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2015 schedule of events

MOON WALKS ARE SCHEDULED ON SUNDAY`S AND START AT THE DEPOT ON RAILROAD ST.

TRAIL WALKS ARE ON SATURDAYS AND MEET AT THE PARKING AREA OF IHOP AT THE NORTHERN END OF THE TRAIL

***SOME WALKS MAY BE MOVED TO OTHER TRAILS, TO ENJOY A DIFFERENT VIEW AND TO MEET MEMBERS OF OTHER TRAILS.

 

Jan 3rd, Sunday, moon walk, starting at the depot 5:30pm

Jan 13th Monthly meeting, Tuesday 7pm, Nevins Library Check posts for topics

Jan17th Saturday, Trail walk 830 am, meeting at the IHOP area near the trail

Feb 1st Sunday, moon walk, starting at the depot 5:30pm

Feb 10,Monthly meeting, Tuesday 7pm, Nevins Library Check posts for topics

Feb 21 Saturday, Trail walk 830 am, meeting at the IHOP area near the trail

March 8th Sunday, moon walk, starting at the depot 5:30pm

March 10th Monthly meeting, Tuesday 7pm, Nevins Library Check posts for topics

March 21st Saturday, Trail walk 830 am, meeting at the IHOP area near the trail

April 5th Sunday, moon walk, starting at the depot 7:30pm    ***(note change in time of walk due to sunset)

April 10th Monthly meeting, Tuesday 7pm, Nevins Library Check posts for topics

April 25th EARTH DAY Trail cleanup/spring cleanup 8:30 at the depot

April ??? Dan ford race, stop by or volunteer for this great cause

May 3rd Sunday, moon walk, starting at the depot 7:30pm

May 12th Monthly meeting, Tuesday 7pm, Nevins Library Check posts for topics

May 16th Saturday, Trail walk 830 am, meeting at the IHOP area near the trail

May 31st Sunday moon walk, starting at the depot 7:30pm   *** ( last one until September due to late sunset)

June 6th  NATIONAL TRAILS DAY WALK STARTING AT THE DEPOT AND GOING EITHER NORTH OR SOUTH, DEPENDING ON GROUP SIZE. 8:30 AM.

June 9th Monthly meeting, Tuesday 7pm, Nevins Library Check posts for topics

June 20th Saturday, Trail walk 830 am, meeting at the IHOP area near the trail

July 14th Monthly meeting, Tuesday 7pm, Nevins Library Check posts for topics

July18th Saturday, Trail walk 830 am, meeting at the IHOP area near the trail

August 11th Monthly meeting, Tuesday 7pm, Nevins Library Check posts for topics

August 15th Trail walk 830 am, meeting at the IHOP area near the trail

September 8th Monthly meeting, Tuesday 7pm, Nevins Library Check posts for topics

September 19th Trail walk 830 am, meeting at the IHOP area near the trail

September 27th Sunday moon walk, starting at the depot 6:30pm

October 13th Monthly meeting, Tuesday 7pm, Nevins Library Check posts for topics

October 17th Trail walk 830 am, meeting at the IHOP area near the trail

October 25th Sunday moon walk, starting at the depot 6:30pm

October 31st, Fall festival at Greycourt, come volunteer to man a table as we give out treats and sign up people for our e-mail and memberships. Apple crisp and hot dogs are an incentive to help out.

Nov 10th Monthly meeting, Tuesday 7pm, Nevins Library Check posts for topics***( last meeting of the year, December is the Holiday party)
 
Nov 21st Trail walk 830 am, meeting at the IHOP area near the trail
 
DECEMBER 5TH, HOLIDAY PARTY, LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED
 
December 19th Trail walk 830 am, meeting at the IHOP area near the trail
 
 

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Saturday August  16 at 8:30. Metting at the depot parking area and walking south to the Lawrence section. About 2 1/2 miles total
 
Saturday August 23rd 11-8, Marsh Corner Community church Block Party. Come by and enjoy music,games, activities and meet some local groups that make up Methuen.
 
Saturday September 7th, Nevins Farm Annual Dog walk, Join us as we celebrate the MSCPA nad all things dog
 
Saturday night, September 7th. Moonlight walk. Join us at 7:30 PM, meeting at the Depot parking and walking the southern section.  Total of 2 1/2 miles and should take about an hour. Bring water and a flashlight. Dress appropriately.
 
Saturday September 20th.  Essex Heriage Weekend events. The Metheun Rail Trail will be sponsoring a day of events starting with a trail race. The 2 1/2 mile race starts and ends in front of the depot on railroad st. Race time is 8:30 and the race is free, but a $5 donation is requested to help with our ongoing activities. From 10-12 we will be having a scavenger hunt and storyboard for the school age kids. Clues for the hunt can be downloaded from our website www.methuenrailtrailalliance.orgPrizes and small gifts for the chilren will be given out.
 
