The towns of Falmouth, Cumberland and Yarmouth are creating a plan to upgrade the entire length of their Route 1 corridor to increase safety and access for bicycles, pedestrians, buses, trucks, and passenger cars.
- Cumberland Public Meeting: January 26th, 7:00-8:30pm, Council Chambers
- Yarmouth Public Meeting: February 15th, 6:30-8:00 pm, Yarmouth Public Library, 215 Main Street.
- Falmouth Public Meetings: (Falmouth is also doing a separate study on the overall vision for Rte. 1 North, so will be holding several meetings designed to get public input on both studies.)
- January 25th: Workshop at 11:30 to 1:00 pm as well as 5:00-6:30 pm at TideSmart at 380 Rte. 1 to hear feedback on the northern section of Route 1.
- February 16th: Meeting at 6:30 - 8:00 PM at Falmouth Town Hall, 271 Falmouth Road to get feedback on the Route 1/88 intersection recommendation and all other aspects of the Complete Streets study. This meeting will be combined with the second Bicycle-Pedestrian Stakeholder Meeting.
All three towns had posted a survey in November, which attracted more than 550 participants. The survey focus was on identifying the most dangerous locations for vehicles, as well as where new bike and pedestrian facilities would be most useful. Top survey results are available on the survey’s Facebook page, Route 1 Complete Streets Survey: Falmouth / Cumberland / Yarmouth.
Included in the recommendations are redesigns for the two intersections rated as most dangerous by survey participants: the Rte. 88/Exit 17 in Yarmouth and the Rte. 88 intersection in Falmouth. Throughout the corridor, additional turning lanes, bike paths, sidewalks and pedestrian crossings are being recommended. Survey respondents indicated that improved and safer facilities would be a strong incentive for them to ride and walk more frequently. All area residents, commuters and business people are invited to these meetings. You do not need to be a resident of one of the three towns to voice your opinion.
Those people who are unable to attend any of the meetings will find the proposed recommendations available here: Cumberland Key Plan Complete Streets.
Comments can be made via email, or at the town office, informally on yellow sticky notes, just like those that will be collected at the scheduled meetings. All comments must be collected by the end of February. The plan is scheduled to be completed this spring.