For the first time since 1998, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is updating the state’s Pedestrian Plan, which aims to improve conditions for walkability throughout the Commonwealth.
As part of that refresh, MassDOT has released a draft Municipal Resource Guide that has been developed based on stakeholder feedback throughout the planning process. That feedback process will continue as MassDOT is accepting public comments on this draft resource guide by October 31st.
The guide includes best practices for planning and maintaining pedestrian networks. As MassDOT only owns approximately 20% of the state’s roadway network, this guide is intended as an important planning tool for all 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts.
Core elements of an age- and dementia friendly community include walkability and the physical environment and so the MA Healthy Aging Collaborative encourage members, partners and advocates to review and submit comments.
Comments may be submitted directly to Pete Sutton, MassDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Coordinator.