Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker wants to work with other local governments on plans to alleviate the state’s commuter congestion. Reducing heavy traffic may reduce the risk of bicycle accidents. Joined by other governors, including Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island and Chris Sununu of New Hampshire, Baker floated his ideas during the National Governors Association traffic summit in August 2019 at Boston’s Fairmont Copley Plaza.
Can These Options Lead to Fewer Bicycle Accidents?
Aggressive traffic management is a priority for Baker. One option the governor wants to explore is managed lanes, a recommendation included in the report on congestion from the state’s Department of Transportation. This proposal would allow motorists to drive in a new, faster lane with a minimum speed of 45 miles per hour by choosing to pay a toll. Under federal regulations, the lane would have to be constructed or be adapted from an existing shoulder. Drivers who don’t want to pay the toll would remain in the free lanes and should experience less congestion.
Designated Bus Lanes
Baker sees designated bus lanes as a highly effective mode of transporting people. When buses receive traffic signal priority as part of this option, the lanes reduce traffic congestion, which makes the streets safer for users. The number of bicycle accidents due to congestion may decrease.
Gov. Raimondo’s personal experience with the morning traffic led her to describe the commute as brutal, and she is working with Baker on improving regional rail. Current train service between Rhode Island and Boston helps commuters using the ferry, but Raimondo’s goal is to increase rail availability and speed.
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