Description of Pedestrian Walkway Committee Duties:
The Pedestrian Walkway Planning Committee, working under the direction of the Planning Board, is responsible for preparation of a Draft Pedestrian Walkway Master Plan to enhance the town’s sidewalk network in keeping with Stow’s rural character.
News and Updates
PHASE II: WALKWAY PLANNING
The Pedestrian Walkway Subcommittee thanks those who have participated in their survey! Their final report will be presented to the Planning Board at the March 13, 2012 Planning Board meeting.
PHASE I : WALKWAY PLANNING PROGRESS
December 23, 2011 - Construction of Segment 3 (Hudson Road to Harvard Road) and Segment 4 (Town Center) completed
- Pavement markings at the Rt.117/Harvard Road crosswalk will be repainted in spring 2012
October 7, 2011 - Construction of Segment 3 and 4 (Town Center) in final stages
September 12, 2011- Tentative start date for construction of Segment 3 (Hudson Road to Harvard Road)
June 14, 2011 - Bid Packages submitted to Central Register
May 31 , 2011- Final Walkway Plans for Phase I are completed
Pedestrian Walkway Survey Results
The Pedestrian Walkway Planning (PWP) Subcommittee conducted a survey from May 2010 through September 2010 collecting Stow residents’ input on their walkway interests. The PWP would like to thank everyone who participated in the survey as well as those who volunteered to help us in the future. A total of 136 responses were received through paper and online surveys. The following are highlights from the survey results:
- 90% of respondents desire more walkways in Stow
- 86% of respondents think it is important to have a continuous walkway along Route 117
- Respondents feel the most important reasons for walkways are to increase safety and to allow pedestrian-friendly access to key destinations
- The destinations with the most desired pedestrian access are the town’s recreational areas and the shopping plaza, followed by conservation land and farms. Other destinations mentioned include schools, the library, and the post office.
- 84% of respondents would walk and/or run more if there were more walkways , with 58% of respondents willing to walk more than two miles
- 71% of respondents would want to have the ability for their family to ride their bikes on Stow’s walkways
The results of this survey will help the PWP with future planning efforts. Complete survey results can be viewed above, under "Additional Links". We truly value input from Stow’s residents and businesses. This survey was just one of many opportunities for residents to share their thoughts with us. Keep your eye on the Pedestrian Walkway's Webpage and the Stow Independent’s calendar to learn about the PWP’s upcoming public forum.