Springfield forming bike path master plan

Springfield hopes to expand bike lanes

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The City of Springfield is laying the groundwork to expand its network of bike paths.

The City’s Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee met Tuesday night with members of “MassBike,” the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, to hear how they expanded bike and pedestrian paths in Boston from almost non-existent in 2007 to hundreds of miles of bike lanes today.

The City’s formulating a master plan, hoping to add to existing Springfield Bike Paths. Principle City Planner Scott Hanson told 22News they hope to eventually connect the City’s colleges, major corridors, and even the City’s parks.

“Springfield has over 40 parks. We’re trying to create a network, ultimately, so that people can get to and from the places they want to go to without having to use their vehicle on every trip,” said Hanson.

While there are no specific plans yet, the city would like to eventually add to the 3.7 mile Connecticut River Bike and Walkway and the Plumtree Road Bike Lanes.

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