Boston Mode-Shift: Bike Planning

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.

General goals:

  • 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"