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Start Date: 2020
Completion Date: 2022


The Town of Bourne is seeking to improve the travel experience for all users of its streets – motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists – through the development of a Complete Streets Prioritization Plan. With funding provided by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the Town of Bourne retained the services of the Cape Cod Commission transportation staff to develop this plan. This study explored transportation improvement alternatives to reduce conflicts, improve traffic flow and incorporate multi-modal transportation options in Bourne while furthering the creation of vibrant, pedestrian and bicycle oriented mixed-use centers throughout the town.

To learn more about the MassDOT Complete Streets Funding Program visit the  MassDOT Complete Streets Funding Program Portal.

The Town Administrator's Advisory Committee on Pedestrian Bicycle Pathway has been a partner in the development of the Bourne Complete Streets Prioritization Plan.

Public Outreach and Engagement Activities

Public Outreach Meeting #1 - February 2021

The first public outreach meeting for the Complete Streets Prioritization Plan was held on February 24, 2021 to discuss what is a complete street on Cape Cod and the process for developing the prioritization plan.

An existing conditions overview of Bourne was presented using an online public comment viewer and web tool that was prepared for the study and includes features such as sidewalk, crosswalks, activity centers, traffic volumes and bicycle/pedestrian crash data. The presentation concluded with a demonstration of the public comment web tool and an opportunity for attendees to provide general comments and suggestions for future Complete Street projects in Bourne.

Below are links to a copy of the meeting presentation, meeting notes and a recording of the meeting.

Public Outreach Meeting 1 Video Recording 
Public Outreach Meeting 1 Presentation Slides
Public Outreach Meeting 1 Notes

Public Meeting #2 - Review of Draft Complete Streets Project Prioritization List - December 2021

After the first public meeting, Commission staff worked with Town staff to develop a Draft Complete Street Project Prioritization List. A virtual public meeting was held on December 15, 2021 to discuss and accept feedback on the draft project prioritization list. Below is link to a recording of the meeting.

Public Outreach Meeting 2 Video Recording 

The draft priority project list and an online survey seeking feedback on the draft list can be accessed through the Bourne Complete Streets Online Experience. The online survey provided an opportunity for public feedback on the project rankings listed in the Prioritization Plan.

Report & Next Steps

Guided by the input from public meetings and in conjunction with the Town of Bourne, Cape Cod Commission staff prepared a final report and the Complete Streets Prioritization Plan. The prioritization plan will be submitted and approved by MassDOT in March 2022 as part of the town’s ongoing participation in their Complete Streets Program. The Town is now eligible to apply for construction grant funding up to $400,000 from MassDOT for any of the projects listed on the Prioritization Plan. 

Bourne Complete Streets Report

Bourne Complete Streets Prioritization Plan

Bourne Complete Streets Online Experience

A GIS map-based web tool was created to provide project background, display existing features, solicit public comments on locations of future complete streets projects, and share the draft project prioritization list. 