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FHWA Course on Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation

I stumbled on this super resource for adapting for Bike-Ped transportation.
I was most interested in – Lesson 20: Restriping Existing Roads With Bike Lanes,
which gives us many options on how to work with what we have.

Federal Highway Administration
Course on Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Lesson 1: The Need for Bicycle and Pedestrian Mobility (PDF, 269 Kb)
Lesson 2: Bicycling and Walking in the United States Today (PDF, 179 Kb)
Lesson 3: Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Overview (PDF, 387 Kb)
Lesson 4: Pedestrian and Bicycle Crash Types (PDF, 1.65 Mb)
Lesson 5: Adapting Suburban Communities for Bicycle and Pedestrian Travel (PDF, 181 Kb)
Lesson 6: Neo-Traditional Neighborhood Design (PDF, 678 Kb)
Lesson 7: Using Land-Use Regulations to Encourage Non-Motorized Travel (PDF, 3.5 Mb)
Lesson 8: Tort Liability and Risk Management (PDF, 149 Kb)
Lesson 9: Bicycle and Pedestrian Connections to Transit (PDF, 250 Kb)
Lesson 10: Off-Road Trails (PDF, 105 Kb)
Lesson 11: Traffic Calming (PDF, 1.13 Mb)
Lesson 12: Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities in Work Zones (PDF, 108 Kb)
Lesson 13: Walkways,Sidewalks and Public Spaces (PDF, 273 Kb)
Lesson 14: Pedestrian Signing and Pavement Markings (PDF, 195 Kb)
Lesson 15: Pedestrian Accommodations at Intersections (PDF, 327 Kb)
Lesson 16: Mid-Block Crossings (PDF, 453 Kb)
Lesson 17: Pedestrians With Disabilities (PDF, 72 Kb)
Lesson 18: Shared Roadways (PDF, 1.2 Mb)
Lesson 19: Bike Lanes (PDF, 460 Kb)
Lesson 20: Restriping Existing Roads With Bike Lanes (PDF, 341 Kb)
Lesson 21: Bicycle Facility Maintenance (PDF, 69 Kb)
Lesson 22: Bicycle Parking and Storage (PDF, 178 Kb)
Lesson 23: European Approaches to Bicycle and Pedestrian Facility Design (PDF, 212 Kb)
Lesson 24: Education,Encouragement, and Enforcement (PDF, 153 Kb)

PDF of the entire 282pages (12.4mb)

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Wellness Programs Work

American Heart Association Announces Start! Fit-Friendly Companies

Last update: 5:08 a.m. EDT Sept. 25, 2008

Survey of Employees Proves Worksite Wellness Programs Work

More than 900 businesses across the nation have been recognized by the American Heart Association’s Start! Fit-Friendly Companies Program for promoting physical activity and health in the work place — a 20 percent increase over last year. Start! is the American Heart Association’s national initiative to get Americans walking. Most adult Americans spend a majority of their waking hours at work — many in sedentary careers — increasing their risk for medical problems such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes.
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Wellness programs have increased in popularity in recent years because they are economical and efficient ways to help offset increasing employee healthcare costs, according to an American Heart Association survey.

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Walk-to-school movement afoot across Mass

From the Boston Globe:

Walk-to-school movement afoot across Mass.
By James Vaznis Globe Staff / September 19, 2008

. . . “The current effort is taking root in densely-populated suburbs as well as cities, where elementary schools often serve many pupils who live within a mile walk.

Newton, Brockton, Stoneham, and Watertown this year hired townwide walking coordinators. In Newton, the coordinator helped the 15 elementary schools plot the residence of each child on a map and outline the safest route to school, noting the crossing guards along the way.

Later this year, the state transportation department will issue Abington, Worcester, and several other municipalities its first-ever recommendations about making the walk to school safer, after studying each area’s sidewalks, crosswalks, and signage. The locations are among 65 communities vying for millions of dollars in safety funds from the federal Safe Routes To School program, which fosters walking programs.”

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The piece does neglect to mention the National Safe Routes to School program.

“Community leaders, parents and schools across the U.S. are using Safe Routes to School programs to encourage and enable more children to safely walk and bike to school. The National Center for Safe Routes to School aims to assist these communities in developing successful Safe Routes programs and strategies. The Center offers a centralized resource of information on how to start and sustain a Safe Routes to School program, case studies of successful programs as well as many other resources for training and technical assistance.”

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Methuen Walks

The city, along with the Mass Historical Commission, US Dept of the Interior, National Park Service and nameless others have gone in to produce this nice little full color map-let. This 16 page booklet with attached map goes beyond the previous incarnation of the Methuen historical place map; instead of depicting one walk around downtown, it has TWO separate routes with a write up on what’s left of our historically interesting landscape.

This heavily illustrated item is worth picking up when you find it. It should be available at the library and town offices. I got mine at the planning office in city hall.

(click the images for a closer look)

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