DCR Parkways Master Plan Aims to Improve Pedestrian and Bike Network for People of All Ages

At a time of increasing interest in walking and bicycling for transportation and recreational purposes, improving safety, access, and comfort for these modes on the parkways of metro Boston represents an opportunity to dramatically expand the regional greenway network.

The state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) revealed a Parkways Master Plan that articulates a vision for an interconnected network of walkways and bikeways throughout metro Boston that provide residents of all ages and abilities with access to recreational destinations and healthy transportation opportunities.┬áThis Plan focuses on a group of parkways that span the metropolitan Boston region.

The plan highlights that “safety and comfort for users of all ages and abilities is a
crucial goal.” It also notes that “parkways are enjoyed by a diverse array of users
and should include multimodal facilities that provide safe and comfortable accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclists of all ages and abilities.”

To see the specific projects outlined and more data that supports the DCR vision, please see the report here.