Main Street Central Business District Streetscape Project

The City of Worcester is redesigning north Main Street from Austin/Myrtle Streets to School Street. WalkBike Worcester supports changes to make traveling along and across Main Street more safe, pleasant and convenient for all road users. 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.

WalkBike Worcester has followed development of this project since 2012, advocating a “road diet” (conversion from 4 travel lanes to 3 with shared turning lane), bicycle accommodation, and improved pedestrian safety features such as curb extensions. Below are links to information about the project, road diets, and the economic value  of walkable, bikeable communities.

25% Design Public Hearing December 9, 2015

As I See It: The right design for Main Street (WalkBike Worcester)

Main Street Corridor Road Safety Audit final report (MassDOT)

Very short video explaining 4 to 3 lane conversion or “road diet”

Walk This Way: The Economic Promise of Walkable Places in Metropolitan Washington, DC (Brookings Institution)

Good Walking is Good Business (WalkBoston)

Bicycling Means Business: The Economic Benefits of Bicycling Infrastructure (Advocacy Advance)

The Economic Benefits of Sustainable Streets (New York City Department of Transportation)

City of Worcester Parking Guide with walking distances

Healthy Transportation Compact (MassDOT)

Healthy Transportation Policy Directive (MassDOT)

Healthy Transportation Engineering Directive (MassDOT)

Complete Streets fundamentals (National Complete Streets Coalition)