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Needham Rail Trail Greenway meeting to discuss citizen's petitions set for Monday night

Posted by Evan Allen  October 22, 2012 10:56 AM

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The Friends of the Needham Rail Trail Greenway will be holding an informational meeting on the two citizen's petition articles up for debate in the upcoming Special Town Meeting on Monday night at 7:30 in the Congregational Church of Needham.

The first article would create a rail trail committee to study two sections of unused rail right-of-way from Newton to Needham Heights and from Dover to Needham Junction. The committee would recommend a rail trail conversation plan to the selectmen for their adoption with Town Meeting approval.

The second article would appoint a bicycle and pedestrian advisory committee to prepare and recommend a bicycle and pedestrian plan for the town. The plan would include improvements to streets, sidewalks, crossings and the proposed rail trails. The committee would recommend a plan to the selectmen for their adoption.

The meeting tonight will give an overview of the Needham Rail Trail Greenway and give time to cyclists from Newton Bicycle and the Boston Cyclists Union to discuss the Newton Upper Falls Greenway, the Newton Bicycle Plan, and the implementation of Complete Streets, which is bike lanes and safety. There will also be a discussion by Joe Hattrup of Iron Horse about many free rail trails built in New England.

Attendees will discuss what steps to follow to get both articles passed.

A powerpoint presentation about the articles can be seen here.

The event is open to everyone, and light refreshments will be available. Anyone with questions should call 781-559-3232.

The meeting will only last until 8:45 p.m., so you’ll be home in time for the debate.

The Special Town Meeting will be held on Oct. 29.

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com

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