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:

  • Join us for a family-friendly ride to Boston on Sunday, May 31 (10am departure from City Hall) for a ride to the Esplanade, picnic lunch with games, and return ride or optional return via commuter rail.  Bike Sunday!
  • The Bike Friday commuter convoy rides to Boston will resume on April 24 and continue on the fourth Friday of the month through August.  
  • Newton Wellesley Hospital's Ambulatory Care Center on at 159 Wells Ave will be conducting Bike Wellness Day on Sunday May 17 10am-1pm.
  • Our next meeting will be on May 26 at 7:45pm.  Meeting agendas are posted a few days before each meeting.  

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

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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
    May 15, 2015 6:30am Bike Friday commuter convoy to Boston Newton City Hall 6:30am Newton City Hall, 6:40am Walnut St. at Washington Park in Newtonville, 6:50am Laundry Brook footbridge in Watertown Square 
    May 17, 2015 10am-1pm Bike Wellness Day Newton-Wellesley Hospital Ambulatory Care Center, 159 Wells Ave, Newton 
    May 26, 2015 7:45pm-10pm Newton Bicycle/Pedestrian Task Force meeting Newton City Hall cafeteria Meeting agendas and minutes 
    May 31, 2015 10:00am Bike Sunday family-friendly ride to picnic lunch on the Esplanade Newton City Hall and Laundry Brook footbridge Bike Sunday ride to Boston - Sunday May 31 
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