The proposed Wareham Bike Path will be approximately 12 miles in length, and will connect the Marion Bike Path on Old County Road, through Wareham to Buzzard’s Bay Town Line at Cranberry Highway. The propose route will follow County Road to Fearing Hill Road. It will then follow Fearing Hill Road until it reaches the old abandon rail road tracks (Fairhaven Industrial right-of-way), turning north to the active rail-line of Buzzards Bay Secondary right-of-way (the trash train). An alternative would be to continue on Fearing Hill Road to Main Street in Wareham.
Within the Buzzard Bay Secondary right-of-way the path would turn Souteast and run along the Southern side of the rail road tracks to Wareham Center. It would then cross over Sandwich Road, follow the right-of-way to Depot Street Crossing and continue along the right-of-way to the Cohasset Narrows at the Buzzards Bay town line.
The mission of the Wareham Community Pathway Committee is to provide professional advice and technical expertise to the board of Selectmen with the purpose of providing a safe, clean, aesthetic, and enjoyable place for people of all ages to walk, jog or ride a bicycle year round, in order to reconnect with nature and our neighbors, promote health and preserve the natural environment.
Goals of the Wareham Community Pathway:
- Become a bicycle friendly community.
- Improve Wareham’s environment and quality of life by reducing traffic congestion, there-by promoting cleaner air and better health.
- Provide an accessible, safe, and convenient multi-use path by creating a public greenway for relaxation and recreation such as walking, running, skating, and biking.
- Facilitate non-motorized transportation to schools, work, and shopping.
- Become an integral link of the South Coast Bikeway which eventually will stretch westward to Fall River and beyond, and eastward to the Cape.