MassDOT announced today it will add protected bike lanes to the Mass. Ave. Bridge as part of a wintertime pilot involving signs and traffic barrels.
The number of vehicle lanes on each side will be reduced from two to one, with the goal of slowing motorists down - although the lanes will stay at two on each side at the ends to allow for turn lanes. The new markings and barrels will be in place by 5 a.m. on Monday, MassDOT says.
If the pilot works, MassDOT will work with Boston and Cambridge to create more permanent solutions that make the road safer for pedestrians and bicyclists - as well as motorists.