The Public Works Committee on Monday rejected a petition from Ward 2 Councilor Kevin Morandi to eliminate the new bike lanes and return to two travel lanes in a 3-2 ruling with Ward 4 Councilor Chris Connell and Ward 7 Councilor Anthony Maffuccio voting in favor.
The overall vision is to create a safe, comfortable, and accessible bicycle network in the to serve people of all ages and abilities. This is broken down into four project goals of safety, accessibility, sense of place and sustainability.
The city is seeking input for the Bicycle Facilities Master Plan, which aims to establish a safe, comfortable and connected bicycle network throughout the city that is accessible to people of all ages and abilities.
A Complete Streets inventory project undertaken by Williams College students offered a number of scenarios for making a more pedestrian and bicycle friendly loop around the downtown, with the consideration of removing at least one lane from Main Street.
The town is hoping the state will fund reconstruction of the sidewalks on Summer Street.
On Monday the Board of Selectmen agreed to file an application with the state's Complete Streets program with rebuilding the sidewalks from Route 7 to the school as a top priority. The town can apply for up to $400,000 from the program per year.