Traffic Board Public Hearing on Jaywalking Regulations, December 20

The City of Somerville Traffic Board will hold a virtual public hearing on Tuesday, December 20, regarding the Somerville Traffic Regulations Article 12-1 (“Pedestrian crossing ways or roadways”).

Petitioners have requested that the Somerville Traffic Regulations omit the following text in bold from Article 12-1: “Pedestrians shall obey the directions of police officers directing traffic and whenever there is an officer directing traffic, a traffic control signal or a marked crosswalk within three hundred (300) feet of a pedestrian, no such pedestrian shall cross a way or roadway except within the limits of the marked crosswalk and as hereinafter provided in these regulations.”

The public hearing will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a brief presentation by City staff. Following the presentation, members of the public will be invited to speak. The typical two-minute time limit will be enforced.

The hearing will be hosted on Zoom. To join by phone, dial 646-558-8656 and enter Meeting ID 892 3344 2274. Written testimony will also be accepted until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, December 20. Written testimony can be emailed to or mailed to: Mobility Division, ATTN: Hearing, 93 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA 02143.

Interpretation into Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Kreyol, Nepali, Mandarin, Cantonese, or other languages may be available upon advance request by contacting the SomerViva Office of Immigrant Affairs at or calling 311 at 617-666-3311.

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 or to attend meetings, should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Adrienne Pomeroy, at 617-625-6600 x2059 or

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