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Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning
Central Massachusetts is committed to bicycle and pedestrian mobility. As transportation costs and congestion increase, people look for cost effective, healthier and environmentally conscious methods of travel. Both walking and biking are growing as recognized daily transportation modes and it is important to develop safe and efficient facilities for use by pedestrians and bicyclists.
CMRPC serves as a forum for bicycle and pedestrian planning activites throughout the region. Staff partners with local organizations and groups to identify needs and support their bicycle and pedestrian planning efforts. Staff meets with WalkBike Worcester, a local advocate of bike and pedestrian planning, and with the public health community to address bicycle and pedestrian issues.
CMRPC completed its Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan in 2011 and will update it periodically. The plan contains information on existing policies and facilities, and proposes an action plan on how to implement future accomodations to the region's roadways and trail network. It emphasizes the need to complete and connect long-distance trails and to improve walkability in Town Centers and commerical areas.
City of Worcester - CMRPC Bicycle Parking Program
The City of Worcester and the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC) are pleased to announce the launch of the Bicycle Parking Program for the Central Massachusetts region. CMRPC member communities and related public entities will be eligible for the program beginning in February 2016.
Racks can be installed on public property such as libraries, town halls, schools, parks, etc. This program provides full reimbursement of the cost of purchasing bicycle racks, minus the shipping and installation costs. Installation and shipping costs will be borne by agencies/municipalities as part of the local match for funding.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will provide $100,000 of Transportation Alternatives Program funding through the City of Worcester. Municipalities may order racks through the approved bicycle parking vendors. For your convenience, the City of Worcester has put all of the instructions and the required forms on the City website.
Interested parties should go to: http://www.worcesterma.gov/dpw/engineering/bike-rack-projectand review the materials there. Any questions or comments may be directed to Dan Daniska, CMRPC Transportation Planner at (508) 459-3331 or firstname.lastname@example.org or to Joseph Borbone, Director of Engineering for the City of Worcester at (508) 929-1300 x4150 or email@example.com
Regional Count Program
In 2011, Staff conducted a pilot counting program at selected locations within the region's existing trail network. In the summer of 2012, a few additional locations were selected to be counted. Staff will look to expand the count program throughout each data collection season.
Walkable Communities Workshops are held throughout the region and are 2-3 hour sessions for elected officials, interested citizens and community officials in the fields of planning, engineering, law enforcement and education. The workshops are an educational tool on how to make a community more pedestrian friendly and how to address walking and bicycling issues within the region.
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