I've been seeing a lot more people on our bike paths over the last few months. It's exciting to see them getting used to using them, and now we can get a little more excited as we move to Phase 2 of a bike path planned to connect Fall River and New Bedford.

For those trying to not only get out of the house but also get some exercise safely, hitting our bike trails is a great option. I have definitely seen an uptick in people when I head out on the trail near my house in Fairhaven.

Well, exciting news came from the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District recently that will allow them to continue to move forward with plans to create a bike trail that connects New Bedford and Fall River.

They can now move into Phase 2, which will allow them to continue to research how they can make this possible and how much it will cost.

SRPDD's Jackie Jones is the project lead for this grant. She told me that the total project is called Providence to Provincetown and has really been an idea since 1979. This is one massive stride to getting the SouthCoast section completed. This feasibility grant will allow the research to be done on what it would take to get this path built. Deadlines for this data will be sometime next year and could then lead SRPDD to start getting the funding to break ground.

If you want to keep up with how this is progressing, definitely follow the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District Facebook page. 

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