Pedestrian Areas

Downtown streets include sidewalks generously sprinkled with crosswalks. Northampton residents are keenly aware that in Massachusetts, pedestrians have the right of way. All new streets serving housing or commercial development projects include sidewalks. Bicycle and pedestrian trails for recreation and commuting have been created on the site of old railroad beds. The longest of these, the Norwottuck Rail Trail, leads from Damon Road in Northampton to Amherst. The Northampton Bike Path leading from State Street in downtown Northampton to Look Park in Florence measures nearly three-miles. Look Park has a paved walkway around the park that measures approximately one-mile in length.