New Waltham MA bike lanes are a beacon of hope.
The Bleachery of South Waltham MA, affectionately referred to as “the 02453” or SoGS (South of Grove St) by espresso-sipping, tapas-snacking yupsters, is benefiting from the creation of the Watertown Pleasant St. Corridor economic zone. If only there was a place to get tapas and sip espresso in SoGS.
Since the creation of the Corridor in 2007, meant to stimulate growth in the area long dominated by industrial/warehouse uses, over a 1000 residential units have been built or are in the process. That growth has pushed over the town line into Waltham with the construction of the 200 luxury apartment complex at 36 River St, Currents on the Charles.
With growth comes change to the area also known as the Bleachery, when dye and bleach industry dominated. With all of the new development, improvements to the infrastructure are in the works. One of the simplest improvements, yet with far reaching effects, is the new bike lane markings on Farwell St. These small pavement markings indicate a glimmer of hope that bicycling may be coming into fashion into this area as well. Dark, poorly lit streets with fast moving vehicles and inadequate lane markings have made the area dangerous, even to vehicles, until recently. As a bike commuter to Storage Plus, the new Waltham MA bike lanes are welcome.