Massachusetts has another reason to celebrate Bay State Bike Week! We just got great news from the League of American Bicyclists that Massachusetts has excelled in their third annual Bicycle Friendly State rankings – the League has named Massachusetts the 15th most bicycle-friendly state. We jumped ahead four places from our 2009 ranking of 19th, which earned Massachusetts an Honorable Mention Award.
This has really been a team effort, and MassDOT extends special thanks to all of our partners in regional and municipal government, and in the bicycling advocacy community. We at MassDOT are particularly proud of our recent efforts to support and promote bicycling, including the adoption of Complete Streets design standards in the 2006 Project Development and Design Guide; the completion of the 2008 State Bicycle Transportation Plan; and the promotion of the Bay State Greenway, a statewide network of on- and off-road bicycle routes recommended in the Bike Plan. And this year MassDOT is partnering with MassBike and local and regional partners to make Bay State Bike Week a statewide celebration, in another demonstration of our commitment to bicycling.
When we launched the Healthy Transportation Compact with the Executive Office of Health and Human Services and the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, MassDOT set the goal for Massachusetts to move into the League’s top ten Bicycle Friendly States, and in one year we are halfway to that goal. We are very proud of this ranking, and we are committed to continuing to advance bicycle transportation and moving Massachusetts to the top of the Bicycle Friendly States list.
Worcester: Belmont Street Bridge Opens posted on Mar 23
MassDOT has announced that the Belmont Street Bridge that carries Route 9 over Interstate 290 in Worcester is now open to its permanent configuration. The bridge now features two eastbound lanes toward Shrewsbury, two westbound lanes toward Lincoln Square and a newly-added, left-turn lane through …Continue Reading Worcester: Belmont Street Bridge Opens
Highway Assistance Patrol Program: MAPFRE Sponsorship Extension posted on Mar 23
MassDOT is pleased to announce an agreement to extend MAPFRE Insurance’s sponsorship of the Highway Assistance Patrol program (HAP) through March 2018. This extension marks the 15th year of partnership between MassDOT and MAPFRE in providing excellent customer service and safe, quick clearance on the …Continue Reading Highway Assistance Patrol Program: MAPFRE Sponsorship Extension
South Coast Rail: Notice of Project Change posted on Mar 22
The Baker-Polito Administration’s Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has filed a Notice of Project Change (NPC) for the South Coast Rail (SCR) Project with the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office on March 15, 2017. The Notice advances South Coast Rail as a phased project that …Continue Reading South Coast Rail: Notice of Project Change