EVENT: Tour De Streets
EVENT DATE: Sep 10, 2016
Imagine barrier-protected commuter bike/pedestrian paths along American Legion Hwy/Parkway, linking the SW Corridor to the Neponset Greenway.
The American Legion corridor provides a straight-shot from Hyde Park inbound past Franklin Park to Dorchester. It connects with Morton St. straight to the Forest Hills MBTA. Imagine barrier-protected commuter bike/pedestrian paths along this route that would increase transportation options for residents in the outlying Boston neighborhoods of Hyde Park, Roslindale, S. Jamaica Plain, Mattapan and W. Dorchester. This would provide safe transportation alternatives to fossil fuel vehicles, and would attract more people to consider these neighborhoods as convenient, desirable places to live and do business. An American Legion bikeway would also be a link among the businesses, services and recreational resources along our neighborhoods, like the Boston Nature Center, Clark-Cooper Community Gardens, Landscape Express, the Stop and Shop and Legion shopping centers, and Franklin Park. An at-grade bridge, as it were, for underserved residents. It would increase health and wellness opportunities for thousands of diverse working families in terms of air quality, traffic calming, physical and mental fitness (commuting and recreational), food source choices, and more. American Legion can be a model of safe multimodal accessibility for every ability 1-35 mph: wheelchairing, strolling, walking, running, biking, busing, and driving.
The American Legion Parkway (Hwy) corridor, with 300 acres of urban green offers our city the opportunity to extend the Emerald Necklace from Franklin Park to Hyde Park continuing through Stony Brook Reservation to the Neponset River Trail finally ending in South Boston. By including Franklin Park, Forest Hills Cemetery, and Stony Brook Reservation, this new section of the green necklace will total 1500 acres. This includes the opportunity for off-street bike and pedestrian paths along the open 4,500 foot Canterbury Brook, a 5,000 feet section of Stony Brook’s conduit easement, a panoramic vista along a 50 foot high bluff, as well as pathways through established urban wilds, parks and cemeteries.