WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — Created by the Board of Selectmen last June, the Ad Hoc Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee will hold its first meeting Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Forbes Municipal building in Westborough.
The selectmen chose to create the committee after working with the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission and holding a "walkability and biking workshop" in the downtown area.
The board saw a need to establish ways to make Westborough more friendly for pedestrians and bicycists, according to a statement provided by Selectman Tim Dodd.
"Currently, many people in Westborough bike and walk on the edges of roads. This committee will seek to make these options safer while encouraging intermodal methods of transportation and supporting transportation improvements through grants and other programs," Dodd said in a statement.
The committee is working on a rail trail along an old trolley line, a project spearheaded by committee member Don Burn. The seven-member committee is also responsible for advising town officials on matters related to recreational paths, encouraging safe biking and walking, and working with local businesses and the community to promote beneficial biking policies, according to the statement.