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Biking on Boylston is about to get safer
When the construction is complete, the bus lane and separated bike lane will continue to Arlington Street. | Photo by @canahtam
May is National Bike Month and Boston happens to have a new bike lane project cruising into the construction phase this month. Here’s what’s going on in Back Bay.

Boylston Street is an active area for bike riders and due to its popularity, this area is also too frequently the site of crashes. Notably, there is also a lot of double parking + commercial loading, with a lack of dedicated bike lanes, but this project aims to fix that.

The plan is to add a one-way separated bike lane going eastbound on Boylston Street from Massachusetts Avenue to Arlington Street. These additions will help keep two travel lanes for motor vehicles with some directional updates and establish a peak-time bus lane from 4 to 7 p.m. next to the curb by the McKim Building of the Boston Public Library.

Bonus: The project will also add a bus lane from Ring Road to Arlington Street. This bus lane will help improve reliability for MBTA routes 9, 10, 39, 55, and 57.

This is one piece of a bigger picture.
The Boylston Street project is part of a larger plan for updating the streets for Bostonians who are walking, rolling, and riding bikes. Over the next three years, the city’s goal is that 50% of residents will be a three-minute walk from a bike route.

Construction will begin soon.
Pay attention for signage and construction crews as the teams work to rebuild the sidewalk on the north side of Boylston Street, between Dartmouth Street and Clarendon Street.

Let your voice be heard.
Schedule a 15-minute appointment during upcoming office hours today, May 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. or on Wednesday, May 29.
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Wednesday, May 22
  • Roots of Jazz | Wednesday, May 22-Thursday, May 23 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Symphony Hall, 310 Massachusetts Ave., Boston | $34-$99 | Saxophonist Branford Marsalis joins the Boston Pops for a blend of jazz and classical music.
  • Vukovi & Calva Louise | Wednesday, May 22 | 7 p.m. | Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave., Allston | $26 | Rock out with Vukovi and dance to the beat with Calva Louise.
Thursday, May 23
  • Seaport Sweat: Zumba | Thursday, May 23 | 5:30 p.m. | Seaport Common, 85 Northern Ave., Boston | Free | Dance to the hypnotic sounds of international rhythms from all over the world with Zumba fitness.
  • Your Voice in This House: Taking a Civic Leap | Thursday, May 23 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., Boston | Free | This program is the sequel to All the Voices in the House, a powerful reading and reinterpretation of 18th century petitions from the balcony of the Old State House.
Friday, May 24
  • Laquandra Seymore | Friday, May 24 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston | Free | Head to the downtown market for an R&B performance.
  • Boston Calling Afterparty | Friday, May 24 | 10 p.m. | Big Night Live, 110 Causeway St., Boston | $54 | This 21+ event will feature Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls.
Saturday, May 25
  • ICA: Destiny Doorways: Creating the Doors We Walk Through | Saturday, May 25 | 12-4 p.m. | Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Dr., Boston | Free entry with admission | Enter a bright, colorful, nature-inspired space in this installation by Boston artist Mithsuca Berry.
  • Free Concert at Jordan Hall | Saturday, May 25 | 8-10 p.m. | Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston | Free | Celebrate the end of the 26th season with the premiere of Hawking Radation by contemporary female composer Yu-Hui Chang + orchestral works by three composers.
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The Father’s Day gifts he’ll ask for every year
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It’s not too late to order the Harlestons Seaside Hoodie, Seaside Pullover, or Seaside Pocket Polo for Father’s Day. | Photos by Drew Somerville
Calling all children, partners, and friends of dads everywhere: Harlestons’ Seaside Collection will have the men in your life wishing Father’s Day — ahem, coming up on June 16 — was everyday.

Mix and match any of the pieces in the Seaside Collection (including the hoodie, polo, and quarter-zip) to create a complete look perfect for Father’s Day. Wearable throughout every season, Harlestons’ easy-care, performance fabric keeps you both cozy and cool all year long.
    News Notes
    • Another month, another round of T shutdowns. The MBTA announced upcoming service changes that will impact service on the Red and Orange lines + the commuter rail in June. Plan ahead if your commute will be affected.
    • Spring Shanghai Pan-Fried Buns is now open and serving up dumplings in the Fenway neighborhood. Visit 90 Peterborough St. for pan-fried buns, wonton soup, and noodle soup. (Boston Restaurant Talk)
    • Allston’s Tavern in the Square has officially closed its doors. The popular sports bar had served the neighborhood since 2011. The chain now has 12 other locations in the Bay State, two in Rhode Island, and one in Connecticut. (7 News)
    • Clinton-based cannabis home delivery company called Delivered Inc., is partnering with Jointly — an AI powered app that aims to help consumers learn what kind of cannabis works best for them. The app offers a variety of ways to explore different products based on information from over 500,000 logged cannabis experiences from Jointly users. (Boston Business Journal)
    • Nathan Cole has been named the new concertmaster at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Cole will begin this new job at the start of BSO’s season at Tanglewood in July. Cole will be the organization’s 11th concertmaster, filing a vacant position for the past five years. (WBUR)
    • DeVante Parker is retiring after nine seasons in the NFL with 402 catches, racking up 5,660 yards, and receiving 27 touchdowns. The wide receiver played his final two seasons with the Patriots with 26 total games. Parker is 31 years old and reportedly wants to spend more time with his family. (
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    Plan Ahead
    Memorial Day weekend plans
    37,000 American flags on the Boston Common looking back on the Boston skyline.
    Don’t forget to see 37,000 flags on the Boston Common this weekend. | Photo by @theiphonepic
    It’s nearly Memorial Day weekend and there are a lot of events happening across the city. If you aren’t planning to attend Boston Calling — here are a few things to do instead.

    Friday, May 24
    Voyagers of the Self Opening Reception | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | UVA’s Arthaus Gallery, 43 N. Beacon St., Allston | Free
    King’s Court Comedy | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | PKL | $20
    Jewelry Making with Oohjacquelina | 3:30-6 p.m. | Boston Public Market | $15-$60

    Saturday, May 25
    Let’s Spritz Party | 2-5 p.m. | Charles River Speedway | Free entry
    Summer Sipper | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. | Short Path Distillery | Free entry
    Spring Reggae Fest | 7:30 p.m. | Warehouse XI, 11 Sanborn Ct., Somerville | $15-$20

    Sunday, May 26
    Beats & Brunch | 3-8 p.m. | Nash Bar & Stage | $10-$15
    Salute | 3-10 p.m. | 1 City Hall Plaza | $60-$80

    Monday, May 27
    Open House | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | MFA | Free
    Cookie Painting | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Craft Zone Studio, 229 Harvard St., Brookline | $36
    The Buy
    Lululemon’s everywhere belt bag, which you truly can take everywhere, from errands to hikes to shopping. Points for being hands-free.
    The Wrap
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    From the editor
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    Vote for our favorite Southie chef now through Thursday, May 30 to help him win $25,000.
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