Bicycling in Brookline 2015

Where Are We? Where Should We Go?

Presentations and Discussions

  • Brookline Bicycle Advisory Committee - Cynthia Snow, Chair
  • Brookline Transportation Board - Joshua Safer, Chair
  • Brookline Transportation Department - Todd Kirrane, Transportation Administrator
  • Brookline Police Department - Lt. Philip Harrington

Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 6:30 PM
Meeting Room, Coolidge Corner Library
31 Pleasant Street, Brookline

Brookline has made many bicycle safety and infrastructure improvements in recent years, but there is still much to be done to make bicycling safe for all. There are also conflicts among users of the public roads and sidewalks that can be addressed through respectful discussion.

Join Town officials as they review recent town activities affecting bicycling, summarize Brookline’s Green Routes Bicycle Network Plan, describe education and enforcement to improve public safety and balance the needs of users of all modes of transportation. Open facilitated discussion will follow.

Add your voice and ideas on what should happen next for Bicycling in Brookline.

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.