State Closes Part of Greenough Blvd. to Traffic So it Can be Used by Pedestrians, Bicycles

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A screenshot of a Google Map showing the section of Greenough Boulevard closed by the DCR for recreation use. It stretches from North Beacon Street to Arsenal Street.

A section of Greenough Boulevard in Watertown along the Charles River has been closed to traffic to allow people to use it for recreation.

The Department of Conservation and Recreation closed Greenough between Arsenal and North Beacon streets starting last weekend.

The DCR’s announcement said, in part: “To expand pedestrian and cyclist access, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will open segments of three parkways in the Greater Boston Metro Area for recreational use starting Saturday, April 11, 2020 at dawn. These segments will close to vehicular traffic on Friday, April 10, 2020 at dusk, and after the weekend, DCR will evaluate the effectiveness of the measure.”

The others are William J. Day Boulevard between Farragut Road and Shore Drive in South Boston and Francis Parkman Drive between Perkins Street and the Arborway in Jamaica Plain.

State officials also stressed that people should maintain social distancing practices while visiting state parks and properties.

“DCR continues to stress that if a park is crowded, visitors should visit a different location or return at a later date or time,” the DCR announcement said.

The DCR also encouraged residents to visit state park properties near their homes, limit their excursions to short periods of time, and only participate in recreational activities that are transitory in nature such as walking, jogging and biking.

“This will allow access to the outdoors while continuing to ensure social distancing to limit the spread of COVID-19,” the announcement said.

Read the entire DCR announcement by clicking here.

5 thoughts on “State Closes Part of Greenough Blvd. to Traffic So it Can be Used by Pedestrians, Bicycles

  1. As a cyclist, I say thanks, I guess. But as a motorist, I say no thanks. This stretch of road is lightly used in my experience, but is invaluable for traversing Watertown, east to west. Arsenal Street? Never. N. Beacon and Mt. Auburn are little better. A wider road with added bike paths would be ideal, but at what expense?

  2. Hi Josh: interesting that you write this. It’s a stretch of Greenough that I always avoid as the left turn onto Arsenal is impossible and the opposite left turn onto North Beacon is frankly scary. Makes sense to me to close it for pedestrians. The other stretch, N. Beacon to Watertown Sq could also be closed except for residents since it’s rather quiet too. That said, there’s plenty of room for folks to walk or bike along the latter stretch.

  3. I can only hope that someone, anyone, will take a survey on just how many bicycles are ridden every day on the streets (and sidewalks) of this city. Considering the signs, the bike lanes and the efforts made to make it safe for those on bikes, I rarely see more than 5 in a single day.

  4. This is not a valid time to test if this will work. That little traffic light at North Beacon Street to get into Soldiers Field Road right by Greenough Boulevard has had increasingly worse traffic jams over last year. Pedestrians and bicyclists already use this tiny stretch of road without issue. There is no need to make quality of life worse for residents in Watertown by cutting off a main access road.

  5. This is not a permanent measure, but just being done to allow for better social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The paths along the Charles have been crowded on nice days. There’s little to no traffic on the streets, so these arguments about traffic are strange.

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