A shared use path is off-road infrastructure that is physically separated from motorized vehicle traffic and designed for use by people of all ages. They are designed for two-way non-vehicle travel options for a wide variety of settings, such as walking with a stroller, riding a bicycle, or jogging. Shared use paths are typically paved and ADA compliant to meet the versatile needs of users.
In the context of this project, a shared-use path will:
- Provide vertical separation from the roadway which provides a higher level of safety and comfort compared to an on-road facility.
- Provides a more comfortable and safer option than an on-road buffered bike lane, given the speeds and volumes of Route 30.
- Attract more cyclists who would otherwise be too hesitant to ride on the road, such as recreational riders and families.
- Create a connection to a larger shared-use path network to serve the regional area.
- Future connectivity to MassDOT’s bridge project (Route 30 over Charles River), which includes a shared-use path.
- Future connectivity to Newton’s Carriageway conversion to a shared-use path from Lyons Field to MassDOT’s bridge project
Learn more about shared-use paths here.
The shared use path cross section will also reduce the curb-to-curb width of pavement along the corridor when compared to the cross section with buffered bike lanes (as shown in the following images).