First in series of Outer Cape Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan public workshops set for Oct. 30

Input wanted for major network to link towns, Cape Cod National Seashore and Cape Cod Rail Trail
One of the possible projects being considered during the Outer Cape Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan workshop series in the extension of the Cape Cod Trail from Wellfleet to Provincetown. Photo by Maggie Kulbokas.

On Thursday, October 30 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., the first in a series of public workshops on the Outer Cape Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan will be held at the Truro Community Center at 7 Standish Way. The series is hosted by the Cape Cod Commission, the Cape Cod National Seashore (CCNS) and the Towns of Provincetown, Truro and Wellfleet.

According to a release from the Cape Cod Commission, the National Park Service is partnering with the Outer Cape towns and the commission to look into the creation of an interconnected bicycle and pedestrian network that would link the the towns to the Cape Cod National Seashore, the state-run Cape Cod Rail Trail and other community destinations. The master plan, according to CCNS will provide a vision and overall guidance for a variety of future projects including sidewalk and bike trail improvements and construction, share-the-road accommodations, networking options through the area and extending the Cape Cod Rail Trail from its current stopping point in Wellfleet into Provincetown.

Funding for the Outer Cape Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan is available through a federal transit grant administered through the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in the Parks Program. The goal of the program is to alleviate vehicle congestion, improving visitor mobility and reduce pollution in the country's national parks. National park alternative transportation grants have been funded through the program since its authorization in 2006.

Public input is requested at the Oct. 30 workshop. Future workshops will also be held at different times and in different locations to accommodate those interested in attending. Written comments will also be accepted through the Cape Cod Commission website here.

Information on research on bicycle and pedestrian planning done by the Cape Cod Commission before the grant award is available here. Project links on the process, meeting notices, documents and comments area available on the CCNS website here. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on