Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning

Interest in alternatives to private vehicular travel is increasing around the country due to a number of reasons:
  • Health, environmental, and economic benefits of walking and bicycling
  • High costs of automobile congestion, physical inactivity, air pollution
  • Large amount of infrastructure needed to move and store vehicles
The Town of Framingham is working to better serve bicyclists and pedestrians throughout the community by improving the road and trail system. The Town is currently preparing a Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan to guide these efforts, and will be seeking state funding through the MassDOT Complete Streets program.

Planning Updates

​Project Updates

​May 4 Open House - Bike & Ped Plan Update

6:00 to 7:30 PM, Blumer Room, Memorial Building

Members of the public were invited to come learn about the Town's plan for improving safety and convenience for bicyclists and pedestrians. Town staff provided a preview of projects under consideration and next steps going forward, and were available to answer questions.

Flyer  |  Station Boards  |  Slide Presentation

Photos from our May 4 Open House are below:
Complete Streets
March 2016: Framingham's Complete Streets Policy was rated the 9th best of 2015 nationwide by Smart Growth America!

Complete Streets promotes "the safety and comfort of all roadway users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, and public transit". In 2016, the Mass. Department of Transportation launched a grant program for local complete streets projects. Prerequisites for eligibility include an approved complete streets policy and prioritization plan prior to funding.

The Town of Framingham Complete Streets Policy requires roadway projects to prioritize pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit. 

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan is an integral part of implementing this Policy and will allow the Town to work hand-in-hand with the state in expanding transportation options available to our residents.  
Elements of the Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan
Based upon the findings of the Livable Community Workshop, the Community and Economic Development Division established a clear strategy that breaks the work ahead into seven overarching categories. Recommendations in the plan will be organized according to these elements.
  1. Identify Assets
    The Bicycle and Pedestrian Network consists of all public roadways, save the Massachusetts Turnpike, and public multiuse paths. 
  2. Connect Assets into a Usable Bicycle and Pedestrian Network
    The usefulness of these systems depends on the completeness and connectivity of the system's elements.
  3. Maintain the Bicycle and Pedestrian Network
    Like all physical assets, these facilities will gradually deteriorate and require regular cleaning, maintenance, and periodic reconstruction. 
  4. Design for Safety
    Standards for safety are well known and should be implemented uniformly across both the Vehicular and the Bicycle & Pedestrian Networks. 
  5. Communicate Bicycle and Pedestrian Routes Through Education and Signage
    Information is an important tool for improving efficiency and safety.
  6. Provide Seamless Links to Transit
    Transit services and terminals are integral parts of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Network. 
  7. Include Bicycle and Pedestrian Access in Land Use Planning
    Land use and related planning efforts impact the attractiveness of the Network

The Livable Community Workshop

CAM01236In September of 2014, the Town began the process of developing a Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan by hosting a Livable Community Workshop. This Workshop, conducted in partnership with the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization, brought together Town officials & residents in an effort to facilitate discussion regarding the Plan and solicit comments from those who live and work in the community. Numerous residents were present, alongside staff from the Town's Community and Economic Development Division, the Town's Planning Board, and the Metropolitan Planning Organization. Drawing from this discussion, those comments that were applicable to the Town as a whole were incorporated into an overarching framework for the Plan. At the same time, insights found to be particular to specific areas or situations were set aside for later phases of the process.   

To learn more about the discussion, please see the links below!

Cochituate Rail Trail 
Extending from Saxonville to the intersection of Speen Street and Cochituate Road, the Cochituate Rail Trail follows a stretch of train line which had fallen into disuse. The Regional Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) supplemented an existing DPW project with $600,000 in grant money to clear and surface the route while also adding amenities. In 2015, a paved, well marked road dedicated to bicycles & pedestrians opened, stretching across Framingham.

Building upon this success, the Town of Natick is in the process of developing its own stretch of the Rail Trail. Once this addition is complete, the Trail will reach Downtown Natick & provide an alternative route to the Boston/Worcester Commuter Line. 
Aqueduct Trail 
In the spring of 2012, the Town of Framingham and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) began work on a collaborative project that sought to develop a pedestrian trail along the Weston Aqueduct. Signs were installed at the trail's entrances and a street crossing was constructed it bisects Elm St. 

Framingham was the first municipality to receive a permit from the MWRA in a program that seeks to develop over 40 miles of walking paths along the Sudbury, Weston, Wachusett, and Cochituates Aqueducts. When completed, Framingh's portion will extend five miles from east to west and serve to further integrate bicycles and pedestrians into the Town's infrastructure.