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bike-plan-lawrence-englishMassDOT has announced that it is participating in the Lawrence Ciclovia event being held on Sunday, August 20 from 3 PM to 7 PM. Parts of Essex and Common Streets will be closed to cars but open to the public to enjoy biking, walking, skating, Zumba, and other forms of physical activities.

In the spirit of celebrating community while drawing attention to the benefits of active transportation, MassDOT representatives will be on site speaking to community members about the Massachusetts Bicycle Transportation Plan, which is being updated for the first time since 2008.

The goal of the Massachusetts Bike Plan is to educate the public about the value of cycling and walking as transportation options for the future.  By reducing the number of motor vehicles on the road, these forms of “active transportation” will mitigate congestion and greenhouse gas emissions.  There are economic benefits to active transportation as well; according to a 2016 study by the Urban Land Institute, increased bicycle transportation has already helped to revitalize neighborhoods and generate business for retailers in cities and towns across the United States.

A strategic plan outlining MassDOT’s vision for the future of bicycle transportation, the updated Bicycle Plan will emphasize the benefits of short trips and connectivity to other transit options while making case for additional on and off-road cycling infrastructure.  By utilizing analysis of demographic trends and bicycle usage, the new plan will better reflect the ways people actually use bicycles, promoting safe, healthy and efficient transportation throughout the Commonwealth.

Learn more about this Sunday’s Lawrence event and the Massachusetts Bicycle Transportation Plan.

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