Somerville City Council Approves Bicycle Network Plan

On Thursday, September 28, 2023, the City Council voted to approve the Somerville Bicycle Network Plan following deliberation at the September 18 Traffic and Parking Committee and a public hearing on May 31, 2023.

Some of the first next steps to implementing the Plan is to develop a Bicycle Design Guide and Community Engagement Guide over the next year. The Bicycle Design Guide will provide detailed standards and specifications for the construction of both Quick-Build and Permanent projects bike facilities. The guide will include preferred dimensions and surface treatments for protected bicycle lanes, requirements for acceptable traffic calming and volume reducing strategies for Neighborways, and standard details for off-street shared-use paths and multimodal shared streets. The Community Engagement Guide will outline approaches and strategies to engage and conduct outreach to community members for bicycle facility projects.

Read the full plan or the Executive Summary, available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Nepali, Haitian Creole, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese.

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