UPDATED Nov. 17: A plan to review and make recommendations to improve the Minuteman Bikeway, open since October 1992, reached out to the public for suggestions. The town was the host for a public forum held Wednesday, Nov. 3, to share the scope of the project, its existing conditions and to gather more specific information about users’ experiences, use habits and priorities for the bikeway.
Responses to a town survey were due by 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15.
ACMi broadcast on Nov. 3 meeting
$80K project; spring completion targeted
The project, funded through the Community Preservation Act Committee, has a budget of $80,000 and is expected to be completed by next May.
The project’s goal is to create a plan for the bikeway that will address safety and access on and to the bikeway, identify community goals and priorities, and develop an plan to institute improvements.
The town released a request for proposals in May to identify a transportation consulting firm to assist in this work. After reviewing six proposals, the town awarded a contract to Kittelson & Associates of Portland, Ore., a city known nationally for its bikeways.
The town and Kittelson will work with members of the Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee (ABAC) to provide guidance on the project and has committed to hold three public meetings as the plan is developed.
This project aligns with the Connect Arlington Sustainable Transportation Plan, endorsed by the Select Board in July. It is called for in the section, “Mobility Options for All Ages, Capabilities, and Incomes,” where Strategy B.3 says: “Complete the Minuteman Bikeway Project and implement recommendations that increase access to and capacity and safety on the pathway.”
Other elements of the project include increasing separation of cyclists and pedestrians to expand capacity and enhance comfort and safety on the bikeway; developing way-finding and user safety programs; analyzing the potential to install lighting to increase visibility and safety along the pathway at night; and improving neighborhood connections to the path.
Find information about the project, including copies of the RFP and Kittelson & Associates’ proposal, on the ABAC web page at arlingtonma.gov/abac.
June 18, 2019: High bikeway counts in May show Minuteman's breadth of use
This news announcement was published Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, and updated Nov. 12, to add comment link and deadline.
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