Funding Secured for Phase 1 of Bourne Rail Trail

The prospects for completing the Bourne Rail Trail took a significant step forward this week when Bourne residents voted at the Special Town Meeting on Monday night to allocate $50,000 in funding to support the development of Phase 1 of the Bourne Rail Trail. The Town’s CPC Committee, along with the Board of Selectmen, had previously unanimously supported the funding request from the Town Administrator’s Advisory Committee on Pedestrian Bicycle Pathway.

The Advisory Committee has identified a one-half mile segment—stretching from the Canal Path at the Railroad Bridge to the intersection of Monument Neck Road in Gray Gables—as a modest, but significant first phase for the project. This extension will directly connect Gray Gables and nearby residents of Mashnee Island with the Canal Path.

Thank you to all the Bourne residents who came out to the Special Town Meeting and overwhelmingly voted in support of the project. This is a tremendous next step and we look forward to continued progress in making the BRT a reality.

-Friends of the Bourne Rail Trail
      Nate Robinson, President
      Russell Salamone, Treasurer
      John Carroll, Clerk
      Ken Cheitlin
      Michael Finegold
      Alice Howe
      Kathleen Regan

Support the BRT at Bourne Special Town Meeting - A Message from the Friends

As we hope you’ve already heard, the first piece of funding for creation of the Bourne Rail Trail is within reach…if we all vote to make it happen.

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In August, the Town’s Community Preservation Committee (CPC) unanimously approved a grant application for $50,000 for the design of the first segment of the trail, running from the Railroad Bridge to the intersection of Presidents and Monument Neck Roads. This funding  must now be approved by a majority vote at Bourne’s Special Town meeting, which will be held on Monday, October 1st at 7:00 p.m.

We have made tremendous progress towards making the Bourne Rail Trail a reality over the past two years. Approval of funding at the Special Town Meeting is an essential concrete next step. If approved by voters, the project will take the next steps towards development. Failure to approve the funding will delay development of the project and bring uncertainty to the Trail’s future. The Town’s failure to financially support the project will affect the availability of future state and federal funding.

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The Special Town meeting is a critical juncture for the project. We respectfully request that you make it a priority to attend the meeting and cast your vote in favor of funding for the Bourne Rail Trail.

The Special Town Meeting is on Monday, October 1, at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium at Bourne High School. Due to Town Meeting rules, our place on the agenda will only be determined by lottery at the time of the meeting, so we cannot advise you of exactly when the vote on the CPC grant will take place. In fact, it is possible that it will not be considered until a second day of meeting, in which case we would ask you to be prepared to return the next day on October 2.

Thank you for considering this important request and for all you have done to support the Bourne Rail Trail. 

-Nate Robinson, President of the Friends of the Bourne Rail Trail

CPC Approves $50,000 Funding Request

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An exciting step was made this month in the prospects of completing the Bourne Rail Trail. Following the overwhelming success of TrailFest, our board members attended Bourne's Community Preservation Committee meeting. During this meeting, the CPC members voted unanimously in support of a $50,000 funding request to support the design and engineering of the first phase of the Bourne Rail Trail!

The funding request will now be included on the warrant of the Town of Bourne Special Town Meeting that is scheduled for Monday, October 1st. In order for the funding to be made available to the project, voters must approve the funding request on October 1, 2018.

We are thrilled by this step forward and ask all BRT supporters to mark their calendars and plan to attend the Special Town Meeting to support the next phase of the BRT's development. The Bourne Rail Trail is making exciting progress and we have our community of supporters to thank for advocating for the BRT! 

TrailFest Recap


The Friends of the Bourne Rail Trail would like to extend a huge thank you to the hundreds of community members who came out this past Saturday to celebrate TrailFest along the banks of the Cape Cod Canal! We were overwhelmed with the show of support for the project and the enthusiasm that exists for paths and trails across the Cape. The afternoon was filled with excitement about the BRT in addition to summer traditions like lobster rolls, oysters, beer, ice cream, bikes, live music and one heck of a raffle! We had over 250 people in attendance and raised over $4,000 for the Bourne Rail Trail project - a true success that exceeded all of our expectations!


Our intent with TrailFest was to celebrate existing paths and trails across the Cape and to raise awareness about projects still in development. While we are dedicated to making the Bourne Rail Trail a reality, there are a number of other groups working across the region to create a Cape-wide trail network that will extend from Provincetown all the way to Woods Hole. Dubbed “Vision 88” - to represent the total miles of paths and trails – by the Cape Cod Commission, the Bourne Rail Trail is the critical link on the Upper Cape to help complete the regional network. There was certainly a buzz of excitement at TrailFest about the future of the Cape Cod and we are thrilled that the BRT is part of this enthusiasm.


