Beth Isler, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator and Livability Program Manager for the Central Transportation Planning Staff (an arm of the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization) will be meeting with us. Beth visited the Town in late May and met with the Assistant Planner Kathy Connor, Carolyn Britt and Brian Hone. Discussion was followed by an hour walk around the downtown and surrounding neighborhoods. Beth also bicycled to various locations throughout town as part of her research that will be presented at the September workshop.
In early spring, a Livable Communities technical assistance grant was brought to the Planning office’s attention which staff subsequently applied for. The Planning Department’s application asked for assistance regarding improved ways to walk and bike from destination to destination in town and the need for wayfinding aimed at the visiting bicyclist/pedestrian community (see grant narrative below). Here is a link to the Central Transportation Planning Staff’s website: http://www.ctps.org/Drupal/ctps and from there you can also explore the Boston MPO’s entire website
a) design and placement of wayfinding signs (likely locations include the Visitor’s Center, the commuter rail station, and downtown)
b) recommendations for creating places to sit outdoors in the town center (useful for the pedestrian and the bicyclist patronizing local businesses)
c) recommendations for optimal group bicycle rack locations in the town center (perhaps sharing a space with benches for sitting)
d) establishing better connections between places within the town center such as the Visitor's Center, Riverwalk, commuter rail station, outdoor spaces, and historic neighborhoods.
Likely audience for workshop (for example, Planning Board, Bike-Ped Committee):
- Planning Board
- Pedestrian and Bicyclist Advocacy Group
- Interested business owners