The Newton Bicycle/Pedestrian Task Force is an independent citizen activist group that works with the city and local organizations to secure safe, practical and convenient bicycle and pedestrian access in Newton, MA.

News and updates:

  • Our next meeting will be on January 12 at 7:45pm.  Meeting agendas are posted a few days before each meeting.  
  • The Bike Friday commuter convoy rides to Boston will resume in April 2016 and continue on the fourth Friday of the month through August.  

We invite you to get involved and attend our monthly meetings on the fourth Tuesday of the month (usually) from 7:45pm-10pm in the cafeteria on the lower level of Newton City Hall

    Please join our email list or email newtonbikeped@gmail.com to learn more and get involved.

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    Our biggest project right now is the development of the Upper Falls Greenway, converting an inactive railroad line into a walking and biking trail.  Construction started the week of October 21, 2013 and should be completed later this winter or in the early spring.  The city has a signed lease for the land and permission from the MBTA to remove the rails.  There's a Friends of the Greenway group with a website and Facebook page.  When completed the city's Parks & Recreation Department will oversee the one mile long linear park.  Sign up on the group's email list to stay informed and even get involved.

    One area of great concern is the effect of the Route 128 Add-a-lane project on the ability to safely bicycle between Newton and Needham.  All of the actual construction is being done in Needham, but the impact on Newton and other area bikers will be substantial, and possibly extremely dangerous -- imagine Kendrick St becoming another Highland Ave!

    We've made some great progress lately -- check out the striping and parking changes on Beacon St., Walnut St., and Commonwealth Ave.  The citywide sidewalk snow clearing ordinance passed, thanks in part to concerted efforts by task force members.  There are numerous new bike racks all around the city.  The Massachusetts DCR recently officially opened the gorgeous Newton Lower Falls bridge over the Charles River.  We also advocated for changes to the city's laws about bicycles on sidewalks outside of business districts, enabling schoolchildren to safely bike to school.  Be sure to check out (and even contribute to) our crowd-sourced low traffic bike routes map.

    If you're looking for support to get out more often by foot or bike, consider joining in on either the Bike Friday commuter convoy to Boston or the Green Streets Initiative's Bike/Walk retailer discount program.  Both kick off on the last Friday of the month.

    Announcements

    Event dateTimeAnnouncementLocationFor more information
    January 6, 2016 10am Massachusetts Hearings on Key Bike Bills From the web page, select "Bills in Committee" Please write letters of support for bicyclist protection bills 
    January 7, 2016 7:00pm Hearing on Buffered Bike Lanes for Beacon Street Westbound in Brookline Brookline Town Hall, Selectmen's hearing room, 6th floor Please help provide feedback for improved bike accommodations on Beacon St.  
    January 12, 2016 7:45pm-10pm Bike/Ped Task Force monthly meeting Newton City Hall cafeteria, lower level Meeting agendas and minutes 
    January 14, 2016 7:00pm Dover Rail Trail Hearing on draft engineering report Great Hall of the Dover Town House, 5 Springdale Ave, Dover Come support the proposed 3.5 mile Dover Recreational Path (part of the Bay Colony) at the town public hearing 
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