Bicycle Committee
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Bicycle Committee Annual Report 2017

Major Accomplishments in 2017

This year we celebrated Bike Month in May for the first time, with a series of events in collaboration with MassBike and MassDOT.

The multi-year Outer Cape Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan process came to a close early in the year and the Master Plan was adopted by the Board of Selectmen at the Fall Traffic Hearing. This plan gives town a framework for moving forward with bicycle improvements in town and a reference document to measure progress into the future.

Our advocacy for “climbing lanes” was successful with the approval of a new climbing lane on Bradford Street up the hill from Central St. to Carver St. This section of road has one of the highest number of motor vehicle crashes and is the most challenging hill for bicycling in town. We saw an upcoming repaving project as an opportunity for a Complete Streets approach to improving safety and asked for a bike lane to be included in the layout of the road. The climbing lane will allow motor vehicles to pass slower-moving people on bikes and help reduce the amount of passing over the yellow center line. The selectmen voted 4-1 to approve the new bike lane and it will be painted in the spring when this section of Bradford Street is repaved.

Provincetown was recognized as one of the most bikeable places in the United States by PeopleForBikes.org’s ranking of 303 cities and towns. We scored 79 on their “bicycle network analysis” scale, in a tie for first place nationwide and ahead of well-known bike towns such as Davis, CA. For more details, visit http://peopleforbikes.org/bna/

Outreach & Education

The updated Provincetown Bicycle Map & Safety Guide brochure went to print with its annual print run of 25,000 copies. Two new street banners went up on Commercial Street during the summer months reminding everyone to “slow down” and “light up the night” to encourage bike light use.

Bike Month in May was a smashing success, and for the first time the Board of Selectmen issued a proclamation recognizing Bike Month. We put up new “Celebrate Bike Month” banners on the light poles in Portuguese Square next to Town Hall along with banners celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Province Lands Bike Trail. Events included a Bike to Work Day breakfast at Town Hall; a bike repair clinic with demonstrations of common repairs; the Blessing of the Bikes by Reverend Kate on the lawn at the UU Church; and the Children's Bike Rodeo in collaboration with the Police Department. In June, we again participated in the annual WorldFest event to reach out to seasonal workers with the bike safety quiz, free bike lights, and free bike safety checks from Ptown Bikes.

Bike Racks

Town Meeting approved our Community Preservation Grant application for funding to purchase new bike racks and two bike repair stations. Those will be installed around town in the spring of 2018. The biggest new installation will take place at the Johnson Street Parking Lot, where we will install a repair station and increase bike parking from 4 spaces to 40 spaces.

Looking Forward

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Clarie Saltonstall Memorial Bikeway – the state’s only numbered bike route (MA-1) – which runs 135 miles from Boston to Provincetown. Look for our banners and celebrations throughout Bike Month in May and into the summer season.

This spring we will submit our application to the League of American Bicyclists for designation as a “Bicycle Friendly Community” to recognize the work that has been done and receive feedback on policies and efforts that would help make Provincetown the most welcoming and safest place for bicycling on Cape Cod.

The Cape Cod Commission is kicking off a study of a possible reduction of lanes on Route 6 to allow space for a multi-use path to create a safe bikeway from the Truro town line all the way to Herring Cove Beach.

We will continue to advise the Board of Selectmen on how to make riding a bike safer while meeting the town’s environmental goals and reducing congestion on our narrow roads.

The committee is always looking for new members and welcomes input from the community at large, so please feel free to reach out in person at one of our meetings, via email, or online through our Facebook page at http://BikeProvincetown.org

Rik Ahlberg, Chair


 

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Bicycle Committee Annual Report 2016

Major Accomplishments in 2016

This year saw more bikes than ever in town, with a peak of 380 bicycles per hour counted on Commercial Street at Winthrop Street. Successes included painting the Town’s rst marked bike lanes on Shank Painter Road, adding shared lane (“sharrow”) pavement markings on Shank Painter Road and Conwell Street, adoption of a parking ne for blocking a marked bike lane, and installation of 60 new bike parking spaces. The bike map and safety brochure was redesigned with more complete and accurate information than ever before. We continued to participate in the Outer Cape Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan process, collaborate with other Town boards and local nonprofits, and advocate for construction of the long-delayed Conwell Street Bicycle Improvement Project.

