Starting this winter, the Town of Walpole Planning Board will be working with the Southwest Region Planning Commission (SWRPC) to explore ways to increase the safety of streets in Walpole for walkers, bicyclists, people taking transit, and others. This project, called “Complete Streets,” is part of a larger initiative led by Healthy Monadnock called the “Partnerships to Improve Community Health,” or “PICH.” The goal of PICH is to increase access to healthy food, tobacco cessation resources, and physical activity opportunities for residents of Cheshire County. Implementing Complete Streets will help to promote physical activity by ensuring that people feel safe when they walk, bike, or use other forms of active transportation.
The goal of the Walpole Complete Streets project is to create a plan or policy that would, over time, result in a safer and more well-connected transportation system that is welcoming and friendly to walkers, bicyclists, and transit users of all ages and abilities. This could include installing more sidewalks, crosswalks, bike racks, benches, street landscaping, or paved shoulders in strategic locations. In addition, SWRPC has some funding to provide free bike racks to local businesses and institutions as a way to promote bicycling as a viable form of transportation. This project has the support of the Walpole Selectboard.
The first Walpole Complete Streets meeting will take place at the Walpole Planning Board workshop meeting on Tuesday, November 29, 2016. The schedule of future meetings will be announced when they are planned.