Take a Virtual Ride Along the Somerville Community Path Extension

After years of championing, Boston-area biking and walking advocates scored a huge victory in April when MassDOT, the MBTA, and the City of Somerville announced that funding for the extension of the Somerville Community Path would included as part of the Green Line Extension Project. MassBike has been actively campaigning for the Community Path to be extended since the beginning of planning for the Green Line Extension project.

The biking and walking advocacy community recognizes that this path will be a game-changer. Once this 1.9 mile section of path is complete and linked with planned bridges across the Charles River, it will create a family-friendly active transportation corridor stretching all the way from Bedford to downtown Boston.

To add to the excitement, MassDOT just released a video of a virtual ride along the proposed path extension. The video starts in the vicinity of the relocated Lechmere Station, then heads northwest along a series of bridges and underpasses through the new Green Line extension, eventually meeting the current terminus of the Community Path at Lowell Street in Somerville.

Take a look:

MassDOT has already begun the community engagement process, hosting a public meeting on May 14. Stay tuned to MassBike’s blog and Twitter and Facebook accounts for info on future public meetings about this project, as well as updates about the project when they become available.

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3 Responses to Take a Virtual Ride Along the Somerville Community Path Extension

  1. Julie May 28, 2014 at 10:43 am #

    This is exciting news. Especially since a larger group of people are now commuting to Cambridge and Boston via bike.

    What is the expected time for the opening of this part of the park trail?

  2. Michelle June 3, 2014 at 9:51 pm #

    At Boston/Cambridge end, will there be lights on the path? I didn’t see any until we were well into Somerville. Also, will there be ways to leave the path all along the route? It seemed a little scary imagining myself biking alone on the fenced-in path after dark….

    • MassBike June 4, 2014 at 9:12 am #

      Michelle, These are all very good points. They are on our radar, and they are certainly worth bringing up yourself at any future public meetings. None are scheduled in the moment, but when one is we will post it in our calendar and publicize it through social media.