North Scituate Pedestrian/Bicycle Trail
Completed Project
Project Description
The elements of the PATH project recommended by the CPC are as follows:

Phase I - Design, permitting and engineering costs of approximately $90,000 for a recreational pathway within the right of way of Gannett Road from North Scituate to the corner of Hatherly Road (1.4 miles).

Phase II - Construction costs estimated at approximately $460,000 for the recreational pathway along Gannett Road from North Scituate to the corner of Hollett Street (.6 miles) The CPC has required in its recommendation of this application that once the initial conceptual design is complete, the concept plans will be shared with Scituate residents in public meetings, the purpose of which will be to address and hopefully incorporate valid concerns regarding the design and construction of the project. Note: This section of Gannett was identified in the Scituate Sidewalk Study as a critical link due to high residential density as well as its proximity to a school, village center and an MBTA station.

Phase III - This recommendation does not include construction costs for the remaining .8 miles of pathway construction (from Hollett Street to the corner of Hatherly Road). PATH has committed to the CPC that it will be pursuing all available funding from other grant funding resources such as: Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Recreational Trail Grants, Safe Routes to School Grants (which have been submitted for 2007 for Scituate), Transportation Enhancement Program Grant, Greenway and Trails Demonstration Grants, Federal transportation funding and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds.

North Scituate Pedestrian/Bicycle Trail
The approval of the final design, the actual construction of the project and the associated funds will be managed by the Scituate Department of Public Works (DPW).

This project meets the goals of the CPA by providing much needed non-motorized connectivity to open space (beaches, recreational areas), community housing, and historic facilities (including the N. Scituate PWA building), and in itself the pathway is a recreational facility of great merit.

The project is consistent with the Town's Master Plan, Open Space Plan and Recreational Plan and it provides substantial benefits to the Town of Scituate and its residents.
The People for Active Transportation and Health (PATH) is an organization established in 2002 which represents a small group of Scituate residents whose goal is to facilitate and encourage walking and bicycling as a convenient, safe and practical form of transportation. PATH recognizes the dire public health and safety need for a better bicycle and pedestrian system throughout Scituate for a number of reasons, including (1) the increased foot traffic associated with commuters walking and biking to the train stations since October 2007, (2) the fatality of a senior pedestrian in N. Scituate last year and the severe accident of an adolescent pedestrian recently and (3) the positive effect on our environment and our health.

PATH pursued off-road active transportation options with a CPC funded Rail-with-Trail feasibility study in June 2005. The study identified a "Grand Loop" around Scituate as a priority route for bicycle and pedestrian transportation. As the rail-with-trail was not accommodated by the MBTA, this application is for a segment of on-road trail on Gannett Road.
Project Potential
Scituate's "Grand Loop" is being considered as a part of a larger South Shore Greenway - a network of natural corridors and walking and bicycling paths connecting destinations and open space in Hull, Hingham, Cohasset, Norwell, and Scituate. PATH, as a part of Sustainable South Shore, is working with The Conway School of Landscape Design on creating plans for a South Shore Greenway. The plans would define greenways to connect the five towns and tie together their green spaces, parks, beaches, harbors, ferries, train stations, libraries, schools and shops.
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