Outreach & Education

The new bike map and safety guide brochure went to print with its annual print run of 25,000 copies, making it one of the most widely distributed publications in town. We commissioned new illustrations from a local artist which was used in the brochure and will be seen in street banners and other materials in the coming year. Education efforts also included a new rack card for tour guides and informational stickers placed on bike racks. Outreach continued with participation in the new Children’s Bike Rodeo in May and the annual WorldFest in June to reach out to seasonal workers with the bike safety quiz, free bike lights, and free bike safety checks. Tabling at the Firehouse was new this year, with three days outreach during peak weeks in July, August and September. To address an outbreak of bike theft early in the summer season, we added educational stickers to bike racks asking “Did you lock your bike?” to remind everyone to use their locks. A new “Bright Light Bike Ride” was very well attended as part of the First Light celebrations to encourage lights on bikes and continued bike riding in the mild winter weather.

Bike Racks

In collaboration with Provincetown 365, the 60 new bike parking spaces installed this year made a considerable dent in getting bikes off the sidewalks and street trees. An additional 40 bike spaces were approved at the Traf c Hearing and a Community Preservation Act funding request was submitted for racks and bicycle repair stations. We are continuing to identify new locations for racks throughout Town, such as those recommended in the Open Space Plan and Harbor Plan and at business locations in the center of Town. These new racks bring us to just over 325 bike parking spaces on Town property.

Looking Forward

2017 will see the publication of the Cape Cod Commission’s Outer Cape Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan, which we will present to the Board of Selectmen for adoption. We will continue to advocate for “climbing lanes” to be added on uphill segments of Bradford Street as it is repaved and begin implementing more of the recommendations in the Outer Cape plan. Participation in “Bike Month” in May will include new events to engage residents and early visitors before the busy summer kicks in. In the fall we expect to apply to the League of American Bicyclists for designation as a “Bicycle Friendly Community” to recognize the work that has been done and receive feedback on policies and efforts that would help make Provincetown the most welcoming and safest place for bicycling on Cape Cod. We always welcome input from the community, so please feel free to reach out in person at one of our meetings or online through our Facebook page at http://fb.com/BikeProvincetown

Rik Ahlberg, Chair

2016 Town Annual Report (PDF) »


 

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Bicycle Committee Annual Report 2015

The past year has been quite dynamic for us. In some ways, that has been especially good for the environment, and in others, the sheer volume of bicycles has raised some issues. One might say we are a victim of our own success. For a myriad of reasons, bicycling is here to stay and we will need to adjust our perspective to integrate bicycle use into our transportation vision.

On the regional level, we have participated in the Outer Cape Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan (OCBPMP) Task Force that has been meeting for many years now to complete the Rail Trail from Lecount Hollow in Wellfleet to MacMillan Pier in Provincetown. The process is complicated because portions of the rail bed through Wellfleet and Truro have been turned over to private ownership. In Provincetown, we have a significant portion intact but must still decide how we will connect at either end at the Truro line and to MacMillan Pier. The current goal is to complete the plan by December 2016.

A Master Plan for bike routes within Provincetown is also under consideration. This plan hopes to offer an overview of the needed improvements for both cyclist and pedestrian safety. Components will include signage, climbing lanes and  bicycle parking areas. Essential to its success will be a large consideration for proper education of the cycling public—both local and tourist.

This past year our committee has conducted an extensive traffic study of Commercial and Bradford Street to create a data base for future action. Street by street, we have identified both assets and liabilities for effective design. We have worked with Provincetown 365 to identify bike parking areas for development; we have conducted educational tables for the Year Rounders, World Fest, and school children education via our Police Department liaison. We have also sponsored an evaluation of the Rail Trail potential route with MassBike and East Coast Greenway, both of which have provided us with an important perspective beyond what we see on a local level. 

We are not standing still by any means, and the coming year will begin to show progress based on the solid groundwork we have already laid. Our meetings are always open and we welcome community input.

Roger ChauvetteChair

2015 Town Annual Report (PDF) »


Annual Meeting - Monday, April 6, 2015

Article 34. General Bylaw Amendment: Section 13-5 Prohibited Use of Bicycles. 
(Deletions shown in bold and brackets and new text shown as underlined)  

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Provincetown General Bylaws by amending Section 13-5-1-2 to read as follows:

13-5-1-2 Procedure
Bicycle Parking On Public Property
a.   Bicycles are permitted to park [against a street sign pole, or] on a bicycle rack or other facility specifically intended for that purpose.
b.   Under no circumstances shall a bicycle obstruct the pedestrian path of travel or handicap access ramps. A parked bicycle must leave at least 36 inches of an obstruction free path of travel.
c.   Bicycles are not permitted to be parked to: street signs, fire hydrants, hand railings, benches, trees, trash receptacles and parking meters. Bicycles in violation of the above regulations shall be tagged and removed immediately if  presenting a public safety hazard as noted in this section. 

or to take any other action relative thereto. 
[Requested by Bicycle Committee]

Board of selectmen recommends: 3-1-1

Rik Ahlberg moved that the Town vote to amend the General Bylaws of the Town as printed in the warrant under Article 34. Motion Does not Pass.


