SANDWICH, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Stretching from Woods Hole to Provincetown, plans for connected regional bike paths are in the works and may provide some relief for drivers on the roadways.
The paths would be away from the roads along the Cape Cod Rail Trail, merging into existing ones in Sandwich.
"We are trying to determine the best way to connect that path to the Cape Cod Canal, so that it would be one continuous, ideally off-road, trip from the canal further down cape," said Chairman of the Sandwich Bikeway and Pedestrian Committee Sean Polay.
Polay said that the paths would be great for tourism, but more importantly, would alleviate the heavy Cape traffic that clogs roads around the busy summer months. The continuous route would be a transportation alternative to driving, Polay said.
"The discussions around traffic mitigation have always been: 'how can we limit the number of cars coming to the Cape?' Well, one way to do that is to have bicycle facilities that are safe and accessible to all- it would certainly be a factor," Polay said.
But the plans do not end there, as Polay said that one of the goals is to have the bike paths over the canal bridges run through the south coast, eventually reaching Providence, Rhode Island.
WBZ's Tim Dunn (@ConsiderMeDunn) reports.