Kevin Sweet, Town Administrator
195 Main St.
Maynard, MA 01754
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Maynard Keeps Moving With Complete Streets Initiative
MAYNARD – In conjunction with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), Maynard’s “Complete Streets” initiative continues to move forward. A temporary pilot program to test out potential future roadway improvements will take place on Summer Street, Nason Street and Main Street from July 29 through Aug. 3.
The official pilot program kickoff will be July 29 at 10 a.m. in the Veterans Memorial Park on Summer Street. State Representative Kate Hogan and Town officials will be present.
Town Planner Bill Nemser points out: “The town is committed to making our community a safer and more enjoyable place for pedestrians and bicyclists as well as downtown shoppers. The Town entirely understands the necessity for ample parking in downtown and we are going to ensure that parking is available. But, we have to reexamine how our circulation networks are working in town for everybody. I have been hearing quite a bit from bicyclists about how uncomfortable it can be riding in town due to the proximity of cars on some of the narrower streets. Likewise, a lot of residents have remarked that they feel Maynard could do some things to make pedestrians feel safer from automobile traffic in several parts of downtown. And as the Town moves forward with its Cultural District initiative, that highlights local destinations, pedestrian traffic is only going to increase. The residents have given us an idea of what they would like to see and this program will allow them to give it a try.”
The ideas for specific improvements resulted from input at the April workshop between residents, MAPC and Town officials. The temporary configurations will be made of moveable materials and will include elements such as curb extensions, bike lanes, and other features promoting non-automobile oriented circulation through downtown. The feedback gained from the program will help Maynard determine what future improvements residents would like to see in their community.
Town Administrator Kevin Sweet emphasized, “Maynard has been recognized as the most walkable Community in MetroWest: it’s a key component of why people come here. One of the ways we can help improve our residents’ quality of life is to offer safe, modern, pedestrian and cycling amenities. Now, with the Assabet River Rail Trail coming through Maynard, this type of infrastructure improvement will be something that residents increasingly expect.”
For more information visit the Town’s webpage dedicated to Complete Streets or contact Bill Nemser at 978-897-1329 or [email protected].