A vision for the Washington Street corridor

Jeff Speck recently presented his vision for the Washington Street corridor to the Newton-Needham Chamber, building upon the recent plan for West Newton Square, extending through Newtonville towards Newton Corner.  The main theme is a road diet.  By eliminating underutilized roadway, Newton could create a far more attractive streetscape, open up new opportunities for recreation, transportation safety improvements, public transit, and yes, development.

A road diet might even improve traffic conditions, channelling traffic and eliminating conflicts that come with vehicles changing lanes.  A two-way cycle track along the pike could provide top-notch bicycle facilities  The idea of a road diet and cycle track along the pike is not new; it has been the subject of previous studies and TAG has been pitching it for several years now.  With

What’s wrong with this picture?

What’s wrong with this picture?

While walking in West Newton on our way to Mango Thai Cuisine (my daughter loves their summer rolls) I came across the bike rack pictured here. While I really appreciate the sentiment, it would be nice if the bike rack was actually usable.  For those of you who...
No Exit

No Exit

On a beautiful Friday afternoon like today, I sometimes choose to bike the scenic route home. Today that meant a trip down the Upper Falls Greenway as opposed to the more direct line of taking Needham Street between my office and Winchester Street.  I’ve done...

Newton’s sustainability challenge

A recent Tab editorial by Newton’s Sustainability Director Rob Garrity highlighted great progress Newton has made in shrinking its carbon footprint. Newton deserves to be proud of its environmental leadership and the accomplishments. Yet the largest single...
Time for Newton’s Bicycle Update

Time for Newton’s Bicycle Update

If you had one suggestion to improve the cycling environment in Newton, what would it be? Your chance to share comes Monday, Sept. 15, 6:30 pm at the War Memorial! The third-annual Newton Bicycle Update  will feature presentations from Transportation Director Bill...

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