City of Somerville

Agenda Item

Requesting acceptance of a $14,473.50 grant from the MAPC's Regional Bike Parking Program for new bicycle accommodations citywide.


Department:Strategic Planning & Community DevelopmentSponsors:
Category:Mayor's RequestPurposes:Grant/Gift

Official Text

To the Honorable Board:


The City of Somerville was awarded a $14,473.50 grant by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council Regional Bike Parking Program for the fabrication of new bicycle accommodations to be installed citywide. 


The City of Somerville first participated in MAPC’s Regional Bike Parking Program in 2007 and purchased 50 custom-made bike racks featuring the iconic Powder House, designed in-house by Fred Lund.  In 2010, the City installed another 80.  Despite this, demand for additional racks remains high as evidenced by the continued parking on posts and other non-designated bike parking spaces, as well as by public acclaim for the racks when they are installed. By purchasing and installing new racks, the City will continue to endorse active, healthy transportation options.


In accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44, Section 53A, which requires a vote of the Board of Aldermen for the expenditure of grants or gifts from the federal government and from a charitable foundation, private corporation, or an individual, or from the Commonwealth, a county or a municipality or agency thereof, I request approval to expend this grant.


Respectfully Submitted,


Joseph A. Curtatone


Meeting History

Mar 10, 2011 7:00 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
Mar 21, 2011 7:00 PM  Finance Committee Committee Meeting

A request was made that the Bicycle Committee work with Ward Aldermen to determine the placement of the racks and Chairman Heuston directed Mr. Lambert to inform the Board of Aldermen where these rack will be placed. The committee requested that Mr. Lambert contact the MBTA to request that they consider installing additional bike racks at the Davis Square and Porter Square stations.

Mar 24, 2011 7:00 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting