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May, 2022

News from Friends of Falmouth Bikeways

In this issue:

  • May is Bike Month!
  • RIP, Kevin Lynch
  • Annual Meeting recap
  • Goodwill Crossing
  • Bikeway as popular as ever
  • Fall construction coming on the Bikeway
  • We need your help advocating!

Renew or become a member!

If you aren't already a member of Friends of Falmouth Bikeways, please join us and support our work! If you are a member, please renew. For more information and to join/renew:

May is Bike Month!

We hope you are celebrating by getting out on your bike to enjoy these beautiful spring days! The Falmouth Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee will celebrate Bike to Work week on Wednesday, May 18 from 7-9am (rain date May 19). They will have a table set up on the Shining Sea Bikeway, under the big tree by Falmouth Station. Breakfast refreshments will be available, as will swag from MassBike and the Cape Cod Commission. These two organizations will also have tables set up so you can find out about local initiatives and how you can get involved. 

Annual Meeting recap

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The Annual Meeting of FFBW on April 19 featured Katherine Jansen (top photo) and Shirley Frye, bike adventurers and advocates. Katherine is doing a Century ride (100 miles) every month this year. Shirley spoke about her ride from Cairo, Egypt to Cape Town, South Africa in 86 (riding) days. Bottom photo shows the amazing night skies they saw over Africa. Katherine emphasized how important it is to continue advocating for biking here in Falmouth, including reminding people how important the Shining Sea Bikeway is to the town.

Fall construction coming on the Bikeway

The Bikeway will be closed from Ter Heun Dr. to Locust St. this fall while Eversource lays cable under it. They will first improve the sidewalk (including moving telephone poles!) along that stretch of Locust St. so it can be used as a detour for bikers and pedestrians. More details will follow later in the summer. 

Kevin Lynch


The world lost a wonderful human being and bike advocate with the passing of Kevin Lynch. Learn more. Kevin started the Falmouth Bike Committee in the 1980s. He advocated tirelessly for biking until very recently, including being the primary person to push the Shining Sea Bikeway from Locust St. northward. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee recently voted to name the connector to Katherine Lee Bates Rd after him. FFBW will install a monument there in his honor. 

Goodwill Crossing

Construction begins!

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Construction has begun on the crosswalk from the bike path to Goodwill Park. This project will provide a safe connection between two of Falmouth's most popular recreation areas: the Shining Sea Bikeway and Goodwill Park. A signalized crosswalk from the Fitzpatrick Connector will enable safe crossing of Rt. 28 and connect to a paved path up to the roads in Goodwill Park. The crossing is also the beginning of a safe bike connection between the Bikeway and East Falmouth.

Bikeway as popular as ever 

Use of the Shining Sea Bikeway by pedestrians and bikers remains high. From May 2021 to now, almost 243,000 trips were recorded by the automatic counters we installed. Pedestrians accounted for about 20% of the trips, with the other 80% primarily bikers. 

We need your help advocating!

The user numbers above remind us what an incredibly important resource the Bikeway is for the town. Safely connecting these users to downtown and the businesses there has been a primary goal of both this organization and the Falmouth Transportation Committee. It has the wholehearted support of the business community. The DPW recently elected to spend the $150,000 Town Meeting voted for Complete Streets project design on a safe crossing at Katherine Lee Bates Rd. (KLB).

While we fully support this project, which is the #1 priority on the recently approved Complete Streets Prioritization Plan, we think the town should instead use the Ferry Embarkation Fee Fund (EFF) for this purpose. This fund derives from a 50 cent per passenger fee assessed to all of the ferry companies that embark from Falmouth. It has historically been underutilized and currently contains over $1 million. The fund must be used to mitigate impacts of the ferries on the town. Getting people safely across Locust St., which sees an enormous amount of traffic headed to and from the Woods Hole ferries, is the perfect project. Completion of the multi-use path along KLB could reasonably be considered part of this undertaking. However, the DPW has instead elected to use town funds for project design. We feel those town funds would be better spent on one of the many other pressing projects on the Prioritization List that would not be eligible for Embarkation Fee Funds.

If you agree, please contact the Selectmen, and ask them to:

  1. create a clear process for accessing the EFF, and
  2. allocate Embarkation Fee Funds to the DPW for Katherine Lee Bates crossing and sidewalk design. 


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