Nashoba Regional Greenway

Safe Routes Connecting Communities

Within the Nashoba region of Massachusetts (located between and around routes 128 and 495 in the vicinity of the Fitchburg commuter rail line), we are fortunate to have many shared-use trails and greenways, notably the Nashua River Rail Trail, the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, the Assabet River Rail Trail, the Minuteman Bikeway, and the Mass Central Rail Trail.

Currently, however, there are no designated safe/appropriate routes to connect these resources to mass transit, community centers, or regional attractions.  The Nashoba Regional Greenways (NRG) coalition is a group of town officials and volunteers who are working together to fill that gap using the existing road and trail network.

We envision a network of quiet and safe routes, designated by signage, suitable for bicycles, pedestrians, strollers alike.

Goals of the NRG coalition

  • Improving multi-modal network connectivity within the Nashoba Region.
  • Advocating for a safe, practical, convenient alternative transportation network.
  • Promoting connections to places where people live, work, and play to enhance quality of life, health, and well-being within the Nashoba region.
  • Encouraging increased access to local agriculture, waterbodies, parks, playgrounds, and conservation and recreation open spaces.
  • Providing public education and outreach to increase knowledge and awareness of alternate modes of transportation and promote bicycle and pedestrian safety and equity.
  • Work with local Town Officials and Departments, MassDOT, and Mass DCR to implement bike and pedestrian improvements and connections.