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Charles River Greenway in winter
Charles River Greenway in Watertown

The Watertown Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee, working with Live Well Watertown, has started a newsletter. You gave us your email address at an event in Watertown so we could keep in touch, and then confirmed it on “Notify Me”. (If you'd rather not continue to receive this newsletter once a month, you can opt-out at the bottom).  These newsletters will likely include:

  • Events or meetings in Watertown that may impact walking and biking 
  • Interesting articles or resources relevant to making Watertown even better for people to walk, run and bike,
  • Links to the committee's meeting minutes & the upcoming agenda
Reply to this email and let us know what you'd like to see included in a future edition. We hope to see you around Watertown soon! 

Pedestrian and Bike Path Under Construction:
Phase 2 of the Cambridge-Watertown Greenway


Great news that you may have missed from December: the Watertown Greenway path that currently ends at the corner of Arlington Street and Nichols Avenue will be extended all the way to Fresh Pond! We will keep you posted on its progress.

Read the MassDOT press release & coverage in Watertown TAB/Wicked Local.

walkBoston link to video

Be a Good Neighbor: Clear Sidewalks and Curb Cuts of Snow and Ice

Although winter is almost over, snow and ice may still be in the forecast. WalkBoston created this video to show firsthand the challenges people can face when property owners neglect to clear curb cuts or when snow plows leave large piles at corners.

LimeBikes in Watertown Square

LimeBikes Will Return in Spring

April 1, weather permitting, LimeBikes will return to Watertown.  Riders use a phone app for short-term dockless bike rental. This year, all LimeBikes will have electric assist. E-bikes can go up to 15 mph, but average 10 mph for most riders. Last year, riders took almost 15,000 rides with LimeBike dockless bikeshare.

Watertown Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee 

The committee works to improve the bicycling and pedestrian environment within the Town for commuting and recreation. Commissioned by the Town in 1995, the Committee is composed of volunteer residents appointed by the Town Manager.

Anyone interested in any aspect of bicycling or walking in Watertown is encouraged to attend and participate in one of our monthly meetings, which are always open to the public, and take place at 7:30 pm, 1st Monday of each month (except major holidays or where noted) at Town Hall, Administration Building, 149 Main Street, Lower Hearing Room (unless otherwise noted). Meeting minutes and agendas are available here: https://www.watertown-ma.gov/192/Bicycle-Pedestrian-Committee

The Town is currently looking for a new member of the Bike and Ped. Committee.  Contact Laura Wiener at lwiener@watertown-ma.gov, or Andy Compagna at andy@compagna.net for more information.

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The Live Well Watertown coalition promotes healthy living and offers community education programs aimed to prevent chronic diseases and increase overall well-being. We'll be featuring health tips and announcements of upcoming programs related to walking and biking in each newsletter. This month's tip: Heart Health.

Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States? Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. The good news is that heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions.

The recommended amount of exercise for disease prevention and maintaining good health is a minimum of 150 minutes or 2.5 hours per week. The list below offers some ideas for regular activities:

  • brisk walking (at least 2.5 miles per hour)
  • dancing 
  • gardening
  • tennis 
  • biking

(Sources: Health.gov and Heart.org)
Live Well Watertown offers a variety of activity programs including Walking Wednesdays Lunchtime Meet-up! There are still opening for a Free Guided Walking Tour at Mount Auburn Cemetery, a natural historic landmark, this Saturday March 16, 1:30 to 3:00 pm. For more information or to register, contact Stephanie Venizelos, Community Wellness Program Manager, at svenizelos@watertown-ma.gov.

Learn more about Live Well Watertown, a program of the Watertown Health Department, here: www.livewellwatertown.org

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