Mar 19 & 27 – New bike routes discussions

This blogpost was copied from Mayor Infurna’s blog post Mar 14, 2019 with edits.

The City of Melrose has received a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Complete Streets Program to implement two bike routes connecting the northern end of Melrose (at the Wakefield line) to just beyond downtown, at the intersection of Main Street and West Wyoming Avenue. The intent of the project is to allow both seasoned cyclists and casual riders to travel more safely and with more confidence when traversing Melrose along this corridor.

The Ped-Bike Committee made detailed recommendations for bicycle, pedestrian, and traffic safety improvements along these routes in our report, delivered to the City last year. We anticipate these projects may require more than one phase to achieve their full potential, including some traffic signal hardware and other more permanent safety upgrades that exceed the current MassDOT grant. However, we are excited to see what the City has proposed for their first steps, using quick and effective methods like paint and signage.

The project consists of two bike routes, a “business route” down Main Street, and a “residential” or “low stress” route using side roads. The map above shows each route.

DPW Engineering and our consultant Stantec will be conducting two informational meetings about this project in the upcoming weeks, each with a different focus:

Main Street Business Route Discussion
Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 3:30 PM, City Hall Aldermanic Chamber
This meeting is geared predominately toward business owners along Main Street, to understand the proposed bike route amenities, which will consist of new pavement markings and signage. Homeowners along Main Street are welcome to attend as well.

Low Stress Route Discussion
Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 6:30 PM, City Hall Aldermanic Chamber
This meeting will focus on the residential route, although homeowners along Main Street who cannot attend the earlier meeting are also welcome. The proposed pavement markings and signage will be presented.

Along both routes, this phase of the project is not proposed to include any changes to existing parking conditions.

If you have any questions in advance of the meetings, please contact the Melrose Engineering Division Office at 781‐979‐4172.

We encourage all those interested in walking and biking in Melrose to attend these meetings and provide feedback!

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