No matter how many bicycle lanes or Bluebikes stations come to East Boston, the neighborhood still has one major cycling barrier: Boston Harbor. Aside from a wildly roundabout route through Chelsea, Everett, and Charlestown, it is just about impossible for bikers to get downtown.
So Lydia Edwards, the neighborhood’s city councilor, wants to make it at least a little easier to bring a bike on the Blue Line. At a Wednesday council meeting, she called for a future hearing to discuss whether the MBTA could reserve a rush-hour car that allowed cyclists to bring their bikes onboard.
Edwards sees the idea as a simple, cheap, and quick solution to helping cyclists get downtown, especially compared to alternatives like building a bridge or adding a new ferry for bikers.
“We’re asking for a pilot program that would allow for one car on the Blue Line to be dedicated to bikes,” Edwards