There are plenty of fun ways to go for a stroll in Somerville. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Nibble Tours
- Historic & Neighborhood Tours
- Open Studios
- Mayor’s Parks Pass Challenge
Short on time? Check out the Somerville Walks map to get some ideas for quick, 5-minute walks near key transportation hubs.
Tips for Walkers
Since there are so many ways to get around Somerville, a lot of families choose to go car-free – even with kids! Here are some ideas from our neighbors in Cambridge.
If you regularly walk to work, you should register for MassDOT’s Emergency Ride Home program. They’ll help you get home for free if you ever experience an emergency during your commute.
Have you encountered accessibility concerns while navigating our streets? Fill out this form or contact Nency Salamoun at (617) 625-6600 x2323 to file a report.
If you’ve noticed that cars are driving too fast on your street, you can join or start a traffic calming intervention petition here. If you have a different safety concern, report it on the City’s Vision Zero website.
Important Safety Info for Walkers
The number one safety tip for pedestrians is to be seen! We know to “stop, look, and listen before we cross the street,” but we also need to be careful about where we cross: use designated crosswalks for better visibility and predictability. Be aware: avoid keeping your head down while looking at your phone or being otherwise distracted before stepping into a roadway, even if you have the walk signal.
Walking in a Winter Wonderland
Prompt snow shoveling is critical to pedestrian safety. Did you know? Property owners are responsible for clearing snow and ice from sidewalks abutting their property. If you’re a renter, check with your landlord about winter procedures. If you’re a renter and you’re able to do so, consider assisting with shoveling to help make our community safer for all, particularly those with mobility impairments as well as parents with small children. You can find more snow information here.
The City has a snow shoveling program that matches seniors with teens to shovel the sidewalk on their behalf. Sign up today and be ready when the snow comes! To sign up, contact Community Services Manager Chris Hosman at CHosman@somervillema.gov, or 617-625-6600 ext 2406.
- The Safe Way to Walk Across McGrath Highway by Somerville City TV
- Winter Walk Tips by Boston Safe Routes to School
- A Kid’s Guide to Safe Walking by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration