DCR to study bike lanes in parkway system

The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) announced last month that it will review its parkway system to find locations where bike lanes and improvements could be installed, according to a press release.

DCR parkways in Jamaica Plain include the Jamaicaway and the Arborway. Bike lanes were installed and then removed on the Arborway last year because of miscommunication, as the Gazette previously reported.

“Cycling has seen a significant expansion, both as a method of transportation and recreation,” said DCR Commissioner Jack Murray, according to the press release. “As an agency that serves the Commonwealth in both of those areas, it is critically important that we work with our partners to identify roadways within our system to improve the safety for both cyclists and drivers.”

DCR will use a group of planners, traffic engineers and landscape architects for the review. The study will include updating traffic information, assessing parkway conditions and understanding the deficiencies of heavily cycled parkways.

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