Friends of the Bike Path Update

Like Sleeping Beauty, the Mattapoisett Rail Trail project is about to reawaken from a long sleep. An official information session is scheduled for Town Meeting, November 18. Since the first mile was completed four years ago, and only because of your generosity, Friends of the Bike Path have been able to facilitate progress on bike path construction (Mattapoisett River Bridge) and design/permitting costs. For 2014, we will be initiating another capital campaign to allow us to continue expediting the project. As part of this, we’re asking everyone who can to “like” us on Facebook. Our page is called “Friends of the Mattapoisett Rail Trail”. This will make it so much easier to keep our contact list current.

Coming Soon: Alternative Gift Fair: On November 9, we will be participating in the Alternative Gift Fair at the Mattapoisett Friends Meeting House, 103 Marion Road (Route 6), Mattapoisett. Please come to our table from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. We’ll have gift cards and Tee Shirts to commemorate your contribution. Or send your donation to us at Friends of the Bike Path, PO Box 1336, Mattapoisett, MA, 02739.

Ongoing: Bike Friendly Mattapoisett: Over the past months, people who are interested in social bike riding, bike maps, and improved safety have been meeting at the Mattapoisett Library to make progress on these issues. This has resulted in the Tri-Town Bike Riding club and a few new maps of good on-road bike routes. If you’d like to join group rides, contact the Marion Recreation Department or Mattapoisett Recreation Department. For maps, go to

Our next meeting is November 5, at 6:00 pm, at the library. The topic will be better intersections, better instruction, better documentation of problem areas. We hope to see you there. If you are concerned about safety, the town needs to hear your voice, or you need to put your name on a letter with your concerns.

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