Make walking and biking easier and safer

Objective 3.1: Make walking and biking easier and safer

Build appropriate sidewalks

Strategy 3.1.1: Build appropriate sidewalks

Maintain sidewalk priority list

Action Item 3.1.1.1: Maintain sidewalk priority list

Continue to update the Sidewalk Construction Priority List. Emphasize projects that provide safe access to schools, recreation areas, the train station, and the villages, particularly the designated growth centers. As public transportation options grow, provide sidewalk access to transit access spots.
Timing: 
Ongoing (existing actions or efforts to be continued and expanded)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Transportation
Lead Owner: 
Sidewalk Committee<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Selectmen
Transportation Advisory Committee
Ripe?: 
No

Construct more sidewalks

Action Item 3.1.1.2: Construct more sidewalks

Construct new sidewalks according to the priority list. Follow the Guidelines for Acton Sidewalk Design when constructing new sidewalks or updating existing ones.1
Priority: 
Highest
Timing: 
Ongoing (existing actions or efforts to be continued and expanded)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Transportation
Capital?: 
Yes
Lead Owner: 
Engineering Department<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Highway Department
Municipal Properties
Selectmen
Sidewalk Committee

CPA funding for some sidewalks

Action Item 3.1.1.3: CPA funding for some sidewalks

Investigate opportunities to use CPA funds for some sidewalk connections. Consider historic characteristics or recreational opportunities.
Timing: 
Short-Term (complete by 2015)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Transportation
Lead Owner: 
Planning Department<i> </i>
Sidewalk Committee<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Community Preservation Committee
Land Stewardship Committee
Open Space Committee
Recreation Commission
Selectmen

Increase opportunities for safe biking

Strategy 3.1.2: Increase opportunities for safe biking

Planning for bicycle improvements

Action Item 3.1.2.1: Planning for bicycle improvements

Develop guidelines for bike lanes and off-road paths. Identify locations and develop a construction plan for off-road multi-use paths and bike lanes to improve the ability of people to bicycle to destinations in Town.
Priority: 
2nd Highest
Timing: 
Short-Term (complete by 2015)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Transportation
Lead Owner: 
Transportation Advisory Committee<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Engineering Department
Planning Department

Assabet River Rail Trail

Action Item 3.1.2.2: Assabet River Rail Trail

Complete the construction of the Assabet River Rail Trail. Need to influence MassDOT and Boston MPO.
Timing: 
Ongoing (existing actions or efforts to be continued and expanded)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Transportation
Other Inventory Elements: 
Open Space
Lead Owner: 
Planning Department<i> </i>
Influence?: 
Yes

Bruce Freeman Rail Trail

Action Item 3.1.2.3: Bruce Freeman Rail Trail

Complete the construction of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail. Need to influence MassDOT and Boston MPO.
Timing: 
Ongoing (existing actions or efforts to be continued and expanded)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Transportation
Other Inventory Elements: 
Open Space
Lead Owner: 
Planning Department<i> </i>
Influence?: 
Yes

Connect ARRT and BFRT

Action Item 3.1.2.4: Connect ARRT and BFRT

Explore ways to connect the Assabet River Rail Trail and the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail.
Timing: 
Long-Term (complete by 2030)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Transportation
Other Inventory Elements: 
Open Space
Lead Owner: 
Planning Department<i> </i>
Transportation Advisory Committee<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Engineering Department

Bike racks

Action Item 3.1.2.5: Bike racks

Locate bike racks where feasible and where they will be used.
Timing: 
Short-Term (complete by 2015)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Transportation
Lead Owner: 
Planning Department<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Health Department
Municipal Properties
Recreation Department
School Committees
Transportation Advisory Committee
Ripe?: 
Yes

Multi-use path planning

Action Item 3.1.2.6: Multi-use path planning

Identify locations for off-road multi-use paths, bike lanes, and wider shared lanes and shoulders where appropriate to improve the ability of people to bicycle to destinations in Town. Prepare town-wide recommendations for locations, and construct improvements.1
  • 1. The primary purpose of these improvements is transportation rather than recreational cycling.
Priority: 
2nd Highest
Timing: 
Medium-Term (complete by 2020)
Capital?: 
No
Primary Inventory Element: 
Transportation
Other Inventory Elements: 
Open Space
Planning?: 
Yes
Lead Owner: 
Engineering Department<i> </i>
Planning Department<i> </i>
Transportation Advisory Committee<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Highway Department
Land Stewardship Committee
Selectmen
Sidewalk Committee

Multi-use paths through open space

Action Item 3.1.2.7: Multi-use paths through open space

Consider making some paths in town open space usable by bikes, wheelchairs and strollers, in order to create safe bicycle paths between neighborhoods and other destinations.
Timing: 
Long-Term (complete by 2030)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Open Space
Capital?: 
Yes
Other Inventory Elements: 
Transportation
Lead Owner: 
Transportation Advisory Committee<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Natural Resources Department
Engineering Department
Land Stewardship Committee
Open Space Committee
Planning Board
Selectmen
Sidewalk Committee

Developers provide off-road multi-use paths

Action Item 3.1.2.8: Developers provide off-road multi-use paths

Increase the requirement in the subdivision regulations for developer contributions to off-road multi-use paths and sidewalks.
Timing: 
Medium-Term (complete by 2020)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Land Use
Other Inventory Elements: 
Transportation
Regulatory?: 
Yes
Lead Owner: 
Planning Board<i> </i>
Planning Department<i> </i>

Improve communications about walking and biking paths

Strategy 3.1.3: Improve communications about walking and biking paths

Pedestrian and bike maps

Action Item 3.1.3.1: Pedestrian and bike maps

Keep maps current showing sidewalks, bike paths and hiking paths. Make these available on the town website. Consider providing updated information to Google Maps for incorporation in their database.
Priority: 
2nd Highest
Timing: 
Short-Term (complete by 2015)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Transportation
Lead Owner: 
Engineering Department<i> </i>
Land Stewardship Committee<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Information Technology Department
Natural Resources Department
Sidewalk Committee
Ripe?: 
Yes

Non-car access requirements in commercial development

Action Item 3.1.3.2: Non-car access requirements in commercial development

Consider incorporating requirements for pedestrian and bicycle accommodation in new commercial development.1
  • 1. Pedestrian and bicycle accommodation includes safe walkways from the public sidewalk to building entrances and bike racks.
Timing: 
Medium-Term (complete by 2020)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Land Use
Other Inventory Elements: 
Transportation
Lead Owner: 
Planning Department<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Design Review Board
Planning Board
Selectmen
Sidewalk Committee
Transportation Advisory Committee

Pedestrian safety at town facilities

Action Item 3.1.3.3: Pedestrian safety at town facilities

Improve accessibility and safety at Town facilities, particularly the libraries and schools, for pedestrians, people with wheelchairs, and bicyclists.
Timing: 
Short-Term (complete by 2015)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Facilities
Other Inventory Elements: 
Transportation
Lead Owner: 
Municipal Properties<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Building Department
Commission on Disabilities
School Committees

Increase awareness regarding sharing the road issues

Action Item 3.1.3.4: Increase awareness regarding sharing the road issues

Provide outreach to drivers and cyclists to increase awareness of their responsibility to share the road safely.
Timing: 
Short-Term (complete by 2015)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Transportation
Lead Owner: 
Transportation Advisory Committee<i> </i>
Ripe?: 
Yes