Conwell St. Bicycle Improvements, Fall Traffic Hearing, and Outer Cape BPMP Workshop

There are three important bike-related meetings coming up in November, all in one week.

Conwell Street Bicycle Improvements Project
Monday, November 9, 6 PM, Judge Welsh Rm. at Town Hall
This is the public hearing on the long-delayed Conwell Street Bicycle Improvements project, which seeks to add bike lanes on both sides of Conwell Street from Route 6 to Cemetery Road.

Conwell St. Alternative 1
Conwell St. Alternative 1

The “preferred alternative” design also includes a sidewalk on the western side of the road that would connect to the signalized pedestrian crossing at Route 6. Discussion of improving safety on this stretch of roadway have been ongoing for at least 15 years, so it’s great to see something actually getting close to construction.

Public comments are due in writing by November 3 via email to selectmen@provincetown-ma.gov, by mail to Board of Selectmen, 260 Commercial St., Provincetown MA 02657, or in person at the meeting.

Design schematics:
05 – Construction Plan (Alternative 1 – 30′ with SW)
05 – Construction Plan (Alternative 2 – 30′)
05 – Construction Plan (Alternative 3 – 28′)
Conwell Street Concept Plan (Typical Sections)

Public hearing notice:
http://www.provincetown-ma.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/14584

Fall Traffic Hearing
Tuesday, November 10, 5 PM, Judge Welsh Rm. at Town Hall
This is the Fall Traffic Hearing, one of two meetings each year where residents can submit their ideas for transportation improvements. The hearing is usually a half-dozen requests to move parkings paces, install crosswalks, or change the direction of a street. Because the town’s Board of Selectmen have jurisdiction over all public ways, they are the body that makes decisions on the proposals. Between the time that the proposals are submitted and the date of the traffic hearing, an ad-hoc committee of town staff meets to review and make recommendations on the proposals.

This year’s hearing has a whopping 25 citizen requests, with the bulk of them related to parking spaces and installing signs.

There are four proposals that have to do with bicycles, one from a resident and three from residents on behalf of the community organization Provincetown 365.

The Provincetown 365 proposals are all available to view on their YouTube channel. They include a a proposal for bike racks that would add over 140 bike parking spaces on town-owned property; a proposal for sharrows on the segment of Conwell Street not addressed by the bike lane project (which you can watch me present), and a proposal for sharrows and bike lane markings on Shank Painter Road.

Again, public comments are due in writing by November 3 via email to selectmen@provincetown-ma.gov, by mail to Board of Selectmen, 260 Commercial St., Provincetown MA 02657, or in person at the meeting.

Here’s the public hearing notice, with the summary of each proposal:
http://www.provincetown-ma.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/14578

UPDATE: I just got word that the engineers working on the town-wide parking and circulation study will be available at 4 PM prior to the traffic hearing to answer questions and will be making a presentation to the selectmen at the start of the meeting.

Outer Cape Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Workshop
Thursday, November 12, 4 PM – 6 PM, Town Hall Auditorium
The Outer Cape Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan project comes to town with their third and final public workshop (the two previous workshops were held in Truro and Wellfleet). The OCBPMP is a collaboration between the Cape Cod Commission, the Cape Cod National Seashore, and the towns of Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown.

The primary objective of the project seems to be to continue the rail trail from its current terminus in Wellfleet all the way to Provincetown. There’s not much planning for people who walk as far as I’ve seen. It’s very much focused on coming up with a recommendations for a “primary route” to get people on bikes to Provincetown and then “secondary routes” within each of the towns to connect to local destinations.

This is a great opportunity — and the last one for this project — to have your say and make suggestions toward improving the conditions for people who want to ride a bike safely to Provincetown.

Project web site:
http://www.capecodcommission.org/index.php?id=73

Comments or questions about the Outer Cape Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan can be directed to the Cape Cod Commission at ocbpmp@capecodcommission.org.

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