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December 16, 2017
WFCR Local News
WFCR Local News
The Patrick Administration Proposes 120 Mile Bike Path
(2007-10-09)
(wfcr) - The Patrick Administration wants to make Massachusetts a friendlier place for bicyclists. The department of conservation and recreation has an $82 million plan to build a network of bike paths across the state, including one that would allow riders to pedal 120 miles from Westfield to Lowell. Rail trails, bike paths built on abandoned rail beds, have been difficult projects to complete, due to funding and bureaucratic snags, as well as opposition from local residents. But trail enthusiast Craig Della Penna predicts planning for bike path projects will pick up speed.

Della Penna heads a consulting firm called Northeast Greenways Solutions and he was the New England head of the rails to trails conservancy. The state is considering creating smooth, unpaved trails in areas such as the Ware river valley, where residents in that rural area have expressed concern about the urban look of a paved trail.
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