Draft Feasibility Study Issued for Public Comment

February 2017

We are pleased to report that the Cape Cod Commission has issued the draft Feasibility Study of the extension of the Shining Sea Bikeway to the Cape Cod Canal. The Commission’s draft report acknowledges the broad public support that the project has received and provides three alternatives for making the trail a reality. 

The draft Feasibility Study can be accessed online here: 


The three alternatives include “Rail to-trail”, “Rail-with-trail” and “Rail- with-trail with at-grade crossings.” The “Rail-to-trail” option includes the removal of the existing rails and constructing a paved bike path (the new bike path would utilize the existing bridges). “Rail-with-trail” involves construction of a paved bike path adjacent to the existing rail line (the existing rail would remain active and new bridges would be required for the new bike path). The “Rail-with-trail with at-grade crossings” would include a new bike path constructed beside the existing rail line (the existing rail line would continue to be active), however instead of constructing new bridges, some low- volume road crossings would be at-grade. 

We encourage you to review the report and submit any questions and comments to the Cape Cod Commission by March 15, 2017. Comments on the draft document may be submitted via regular mail or email to Glenn Cannon, Technical Services Director, with the Cape Cod Commission: 


Cape Cod Commission Shining Sea Bikeway Study
c/o Glenn Cannon, Technical Services Director
P.O. Box 226
Barnstable MA 02630-0226

Please make your voice heard! Your support of the project has been critical in advancing the project forward! 

-Friends of the Bourne Rail Trail