The Brookline Bicycle Advisory Committee
Brookline has a population of approximately 55,000 and offers a mixture of urban and suburban living in the Boston metropolitan area. Many neighboring governments, including Boston proper, Cambridge, and Newton are also taking steps to improve the local bicycle infrastructure.
Bicycling in Brookline
The Town of Brookline desires to improve conditions for bicycling and to promote bicycling by children and adults, for both transportation and recreation.
Bicycling is an attractive and efficient mode of transportation for trips whose distance is in the range of 0.75 to 5 miles. A large fraction of Brookline residents make trips in this range, including local errands and work trips to such destinations as Cambridge and Boston. Our youth, in particular, make many trips in this range, going to school, to playing fields, running errands, and visiting friends. For those living too far from school to walk there, bicycling offers a means of traveling to school independent of bus schedules, without driving or being driven in a car, improving opportunities for participation in extra-curricular activities.
In comparison with driving, bicycling reduces traffic congestion, parking need, energy consumption, and air pollution. Bicycling to work or school is also a way to get routine cardiovascular exercise with little or no incremental time commitment. Many Brookline residents want this kind of opportunity for themselves and for their children.