Neighborways are supported by Mayor Joseph Curtatone, Ward Alderman Matt McLaughlin (Ward 1), Bob McWatters (Ward 3) and Mark Niedergang (Ward 5) and several Somerville City Departments. The Departments of Transportation and of Infrastructure and Traffic and Parking play critical roles in providing technical advice and financial support to the program. Shape Up Somerville promotes Neighborways in their programming as a healthy way for kids to get to school.
The development of a ‘Neighborway’ in Somerville will help kids of all ages in the City feel safe to walk, bike and play on our quiet residential streets.
Neighborways support three important City programs including Shape up Somerville, Complete Streets and the Somervision Comprehensive Plan.
Shape Up Somerville is a city wide campaign to increase daily physical activity and healthy eating through programming, physical infrastructure improvements, and policy work. The campaign targets all segments of our community, including schools, city government, civic organizations, community groups, businesses, and other people who live, work, and play in Somerville.
Complete streets are designed and operated to enable safe, attractive, and comfortable access and travel for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and public transport users of all ages and abilities. Somerville’s Complete Streets Program includes:
- The Pedestrian Program aims to make Somerville the most walkable city in New England, with the mission of promote walking as a sustainable and healthy mode of transportation and to reduce pedestrian collisions.
- The Traffic Calming Program uses innovative tools to address speeding, reckless driving and traffic spillover from main arterials to local roads.
- The Bicycle Program’s vision is to make Somerville the New England city with the highest per-capita bicycle use and to have a continually improving bicycle network that is safe and convenient for everyone who chooses to bicycle for transportation and recreation.
- The School Area Safety Program strives to make streets near Somerville’s public and private schools safer for walking, bicycling and public transportation.
From 2009 to 2012, Somerville residents and City planning staff engaged in a lively community planning process to create “SomerVision: Somerville’s Comprehensive Plan 2010-2030.” SomerVision is aimed at long-range, aspirational planning based on community-generated values and vision. Somerville is always changing and the SomerVision plan helps ensure that our city continues to be an exceptional place to live, work, play and raise a family. Transportation and infrastructure goals include increasing active and alternative transportation options, reduce congestion and expanding bike and pedestrian use by transforming existing infrastructure with accommodations for all bicyclists and pedestrians, resulting in safe, accessible and well-connected networks.
Created by Jennifer Molina , Katie Walsh and Mark Chase of Tufts University Urban & Environmental Policy and Planning Program.