Letter to the Editor: Review Information about the Reformatory Trail Before Voting at Special Town Meeting

~Submitted by Joanne Glover

This morning I logged into the Bedford MA website and found the link (bedfordma.gov) to everything you will need to know before voting on November 14 about the improvements to the Reformatory Branch path, Railroad Ave, Concord Rd under pass, parking, and utility upgrades.  Included is the funding proposal. This is our last chance to take advantage of government funding. It is a wonderfully informative and highly useful tool to educate us all on the project.  Please take a moment to review the details before you vote.

On a personal note, I have ridden the paved Minuteman Bikeway for many years, and I have observed some changes.  This summer I road an average of three times a week.  I saw just as many walkers as bikers, almost no rollerbladers, and very few speeding cyclists.  This is quite different from the past.  Though I personally enjoy riding the Reformatory Path as is, I support this referendum in order to bring the folks from West Bedford into the Center safely.  One day after a rain the dirt path was wet.  My tires slipped and I went down and landed in a big puddle! The dirt path is limited to weather conditions much more than the paved path.  I especially support the improvements that go along with paving the path and the money available to fund it.  Eleven Town Boards and committees support the project.  I hope you will too.

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Ryan Mantz
October 16, 2022 8:29 am

Thank you, Joanne, for your personal observations and your vision of what a multi-use path can be. I share your vision of making Bedford more accessible, year round, as a walking, wheelchair, and biking friendly community. I would add that people from the east part of Bedford would benefit as well. Creating safe ways to transit across Bedford and to our schools is a benefit to everyone. I’ve enjoyed hiking and snowshoeing with Scouts on the Reform Branch and will continue to do so on the stone dust trail even after improvements, but with much safer ways to transit Railroad Ave and Rte 62. I will join you in voting yes for eminent domain at Town Meeting to allow a safe, accessible, and enjoyable path through Bedford year round.

Nancy Wolk
October 14, 2022 10:17 pm

Thank you for this support. I’ve been waiting a long time for this project to start construction. We’ve been supporting it for years.

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