Nelson\Nygaard was hired to develop not only a transportation strategy for Newton but also a citywide action plan to realize this vision. The firm created a public participation plan to engage Newton residents in the development of the strategy’s goals and metrics, then provided opportunities for feedback on dynamic transportation demonstrations and initial recommendations.
The active transportation element of the plan includes a needs assessment and concrete actions for making biking and walking safer and more attractive alternatives to driving. These action items include creating a bike network plan, expanding bike education programs, implementing sidewalk lighting standards, updating intersection signaling, installing protected bike lanes, and other safety and place-making efforts. The Transportation Strategy also offers recommendations for transit and shared mobility, parking management, and congestion reduction.
Nelson\Nygaard also developed a factbook that visually communicates the plan’s data and findings, including a comprehensive survey of existing and proposed bike facilities, bike racks, bikeshare, and walking facilities throughout Newton.