Launch Bourne Complete Streets Online Experience

Project Resources

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Feb 01, 2021
Bourne CS Flyer 2_24_2021
PUBLIC INPUT SESSION Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 6:00 pm Join with the link below: If prompted for a passcode, enter: join Phone: (929) 205-6099 Meeting ID: 961 1903 7671 Q: What is a “Complete Street”? A: A Complete Street provides accommodations for all users including motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists and persons with disabilities. What do you think would improve Bourne’s streets for bicyclists and pedestrians? The Town of Bourne and the Cape Cod Commission want to hear your thoughts. Join us for a public meeting to help us understand the multimodal issues and opportunities in your town. Based on the information from this meeting, improvements in Bourne will be listed in a Prioritization Plan that will help your town gain access to state and federal funding. For more information, please visit or call 508-362-3828 This meeting is accessible to people with disabilities. The Cape Cod Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) provides reasonable accommodations and/ or language assistance free of charge upon request (including but not limited to interpreters in American Sign Language and languages other than English, assistive listening devices and alternate material formats, such as audio tapes, Braille and large print, as available). For accommodations or language assistance please contact the Cape Cod MPO by phone: (508) 362-3828, fax (508) 362-3136, Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS), dial 711 or email Title VI Notice of Nondiscrimination: The Cape Cod MPO complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related federal and state statutes and regulations. It is the policy of the Cape Cod MPO to ensure that no person or group of persons shall on the grounds of Title VI protected categories, including race, color, national origin, or under additional federal and state protected categories including sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, creed, ancestry, veteran’s status (including Vietnam-era veterans), or background, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity administered by the Cape Cod MPO. To request additional information about this commitment, or to file a complaint under Title VI or a related nondiscrimination provision, please contact the MPO’s Title VI Coordinator by phone at (508)362-3828, Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS), dial 711, fax (508) 362-3136 or by e-mail at If this information is needed in another language, please contact the MPO’s Title VI Coordinator by phone at (508)362-3828. Caso estas informações sejam necessárias em outro idioma, por favor, contate o Coordenador de Título VI da MPO pelo telefone 508-744-1299. Complete Streets Prioritization Plan: Improving Safety & Accommodating All Users Town of Bourne – Virtual Public Meeting
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Feb 26, 2021
Bourne Complete Streets Public Meeting 1 Presentation 02-24-2021
Bourne Complete Streets Prioritization Plan Virtual Public Input Session Wednesday February 24, 2021 at 6:00PM Join Our Project Email List: in For More Information: • If anyone is having technical issues, use either the chat box on your screen or call (508) 744–1261 and staff will assist you. • Participants wishing to speak should click “Participants” icon on the lower toolbar and then click “Raise Hand” in the dialog box to notify the presenters. Telephone participants should press *9 to indicate that they wish to speak. To mute or unmute your phone press *6. • This meeting is being recorded and will be available on the Cape Cod Commission website. Meeting Announcements Complete Streets Project Team David Nolan Transportation Planner Steven Tupper Transportation Program Manager Tim Lydon Town Engineer Shawn Patterson DPW Director • What is a Complete Street? • What is a Prioritization Plan? • Bourne Existing Conditions • Group Breakouts – Brainstorm Future Projects Tonight's Agenda What is a Complete Street?  A Complete Street is one that provides safe and accessible options for all travel modes – walking, biking, transit and vehicles – for people of all ages and abilities. Complete Streets improvements may be large scale, such as corridor wide improvements, or focused on the needs of a single mode. Main Street, Buzzards Bay Improved Health Crash Reductions Vulnerable Population Economic Environmental Benefits of Complete Streets Pioneer Valley, MA MassDOT Complete Streets Funding Program Tier 1: Training and Complete Streets Policy Development Tier 2: Prioritization Plan Development Tier 3: Project Funding for Construction Bourne Complete Streets Policy I. Vision and Purpose II. Core Commitment III. Best Practices IV. Implementation V. Evaluation of Effectiveness The Town of Bourne recognizes that all users of all modes, including, but not limited to, pedestrians, cyclists, transit and school bus riders, motorists, delivery and service personnel, freight haulers, and emergency responders, are legitimate users of streets and deserve safe facilities. "All Users" includes users of all ages and abilities. CORE COMMITMENT Adopted by the Bourne Select Board in Fall 2020 MassDOT Complete Streets Funding Program Tier 1: Training and Complete Streets Policy Development Tier 2: Prioritization Plan Development Tier 3: Project Funding for Construction Complete Streets Prioritization Plan  State Highways (Route 28, Route 28A, etc.) are not eligible for MassDOT Complete Streets Funding Program, but can be included in the plan  Plan can be based off the Town’s CIP, LCP, ADA plan, Bike Plan, RSAs, etc.  