age of 18 riding fearlessly down Comm Ave, except for the occasional group of BMXers who I see riding up and down sidewalks. Could it be that the father felt safer with these new bike lanes? Curious of this conjecture, I decided to ask him whether the new bike lanes had any influence on his decision to ride down Comm. Ave with his daughter, to which he smiled and replied:
“you know what, yeah they did. otherwise, i would’ve taken a back road.”
We bid each other farewell, and his fearless daughter waved me goodbye as they rode off into Brookline.
Of course, while I couldn’t be more excited by the thought that the bike lanes are without a doubt encouraging some people to bike down Comm. Ave because they make people feel safer, I also couldn’t help be nervous about the thought of more people riding fearlessly down what might now be the single longest bike lane in a door zone in Boston:
Although, one change I’m glad to see is the removal of parking spaces near the BU bridge: one door zone I’ve always been weary of riding near. In this video you can see the newly painted bike lane over what used to be a row of painted car parking spots:
It’ll be nice when they finally remove/dismantle those parking meters though. You can see an SUV pulling over to park, and a few days ago I found a car that was just parked in the bike lane:
I can only hope that people will still be just as attentive to the door zone, especially all those incoming BU students whose first experience riding a bike in Boston will be in these very bike lanes.