Friday, April 7, 2017

Mapping Dangerous Pedestrian and Bike Areas in Downtown Bridgewater

As part of the Complete Streets Project, the Town of Bridgewater’s Community and Economic Development office is working with consultants Howard, Stein, Hudson to identify dangerous bike and pedestrian spots in the Central Square area. The Town is seeking input from residents and visitors concerning areas where improvements should be made. This information will allow the Town to develop a Prioritization Plan.

To facilitate public input, the Town is using a map, referred to as a “wikimap” on which residents can click and describe the hazardous areas.

What exactly is being mapped by putting points on the map?

The interactive “wikimap” allows community members to contribute their personal experience and local knowledge to the Prioritization Plan. After visiting the website, users are asked to “ADD A POINT” to the map based on their mode of transportation. For example, a user can select the bicycle icon and “ADD A POINT” to a segment of roadway that doesn’t not have any bicycle accommodations. Users can add as many points as they would like, both positive and negative.

The wikimap website is now currently active and ready for use. The link can be pasted into anyone’s web browser: http://wikimapping.com/wikimap/Bridgewater.html

What is this project?
The project is a Complete Streets Prioritization Plan for the Town of Bridgewater as part of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Complete Streets Funding Program. A “Complete Street” is one that is designed to provide safe access for all users including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit users. The ultimate result of this phase of the Complete Street Prioritization Plan will be a listing of potential projects to be funded through the Complete Streets Funding Program. An example of a qualified Complete Streets Project could be enhancements to an existing transit stop, implementation of a bicycle facility, improved American with Disabilities (ADA) compliant sidewalk and associated ramps. More details of the Complete Streets Funding Program can be found here: 

http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/highway/DoingBusinessWithUs/LocalAidPrograms/CompleteStreets.aspx

Why we want the publics feedback?

The Town of Bridgewater wants to hear from its residents on their experiences getting around Town: what’s difficult, what works well and where improvements could be made to increase the safety of Complete Streets users. By engaging the community through a public outreach effort, we hope to gain a better understanding of the local context and priorities of the community.

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