The MIT Site and Urban System class (11.304/4.255) worked with the City of Boston Director of Bicycle Programs and Toole Design Group to develop a comprehensive and integrated bicycle plan and street design that enhance a livable public realm, are shared by all modes of travel equitably, and are responsive to environmental conditions.
- To provide specific design solutions and planning ideas for the construction and implementation of the City’s bicycle plan components.
- To create a draft street design manual that addresses Boston’s new initiative for Complete Streets Policy - an inclusive approach to the use of Boston's extensive and diverse road infrastructure.
Specific aims include:
- The design and incorporation of bicycle lanes, bicycle facilities and other bicycle priority measures within existing streets
- Inclusion of scooters/motorcycles, electric car and vanpool parking spaces
- Development of shared street realms that accommodate all modes of travel equitably including pedestrians, motorists, bicyclists, transit riders and persons with disabilities.
- The use of sustainable techniques to reduce environmental impacts such as stormwater runoff (green streets).
- Use digital technologies to make streets "smarter"