WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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cials are doing what they can to relieve traffic issues, encourage walking and biking, and maintain Wellesley's small-town aesthetic, said town Planning Director Michael Zehner. That effort includes getting the feedback of residents on road and safety plans large and small, Zehner said. Inevitably, every plan tries to strike a balance between unimpeded traffic flow and the needs of walkers and bik- ers, he said. Theoretically, more roadwork on Washing - ton Street could lessen traffic jams, Zehner said, but such work could also hamper foot and bike traffic and diminish the aesthetic of the roadway, which includes the end-to- end stretch of lampposts that reminds peo- ple they're in Wellesley. Last year, the town attempted to balance person and machine by adding bike lanes when it repaved sec- tions of Washington Street. Driving in a rush of traffic on the other major east-to-west corridor in Wellesley, Route 9, leaves little time to consider aesthet- ics and creates a harsh divide between the north and south sides of town. No one feels this separation more than students and their parents. Nearly half of middle school and high school students live north of Route 9, meaning they have to cross the roadway twice a day either on foot or in a car. And often, parents like like Ramon Nunez Cooke take a longer journey to avoid the highway. Rather than wait in a long line of cars at a Route 9 turnaround and then tempt fate by 115 s p r i n g 2 0 1 7 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e

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