Newton Bicycle Network Plan Public Meeting

Monday, June 4th - 6:30pm
@ War Memorial, City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Ave, Newton [map]

Newton's Bicycle Coordinator, Lois Levin, has invited the public to view and comment on a bicycle network plan for the city. A working document, the plan draws on previous plans put together by the drafters of the Comprehensive Plan, the Bicycle/Pedestrian Task Force, the Transportation Advisory Committee and more. It uses best practices from other communities and will be a blue print for future bicycle amenities in the city.

“We have taken this plan through a long public process, but now want to invite the community to help us make it even better,” said Levin.

The plan shows the kinds of accommodations that make cyclists and drivers safer on roads with higher volumes of traffic. Even where Newton's streets are safe for cycling they are not safely interconnected. Some critical streets have heavy motor traffic and will require traffic calming. To make these areas safe cyclists of all ability levels, some streets will have to be improved.

“Bicycling is good for you, good for the environment, and good for the city,” Levin said. “Our main objective is to ensure cycling is safe for all users and to encourage more of it.”

“The release of the bicycle network plan is another step toward promoting additional modes of transportation,” Mayor Warren said. “As a cyclist myself, I know firsthand the benefit of having a city that is bike-friendly, and encourages individuals to use methods of transportation other than driving.”

Mayor Setti Warren has dedicated a portion of the roadway budget to implement this plan over the next five years.

The Plan is available on the City website.