At the end of March, the South Coast Bikeway held their 4th Annual Summit at Fort Taber in New Bedford’s south end. Over 100 people came to support the group’s mission and learn of their progress.
Representative Bill Straus and Mayor John Mitchell spoke about their support for the group’s mission to create a 50-mile bike path that would connect Providence to Provincetown. Rep. Straus warned of threats to the legislation that would fund many transportation projects, while Mayor Mitchell talked about the increased health and vitality biking brings to the city.
Brian Pearson spoke on behalf of Fall River Mayor William Flannigan, David Watson from MassBike talked about the need for funding and about the great work the SCBA has done advocating for funding. Eric Weis and Molly Henry from East Coast Greenway presented their new Yankee Roundabout Tour happening this summer. And keynote speaker Willy Weir, an adventure cyclist, author, radio commentator, and actor, who has cycled over 60,000 miles all over the world, entertained the audience with his quirky storytelling and love for bicycle tourism.
The group is making progress toward their overall goal; two upcoming projects include the Quequechan River Trail in Fall River and the Saulnier Bike Path in New Bedford. Also, more than 20 bike racks have been installed around the city of New Bedford and 6.5 miles of bike lanes have been created.
Check out pictures from the summit, as well as the following articles covering the event: