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Clearing the lane

Cyclists plan cleanup, invite volunteers

GREENFIELD — A group of local cyclists concerned with the heavily traveled but narrow Turners Falls Road will invite volunteers to join a cleanup Saturday.

The newly formed Greenfield Area Bicycle Coalition invites volunteers to join them between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Volun-teers will clip back brush, pick up trash, and sweep gravel off the shoulders to make walking and bicycling safer on this busy link between Greenfield and Turners Falls.

“Although there are many fantastic bicycle routes all around Franklin County and within the Greenfield area, there are limited options for bicycling into town from the north,” said Alden Booth, co-owner of the People’s Pint and member of the Greenfield Area Bicycle Coalition. “Our work on Saturday is just the beginning, but it will help to increase the visibility of cyclists and pedestrians alike and make it easier for motorists to pass them safely.”

The coalition is a group of local bicyclists who organizers say aim to make bicycling safer and more enjoyable for transportation and recreation in Greenfield and the surrounding area through improved infrastructure and education.

Turners Falls Road is a major connector between downtown Turners Falls and Greenfield — traveled by drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians — but with narrow shoulders, no sidewalk and high speeds. Organizers say brush and debris make travelling along the shoulder for pedestrians and bicyclists dangerous, and the Greenfield DPW does not have regular access to equipment that can mow along the road due to the steep terrain.

The bicycle committee is collaborating with the Greenfield Police for the Saturday roadside clean-up, and the Greenfield DPW is providing reflective safety vests. Parking is available at the Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority parking lot, across from Paperlogic, the former Southworth Paper, on the island between the Turners Falls bridges. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own work gloves, clippers, brooms or weed-whackers.

For more information about the clean-up day and the Greenfield Area Bicycle Coalition, contact Alden Booth, alden.booth@gmail.com or 413-824-8320.

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