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378Crucial Bike-Ped Connections are Focus of Walk

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  • kenmedford
    Jul 6, 2005
      This walk is what was referred to as a "rally" in today's excellent
      Boston Herald article about the Big Dig evading its legal
      commitments to build three bike-ped bridge connections.

      To read the article, click here:


      - Ken Krause


      WalkBoston, MassBike, the Charles River Conservancy, and the Charles
      River Watershed Association invite you to walk with us to see the
      connections that are needed to complete the pathway network of the
      new Charles River Basin.

      WalkBoston will lead a walk to view the sites of the proposed
      bridges that would complete the network.

      12 - 1 PM
      Wednesday, July 13, 2005
      Meet on Causeway Street in front of the North Station T
      (map link shown below)

      The long-planned and agreed upon vision for the area centers on
      pedestrian/bicycle paths on both sides of the Charles River, and a
      path bridging the river to connect the Cambridge and Esplanade path
      systems to the Boston Harborwalk and the Rose Kennedy Greenway.
      These bridges are part of the CA/T mitigation agreements for the
      basin. WalkBoston, MassBike, the Charles River Conservancy, and the
      Charles River Watershed Association have long supported the path
      plans as critical elements in the emerging regional path network.
      To create these connections, the plans specify three bridges along
      and over the MBTA commuter rail lines.

      The first bridge (now being designed) will cross the rail tracks to
      link Charlestown and Cambridge. The second bridge would cross over
      the rails on the Boston side behind North Station to connect the
      Esplanade to the Greenway and the Harborwalk. The third bridge would
      cross the river parallel to the rail lines, on the upstream side of
      the existing railroad bridge.

      The last two bridges may fall prey to current CA/T budget
      priorities. If this happens, the path network will be incomplete.
      Without the second bridge, existing paths will dead-end at each side
      of the railroad tracks at the Spaulding Hospital on the west, and
      the Charles River Dam on the east. Without the third bridge, river
      crossings for pedestrians and bicycles will be largely diverted to
      busy roadway bridges.

      All three bridges deserve your support. Join us to help make sure
      that these critical pedestrian/bike connections get built.

      WalkBoston, Wendy Landman, 617.367.9255
      MassBike, Dorie Clark, 617-542-2453
      Charles River Conservancy, Renata von Tscharner, 617-619 2851