Complete Streets/Community Design

There is a movement across the country to establish community design standards to make streets safe for all users including pedestrians, bicyclists and public transit users. The benefits of these design standards, including the specific “complete streets” movement, include increased transportation choices, economic revitalization, creation of vibrant and livable communities, improved safety, and increased opportunities for daily physical activity.

One goal of the MetroWest Moves initiative is to work with key community stakeholders to develop community design standards and “Complete Streets” guidelines to ensure that transportation planning and development takes into account the needs of all road users: pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers.

We will work with key local stakeholders to assess the current condition and traffic on existing bike trails, walking paths, sidewalks and recreational facilities, especially in areas close to schools and town centers. We will also identify barriers that would prevent residents from walking and biking to school, work, transportation hubs, parks, shopping and other destinations, and then work to eliminate those barriers. We will also work with communities to ensure that new developments include sidewalks and bike lanes.

This strategy will improve the health of all residents, with a particular benefit to those residents without a car, who are disproportionately low income.

In February 2014, Hudson and Marlborough (along with Maynard and Stow) completed a bicycle and pedestrian network plan with assistance from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC). Download the plan here: Assabet River Rail Trail Communities Bicycle and Pedestrian Network Plan.