Cathy Buckley Lewis of the Metropolitan Planning Organization -- Introduction to best practices in walkability
Nearly 25 community members and leaders came together to give input on improving East Somerville's walking conditions
Community Feedback Session - Cross Street Center
Steve Winslow, City of Somerville
Ben Rasmussen, Metropolitan Planning Organization
Broadway @ Cross Street
Broadway -- Bicyclist abound! --- Bike lane possibilities?
Cross Street East --- Example: How un-trimmed trees can block sidewalk access
93 Overpass, next to Stop & Shop
Seen here, a pedestrian running across 3 entrance and exit ramps to 93
This is the most direct route --- otherwise pedestrians would have to cross the McGrath & cross back again to arrive at Assembly Square
Oncoming traffic - no walk signals
The route under the highway is not well maintained, nor is it very well lit at night
Waiting for a break in traffic
Marked crosswalk next to Stop & Shop - no walk signal
The group contemplates how to move forward, discovering the sidewalk is blocked
Up & Over!
Major intersection of 28, the 93 Off-Ramp, & Mystic Ave. ---- No pedestrian walk signal.
Model Pedestrian Crossing! ----Automatically triggered walk-sign at Mystic Ave. & McGrath (Foss Pk. side)
But no CURB-CUTS -----Making it difficult/impossible for a bike or wheelchair to access Assembly Square from E. Somerville
A nice wide sidewalk, swinging by Foss Park.
Crossing the McGrath Highway - Where many have requested count-down pedestrian lights for increased safety
-Broadway- Ending the walk with an example to strive for : -----shade trees, clean wide sidewalks, greenery ... ice cream :-)