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Bikes Lanes Coming To Two Major Waltham Roads

The Traffic Commission recently approved installation of several new bikes lanes in Waltham.

Bikes lanes are coming to two major Waltham roads. 

The Traffic Commission, at its Dec. 19 meeting, approved bike lanes and signs for Totten Pond Road and Winter Street. It also approved shared lanes (different from dedicated bike lanes) for South Street and Beaver Street along with appropriate signs. The Commission also approved shared lanes for South and Beaver Street with accompanying signs.

The Commission, however, rejected proposals for bike lanes on Moody Street, Main Street and Bacon Street, according to the meeting’s minutes.

Traffic Commission Chairman Frank Lombardo told Waltham Patch that none of the new lanes would be installed until sometime in the spring.

The decision comes after several Waltham residents recently proposed bike lanes for the major roads. They cited wanting a smaller carbon footprint and increased cyclist safety as reasons for the proposals.

In denying the Moody Street proposal, the Commission said the road was not wide enough to accommodate bicycle lanes, according to the meeting minutes. It also said Main Street should undergo a comprehensive study before considering bicycle lanes.

With the South Street and Beaver Street proposals, the Commission noted both were not wide enough to accommodate separate bike lanes, according to the minutes. Bacon Street is also not wide enough for a bike lane and does not have enough car traffic to justify a separate lane, the Commission noted in its minutes.

moe howard January 08, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Are the folks on bicycles going to follow the rules of the road?? I don't think so.
Driver and cyclist January 08, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Are the folks in cars going to follow the rules of the road?? I don't think so.
Tina January 08, 2013 at 04:54 PM
I live on Forest Street, and I frequently see bicyclists riding three abreast. That is hazardous to both the cyclists and the motorists. And if you honk at them, they are likely to give you an obscene gesture.
Waltham rez January 09, 2013 at 01:42 AM
Maybe you should try waiting patiently and not honking. You're inside a quiet vehicle. They are exposed to a noisy honk. If you see them and are not in immediate danger, there's no need to honk. It's agressive.
JohnnyMass January 09, 2013 at 02:21 AM
Waltham-More and more like Cambridge every day!
CP January 09, 2013 at 04:09 AM
Can't wait to see the statistics on this one. Cambridge has a lot of accidents and usually the auto driver takes the blame even though I never see there bikers follow the rules we have to. Try Trapelo Road & bike lanes (we could lose quite a few more).
Matt K June 11, 2013 at 07:29 PM
Bike lanes will be a great way to improve quality of life in Waltham. There are many benefits to bicycling. It's good for exercise, recreation, transportation, lowering the number of cars on the road, and lessening pollution and carbon output. Automobiles vastly outnumber bicyles on the roads in Waltham. Bicyclists are not perfect when it comes to following the rules of the road. We all know that motorists are not either. I encourage motorists to be patient and tolerant with bicyclists, and, to improve safety and their image with drivers, I encourage bicyclists to get better at following the rules of the road.

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