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Lexington works on cycling; some say town needs more inclusive future

Published for The Lexington Minuteman on Oct. 19

Following the recent cycling death of Lexingtonian Bernard Lavins, Lexington cycling advocates are criticizing the town for the lack of bike lanes and other pieces of cycling infrastructure in town. However, town officials contend they are making valuable progress toward more inclusive roadways.

Poor grades from advocates

“Honestly I give Lexington about a D, given the demand,” said Richard Fries, executive director of the statewide advocacy group Mass Bike and a Lexington resident.

Increased access for bicycles, Fries said, will make Lexington Center better for all users, motorists included.

When I choose not to take a car, I’m giving you my capacity on the roadway, I’m giving you my parking space,” Fries said. “Bikes make things work better for cars, and makes things safer for everybody.”

Peggy Enders, the chair of the Lexington Bicycle Advisory Committee, said this lack of support for cycling infrastructure goes back a long way.

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