N Harvard bike lane update

Yesterday on a bike ride to Harvard Sq I noticed 30 cars parked illegally in the new bike lane on the northbound side of North Harvard Street. Tow Zone signs have been posted for several days, but enforcement has not begun. I called the City's Transportation Hotline and was told that they are giving people the opportunity to "get used to" the new regulations and that "it wouldn't be fair" to ticket the cars so soon after the new parking restriction.

I was told that it would probably be early September when the enforcement would begin. For any type of transportation question or comment you can call the Transportation Hotline at 617 635 3125.

5 comments:

  1. This is curious. If anything, non-enforcement gives people a chance to "get used to" flouting the regulations.

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  2. Is it fair to force bikes into the now-narrowed street to avoid illegally parked cars? Should bicyclists "get used to" being hit?

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  3. Call the Transportation Dept or email the Commissioner ‎[Thomas.Tinlin@cityofboston.gov]‎ and Boston's Bike Coordinator [Nicole.Freedman.bra@cityofboston.gov] if you'd like to encourage the City to do something about this sooner rather than later.

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  4. Wow, I just encountered all kinds of hostility. The woman said that mine was the first call she'd received, that she didn't know anything about it, and that she was too busy to deal with it.

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  5. Spoke too soon! She actually just called me back about it. Basically said the same thing -- she didn't know -- but she was nicer about it this time. She said they're waiting for the okay from City Hall to start ticketing. City Hall is a big place, but she didn't have a name or department.

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