South Coast Bikeway Summit

scbikeNearly 100 advocates of the South Coast Bikeway held its second Summit at the UMass School of Law in North Dartmouth on March 28, 2013. The Summit focused on “The Economic Impact of Rail-Trails” and featured rails-to-trails expert Craig Della Penna and John Walkey  of Transportation for Massachusetts (T4MA). Fall River and New Bedford Mass In Motion coordinators Julie Kelly and Pauline Hamel were present as Committee chair Robert Espindola of Fairhaven and co-chair Kim Ferreira of New Bedford opened the meeting and introduced Fall River Mayor William Flanagan who gave the welcoming message.   “I recognize the positive impact that bicycle paths have on our community,” he stated. Craig Della Penna pointed out the positive effect of bike paths on nearby real estate prices while pointing out that trails can be developed adjacent to active rail lines.  John Walkery updated the group on the current state of funding sources for rail-trail development before Representative Bill Strauss of Fairhaven, Marion, Mattapoisett, Rochester and Middleboro, who chairs the Joint Committee on Transportation, read a letter from Secretary of Transportation Richard Davey stating that adjacent use trails will be permitted going forward. For more information, go to www.SouthcoastBikeway.com. (Originally posted by d.weed, youtube.com)

For other links covering Bike Summit:

DOT reversal could spell good news for South Coast Bikeway – Herald News

DOT to allow rail with fences – Standard Times