 

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Bicycle Committee Annual Report 2014

In 2014, the Provincetown Bicycling Committee went through a major shift in membership and is now in a position to move ahead in 2015. The Committee began by absorbing major data and vision statements from a Bicycling Summit held at the Cape Cod Community College. Much of that information provided a foundation to help us design and develop informed strategies for the next few years.  We also updated the “Bicycling in Provincetown” brochure and reprinted it for wide distribution. We added the location of all the public bike racks available in town and modified the information panels on state laws and on the peculiarities of Commercial Street.

We also got approval from the state, with help from the Provincetown Police Department, to create a policy for the Removal and disposal of abandoned bicycles.  In May we participated again in the World Festival for foreign workers and handed out bicycling accessories in return for participants taking our 10 Question Quiz directed at educating the community on bike safety and state laws.  During the summer months, on various days, we also conducted actual bike traffic counts on Commercial St. In a fairly consistent way, we found an increase of 40 bikes per hour over the previous year, bringing the total to about 325 bikes/hour. We also have met with the Police Department representative to assess the number of accidents that were bicyclist related. All of this will go into our plans for 2015. 

Working with DPW, we have also seen to the installation of a dozen of so signs at the foot of feeder side streets that end at Commercial St. indicating Two-Way bicycle traffic. We have also seen to adding signs at both ends of Commercial indicating Two-Way traffic.  Work also continued this past year on the development of the Rail Trail from Lecount Hollow in Wellfleet to MacMillan Pier in Provincetown. We hope to have a Master Plan finished by the end of 2015, and then we can proceed by increment to its physical development.

There will be at least one more public meeting for public input at some point in 2015.  Finally, the Traffic Light intersection at Route 6 and Conwell has entered the design phase so as to accommodate a bike lane/Share-the-Road plan from Beech Forest to Cemetery Road. This will eventually be part of the Bike Lane pattern in Provincetown. Also completed this past year was the paving of the 600’ stretch at the end of the Bradford St. Extension to the Bike Lane in the National Seashore at Moors Rd.  All in all, a good year with a lot of footwork designed  to keep us moving toward the esteemed status of a “Bikeable Community” in Massachusetts.

Respectfully submitted,

Roger Chauvette
Chair

2014 Town Annual Report (PDF) »


 

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Bicycle Committee Annual Report 2013

* Bike Rack Installations: We have worked hard to install adequate locations for bicycle parking in popular areas of town in a partnership with local businesses.

* Abandoned Bicycle Removal Procedure: Working with the Department of Public Works, we developed a policy for the removal of abandoned bicycles in town. Through a Facebook page (Bike Provincetown) we have also posted pictures of lost and found bicycles.

* Existing State Laws Enforcement: A small state grant was partly used to help educate and lightly enforce bicyclists on the existing state laws. Part of the grant was returned when the large portion of the enforcement addressed motorists instead of cyclists.

* Bicycling Roadway Signage: After repeated efforts to properly mark existing bike lanes, we were recently informed that Provincetown and Barnstable had complex issues with marking bike paths, but new yellow caution signs (Share the Road) will appear in 2014.

Education

* Provincetown Bicycle Map and Safety Guide:  This year we reedited the brochure to include the current bike laws, town map and the location of the bike racks.

* World Fest Mass. Bike Week Education Effort: A concerted effort was made to educate International and local bicyclists on state laws via a quiz and conversations. Nearly 100 respondents were quizzed, and safety checks on bikes were conducted in the three-hour period.  Bells, lights and reflectors were handed out to those who filled out the questionnaire.

Research

* Evolution of the Rail Trail to MacMillan Pier:  We have begun work of planning a dedicated Bike-Pedestrian location for the Rail Trail.

* Lower Cape Joint Task Force on Bicycle-Pedestrian Pathways Master Plan:  Long title for a forward thinking group working with the Cape Cod Commission and the Cape Cod National Seashore on a Master Plan that will cover all of Cape Cod.

* Network of Lanes and Pathway Locations:  Ongoing research and development on bike traffic on Commercial, Bradford & Conwell Streets & US Route 6 and means of protecting cyclists on the roadways. Also work of the interaction between cyclists and motorists.

