Hudson creates ad hoc bike and pedestrian committee

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The Marlborough/Hudson section of the Assabet River Rail Trail currently ends near the Riverside Gun Club off Wilkins St.
The Marlborough/Hudson section of the Assabet River Rail Trail currently ends near the Riverside Gun Club off Wilkins St. The rail trail is a favorite spot for local residents interested in biking and/or walking. (Photo/Dakota Antelman)

HUDSON – Hudson has a new ad hoc Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee after the Select Board approved a request to create such a committee on Nov. 29.

“It is an ad hoc committee because it is task limited,” Hudson Land Trust Board Member Tom Green said as he presented the plan. “[There are] two primary tasks [for it] proposed in the town’s master plan.”

The first of those tasks is to develop a bicycle and pedestrian plan that will look “holistically” at the ease and safety of getting from where Hudson residents live to public spaces and businesses without using a car. 

Green said this undertaking includes a strategy for “how to ensure these needs continue to be addressed as the town grows.”

The second task would be to cultivate a list of short- and long-term bike and pedestrian projects that prioritize policies that can be implemented in the next few years, as well as over the span of the next decade.

Other parts of the committee’s agenda include the identification and procurement of grants to fund projects and to make an official recommendation on how the town can sustain its biking and walking efforts once the ad hoc committee has served its purpose and dissolved.

“That might be through a new permanent committee,” Green said. The oversight could also be assigned to an existing board, he added. 

While Green does not have a definitive list of members to comprise the ad hoc committee yet, he provided the board with groups that had already expressed interest in the plan during initial meetings. Some of these include the Department of Public Works and the Business Improvement District.

Green said he expects to have a list of members next month. The committee will begin work shortly after that point.

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