Plus three things that could make bicycling better in Somerville in 2012.
With travel along Beacon Street becoming progessively worse, members of the Somerville Bicycle Committee have suggested that the city post signs directing cyclists toward alternative routes to popular destinations like Porter Square. Member Brian Postlewaite said during the December meeting that he would develop a map with possible routes that he would present to the rest of the committee. While bicycling on Beacon Street is unlikely to get much better before 2013, there should be several new programs and facilities created for cyclists this year.
Wider sidewalks, new bike lanes, better lighting and more planned for $7 million project.
An air of excitement took hold of residents at a meeting Thursday night, as the Massachusetts Department of Transportation presented plans to the public for a $7 million reconstruction of East Broadway. The Streetscape Improvements on Broadway project will see the road narrowed from four to two lanes, wider sidewalks will be built and new bike lanes added to Broadway from Garfield Avenue to the Boston city line in a two-year project that is slated to start construction in the fall. Close to 40 people gathered to hear the news at the Cross Street Senior Centre, and most seemed impressed with the plans. One resident called the project a “home run.” Alderman-at-large Dennis Sullivan was happy with the plans and what they would mean for …