Lynnfield Rail Trail
Lynnfield Medical Professional Letter - June 2018
We are writing in support of the Lynnfield Rail Trail and here is why.
We are health care professionals (nurses and doctors) who are residents of Lynnfield. Our kids have grown up here and attended our schools. We have driven, biked, jogged and walked throughout Lynnfield and noticed an increase in traffic. We care about the health and wellbeing of our town’s people.
There is ample medical evidence for both children and adults that exercising regularly including biking to and from school, work or doing routine errands is great exercise. As we know, exercise helps to keep all of us in good physical and mental health, helps to prevent obesity and reduces the chance of getting diabetes and heart disease. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), recommends an hour of daily activity for children or 2-1/2 hours per week for adults of moderate intensity activity. Walking or biking to and from home to school and between friends’ homes will tremendously help. “Active transportation” is the term used in medical literature, and is a significant contributor to meeting the exercise requirements for children and set forth by the CDC and the AAP. Similarly the American Heart Association and preventive cardiovascular nursing association recommends regular exercise of at least 30 minutes a day five times a week for your heart health and wellbeing.
There is also ample evidence from pediatric studies, in similar towns to ours, where investigators have found an increased risk of injury to children biking on town roads. There is a reduction of such injuries when children are on designated bike paths like the one proposed. There have been numerous incidents in our town and region where residents have been injured, including one killed in the past few months. Many of us know friends and colleagues who have met grievous injury while riding a bike in our town or on roads elsewhere. Many of us have shared ample instances of unsafe riding on our town’s roads. There are significant pot holes, narrowing the roads further and the side of the roads remains cluttered seasonally with winter sand and debris making shared riding with higher speed vehicles quite unsafe.
Many of us have travelled far and wide and have seen bike paths regionally, nationally and internationally which are being actively used by residents of those are communities. We have seen them safely used for biking, jogging, running, kids going to school, people going to work, for skiing in the winter. They serve to reduce automobile pollution, which is also an important determinant of cardiac and respiratory health of both children and adults.
There is also benefit to the mental health of the community as it gives us a place to walk in relative quiet compared to our town’s roads. A place to relax but also a place to see and socialize with other residents, share outdoor activity which it turn helps to bring a community together.
We urge you all to support our rail trail initiative for the health of our town’s residents, our happiness and wellbeing, and for our environment and mutual enjoyment.
Keith C. Nobil, M.D. Calvin Lee, M.D. Lisa Petras, R.N.
Sanjay Aurora, M.D., MPH David Forcione, M.D. Vicki Kvedar, M.D.
Natasha Shah, M.D. Yuriy Levin, M.D. Joseph Kvedar, M.D.
Lydie Pani, M.D. Marc Forgione, M.D. Jane Austin, MS, R.N.
Joshua Goldstein, M.D., Ph.D. Justin Yunes, N.P. Karen Hathaway, R.N.
Michael Aarronson, M.D. Jeff Newton, M.D. Patricia Glennon, R.N.
Patricia Underwood PhD, NP Leslie Smith Olson, R.N. Lisa Connolly, M.D.
Elizabeth Morrison LICSW, RN Caitlin McCarthy, R.N. Deborah Clark N.P.
Anne Ventola R.N. Nicholas S. Kasdon, M.D. Charles Bockoff, M.D.
Nicole V. Thibodeau BS, RN Michelle Grifoni, MS, RN David Richman, M.D.
Sophia Lee, R.N. Donna Bouley, R.N. Maura Sullivan, M.D.
Marc Pifko M.D. Lee Ann Baldini, R.N. Mary A. Taschner, DNP, ANP-BC
Nirmal Jain, M.D. Tiffany Whalley, CMA Gary Mendese, M.D.
Anja Comeau, FNP-BC Stacy Dillon RN BSN Janet Beaudoin, R.N.
Deidre Lamusta, R.N., BSN, CPAN Jessica Perkins, R.N. Lisa Nobil, R.N.
