WalkBike Worcester will hold our second annual SOCIAL this Wednesday, March 18, 5:30-7:30pm at Eric’s La Patisserie, 446 Main Street (Worcester Plaza, corner of Main & Pleasant), 4th Floor. Bring your friends and families to eat, drink, and talk walking and biking in Worcester.
Why on Main Street? Worcester is hungry for a vibrant downtown that continues the momentum of recent investments by the city and local institutions including business, health care and universities. A Theatre District is under development, and the City is redesigning north Main Street from School Street to Austin/Myrtle Streets. Fewer vehicle lanes, wide sidewalks, safer crossing features, bicycle lanes, pedestrian-scale lighting, on-street parking, shade trees and other landscaping, and seating can make the Central Business District a vibrant area that invites Worcester residents and visitors to spend time there. Over the past 2 years WBW has advocated a “road diet” or conversion from 4 lanes (2 in each direction) to 3 lanes (one in each direction plus shared turning lane). This was a top recommendation of a MassDOT Road Safety Audit we participated in, and MassDOT supports a 3-lane option. This is being studied in depth and indications are that it looks favorable.
What do you want to see in a walkable downtown? What would walkers and bikers bring to downtown?