Letter to the Editor: Consider the repercussions of additional dispensaries – Wicked Local   Recently updated !


Jared Fagerstrom / [email protected]

Sunday Nov 10, 2019 at 12:00 PM

I am writing as a concerned resident of Brookline in regards to the potential opening of additional dispensary locations. My main concern comes from public safety with cyclists. Beacon street sees hundreds, if not thousands, of cyclists each and every day as we strive to make Boston a greener and healthier city. Cycling along Beacon Street is already made dangerous by people parking and driving in the designated bike lanes, as well as the thousands of Uber and Lyft drivers that consume bike lanes as drop off and pick up zones for their customers. Not to mention, there are not even dedicated bike lanes along much of the way from Coolidge Corner to St. Mary’s. As I have already witnessed at the dispensary open on route 9, there has been a large influx of walking traffic as well as ride share traffic that clog up that location’s walk ways and road ways. If these locations open up on Beacon Street without stricter appointment only and altered hours of operations, and better regulated and protected bike lanes with some sort of physical divider between bike and vehicle traffic (similar to that found at St. Marys stretch of Beacon), then I am 100% confident that it will lead to more cyclist accidents and possible deaths due to the negligence of ride share drivers and pedestrians attempting to go to the dispensary.

Please consider the full repercussions of allowing these new locations to open up without more strict regulations of an appointment only basis and altered hours of operation to not interfere with rush hours traffic in & out of the city.

Jared Fagerstrom

Beacon Street

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