Editorial: Farewell to bike czar

We will miss Nicole Freedman, the JP resident who long served as the City’s pioneering Bike Program leader.

Freedman’s hiring was a legacy of the late Mayor Menino’s unexpected conversion to the bicycling gospel. She got Boston up to speed at a velocity one would expect from a former Olympian. A plethora of bike lanes and the Hubway bike share system are among her obvious contributions to a city that was once a virtual enemy to bicyclists.

From the JP perspective, it was a benefit to have the Bike Program director riding our streets on a daily basis to know bike issues first-hand.

Mayor Walsh is showing a commitment to continuing the bike improvements and pushing them close to the cutting edge, and also to making more transparent decisions on such roadway infrastructure. Meanwhile, thank you, Nicole, for getting Boston started on that journey.

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