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Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning Network

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Project background

As stated in the Consortium for Sustainable Communities Three-Year Work Plan (dated May 24, 2011), incomplete pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure contributes to auto dependency. Comprehensive planning is a critical first step in helping to improve connectivity. MAPC aims to assist numerous communities within the Sustainable Communities Consortium with pedestrian and bicycle planning efforts.

MAPC’s role

MAPC will assist several clusters of communities in advancing pedestrian and bicycle planning, at the local level and create networks for safe non-vehicular travel. This effort will be conducted at no cost to the municipality. The community clusters include:

  1. 1.  Town of Dedham, Town of Westwood
  2. 2.  City of Chelsea, City of Everett, City of Revere, City of Malden, Town of Saugus, City of Lynn
  3. 3.  City of Quincy
  4. 4.  Town of Hudson, Town of Stow, Town of Maynard, Town of Marlborough

An additional goal is to provide safe access to major pedestrian and bicycle destinations within the cluster, including the Assabet River Rail Trail, the Dedham Rail trail (providing access to the Neponset trail), and the Northern Strand Community Trail (Bike to the Sea). In the south shore, we propose to work with Quincy to recommend an alignment for a priority greenway from Boston. Access to major employment centers, local schools, and parks will also be prioritized.

Existing conditions and potential opportunities will be identified for each area, including priority connections and routes, proposed bicycle and pedestrian accommodations, cross-sections for the major collector roads, and opportunities for implementation funding.

The proposed accommodations could include: exclusive bicycle lanes, sharrows, cycle tracks, new sidewalks, and improved surface conditions. At the conclusion of the planning effort, it would be the responsibility of the individual municipalities to implement the recommendations.

This project works towards the MetroFuture goal of providing an improved transportation system that provides more choices for residents and businesses

Why it’s important

Rather than small-scale planning of individual neighborhoods, large-scale planning of community clusters allows for greater regional impacts, establishing regional priorities, and a significant increase in potential users.

Additional resources

External resources and partners:
  • 13 Community Partners (listed above)
  • WalkBoston
  • MassBike
  • Liveable Streets Alliance
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Questions?

For more information, please contact:

Transportation Engineer and Planner Sarah Kurpiel, skurpiel@mapc.org or Transportation Planner David Loutzenheiserdloutzenheiser@mapc.org