The Pedestrian & Bicycle Advisory Committee takes part in the 2013 Victorian Fair as part of the Sustainable Melrose Group. We had some great feedback at the Fair. Lots of feedback about sidewalks and traffic hazards; many comments about the routes to Oak Grove; several requests for copies of the maps, or info on where to get city maps; several observations about bike racks downtown; and a couple of intriguing suggestions about sidewalks through Saugus that would allow walking-biking access to Breakheart and Soc’s.
There was a map to write on to show which areas in the city need improvement – and the interest spanned a wide age spectrum. A woman who lives at the Levi Gould retirement shared her biking routes; she claims to be the only resident there who bikes; elementary kids commented on their routes to school.
The 33rd Victorian Fair was a lot of fun last weekend. The Department of Public Works had two tables at the fair this year, Melrose Recycling Committee table and DPW/Engineering table. The Melrose Recycling Committee was placed in the section with the newly formed Sustainable Melrose Coalition. The Coalition is a group of organizations and people in Melrose working to make our community more livable, healthy and environmentally sustainable. Since early 2013, the coalition has been working together to share unique knowledge, skills and interests. The goal is to raise awareness and support of our shared community responsibilities of environmental stewardship, social well being and economic prosperity over the long term.
Participating organizations include those whose missions include or support the following: recycling, energy efficiency, transportation alternatives, local foods/goods/services, organic gardening, environmental protection, human rights, corporate and community social responsibility and others.
The organizations that participated in the fair were: Conservation Commission, Friends of…
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