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 Post Posted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 7:34 pm 
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an article in the paper yesterday, anybody know 'Frank Kenneway'?

WORCESTER — The Department of Public Works and Parks has been receiving a range of public input on what to do with its parks and open space, and Monday night heard from residents who might want to walk or ride their bikes to those places.

The city has been soliciting input as it updates its seven-year open space plan, and held what will likely be the last public input session Monday night at Beaver Brook Park.

Monday’s forum was intended to focus on bicycling and walking in the city, and Robert Antonelli, assistant commissioner of Public Works and Parks, admitted that improving the walking and bicycling environment in the city is not a perfect fit for the mission of the open space plan.

Most of the discussion around moving to a “complete streets” approach, that would include more bike lanes on local roads, is more of an issue for the city’s Street Department, but Mr. Antonelli said there is a recreation component that belongs in the plan.

“As a policy statement, we could say it complements the open space plan,” said Gene Bollinger of Weston & Sampson, the landscape architecture and land planning firm working with the city on the open space plan.

People at the meeting included members of WalkBike Worcester, a resident group that advocates the city embrace a “complete streets” approach.

According to the National Complete Streets Coalition, complete streets are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities.

Jonathan Sher of Worcester Earn-A-Bike said he would like to see more bike racks; he said a network of places to park a bike would help connect parks and open spaces in the city.

Kes Roberts asked if the city’s bike route maps could be updated and expanded, and Mr. Sher suggested Mill Street would be a great spot for a bike lane. Colin Novick of the Greater Worcester Land Trust said that Mill Street indeed has a bike lane. Still, Mr. Sher said it’s poorly marked, and is often used for parking.

Frank Kenneway Jr. suggested that the city embrace mountain biking in its more wooded parcels. He said it allows wooded areas to stay wooded, and has a minimal impact on the environment. Plus, if the trails were marketed to the mountain biking community, people would stay and spend money in the city.

Mr. Novick said there are spots, such as the Cascades and the East Side Trail, that might be attractive to mountain bikers, but said it is tough terrain. And there is a maintenance component to keeping those trails open, he said.

Other residents echoed the calls for more bike racks and bike lanes. One woman said she was afraid to ride her bike on the street.

Mr. Antonelli said the city generally installs bicycle racks when it performs upgrades to parks, and he said the city is working on further embracing mobile technology and social media. He said “QR” codes for city parks and better mobile access to park and open space information is coming.


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 Post Posted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:55 pm 
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Nope, but I did graduate from high school with Collin Novick from the Greater Worcester Land Trust. Nice guy from what I remember....

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