Crucial Bike-Ped Connections are Focus of Walk
- 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