December 2, 2020

Pittsfield seeking input from residents on improvement to bicycle routes

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The City of Pittsfield is looking for help from residents to develop a accessibility plan for bicyclists of all ages and abilities.

The Bicycle Facilities Master Plan is to establish a safe, comfortable and connected bicycle network throughout the city of Pittsfield. The city is looking to develop a long-term bicycle network and grow beyond a ‘one-street-at-a-time’ planning approach.

Dedicated bike lanes began in Pittsfield in the early 2000s, including the redesign of North Street followed by the reconstruction of Elm Street with the shared lane markings (sharrows).

According to a news release sent to 22News from the mayor’s office, the project team has identified the following project goals and objectives:

  • Develop a citywide plan based on transportation, land use, and demographic factors
  • Prioritize plan recommendations for full-scale build
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Man charged with attempted murder in shooting of 2 people in car on Routes 1&9

A man was charged with shooting two men in a car Sunday morning on Routes 1 & 9 in Union County, authorities said.

Andrew C. Johnson, 50, of Cranford, faces two counts of first-degree attempted murder and four weapons charges, according to acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Linden Police Chief David Hart.

Linden police were called about 9:40 a.m. Sunday to a report of shots fired in the northbound lanes near Avenue C.

Inside a vehicle stopped on the highway were two men – age 50 and 64 – both with gunshot wounds, according to police. The victims, both Elizabeth residents, were taken to University Hospital in Newark, Ruotolo and Hart said.

Minutes later, officers found Johnson inside his car in Elizabeth and arrested him. A .40-caliber handgun was recovered from the vehicle, the prosecutor said.

Johnson was taken to the Union County Jail pending a court

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