City of Somerville

Agenda Item
Work Completed
Oct 14, 2010 7:00 PM

That the City Traffic Engineer Initiate a Study to Reduce Traffic on College Avenue, from the Powderhouse Rotary to Davis Square, at the Same Time as Bicycle Symbols Are Installed on Both Sides of the Street Next Month.


Department:Clerk of CommitteesSponsors:Ward Six Alderman Rebekah L. Gewirtz
Category:Board CommunicationPurposes:Order

Official Text

That the City Traffic Engineer initiate a study to reduce traffic on College Avenue, from the Powderhouse Rotary to Davis Square, at the same time as bicycle symbols are installed on both sides of the street next month.

Meeting History

Mar 25, 2010 7:00 PM Video Board of Aldermen Regular Meeting
Oct 13, 2010 6:30 PM  Traffic and Parking Committee Committee Meeting

Local traffic patterns along the College Avenue corridor were devised by previous Traffic and Parking administrations to reduce traffic on local residential streets and to channel traffic to/from Davis Square from the Powderhouse Rotary via College Avenue. Traffic and Parking stills supports this concept. Traffic and Parking does not support any initiate which would change the street network in this area and allow additional vehicle traffic to flow through local residential streets to access or exit Davis Square.

Traffic and Parking has advocated and vigorously support alternative modes of transportation via bicyclists and pedestrians throughout the City. By increasing these modes of transportation along College Avenue the number of vehicles is hopefully expected to decrease.

Since 2008, Traffic and Parking has increased various types of Bike Lanes in the City from 2,600 linear feet to 24,200 linear feet. This year, Traffic and Parking is pursuing a course of action to add several additional miles of bike lanes in the City. Also, to enhance pedestrian safety and encourage walking as a means of transportation, Traffic and Parking, since 2007, has repainted on average over 350 crosswalks per year.

It is by the above initiatives that Traffic and Parking is striving to reduce vehicle traffic on all streets, including College Avenue, in Somerville.

Oct 14, 2010 7:00 PM Video Board of Aldermen Regular Meeting