Overview & Network Plan

The number of bike lanes is growing. We began by installing 5.22 miles of on-street markings in 2008. By the start of 2013, there were more than 62 miles of bike lanes and shared lane markings installed. We are continuing to add on-street bike infrastructure across the city. Some of the most significant corridors with bike lanes are Massachusetts Avenue, Dorchester Avenue, and Commonwealth Avenue. In Downtown Boston, there is a web of bike lanes and a network of way-finding signs to help cyclists navigate the area.

During the same five-year period, we have added more than 3,000 bike parking spaces with public racks installed at schools, community centers, libraries, public housing facilities, in commercial districts, and in neighborhoods. These racks can be located here. Simultaneously, the MBTA has begun installing bike cages at major stations and an increasing number of parking garages have installed bike parking spaces as well.

The City of Boston is committed to helping more residents and visitors get on bikes and to making it safer to ride. The Boston Bike Network provides a vision for developing bike lanes and paths throughout the City.

Bike Network Plan 2013 Logo (150)Encouraging more bicycle trips is an important component of the City’s Climate Action Plan, which sets a 2020 target of increasing the share of commute trips by bike to 10 percent. The 2013 Cyclist Safety Report sets a goal of decreasing bicycle crashes by 50 percent in the same timeframe. The Boston Bike Network plan is intended to support the growing number of bicyclists and help the city reach its sustainability and safety goals.

The Boston Bike Network Plan:

  • Was developed with the input of city departments, state agencies, and hundreds of citizens who spoke up at open houses, made suggestions through an online mapping tool, or served on a Citizens Working Group.
  • Lays out a plan for creating safer streets for bicycling that will attract and support new riders while improving the safety and comfort of all bicyclists.
  • Identifies a comprehensive network of bicycle routes through the city, calling for 75 miles of new facilities in the next five years and reaching a network of 353 miles within 30 years.
  • Will be used by city departments, state agencies, and developers so that as they modify city streets they are helping.

Available items of interest include:

To see more resources, including maps of each neighborhood and more city-wide maps, visit the City of Boston website.

Boston Bikes is Boston's city-wide initiative to encourage citizens and visitors to use bicycles for fun, exercise, and transportation.

Did you know?

In 2012, Boston surpassed 60 miles of bike lane. This is up from 60 yards in 2007. We continue to add 10–20 miles per year. Check out the Bike Network Plan to see our plans for the future.

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