The Baker-Polito Administration’s Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has posted online the draft Massachusetts Municipal Resource Guide for Bikeability so the public may comment on the Commonwealth’s effort to provide cities and towns the tools and information needed to provide safe, comfortable, and convenient bike networks that appeal to the broadest base of people.

“We encourage members of the public to read and offer comment on the draft resource guide which was created after input from the cycling community and other stakeholders,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “The Baker-Polito Administration is continuing to expand bike and pedestrian paths in Massachusetts because the trails are an integral part of our transportation network, not just for recreation. The Guide is going to serve as a resource filled with ‘best practices’ and other helpful information.”

The Municipal Resource Guide is a companion document to the Statewide Bicycle Transportation Plan currently in development that will recommend policies, programs and projects for MassDOT to guide decision making and capital investments with the goals of creating high-comfort connected bike networks for people of all ages and abilities and increase the convenience and attractiveness of biking.

The Guide was developed based on feedback received from the Massachusetts Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board, regional planning agencies, representatives from state and local government, bicycle organizations, and the public. The guide complements the Municipal Resource Guide for Walkability released in 2017.

The user-friendly guide provides the following helpful information:

• Why bikeability is important and the potential for bicycling in Massachusetts

• Best practices for planning and maintaining connected bicycle networks;

• Case studies on municipalities that have created transportation infrastructure that promotes bikeability such as bike lanes, bikeshare, and bike parking

• Collecting and evaluating bicycle-related data

View the Municipal Resource Guide for Bikeability on the MassDOT website. MassDOT is soliciting public comment on this draft document until December 1, 2018. Comments can be sent to Pete Sutton, MassDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Coordinator, at peter.sutton@state.ma.us.

Since 2015, the Baker-Polito Administration has constructed or funded 150 miles of paved trails, adding to the current statewide inventory of 565 miles of paved trails. Over 30 miles of trails spanning over a dozen projects are currently expected to be completed across the Commonwealth in 2018.

MassDOT’s 5-year Capital Investment Plan (CIP) also sets aside $160 million for multi-use pathways as well as $60 million for high-priority projects through the Statewide Pedestrian and Bicycle Plans that are currently being completed. Other efforts to strengthen multimodal transportation include the Administration’s Complete Streets Funding Program, which has awarded over $30 million to municipalities throughout the Commonwealth to build pedestrian and bicycle accommodations.