Bike options abound for riders during Orange Line shutdown – Boston News, Weather, Sports


Those looking to get around Boston on two wheels during the Orange Line shutdown will have no shortage of options.

The city is offering free Bluebike ride passes during the month-long shutdown. The free tickets are available to everyone and offer unlimited 45-minute rides.

“Expanding bike access is just one way the city is working to provide alternate travel routes during this unprecedented shutdown,” Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said last week. “Our city officials meet with MBTA daily to adjust shuttle routes, designate bus priority lanes and create multilingual signage.”

Boston city officials also announced that the city will establish “pop-up” bike lanes on Columbus Avenue, Stuart Street and Boylston Street. The lanes are separated from vehicular traffic by buoys. In addition, officials are planning priority lanes for buses in several key areas of the city.

Officials have also recommended bike routes that drivers can take instead of driving into town or taking one of the shuttle buses. Routes have been designed to avoid areas frequently served by Orange Line shuttle buses. The recommended northern inbound route will carry riders down the Revere Beach Parkway and the southern inbound route up the Santilli Highway.

According to Boston Street Chief Jascha Franklin-Hodge, the city would prefer the public to explore alternative transportation rather than commuting to work.

“A whole orange train, if you took all these people and put them in cars, that would be a four-mile traffic queue. We don’t have room for that on our streets,” said Franklin-Hodge.

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