Rush hour at Murray Circle on Monday, May 17, 2021.

State Blames Arborway Gridlock on Ill-Timed Traffic Light

Traffic engineers have changed the timing on a light near Murray Circle, a tweak they say should ease gridlock for car drivers. The state recently painted lanes at JP's largest rotary as part of an overhaul of the whole Arborway. The change has won wide acclaim among bicyclists but raised blood pressure among drivers. The gridlock has been worst along Centre Street from the Faulkner Hospital to Murray Circle. In a press release Friday, the Department of Conservation and Recreation said they've received "some complaints about congestion on the Arborway and Centre Street northbound in the afternoon rush hour."

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Rush hour at Murray Circle on Monday, May 17, 2021.

New Murray Circle, Arborway Lane Markings Spark Anger, Delight

At evening rush hour on Monday, the cars inching into JP's busiest rotary moved slower than a woman pushing a stroller along the sidewalk. Bikes, however, zoomed through via a new bike lane.  

Arborway Cycletrack! The broken link in the Emerald Necklace bicycle network has been eliminated! @EmNecklaceBos @bostonbikeunion @MassBike @StreetsBoston @StreetsblogMASS pic.twitter.com/clPBy9y8r0
— Peter Cheung (@bostonaruban) May 18, 2021

Murray Circle, the rotary that links Centre Street and the Arborway, received new lane markings this week.

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Car Lanes Going Bye Bye for New Buffered Bikes Lanes on Arborway as Early as This Fall

While the Department of Conservation and Recreation work on a longterm plan to improve the Arborway, some short-term changes, including buffered bike lanes are coming as early as this fall. 

"We are proposing to remove travel lanes in three locations. Before making this
proposal, we carefully reviewed pre-pandemic traffic volumes (on which we have collected data on several occasions over many years) for the corridor," wrote Jeffrey Parenti, Deputy Chief Engineer for DCR. The short-term improvements could also begin in spring 2021. Parenti provided a list of short-term improvements and the intended goals of the changes. The changes include:

Adding clear lane lines to Murray Circle.

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This Is What It’s Like to Bicycle to Work from Jamaica Plain

Jamaica Plain resident Kyle Vining regularly bicycles to work from the Woodbourne neighborhood and shared his helmet cam of his riding in the Boston Bike to Work Day. Vining has been a vocal proponent for the city to improve road safety for bicyclists, pedestrians, and drivers. He's documented numerous occasions of unsafe driving, including MBTA drivers riding through red lights, pedestrians almost getting hit and more. "I regularly commute year-round by bike to work in Longwood Medical Area. I enjoy commuting by bike because I enjoy the outdoors and it saves me time.

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11th Annual JP Bikes Family-Friendly Spring Bike Ride May 19

Celebrate spring with JP Bikes' annual family-friendly bike tour of the neighborhood on May 19. This is a free bike tour of Jamaica Plain geared for kids to be able to ride. Before the ride there will be bike decorating, fun stuff for the kids (and adults), music, and refreshments. Please meet at the South Street Mall (South Street and Carolina Avenue) at 10 am and the ride gets rolling at 11 am.

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