‘Mass Ave Better Bike Project’ will get airing via a set of open houses

This stretch of Mass Ave between Melnea Cass Boulevard and Columbia Road has been targeted as the site of a new bike facility. City of Boston graphic

The city has announced a trio of open houses later this month for the forthcoming Mass Ave Better Bike Project, an initiative geared toward making the avenue a safer and more viable commuting artery for cyclists.

The first of the three events, which will all be hosted at the Plumbers & Gasfitters Local 12 union headquarters at 1240 Mass. Ave. — will take place on Mon., March 23, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The second will follow on Wed., March 25, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., and the third will take place Sat., March 28, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The meetings comes after the city hosted biking and walking tours of the corridor last fall, met with local civic and business associations, and solicited community feedback comments through an online survey.

According to the project webpage, the Mass Ave Better Bike Project will target the section of Mass Ave between Melnea Cass Boulevard and Columbia Road and will design “a safe, comfortable biking facility to connect Dorchester, Roxbury, and the South End.”

The corridor, on which roughly 400 bikers ride weekday, has proven to be one of the more dangerous stretches in the city in recent years, and is the site of frequent crashes involving cyclists and pedestrians.

For more information on the project and the open houses, visit the project page at boston.gov or contact jennifer.rowe@boston.gov. Interpretation and event details will also be provided in Spanish.