A year after getting its first sharrows, those on-street symbols indicating that cyclists and drivers need to share the road, Wellesley now has an actual marked bike lane on Washington Street on the street across from Hunnewell Field.
While we’ve had no luck getting an update from Wellesley’s Engineering Department on the latest disappearance of brick crosswalks on the town’s main thoroughfare (i.e., Rte. 16), the appearance of fresh sharrows and a dedicated bike lane are plain to see. The bike lane is on the westbound side of 16, and the sharrows are on the eastbound side, encouraging cyclists to share the road with drivers and perhaps getting themselves out of harm’s way where people parking for ballgames and such along the Hunnewell Field stretch aren’t always careful about swinging open their car doors.
Wellesley has been attempting to make the town more bike friendly in recent years, even forming a Bicycle Safety Committee in the wake of a local cyclist’s death on a Wellesley road in 2012.
Cycle Day at Wellesley Farmers’ Market
Speaking of cycling, the Wellesley Farmers’ Market is having its official Cycle Day on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9am-1pm at 300 Washington St.
Fuel up on free coffee, grab a tote bag to transport anything you buy and meet Steve the Bike Guy, who will be offering quick tune-ups and consultations.