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.

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. Our next meeting will be on December 9 at 7:45pm.  Meeting agendas are posted a few days before each meeting.  The Bike Friday commuter rides to Boston have ended until next spring.

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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 spring.  The city has a signed lease for the land and permission from the MBTA to remove the rails.  Iron Horse Preservation Society has been hired to perform the work.  The scrap value of the steel will pay for their removal, disposal of the ties, grading, a stone dust surface, and a few other amenities.  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.


Event dateTimeAnnouncementLocationFor more information
December 9, 2014 7:45pm-10pm Newton Bicycle/Pedestrian Task Force meeting Newton City Hall cafeteria (basement level) Meeting agendas and minutes 
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