INITIATIVES

Accessible Pedestrian Signals: Working in concert with the city’s ADA Coordinator, Jini Fairley, and the Commission On Disability, the DPW is upgrading signalized intersections to include Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS).  An Accessible Pedestrian Signal and pedestrian pushbutton (APS) is an integrated device that communicates information about the WALK and DON'T WALK intervals at signalized intersections in non-visual formats (i.e., audible tones and vibrotactile surfaces) to pedestrians who are blind or have low vision or are deaf blind. The pedestrian pushbutton has a locator tone for detecting the device and a tactile arrow to indicate which pedestrian street crossing is served by the device.

Autonomous Vehicles: Information Coming Soon

Bike Lanes: Mayor Fuller is committed to increasing bike infrastructure in the City of Newton. The City is currently working on designs for painted bike lanes for the length of Nahanton Street, Walnut Street from Commonwealth Avenue to Elm Road, and Winchester Street. Additional locations are being considered.

Bike Racks: The City of Newton will be installing up to 50 bike racks in FY’18 in village centers, at schools and near transit centers.

Bike Share:  Newton joins 15 neighboring cities and towns in offering one of the largest regional suburban bike share systems in the country.  Two companies, Lime and Spin make thousands of state-of-the-art smart bikes (with some electric bikes, too!)  available for rental throughout the region, including up to 500 bikes here in Newton. The systems lets users pick up and drop off bikes anywhere in the service area with just a smart phone. Click Here for more details & frequently asked questions about the program.

Sidewalk & Curb Cuts:  The City has made a 10 year, $10million to making safety improvements, updating curb cuts and paving roadways. A complete list of FY19 roadways can be found in the City’s Capital Improvement Plan on page 30.
Traffic Calming Guidelines  The City of Newton DPW has completed its 2017 review of traffic calming requests. The City receives traffic calming requests from constituents and/or Councilors via email or WebQA/311. Requests ask the City to address speed or safety concerns, typically on neighborhood streets.

Shared Parking Pilot Program: Newton’s Shared Parking Pilot, launched in Summer 2018, increases the number of parking spaces available to the public by allowing private property owners to make their spaces available to the public at their off-peak hours.

Pilot Benefits  Difficulty finding parking is one of the most persistent complaints heard by City staff.  Currently, while customers and employees are circling for parking, empty spaces abound in private parking areas. In Newton Center, at peak periods when parking seems scarce, our research shows that 43% of all spaces are actually empty, mostly in private lots.

Traffic Calming:  The City receives traffic calming requests from constituents and/or Councilors via email or WebQA/311. Requests ask the City to address speed or safety concerns, typically on neighborhood streets. The City reviews all requests using a data-driven methodology which looks at vehicle speed, vehicle volumes, crash history and pedestrian generators.

Traffic Calming Results, 2019
Traffic Calming Results, 2017
Traffic Calming Priorities, 2017

 

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