Bike Safety Improvements Coming to Comm. Ave
After two students died last year, Boston is taking steps to improve cycling safety along Commonwealth Avenue by Boston University.
In the wake of two BU students' cycling deaths last year, the city of Boston is taking steps to add more warning signs, reflectors and lane markings to improve cycling safety along Commonwealth Avenue.
“I’m hopeful that these changes will help protect bicyclists and pedestrians traveling along this very busy stretch of Commonwealth Avenue,” BU President Robert A. Brown told BU Today. “I am also extremely grateful for the city’s continued support of bike safety initiatives that safeguard all people who use the city streets that pass through our campus.”
The new signs will include "High bicycle and pedestrian activity zone," "Yield to bicycles when turning right," and note the 25-mile-per-hour speed limit. Pavement markings will be painted with high-visiblity paint, and bike lanes will be increased to six inches. Highway reflectors will also be installed to mark bike lanes between intersecions.
Two bicycle accidents lead to the death of two BU students in 2012. BU student Christopher Weigl was hit by a truck at the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and St. Paul Street, and Chung Wei Yang was hit by an MBTA bus at the corner of Harvard Avenue and Brighton Avenue in Allston.