Monday, August 11, 2014
City Officials Aim to Curb Cycling in Business Districts (see what I did there?)
As Somerville seeks to move up the ranks as the most bikeable City, they are also making sure everyone knows where they're allowed and not allowed to pedal.
Speed and close-calls with pedestrians in bustling Somerville squares is proving to be a dangerous combination and City Officials are putting steps in place to keep everyone safe, including the decals in the picture on the left, increased enforcement of cyclists in the squares and on the streets has already been implemented. The Patch recently reported on a story of a cyclist arrested for not cooperating with Police after running a red light.
This comes on the heels of a sting operation for pedestrian safety that grew much attention on the local media scene (Times, News Weekly, My Fox Boston).
Decals have been painted on sidewalks in the Magoun Square area are alerting cyclists that they are not allowed on sidewalks in the increasingly busy business district. With the mileage amount of bike lanes and sharrows being painted around Somerville constantly increasing, it is clear that the City wants cyclists off sidewalks completely.