BRA’s Peter Meade and CRC board member Ron Axelrod discuss bridge underpasses along the Charles River on WBUR

 

You can listen here to the whole discussion: http://bostonchamber.com/download-podcasts-from-recent-chamber-events/

 

Below is a transcription of Peter Meade and Ron Axelrod’s discussion of bridge underpasses:

Ron: My name is Ron Axelrod. I am part of the Charles River Conservancy.  I’m on the board.  I want to thank you by the way for your tireless efforts for the city.  I’ve been here for forty-five years working, and you have been a wonderful public figure to help the city grow, so I want to thank you.

 

Peter Meade: Thank you, you’re very kind.

 

Ron: But I want to also pick up on your comment about transportation and public safety, especially bicycle safety.  There’s a wonderful opportunity for the city to extend the Paul Dudley White bicycle path along the Charles River, which is one of our great assets, to be sort of our own Highline in Boston, where we could have uninterrupted bicycle and pedestrian circulation for seven miles along the river.  Part of that involves constructing underpasses in the three bridges that are about to be reconstructed—one under construction now, the Anderson Bridge—along the Charles River, that being Western Avenue and River Street Bridges.  I think that’s a wonderful opportunity for the city, not only to promote that as an exercise abd pedestrian and bicycle safety venue but also something that will really improve the transportation capabilities for the city.  So I hope the BRA and you could embrace that as part of one of your efforts.

 

Peter Meade: The bike program—by the way, in two years 625,000 rides in the Hubway bikes in just two years, and as I mentioned earlier a wonderful thing for young people—we’ll talk to the state folks about that, that’s a piece of state property but we do—by the way, relations—I have been here a long time, and I worked on the city a lifetime ago—the relations between the state and the city are terrific, in terms of agencies working together.  You couldn’t have a better relationship with the Port Authority than we have.  We do work well with the Department of Transportation and the outdoor, the recreation folks at the state.  So that’s something we do talk to them about, we do talk to them about the Esplanade fairly regularly, and as you indicated, it’s very very important to our city, it really is.  You know, if you’re there on a Saturday, the number of people who are walking, biking, running, playing sports—it’s incredible how many people are there. One of the things we need to look at long-term, you know, as a person who when I’m able to wants to walk, I think people try to figure out how do we segregate the bike riders from the old feeble walkers like me or the young kids.  There are some challenges there but there’s great beauty, it’s a great resource, I think you’ve raised a good point—yes, love to.

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