Popular Commuter Bikeway Designed to Extend from Downtown Boston to Somerville

Expanding public access to a model urban community pathway program

Friends of the Community Path, a Somerville, Mass., citizens' group, helped raise funds to design a new 2.5-mile extension of a bicycle and pedestrian pathway that, when completed, will connect a popular commuter bikeway to downtown Boston.

This grant funded design of a 2.5-mile extension of the Somerville Community Path. The City of Somerville contracted in September 2003 with the New York-based engineering firm Vollmer Associates to design the pathway extension. A professional engineering design was a prerequisite for gaining federal grant money for construction.

When completed, the Somerville Community Path extension will help connect the popular Minuteman Commuter Bikeway to downtown Boston, providing nonmotorized access to three of Boston's four subway lines and connections to three downtown centers. A compelling rationale for this grant was the availability of the TEA21 (Transportation Act for the 21st Century) matching funds.