Ryan Millea, M.D. Jose Abrego, M.D.
Sara and Kamden Mauser
Kara and Matt Morton
Nate and Courtney Nunley
Larisa and Marc Patacchiola
Nancy Pecoraro McManus
Mark and Elisa Preston
David and Marylee Riester
Lauren and Nate Rosencranz
Rosie and Ed Schiavo
Shanli Lui Sidun Li
Aicha Charfi Skander Limem
Pete and Crystal Smyrnios
Steve and Sondra Smyrnios
Andrew and Sarah Steer
Patty and Craig Underwood
Michele and Phil Vaccaro
Amber and Craig Vaccaro
Stacey and Sean Valiton
Swati Kodali Vikram Parvataneni
Nomeeta and Kharram Zaheer
Parent/ Guardian of Minors Letter - November 2018.
Kate and Michael DePrizio
Khoa and Thuy Do
Kristen and Craig Elworthy
Maria Fernández-Donovan, Brent Donovan and Michael Donovan
Mike and Emily Geary
Paul and Leahla Glasser
John and Dina Hamel
Chad and Christina Hixon
Sara and Mark Hudson
Brian and Heather Hutter
Alex and Nada Jovanovic
David and Lis Kaufman
John and Stacey Langton
Alexis and Bill Leahy
Jenn and Jeff Lupien
Michael and Anne Malenfant
Jen and Bob Mandile
Chris and Colleen Anderson
Scott and Cindy Areglado
Cathy and John Ballou Mealey
Edelyne and Stanley Beauvais
Deb and Lee Biggar
Keith and Melissa Boccaci
Sonia and Ian Brady
Carly and Jason Caggiano
Peter and Lisa Cash
Duncan and Kristen Cooper
Diane and John Courtney
Geno and Natalie Covino
Sara and Sam Crosbie
Michael and Shannan Cuddy
Pat and Andrea Curley
Tim and Jamie Curley
Patrick and Erin Curley
Mike and Danielle D'Amelio
Kelly Foley Dan Kelley
Leadership Team Letter - March 3, 2017
The Friends of the Lynnfield Rail Trail have worked diligently to inform residents about the facts and misconceptions regarding the
Wakefield– Lynnfield Rail Trail project. We are committed to making sure our residents understand the opportunity we have to greatly benefit our community in a number of important ways.
The Rail Trail will foster in the community:
* Health & Wellness
* Improved social connections
* A Four season recreational path for all ages and abilities
* Town Pride
* A Boost to Home Values
Most important, this Rail Trail can save a child’s life.
There are number of people in town that are worried about the Wakefield -Lynnfield Rail Trail project because of potential crime. A few abutters in an attempt to create fear, cite crimes with no evidence from local and national studies. They have not spoken to local towns with existing trails. Concord this year voted to connect to the Minuteman Rail Trail - the oldest in Massachusetts - 25 years duration. They are a smart, fiscally wise, and experienced town with their first hand viewing of this trail for 25 years. To date, no rail trail communities, not one, have experienced additional crime as a result of their rail trails. This statement is supported both by studies and by direct information provided by officials in communities with established rail trails and if you think about it, why would crime increase in the presence of a rail trail? The corridor was always there, and criminals can access a community by roads much more easily.
These abutters should not decide what is best for the town, you should.
Learn for yourself, get some of your friends and neighbors together on a rail trail and ask the local residents themselves their personal experience and opinion. This will hopefully give you the insight to overcome these fears and vote Yes, to build this rail trail. You will be very happy you did, as all other communities that have done this before us are.
Remember this; of the twenty thousand plus miles of rail trails that have been built not one has ever been closed.. That is a great testimonial to how these rail-trails are viewed and that they are highly prized assets for the communities that are lucky to have them. Can 107 towns that have built rail trails/ Rec Paths in Massachusetts be wrong? Including the most recent to vote yes- Concord and Dover?
