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MassDOT is updating the Massachusetts Pedestrian Transportation Plan to improve conditions for walking throughout the Commonwealth. The Pedestrian Transportation Plan will recommend policies, programs, and projects for MassDOT to guide decision making and capital investments, as well as develop guidance for municipalities to improve walkability in local communities. It will recognize the varied needs of people walking in urban, suburban and rural communities, as well as focusing on the needs of vulnerable and underserved segments of the populations. MassDOT has developed the following vision and goals for the Plan:


Statewide Pedestrian Plan Municipal Resource Guide


MassDOT’s new Statewide Pedestrian Transportation Plan aims to improve conditions for walkability throughout the Commonwealth. It recognizes the varied needs of people walking in urban, suburban and rural communities and focuses on the needs of vulnerable and underserved communities. The Statewide Pedestrian Transportation Plan recommends policies, programs and projects for MassDOT to guide decision making and capital investments, as well as develop guidance for municipalities to improve walkability in local communities.

A key piece of the plan is the Municipal Resource Guide which was developed based on stakeholder feedback throughout the planning process. The guide includes best practices for planning and maintaining pedestrian networks. As MassDOT only owns approximately 20% of the state’s roadway network, this guide is intended as an important planning tool for all 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts!

Highlighted topics include:

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  • Why is Walkability Important?
  • Elements of Walkable Communities
  • ADA Accessibility
  • Safety
  • Maintenance
  • Snow and Ice Clearance

User-friendly content and format includes:

  • Best practices
  • Case Studies
  • Checklists
  • Toolkits
  • Samples/Templates (e.g., policies, contract language, etc.)
  • Additional Resources

Public commentary for the draft Municipal Resource Guide is open until October 31, 2017 and should be sent to Pete Sutton, MassDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Coordinator.


Vision


Massachusetts’ integrated and multi-modal transportation system will provide a safe and well-connected pedestrian network that will increase access for both transportation and recreational purposes.


Core Goals of the Plan

  • Improve Accessibility – Improve mobility to major community services, housing and employment centers with an emphasis on changing demands, underserved communities, healthy transportation options, and connections to transit. Promote statewide compliance with ADA accessibility design standards to ensure that walking routes are accessible for people of all ages and abilities. Upgrade existing walking infrastructure and develop new walking infrastructure statewide including in low-income and other traditionally under-represented communities. Promote walking as a viable component of active transportation in the Commonwealth, further reducing the need for single occupancy vehicle trips.
  • Improve Safety – Provide guidance on state of the practice in policy, design, implementation, enforcement, and evaluation of safer pedestrian environments.
  • Improve Maintenance - Identify policies and model practices to improve maintenance, year-round usability and state of good repair of existing and planned pedestrian infrastructure.
  • Prudent Investment - Develop a prioritized investment strategy that supports our goals and complements robust regional pedestrian planning efforts; and, provide a business case based on economic and public health data that inspires municipalities to invest in walking environments.

A passenger using a mobility assistance device boards a bus.                          A wheelchair user enjoys a shared use path in a rural setting.

Project deliverables will be posted on this website, as well as opportunities for public input. The Massachusetts Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board (MABPAB) serves as the Steering Committee for this Plan, and is comprised of members that represent the interests of the walking public, such as WalkBoston and Livable Streets Alliance.


Project Deliverables


Statewide Pedestrian Plan Municipal Resource Guide
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