* Joint Meeting with Truro Bicycling Committee was held to address mutual concerns.

* Participation in the Cape Cod Bike Summit at Cape Cod Community College.

Respectfully submitted,

Roger Chauvette
Chair


Annual Town Meeting - Monday, April 1, 2013

Town meeting voted to adopt a bylaw regulating bicycle parking and abandoned bicycles:

Article 23. General By-law Amendment: Prohibited Use of Bicycles.
To see if the Town will vote to amend the Provincetown General By-laws by inserting a new Section 13-5, including amendments or modifications thereto, to read as follows:

13-5 Prohibited Use of Bicycles
13-5-1 Bicycle Removal Program
13-5-1-1  Purpose
The Town of Provincetown regulates bicycle parking for short term storage only. For the purposes of this by-law, the term “Short-term parking” shall be defined as parking a bicycle at a Town bicycle rack for a period of less than seven (7) continuous days.

The principal intent of these regulations is two-fold: first, to ensure that short-term parking for bicyclists is available in the town and second, to ensure that bicycles are parked in a safe and secure manner. One of the important ways of meeting these intentions is to remove abandoned bicycles that are taking up valuable spaces which could be used by other bicyclists. In addition, it should be clear that the bicycle spaces in the town are not intended for long-term storage. Finally, the regulations address the fact that parking a bicycle to some fixtures is not acceptable: trees can be damaged, benches rendered unusable, or hand railings be unavailable to those who need them most.  Bicycles in violation of these regulations should be reported to the Provincetown Police Department.

An abandoned bicycle (that meets the established criteria), or one that is in violation of the time (7 days) restrictions will be tagged and removed. A bicycle determined to be inoperative will be removed by the Department of Public Works for Disposal. A bicycle determined to be operative will be held at the Provincetown Police Department of 30 days.

13-5-1-2 Procedure
Bicycle Parking On Public Property
a. Bicycles are permitted to park against a street sign pole, or on a bicycle rack or other facility specifically intended for that purpose.
b. Under no circumstances shall a bicycle obstruct the pedestrian path of travel or handicap access ramps. A parked bicycle must leave at least 36 inches of an obstruction free path of travel.
c. Bicycles are not permitted to be parked to: fire hydrants, hand railings, benches, trees, trash receptacles and parking meters. Bicycles in violation of the above regulations shall be tagged and removed immediately if presenting a public safety hazard as noted in this section.
d. Bicycles shall not be parked longer than seven consecutive days at the same location on any bike rack, public way or sidewalk. If the bike is determined to be working bike, a tag will be affixed, and after a 72 hour time period be removed for storage purposes. The Department of Public Works (DPW) will transport the bike to Police Headquarters, and the sector officer will generate a report, identifying the bike and removal date. The report will include make, model, color, serial number (if possible) and a brief description of the bikes condition. The serial number will be checked with the Criminal Justice Information System. The Property /Evidence Officer will log the bike into the IMC System and secure the bike for safekeeping in a designated storage area for a period of thirty days. If the bike is not claimed in this period, the Property/ Evidence Officer will release the bike for auction.
e. No motorized vehicles shall be parked on a bicycle rack or other facility specifically designed and intended for bicycle parking. Violators are subject to immediate removal by the Provincetown Police Department. Motorized vehicles parked on sidewalks will be issued a parking citation and towed.

Abandoned Or Inoperable Bicycle On Public Property
A bicycle with one or more of the following defects will be considered abandoned and can be removed and destroyed:
(a) No tires or wheels
(b) Have warped wheels or frame
(c) Missing, rusted or broken chain in such a state that renders the bicycle inoperative.
(d) Missing or warped handle bars

or to take any other action relative thereto.
[Requested by Provincetown Bicycle Committee]
Board of Selectmen Recommends: 5-0-0
Finance Committee Has No Recommendation

Michael Peregon moved that the Town vote to amend the General Bylaws as printed in the warrant under Article 23.  Motion Passed.

2013 Town Annual Report (PDF) »


 

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Bicycle Committee Annual Report 2012

Be Smart * Be Safe * Be Alert * Be Courteous

It was a busy and productive first full year for the Provincetown Bicycle Committee (BC).  A $3,500 gift fund to encourage Provincetown businesses and non-profit organizations to install bike racks on their properties was established in 2012. The purpose was to reduce motor vehicle congestion in town during the busy summer season while allowing easier access to local businesses by providing public bike “parking.” The gift fund contributed up to $350 towards the purchase and installation of a bike rack(s) to any local business and non-profit organization wanting to place one on their property.

