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Fun Indoor Ride to Support BCRT!

Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 4-5 pm

Please join us on Saturday, October 17 for an exciting and energetic indoor charity ride at CycleBar in Wellesley. This ride will benefit the Bay Colony Rail Trail Association (BCRTA). Continued funding is needed for the installation of signs, fencing, kiosks, benches and road crossing improvements for the Needham corridor and 100% of funds raised will go towards making these improvements.

Great Opportunity to Help Fund BCRT

We're delighted to announce that Needham Bank has offered another generous gift, along with a challenge, to support the BCRT.

Needham Bank was among the first donors to step up and support the BCRTA in a major way when we first started our adventure.

Because the bank is our local community bank - their folks work here and live here - they can see that a safe and beautiful rail trail would be a wonderful asset for all of us who live in the area.

To help us to push ahead with the trail, Needham Bank has extended a challenge that kicks off on January 2, 2013:

Sponsorship Options

The attached 2-page document provides some benefits and recognition for sponsoring the rail trail at different levels.

Sponsor Presentation (Spring 2012)

The attached PDF provides an overview of the state of the project, and the funding requirements as understood in the spring of 2012.The presentation is available here:

BCRT Brochure 2012

This brochure is meant to be printed out 2-sided, and folded in the middle to create a 4-panel display. Attached as PDF file.

AAA Looking to Restrict Funding for Walking, Biking, and Trails? Sign the Petition!

According to Rails to Trails Conservancy (RTC), the American Automobile Association (AAA) recently advocated for the elimination of critical, established programs that fund trails, walking and bicycling from the trust fund that finances transportation. Although AAA says it supports all types of transportation, that doesn't seem to be consistent with the stated position, which would divert money away from walking and bicycling and toward the highway system.

More background on the AAA position, and Rails to Trails' rebuttals, are available on the RTC site here.

Soon enough, the Bay Colony Rail Trail will begin the process of exploring many sources of funding to develop a magnificent recreational path from Needham to Medfield. Total funding will be significant - we're estimating in the vicinity of $4 million - so we're eager that all trail-related funds remain open and viable for the foreseeable future!

Please click here to go to the Rails Trails site and sign their petition to AAA, and thanks for your support!

State lags in distributing federal funds for paths

By Katheleen Conti, Globe Staff  |  August 1, 2010

Link to article

Massachusetts ranks last in the nation in allocating federal funds for alternative transportation projects, according to a recent study that tracks how states have spent billions of federal dollars for projects such as bike and pedestrian paths.

The study, rele

A "Sea Change" in Transportation Policy

WASHINGTON — Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a weekend bicyclist, might consider keeping his head down and his helmet on. A backlash is brewing over his new bicycling policy.

LaHood says the government is going to give bicycling – and walking, too – the same importance as automobiles in transportation planning and the selection of projects for federal money. The former Republican congressman quietly announced the "sea change" in transportation policy last month.

Read more here.

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Trail head parking - not the way it was intended

Trail head parking - not the way it was intended

Needham Station when it still had its roofs

Needham Station when it still had its roofs

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Farm Street Dover looking South


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