How can Exeter become an even better place for walking and bicycling? Town of Exeter has contracted with Rockingham Planning Commission to gather input from residents - and others who work, shop or recreate in town – and develop a Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan with strategies to improve safety and connectivity for walking and bicycling in Exeter.
Strategies will span the “5Es”: Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement and Evaluation. Engineering to fill gaps in sidewalk and bicycle route networks and make street crossings safer is important to support people walking and bicycling. So are non-infrastructure strategies like Enforcement of speed limits, Education for kids and adults on safety, Encouragement to walk and bicycle through projects like Bike/Walk to Work Day and Safe Routes to School initiatives, and Evaluation of projects by collecting better data on walking and bicycling.
This fall RPC is gathering input from Town staff and residents to identify existing and desires walking and bicycling routes, hazard areas and projects to address these. The project specific element of the plan will include a list of targeted improvements, a prioritized implementation schedule, and recommended modifications to the town Zoning Ordinance and Site Plan Review and Subdivision Regulations to require installation
of these features during development. Project completion is anticipated in early 2023.
Public Survey on Walking and Bicycling Needs in Exeter
Share your observations and ideas about how Exeter can become a better place for walking and bicycling – it will help make this a better plan. Tell us where in town you'd like to walk or ride, your level of comfort with traffic stress, hazard areas or network gaps you've observed, and other ideas you have. Depending on how much detail you provide the survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. For a chance to win one of four $50 gift cards from Exeter Cycles, enter your email at the end of the survey!