A boost to home values- Local and national data indicate that rail trails increase property values, especially those nearer the rail trail. “The results show that houses near the trail sell for a higher proportion of the asking price and in about half the time that it took for houses in the general inventory”. See “Life adjacent to a rail trail“ by Craig Della Penna (Massachusetts Realtor and leading expert on this topic).
We strongly believe the Wakefield- Lynnfield Rail Trail project creating a recreational path that serves the entire community is an initiative that you need to support. Pedestrian, bicycle, baby strollers, roller blade, cross country ski; ADA compliant, Non-motorized use only, dawn to dusk hours of operation.
Towns across Massachusetts and the country desire these paths and continue to add them. We are fortunate in that we have an engineered rail bed currently unused that can be converted to a recreational path, expected to be paid for entirely with State and Federal funds( MA DOT STIP funding) and maintained at no cost to the town via a non-profit group assisted with private donations and volunteer efforts ( see Danvers and Topsfield). This path would cross only two streets and abut only 60 of 4200 homes but would connect the major public buildings in town. This includes the High School and Middle school which towns today strive for especially to allow children and parents to walk and bicycle to school. Studies show the major health and educational performance benefits to this activity.
Community spirit happens when people work together for the good of the whole.
People learn civic responsibility in their families, churches and schools. Working with others to do good for the community creates good feelings. There is positive reinforcement for constructive behavior.
This Rail Trail project exemplifies civic responsibility and civic betterment. It is in the very best interests of the community.
Go to our site www.Lynnfieldrailtrail.org and become informed. Read the Personal statement of Tom Grilk, 29 year resident of Lynnfield and abutter to the rail bed in Lynnfield.
Read the FAQS which are continuously updated, to answer the questions raised by citizens.
Please contact us to help you with any concerns or questions. Become involved with the process and help us get this asset built.
Please vote “Yes” at the upcoming Town Meeting on April 24, 2017 for the Rail Trail initiative, no solution satisfies everyone, but this is one of the best value opportunities this town has had in its history.
Friends of the Lynnfield Rail Trail
Leadership Team ( 3/3/17)
Tom Adamczyk Stephen Fantone
Sheila Aronson Kendall Inglese
Sanjay Aurora M.D. Vince Inglese
Eric Baras Bob Lee
John Ciampa Keith Nobil M.D.
Patrick Curley Dara Reppucci
Mike DAmore Randy Russell
-advocating for the Wakefield-Lynnfield Rail Trail project.
As residents of Lynnfield and parents/guardians of minors (children 18 years and younger), we sign this letter in support of the construction of the proposed Wakefield-Lynnfield Rail Trail Project which seeks to convert the 4.4 mile abandoned MBTA owned rail bed, into a recreational trail that can be enjoyed by all members of our community.
Collectively, we see the benefits of this proposed trail as follows.
1). Providing a route of safe off-road passage free from distracted drivers for our youth between major town landmarks such as our High School, Middle School and downtown.
2). Providing a town asset that can help enhance the overall health of our community, enabling residents of all ages and abilities to easily access recreation such as walking, cycling, cross country skiing, running and rollerblading.
3). Increasing our overall property value by enhancing our community’s desirability within the Greater Boston area.
We have been encouraged and invigorated by the recent show of State level support in helping fund the Final Design, the next stage needed to bring the project to construction ready status. In recent months, the Friends of the Lynnfield Rail Trail, a 501(c)(3) has been awarded a $100,000 reimbursement grant by The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). In addition, members of Lynnfield's and Wakefield's state legislative delegation* have secured a $500,000 funding earmark for the Wakefield-Lynnfield Rail Trail as part of a $2.4 billion environmental bond bill that was recently signed into law.
This Rail Trail can one day save a life. We implore our community leaders to advance this project without further delay.
Parents/Guardians of Minors in Lynnfield.