Keep Greenough Boulevard in Watertown Closed to Motor Vehicles

Keep Greenough Boulevard in Watertown Closed to Motor Vehicles

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Amy Plovnick started this petition to Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)

We urge the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to keep Greenough Boulevard in Watertown closed to motor vehicles and bring back the opportunity for safe, car-free, outdoor recreation close to home.

We will use Greenough Boulevard regularly if it is closed to motor vehicles, and we know many of our family members, friends, and neighbors will do the same. The nearly three months of closure from April to July showed how much more valuable this space can be for people than for cars. It’s time to bring it back.

Background

On April 11, 2020, DCR closed Greenough Boulevard in Watertown, between North Beacon and Arsenal Streets, to vehicular traffic. Pedestrians and bicyclists enjoyed space for recreation, providing a pleasant, tree-shaded area next to the Charles River to walk, run, bike, or just relax.

On July 6, DCR abruptly opened the road to motor vehicles. One of the rationales DCR cited in opening the road was insufficient levels of pedestrian and bicycle usage, although they did not provide any concrete evidence of underuse. Even after opening the road, motor vehicle use remains low, while people are forced onto the narrow shared path for walking, biking, and other outdoor recreation. We believe that the road was indeed well-utilized by walkers and bikers during its closure, and that even more people would use this space if its availability was better publicized.

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