The Baker-Polito Administration’s Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced the official launch of the new Massachusetts Municipal Resource Guide, a resource document that provides cities and towns the tools and information they need to plan and develop transportation projects and pedestrian networks that support walkable communities.

“MassDOT is pleased to provide this valuable resource to municipalities across the Commonwealth,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “We look forward to working with cities and towns to highlight the social, health and environmental benefits of walking that are realized through development of safe, accessible, and convenient transportation options and pedestrian networks.”

The Municipal Resource Guide is a key part of the more comprehensive Statewide Pedestrian Transportation Plan currently being finalized that recommends policies, programs and projects for MassDOT to guide decision making and capital investments, as well as develop guidance for municipalities to improve walkability in local communities.

The Guide was developed based on feedback received during interviews on future transportation planning that were held with transportation stakeholders including MassDOT staff, the Massachusetts Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board, regional transit authorities, disability commissions, regional planning agencies, and representatives from state and local government.

The user-friendly guide provides the following helpful information:

  • Best practices for planning and maintaining pedestrian networks;
  • Topics specific to the development and maintenance of pedestrian infrastructure such as ADA accessibility, safety, maintenance and snow and ice clearance;
  • Core concepts of walkability and links to additional resources and tool kits currently available on this topic; and
  • Case studies on municipalities that have created transportation infrastructure that promotes walkability such as trail networks and shared-use paths.

The Municipal Resource Guide can be found on the MassDOT website at http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/planning/Main/StatewidePlans/PedestrianPlan.aspx  MassDOT is soliciting public comment on this draft document until October 31, 2017.  Comments can be sent to Pete Sutton, MassDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Coordinator, at peter.sutton@state.ma.us.