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About the Bicycle Committee

The Somerville Bicycle Committee is an advisory group appointed by the Mayor. The Committee works alongside City staff to improve conditions for bicyclists in the City, promote bicycling as a means of transportation, improve bike safety conditions, and help implement bike safety policies and programs for cyclists of all ages.

The Somerville Bicycle Committee was established by City Council ordinance on February 8, 2001. Committee members include residents, business owners, and City staff from the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development (OSPCD), Traffic and Parking Department (T&P), Police Department, and Department of Public Works (DPW). The Mayor's Office and the City Council are also represented on the Bicycle Committee.

The Somerville Bicycle Committee works to support and help implement the City's SomerVision goals for creating a bike-friendly community, including the Mayor's goal of shifting 50% of all new trips to Somerville to biking, walking, and transit by the year 2020. The City of Somerville also seeks to become the most walkable and bikeable community in the nation.

Its activities also include reviewing City plans for road construction, drafting and reviewing bicycle-related ordinances, participating in public events, creating materials to encourage bicycling in the city, and working with other bicycling organizations at the local, state, and national level.

The Somerville Bicycle Committee typically meets on the first Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Meetings are hybrid, with an in-person option that is usually held in the Central Library Auditorium (79 Highland Ave) and a Zoom link to join virtually as well. Meetings are open to the public, and membership is open to all residents with an interest in helping make Somerville a world-class city for bicycling. Volunteer inquires are always welcome.


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