Wellfleet Bike Trail Petition Reaches 1,300 Signatures

WELLFLEET – A petition to halt a planned extension of the Cape Cod Rail Trail along Route 6 and construct an adjoining parking area in Wellfleet has reached 1300 signatures.

The list includes multiple current and former Wellfleet officials.

The petition was started by the Concerned Citizens for a Sensible Wellfleet Bikeway, which says that the expansion of the trail along Route 6 would be a danger for cyclists and motorists alike.

“Obviously if you have more bicycles on a very busy highway with multiple curb cuts—far in excess of what federal highway standards actually mandate for a bike trail—it’s just going to be a very dangerous situation,” said Dale Donovan, a member of the Concerned Citizens.

He said a letter seeking a vote on the proposal has been ignored by the board.

“They’ve been delaying, putting it off, and so on. That’s our specific goal. The letter has been framed. It’s just a matter of them looking at it, reading it, and deciding to hopefully vote on it to send it,” he said.

Donovan has said the group is not against the idea of Rail Trail modifications or extensions. They are instead looking for possible alternative construction plans.

“What we’re hoping is—as stated in the town meeting vote and the letter we’re asking the selectmen to send—that the state will put a halt to any further construction or planning for the bike trail and the Route 6 highway changes until other possible routes have been investigated,” said Donovan.

About Grady Culhane

Grady Culhane is a Cape Cod native from Eastham. He studied media communications at Cape Cod Community College and joined the CapeCod.com News Center in 2019.

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