Lynn rides with bike community
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LYNN — A brand new grant-funded program goals to make metropolis streets safer by starting to construct a bicycle community that will join the downtown to its surrounding neighborhoods.
Lynn has been awarded a $125,000 grant from the Massachusetts Division of Transportation (MassDOT) to implement the Lynn Secure Streets undertaking.
Awarded via the company’s Shared Streets and Areas grant program, the funding will allow the town to create bike lanes, and within the case of North Frequent Road, a shared bus and bike lane, that may enhance entry to the downtown, in accordance with Metropolis Planner Aaron Clausen.
On South Frequent Road and Market Road, the protected bike lanes can be positioned alongside the designated route for the town’s portion of the Northern Strand Path, which is at present underneath development, Clausen stated.
The brand new short-term lanes will present an instantaneous connection to the long run bike path whereas design and engineering of the extension for a everlasting bicycle facility is finalized.
“It is a short-term measure to form of get folks safer entry to the seaside, however safer entry to and thru downtown and (additionally join) it to the Northern Strand,” stated Clausen. “The thought was to prop up some bike lanes and, within the case of North Frequent, a bus/bike lane and community of avenue corridors into the downtown.”
By means of the undertaking, the downtown can be linked to surrounding neighborhoods that embrace key establishments, such because the YMCA, faculties, Metropolis Corridor and the Lynn Public Library.
Funding will assist the short-term creation of motorcycle lanes, or amenities, on Neptune Boulevard, Wheeler Road, State Road, Broad Road, and a bus and bike solely lane on North Frequent Road.
Underneath the grant program, the funding should be used for avenue enhancements that may be rapidly applied at a comparatively low price, with the intention of constructing metropolis streets safer for all modes of transportation.
The corridors have been chosen for fast deployment and their location in high-crash areas, as recognized by the Freeway Security Enchancment Program.
The implementation of the bike lanes is underway — Neptune Boulevard has been relined — and must be accomplished by the primary week of October underneath the town’s grant settlement with MassDOT, Clausen stated.
“It’s meant to construct fast interventions at a reasonably low price to offer safer streets throughout COVID,” stated Clausen. “Finally, the imaginative and prescient is a everlasting cycle observe to downtown and connecting with Northern Strand.”
Though new bicycle and transit amenities applied as a part of the Lynn Secure Streets undertaking are close to time period and short-term in nature, they’re step one in implementing everlasting adjustments to the roadway that balances the wants of autos with pedestrians, bicycles and transit customers, Clausen stated, noting that the town is working with the Division of Conservation & Recreation for added funding.
“We respect the technical help and funding assist from MassDOT to hold out these fast construct options in response to modified journey behaviors because of the COVID-19 pandemic,“ stated Mayor Thomas M. McGee. “The bus and bike solely lanes included with this undertaking will present safer roadways for all customers, enhance entry to non-motorized transportation within the near-term, whereas laying the groundwork for a future full avenue community buildout all through the town.”
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