TrailFest would not have been possible without the help of our amazing team of volunteers and partners including Bourne Historical Society, Naukabout Beer, Monks Cove Oysters, Barking Claw, SailWorld Cape Cod, MassBike, Buzzards Bay Coalition, and Jim Decatur.


A huge thanks is also due to all the businesses that donated items for the raffle! 
-The Bike Zone
-Pocasset Country Market
-Art's Bike Shop
-The Chart Room
-The Lobster Trap
-Gray Gables Market
-Laura Harden
-Bell Lap Coaching
-Cabo Cado
-SE Bikes

TrailFest Partner & Vendor Spotlight

With TrailFest a little more than one week away, we’re excited to spotlight some of our vendors and partners for our August 18th event. We’ve had the pleasure of working with some amazing local businesses and organizations to make TrailFest a fun-filled event. See below for a preview of what we have to offer! 


You probably recognize the signature styling of our TrailFest poster, created by Bourne illustrator, Vinnie Arnone of Cabo Cado. Vinnie is the talent behind our logo and is a big supporter of the BRT. We will have limited number of Vinnie’s BRT and TrailFest posters available at TrailFest! 

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Naukabout Beer, a local brewery based in Mashpee, will be offering a beer tasting at TrailFest! Located just 10 miles from the Bourne Bridge, Naukabout strives to craft beer that reflects the uniqueness of our Cape Cod community and we can't wait to try out some of their brews!



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The husband and wife team of Pat and Jenny Ross are the founders and owners of Monks Cove Oysters. Dedicated to local and sustainable shellfish production, and honoring Bourne’s history, we are thrilled that they will be shucking at Trailfest!

Tom of Barking Claw will be serving up lots of lobster rolls next Saturday! As a local favorite in Falmouth, the Barking Claw balances tradition and quality while never shying away from trying a new recipe. Looking for something other than seafood? Try one of their amazing hot dogs or sausages! 


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We’ve teamed up with our friends at MassBike to provide bike valet and secure bike parking at Trailfest. Whether you’re planning to ride your bike to TrailFest or plan to take a ride on the canal, MassBike has you and your bike covered with free and secure parking! 



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In need of a quick adjustment or tuning on your bike? After a ride on the Cape Cod Canal, stop by our bike tune-up station at TrailFest courtesy of SailWorld of Buzzards Bay!  

We're Headed to the Falmouth Farmers' Market

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Next Thursday, July 26th, the Friends of the Bourne Rail Trail are headed to Falmouth to participate in the Falmouth Farmers' Market! Every Thursday, from May to October, some of the finest farmers, bakers, and artisans come together at Marine Park by Falmouth Harbor to sell their goods directly to consumers. They have just about everything, from fresh veggies to flowers to apple cider donuts! 

Next week, we are thrilled to be able to join the market and spread the word about the Bourne Rail Trail in Falmouth! We're bringing plenty of postcards to hand out and t-shirts to sell, so stop by and say hello.  

Interested in joining in on the fun as a volunteer? Contact Meagen at mcolon@bournerailtrail or sign-up on our volunteer opportunities page!

Photo via the Falmouth Farmers' Market Instagram

Tremendous Public Support For TIP

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This past spring, the Cape Cod Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) released a draft of the Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) detailing a series of projects throughout Cape Cod for funding over the next five years. And while the Bourne Rail Trail project was mentioned in an appendix as a project requiring funding, our project was not included in the funding for this coming TIP.

For the BRT to move forward within the next five years, it was crucial to have our project included in this TIP. During the review/comment phase of this plan, we called on BRT supporters to use their voices as citizens and advocates to reach out to the Cape Cod Commission asking for the Bourne Rail Trail Project be included in the next five years of planning. And our supporters came out in full force!

The Cape Cod Commission received over 150 letters of support for the BRT project, astounding officials and proving to the planning committee that the BRT project is wildly supported by the Cape Cod community. 

We were truly humbled by this level of support and feel even more sure that the BRT project will be a success! 

Thank you!

The FBRT Join Cape Cod Smart Transportation Week


This past week, the Friends of the Bourne Rail Trail joined in on Cape Cod Smart Transportation Week! In collaboration with The Cape Cod Commission and Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority, Cape Cod Transportation Week is an annual week-long event designed to promote transportation options that reduce traffic impacts. We were both honored and excited about the opportunity to organize a bike ride on the Cape Cod Canal in honor of smart transportation options for Cape Cod. 

While the weather turned out to not work in our favor, the rain didn't stop us from bringing our bikes out on the Canal! Gray Gables Market provided our riders with Cape Cod Coffee and delicious muffins as we discussed how the Bourne Rail Trail could potentially offer a whole new transportation option for the Upper Cape. We left the rainy day excited about the impact this project will have alongside the other forward thinking transporation offers throughout Cape Cod!