Somerville-New Shared Streets Route Coming to Davis Square Area

Somerville’s Shared Streets initiative will add a new route, weather permitting, starting Thursday, September 3. Shared Streets open up low-volume or residential side-streets to pedestrians, cyclists, and other users while still allowing vehicle access for residents who live on the street or who need to use the street to get to their homes, their guests, and service vehicles such as first responders, delivery drivers, sanitation trucks, and street sweepers.

The new route will include Morrison Ave., Winslow Ave., and Clifton St. between Morrison and Winslow. This new Shared Streets route joins a network of routes opened over the summer throughout the city that help residents safely get outside and reach essential services.

You can find a map of Shared Streets routes at Feedback on routes can also be submitted on SomerVoice.

Safety measures along Shared Streets routes include signage and flexible barriers to alert all users to the shared use of these streets. Somerville’s program will use temporary materials that can be modified based on our experience and feedback from residents with the pilot. Seven new “pinch points” will be installed along Morrison Ave. that will narrow traffic down to one lane to help slow vehicles and make the road safer for all users. Signs will alert motorists when a pinch point is coming up so they can yield tor other vehicles if needed. Motorists allowed to use a shared street, such as abutters, should drive slowly and expect to see people in the street on these routes. People walking, rolling, and biking should remain alert and aware and make room for these allowed vehicles. Please note that cyclists, using caution, can ride in either direction on a Shared Streets route.

Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact Nency Salamoun, at 617-625-6600 x2323 or

3 thoughts on “Somerville-New Shared Streets Route Coming to Davis Square Area”

  1. It’s the most idiotic way of getting around this city. Shared streets. Who never shared them in the first place? Get real. Think about it. How many seniors or younger people for that matter drive with eyesight only with one eye. Now you put two signs in the beginning of each of these shared streets which makes it difficult for that vision impaired person to enter. They have rights too! It’s a one sided mess
    If you ask me.

  2. More ways to piss away money to accomplish nothing. Not enforced. No one cares. No one pays attention since it is not enforced. Saw horses and poles are destroyed on a regular basis. Failed plan being forced in Somerville as the government is paying for it with our tax dollars. Normal people do not do something that is not going to work. Only idiots spending our money do. I have yet to see a city that implements so many non working programs. Is it because Brad Rawson has yet to meet a street he could not screw up?

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