At last week’s Outer Cape Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan workshop, it was clear that the master plan process isn’t delaying near-term bicycle improvements. Martha Hevenor, planner for the Cape Cod Commission, said that the master plan is expected to be completed in the winter of 2016-2017.
Cape Cod National Seashore
Lauren McKean, a planner at the Seashore, provided an update on the plans for installing motion-activated bicycle crossing beacons at five locations in the Seashore, three of which are in Provincetown. She also announced that the Seashore is in the process of obtaining funding to rehabilitate the Head of the Meadow bike trail in Truro and that the project may also include a 0.6-mile extension of the trail. Funding will be in place next year so construction could possibly commence in 2017.
In an update for Wellfleet, Assistant Town Manager Brian Carlson discussed plans for redesigning the intersection of Main Street and Route 6 in Wellfleet. Unfortunately the plan doesn’t appear to include any bicycle facility on Route 6 beyond a paved shoulder. The shoulder doesn’t even include bike lane markings and provides no way to safely turn left from Route 6 to Main St. This is a huge missed opportunity for improving Route 6 with a state-of-the-art separated bike path and intersection improvements that would keep bicycles out of the 45MPH traffic on Route 6.
Karen Snow of the Truro Bike and Walkways Committee discussed the town’s effort working with MassDOT to convert the breakdown lanes on Route 6 to marked bicycle lanes. This improvement is expected to happen in 2016. She also talked about the committee’s effort to put together a safety package to give to international summer workers that would include lights, a helmet, and reflectors. This could be a great opportunity for collaboration between the town bicycle committees, since Provincetown has already been active reaching out to the international students (and many of the students who live in Truro are commuting to jobs in Provincetown).