The bike rack gift fund was made possible by a grant from the Provincetown Visitor Services Board tourism fund. Funding is still available for the 2013 season and applications can be made on the Bicycle Committee’s web page on the town’s website: www.provincetown-ma.gov/index.  In addition, another $2,000 was appropriated by the Visitor Services Board to the Bicycle Committee to install several bike racks in town public areas.

The BC and Cape Cod Commission sponsored an informal gathering at the Crown & Anchor Inn in May for bike committees on the Outer Cape as well as friends and supporters of regional biking. In addition to meeting each other, attendees shared biking stories and discussed the ongoing work to create a bicycle master plan for the Outer Cape.

The BC 2013 budget of $1,900 funded the graphic design and printing of 20,000 Bike Map & Safety Brochures as part of the committee’s ongoing bike safety education effort. The brochures, which included information about local bike routes and state bicycling laws, were widely distributed throughout town.  Also in 2012, the BC created a pilot program to help address safety concerns on Commercial Street, which is heavily congested with foot, bike and motor traffic during the tourist season. Bike sharrows – a shared lane street marking indicating two-way bike traffic – were applied at several places along Commercial Street. Special thanks to Julian Popko for creating the template for the bike sharrows.

The BC and Provincetown Police Chief worked together to create a bicycle enforcement/education public outreach project in 2012. Police officers, including summer officers, handed out the Bike Map & Safety Brochure and stopped bicyclists for infractions that included youths riding without helmets, speeding, riding on sidewalks, failure to stop at stop signs, defective equipment, crosswalk violations, and improper operations. The program was deemed a success and plans are underway for the 2013 season that will include issuing “police cards” with infraction check-off boxes to give out as warnings.

Working with the Cape Cod Commission and Cape Cod National Seashore, the Bicycle Committee made a public safety recommendation to the Provincetown Board of Selectmen to create bike/pedestrian lanes on Bradford Street from West Vine to Prince streets to create safer traffic flow. The recommendation received the support of the Provincetown Chief of Police, the Provincetown School Committee, the Provincetown Recreation Department, the Provincetown Board of Health, the chair of the Provincetown Disabilities Commission, the Provincetown Council on Aging, the Provincetown Renewable Energy and Recycling Committee, and the Provincetown Animal Welfare Committee.

Another gift fund, this one for Bicycle Safety and Public Bike Paths, was created and funded in 2012 through a donation program generated by BC member Bill Meadows, owner of Ptown Bikes. Many patrons of the bicycle rental and sales store donated $1 that will go towards purchasing a public safety awareness banner that will be hung over Commercial Street this summer.   Bicycle Committee board member Roger Chauvette was appointed by the Board of Selectmen to represent Provincetown on the Outer Cape Master Bike and Pedestrian Plan Committee.  Special thanks go to Clay Shoefield of the Cape Cod Commission and Daniel Alexander of the Cape Cod National Seashore for their time and invaluable input throughout the year.  Bicycle Committee members in 2012 were Bill Meadows, Jeff Epstein, Michael Peregon, Roger Chauvette, Mary Ann Powers, Douglas Cliggot and Candace Nagle.

Respectfully submitted,

Candace Nagle
Chair

2012 Town Annual Report (PDF) »


 

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Special Town Meeting - October 24, 2011

Town meeting voted to establish the Bicycle Committee:

Article 6. Establish Bicycle Committee.
To see if the Town will vote to establish a standing committee of the Town to be known as the “Bicycle Committee” to be comprised of five regular members and one alternate member appointed by the Board Selectmen for three year overlapping terms so arranged that the terms of at least one member shall expire each year.

It shall be the mission of the Bicycle Committee to advise the Board of Selectmen on matters pertaining to the advancement of Provincetown as a Bicycle Friendly Community, including public awareness and education of bike safety programs; Identifying and promoting needed bicycle amenities, facilities, routes, lanes and the elimination of dangerous areas; and to assist in promoting Provincetown as a bike friendly destination;

or to take any take any other action relative thereto.
[Requested by Town Manager and the Board of Selectmen]
BOARD OF SELECTMEN RECOMMENDS:  5-0-0
FINANCE COMMITTEE HAS NO RECOMMENDATION
VSB RECOMMENDS:  5-0-0

David Bedard moved that the Town vote to approve Article 6 as printed in the
warrant. Motion Passed.

2011 Town Annual Report (PDF) »