New Somerville Bus/Bike Lanes on Winter Hill Broadway Causing Mixed Reactions

By William Tauro

The new pavement markings, signage, and traffic signal retiming on Broadway Between Magoun Square and McGrath Highway has many residents outraged and are demanding that these decision be reversed.

The new lanes and parking are very confusing to many residents who are raising concerns that it will be more dangerous as well.

As you travel on Broadway in Winter Hill heading west the city has removed at least thirty parking spaces and created a bus only lane in the area and some residents are complaining that “There was very poorly advertised notices or public input allowed where people could come and speak out about it. It’s so ridiculous and a nightmare waiting to happen.”

As you travel further into Magoon area there are no seperate bus lanes and spaces intact that residents stated “Which makes no sense at all and again poor planning by the city.” Another resident told us that “There’s going to be a lot of car doors opening up and taking out bikers or cars clipping mirrors.”

The city of Somerville stated on their website “ Based on stakeholder feedback, the design of Broadway has been modified between Temple St and Main St in the westbound (or uphill) direction. The bus and bike lanes will be separated due to safety concerns regarding the difference in speed between buses and bikes when climbing Winter Hill. This will require converting the parking lane along that section to non-automobile uses. You can view the latest plan set and parking map under the resources tab to see where changes will be taking place.”

4 thoughts on “New Somerville Bus/Bike Lanes on Winter Hill Broadway Causing Mixed Reactions”

  1. What are these people smoking?? Just when you thought this city could not do anything dumber. Looks like they had preschoolers out there playing with paint. I thought Turm field was bad but this outdid it all. Can we get drug tests for the people who think this up? People from out of town may like this corn maze, who knows!

  2. This is how you accommodate able bodied bicyclists and screw the tax paying car owners in Somerville. Remove parking spaces create bike lanes and now bus lanes for the driver who does not pull into the forty foot parking space anyway.

    The parking in school lots taken away in the winter that helped alleviate car owners from getting tickets during a snow emergency.

    Election day is September 10 th there is a primary for Mayor. Its time the voter exercise their opinion on what works for the next two years.

    1. Good luck with that. You don’t have common sense people running for office anymore. Pickings are mighty slim here. I would like the paint contract for this.

  3. It appears all of Broadway is being re-striped right down to Temple street. I guess since the City Councilors from both of these wards drink the same coolaide it does not matter what the rest of the neighborhood thinks.

    What I cannot understand is just this year there have been three deaths and all three were in a crosswalk. Where is the safety minded thinking when you add bike lanes in areas of dense traffic.

    I witnessed an angry in a hurry driver attempt to pass the long line waiting in the single lane at the light try to pass everyone only to end up stopped behind the parked cars six feet from the curb.

    I fear the worse with the dumbass decisions being made by this group.

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