Plan will include a public outreach element  Plan will identify project details: readiness, project cost, benefits  Plan will prioritize projects based on a set of evaluation criteria  Plan should be regularly updated Complete Streets Prioritization Plan  As part of the Complete Streets Prioritization Plan, the municipality (Town of Bourne) chooses the projects they would like to advance for design and funding while also controlling all the design decisions for the project Most Vulnerable Roadway Users Stakeholder Engagement Town Staff Local Committees MassDOT & CCRTA Public Rank KEY COMPONENTS Project Details: Description, Limits, Name Complete Streets Project Type and Needs Complete Streets Funding Request Prioritization Plan Template Relevant Studies  On-going Bourne Bike Plan  Cape Rail Study (On-going)  Cape Cod Canal Transportation Study (2019)  Buzzards Bay ConnectorBuzzards Bay/Sagamore  Shining Sea Bikeway Extension Feasibility Study (2017)  Local Comprehensive Plan  Various Roadway Safety Audits On-going Projects in Town - Bourne Rail Trail Phase 1 (2024), Phase 2 & Phase 4B (with Falmouth) - Median installation on Route 6- Scenic Highway (2024) - Belmont Circle improvements - Implementation of Buzzards Bay Connector Service Bourne Rail Trail Part of ‘Vision 88’ • Phase 1 funded for $2,150,400 in 2024 • Phase 1 is a half-mile path from the Canal Bike Path south to Monument Neck Road • Phase 1 is currently at 25% design • Phase 2 is a 2
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Feb 26, 2021
Bourne Complete Streets Public Meeting 1 Notes 02-24-2021
Meeting Notes | February 24, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. | 1 Bourne Complete Streets Prioritization Plan Virtual Public Meeting #1 Meeting Notes | February 24, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. Presentation: Steven Tupper, Transportation Program Manager from the Cape Cod Commission (CCC), welcomed attendees to the virtual public meeting and introduced CCC staff who will be assisting with the meeting as well as introduced staff members from the Town of Bourne. Tim Lydon, Town Engineer, gave a brief introduction on the Town’s participation in the MassDOT Complete Streets program. David Nolan, Transportation Planner from the CCC, then gave an overview presentation on what is a complete street and a prioritization plan. He also went over the project schedules and provided an overview of the existing conditions in Bourne. The existing conditions features such as sidewalk, crosswalks, activity centers, traffic volumes and bicycle/pedestrian crash data, can be viewed using a GIS web tool that will be made available to the public within the public comment web tool. After his presentation, attendees were assigned to three breakout rooms to view a demonstration of the public comment web tool. The breakout rooms also gave an opportunity for attendees to provide general comments to CCC Staff as well as potential locations for a Complete Street project. Before the breakout rooms, there was an opportunity for clarifications. Opportunity for Questions: Vicki : With disability commission in Bourne. Have emphasized importance of remembering the needs of the blind and hard of hearing. This would relate to the improvements of crosswalks. Richard Conron: Does this project allow private roads to be developed? [Tim Lydon: No, but we still want to hear about all issues and suggestions across town.] Jared MacDonald: Have issue with the Mass Highway process. For Belmont Circle, they had complete plans and very little input from the community. Many safety issues were brought up when they came before the selectmen. These will not be addressed. For example, on Scenic Highway, more than one person has been struck by speeding cars. Same goes for speeding vehicles coming off Rt. 25. We're going to put a median down the middle of Scenic Highway, but any property on the highway that could be developed in the future will have potential traffic affected. We're going to have cars moving even faster now. I hope this process will be Bourne Complete Streets Prioritization Plan Meeting Notes | February 24, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. | 2 different. Mass Highway clearly has a plan to put a median on that road, but there was little input from residents and police officers who know that area well. MJ Mastrengelo: Two things. 1) Unaccepted roads issue: probably 50-60 percent of roads in Bourne are unaccepted but are open to public access. It would be helpful to have a list of accepted and unaccepted roads so we can know where to put the funding. 2) I am interested in the shoulder concept. In a rural context, I have witnessed the difficulty of putting in sidewalks. When you're thinking about shoulders, how much space do you need for a shoulder? [Steven: For second question, it depends. A sidewalk is preferable and safer, but where that is not feasible, some shoulder is better than no shoulder.] So, what do you do on a scenic road? A lot of our public roads are scenic roads. Five feet would probably destroy the scenic portion of the road. I'm thinking of County Rd. Even 1 ft or 2 ft might be helpful. Are there ADA requirements? [Steven: It depends. But a small shoulder of 1 or 2 ft does not meet ADA requirements.] M. Emmons: In regard to the process, can it include priorities like traffic flow patterns (like certain streets being one way)? Can it make recommendations for traffic flow patterns? [David N.: Those are something we can think about. Came up in Orleans Complete Street Prioritization Plan development too. Glenn Gannon: There was a project in Bourne on Adams St., where the town turned it into a 1-way street and was able to put in bike lanes. Things like that, I would put them into the plan also. They are not expensive and should be considered.] Brainstorming Session: Breakout Room 1: • Tony Schiavi o Prioritization plan says there’s some sort of ranking- what criteria is used to determine the highest priority? • Tim Lydon o Install a sidewalk from Cape Cod Canal to Main Street near Bourne Town Hall • David McPherson o Completion of the Cape Cod Rail Trail  Supported
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