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The plan for these safety and access improvements seemed generally well received by those in attendance, with spirited community input commenting on various details. Concerns were raised about whether the plan provides enhanced bicycle safety in the corridor, how the light cycles would function and whether "desire lines" of pedestrian behavior had been covered. It was noted that the community still awaits an access path to the Parkman Memorial from the Pond. JPNC Chair Kevin Moloney expressed gratitude that a plan was moving forward and asked for continued focus on the related Centre Street improvements between the VFW Parkway and Murray Circle as well as the more complex Arborway corridor improvements which have not reached the "25% Plan" stage eighteen months after the last community update. Mark Tedrow of the LivableStreets Alliance questioned whether the crosswalks at Parkman would provide maximal pedestrian safety. Peter Furth, speaking on behalf of the Boston Cyclist's Union, questioned whether the plans took advantage of contemporary best practices for cycling safety and called for consideration of a modern roundabout at the intersection to slow all traffic, not just those stopped at red lights.
DCR said construction staging will be coordinated to reduce rush hour impacts. Their timetable hopes to have most construction complete by year-end, with landscaping coming in Spring 2018. Next steps include taking the plan to the Boston Landmarks Commission next week, to the Mass Historic Commission in about 30 days, with construction bidding taking place this summer and construction beginning this fall.