The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 9, 2008

Footpath popularity grows in region


Work has begun on resurfacing the pathway along Bedford Road. (Photo by Mollie McPhee Ho)

Most towns within the area either have footpaths and want to expand them, or seek funds and land clearances to get going on a pathway in their town, according to representatives at the May Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination (MAGIC) meeting held in Bolton. Originally bike/footpaths were seen as safer routes for non-automotive traffic, but with time became equally important as recreational tools; healthy alternatives to automotive traffic. Most recently, they are perceived as all of the above and green alternatives to carbon-creating means of transportation. A new designation, “public walkways” is being used to reflect this emphasis on a means of transportation that does not clog highways or pollute air.

The Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has been sponsoring Walkable Community Workshops. One, on Saturday, May 17, in Bolton features a one- to one-and-a-half-hour walk. The public is welcome and anyone can participate by meeting in the parking lot behind the Bolton Town Hall a 2 p.m. The town of Stoneham has scheduled a Walkable Community Workshop on May 14 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Interested persons can pre-register for this by contacting the town administrator’s office at 1-781-279-2600 or calling Cathy Buckley Lewis at Boston Region MPO, 1-617-973-7118. ∆

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