Brookline has announced that it will begin work on a bicycle/pedestrian connection for the Emerald Necklace paths across Boylston Street (route 9) in the Brookline Village/Mission Hill area. This is great news as the Emerald Necklace paths are major route of bicycle commuters and recreational riders. The current situation ridiculously forces bikers to cross a high-volume roadway with no crosswalk, no lights, and only a narrow break through a median strip.
Personally, I ride through this area every time I commute to work so this is a much needed improvement. I think many bike commuters will enjoy more protection from Boston and Brookline neighborhoods to downtown and new riders will be encouraged to give it a try.