Mike Lydon proposed a Rails-with-Trails corridor along a 24-mile railway between Auburn and Portland, Maine, reports The Forecaster. The company that operates the railway recently anounced that it would be discontinuing its service to its only customer on that line. The Street Plans Collaborative is behind a five-town effort to improve biking and pedestrian accessibility in the area, and the Rails-with-Trails corridor would run through four out of the five towns.
The Forecaster reports Mike Lydon’s presentation at a forum helf by the Active Living Task Force in Freeport, Maine. The Street Plans Collaborative, along with the Task Force, will develop an Active Living Plan for the town by February 2014. He explained that options to increase pedestrain and cyclist accessibility include increasing sidewalks and bikelanes, improving road signage, and installing traffic lights that respond to cyclists. Forum attendees discussed infrastructure problems ideas for the plan.