Two Exciting Beacon Street Events

Frederick Law Olmsted designed the widened Beacon Street in the 1880s to accommodate tracks in the center surrounded by a bridle path, carriageways, sidewalks and trees. This made Beacon Street the wide boulevard it is today. To meet modern uses, the bridle path and carriageway have given way to vehicle traffic and parking. More recently, bicycle lanes have been added to parts of the street, but might we find a better, safer accommodation for all users of the street?

Come to hear about the history and one possible use of the original bridle path on May 13, then join a one-day community event, “Envision Beacon Street,” on May 18 to try it out.


Monday, May 13, 2019, 7:00-8:30

A talk and discussion about the historic Olmsted plan for Beacon Street and a vision to restore its bridle path.


Saturday, May 18, 2019, 10 AM -2 PM

Beacon St median between Carlton and Kent Streets, Brookline Stroll, job, scoot, and bike the historic Olmsted bridle path along the Beacon Street median. Food, community booths, and family fun.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MAY 18; if you can help, please go to

Thank you John Dempsey

We thank John Dempsey for his prime role in organizing the Brookline Bike Parade for ten years from 2007 to 2017. That event gathered the community in celebration of the joys and benefits of active transportation, and it highlighted the importance of Beacon Street to Brookline and the region. We hope that this new event, highlighting renewed possibilities, will honor and continue the wonderful tradition that John started.