'Worst Biking City' Attempts To Lose The Title

Boston has not had a good relationship with cyclists. However, Mayor Thomas M. Menino is a cycling advocate, a city bike czar is on staff, bike lanes and facilities have been added, and a turn-around is evident even to its critics.
August 10, 2009, 12pm PDT | Irvin Dawid
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Boston was tagged "one of the nation's 'Worst Biking Cities' three times from 1999 to 2006". It's trying to change that image. Four miles of bike lanes have been added; five to ten are due to be added by years end, and laws have been added to make cycling safer as the city tries to compete with its bike-friendly neighbor, Cambridge.

"The grand plan is to change the culture, which is an incredible task," said Nicole Freedman, a former Olympic cyclist who was hired as the city's "bike czar" in 2007."

"Even Bicycling Magazine is cutting Boston some slack, putting it on last year's "Five for the Future" list."

However, it may not be moving fast enough.

"David Watson, executive director of MassBike, an advocacy organization, said change in Boston, particularly in the number of miles of bike lanes put in each year, is slow compared with improvements in other cities."

Thanks to Benjamin Boshnack

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Published on Sunday, August 9, 2009 in The New York Times - U.S.
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