Melrose Pedestrian & Bicycle Advisory Committee
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- Mar 19 & 27 – New bike routes discussions
- Calling all Ped-Bike Parents and Caretakers!
- Bike Share Program
- Ten Days with Lime Bike
- Melrose High School/Middle School Campus Bicycle and Pedestrian Accessibility Project
- Complete Streets Coming to Melrose
- Bike to the Sea, June 12
- Walk Bike to School Day, Oct. 7 – Why Walk or Bike?
- Last Melrose to Boston Bike Commute – August 28
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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!
This year’s 2019 Healthy Melrose Fair is May 11 from 10am – 1:30pm at the Melrose Athletic Complex, 360 Lynn Fells Parkway, Melrose.
The Ped & Bike Committee will be there as part of Sustainable Melrose. Stay tuned for what we’ll be planning for the fair this year!
The Bike to the Sea Day ride is on Sunday, June 2
The Melrose Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee invites Melrosians to meet at 7:50 am (leave promptly at 8am) at the corner of Main and East Foster for an informal bike convoy to the ride’s start at the Madeline English School, 105 Woodville St. in Everett.
The Bike to the Sea has a 14-mile roundtrip family ride and a 20-mile roundtrip ride to Nahant Beach, followed by lunch at the Dockside Restaurant on Centre Street in Malden. Comfortable pace, very family-friendly. There are police escorts for the portions of the ride that are on the road.
Starting the ride in Melrose adds 3 miles to the ride on each end.
The ride starts at 9 a.m. Registration information to follow. Participants can also register the day of the ride starting at 8:30 a.m.
- Parts of the trail are unpaved, so wider tires are recommended.
- Helmets required.
- Riders 8 and up allowed. Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
The event is a lot of fun and supports a great cause – completing the community path from Everett through Malden to Nahant Beach.
Questions? Contact us at MelrosePedBike@gmail.com
The next Melrose Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee will be June 5, 2018 at 7:00pm.
The meetings are held in the Mayor’s Conference Room, the 2nd floor of City Hall.
Special Guests & Topics
* Planning & Policy
This year’s Sumer Stroll will be July 26 from 6-9pm.
Information to follow when it becomes available.
Melrose’s 2019 Victorian Fair will be on Sunday, September 8th.
The Pedestrian & Bicycle Committee will again have FREE bike parking. Ride your bike to the fair and avoid all the car traffic and parking issues.
Stay tuned for more conveniences provided to walkers and bikers for the day of the fair.
The 4th annual Winter Walk and Roll to School Day is fast approaching. Be sure to register your school to participate on Wednesday, February 6th , or another day in February that works best for your school. Help us show that active transportation works regardless of the season and promote it around school with our PDF flyers.
Have questions about the event or unsure if your school can participate on the designated date? Talk to your SRTS outreach coordinator or contact Outreach Supervisor Pat Kelsey at Patrick.Kelsey@dot.state.ma.us for more information and to see what activity may be right for your school and your students.
We will once again provide encouragement items like stickers and bookmarks to participating schools. Be sure to register early- the sooner you register, the sooner we can send out your items. Happy Winter Walking and Rolling!
Do you walk or bike to school with your kids? Got ideas to make the trip SAFER?
The Melrose Ped Bike Advisory Committee is organizing a subcommittee to study and propose improvements to the streets, sidewalks and intersections that lead to our schools. And… Good News! There’s actually state funding to pay for many of the ideas we come up with!
Send ideas about where to make safety improvements to Jonah Chiarenza at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Also, mark your calendars for Feb 6th Safe Routes to School’s Winter Walk and Roll to School Day…
At the Ped/Bike December monthly committee meeting, The City of Melrose Planning Department, Denise Gaffey and Emma Schnur, shared their data with the Ped/Bike Advisory Committee on the LimeBike pilot program that began in Melrose October 2018, and is currently scheduled to end May 3, 2018. You can see the slide presentation here. You can also see some great information on the City’s link to the Bike Share Program.
- There are 15 communities participating in this MAPC 1-year pilot program that began in May 2018. Melrose started operating within the program in October 2018. They may extend the pilot program past May which would give Melrose an opportunity to test the program more as it started later in the program’s year.
- Each community has their own Memorandum of Understanding and Statement of Work (SOW) that defines things like bike counts, hotspot locations, parking guidelines, winter operations, and rebalancing of bikes to locations where people are likely to need them.
- The Melrose SOW allows up to 100 bikes, with the flexibility to decrease/increase that count. There are currently about 40 bikes on the road. So far, the larges number of bikes on the road has been 80.
- Other communities report complaints of insufficient bikes.
- There are specific rules about where bikes cannot be parked, how long bikes can be parked, and mechanisms to contact the vendor to address improperly parked bikes.
- From May to December, 2018, riders on manual bikes had 2,772 rides initiated in Melrose with 1,106 riders riding 2,117 miles an average of 11 minutes per trip.
- From August to December, 2018, riders on E-bikes had 349 rides initiated in Melrose with 140 riders riding 211 miles an average of 9 minutes per trip.
- There have been no reports of safety issues from Melrose, nor were there any crashes involving LimeBikes in any of the other communities participating in this pilot program.
- If someone sees a LimeBike parked incorrectly or that is broken or inoperable, they can notify Lime by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), phone (888-546-3345), the Lime app, SeeClickFix website or app.