GoLowell: Downtown Lowell Multimodal Complete Streets Plan


What is the Project About?

Project Goal:

To plan for a safer, healthier and more enjoyable multimodal transportation system for all residents and visitors to Lowell by:

  • Increasing mobility and meeting the access needs of residents, commuters, visitors, and area schools’ faculty, staff, and students; 
  • Encouraging transit use in order to reduce parking demand in targeted redevelopment areas; 
  • Increasing the number of people riding bicycles in the City and reducing bicycle crashes
  • Reducing Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT), delay and congestion, and improve travel time on the local roadway network; 
  • Foster environmental quality, conserve energy, reduce vehicle emissions, and address climate change through reduced greenhouse gas emission;  
  • Promoting economic development in the corridor and in the Greater Lowell region;   
  • Meeting the mission of LNHP to preserve and interpret the nationally significant historical and cultural sites, structures, and districts in Lowell;    
  • Enhancing the character, livability, and vibrancy of the community through quality urban design; and     
  • Ensuring the full and fair participation of the environmental justice communities throughout the transportation decision-making process.     
  • Increasing the number of people riding bicycles in the city and reducing bicycle crashes     


  • Easy, safe and predictable bus service 
  • Transit stop and transit line enhancements 
  • Safe bicycling routes and biking facilities 
  • Safe, accessible and enjoyable pedestrian routes 
  • Car-share and taxi accommodations 

How You Can Get Involved 

  1. Look for Information and feedback tables at community events
  2. Email questions and comments and get more information at: golowell@lowellma.gov 
  3. Follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/GoLowell
  4. Join the mailing list at https://mailchi.mp/ac3fe5db46a1/golowell-sign-up

Shared Streets

Map displaying the routes of the three shared streets projects

MassDOT awarded the City a $165,755 Shared Streets Grant to provide safe spaces for walking and biking. Using this grant, we will install three quick-build projects with temporary materials. These projects align with the goals of GoLowell and will enable us pilot the changes, learn from you, and decide whether to make them permanent in the future. The three projects are:

  1. Merrimack Street to Decatur Way: a two-way protected bikeway extending from Cardinal O'Connell Way to Decatur Street, providing a connection to the art alley at Decatur Way.
  2. Pawtucket Streeta two-way shared path for walking and biking extending from Francis Gate Park to LeLacheur Park. The path will be protected in some segments and striped in others to accommodate the funeral processions that use the street.
  3. VFW Highway: using jersey barriers, an extension into the travel lane to provide space to walk, bike, and recreate from the Sampas Pavilion to the intersection with Varnum Ave.

We plan to install these three projects in October 2020. Please complete our short survey to let us know what you think of them:

Phase II

The Phase II survey has closed. However, you can still watch the videos below from our Phase II kickoff meeting. The videos will tell you about our ideas for an improved downtown shuttle direct to downtown, a rush hour Crosstown Express bus from Drum Hill to Stadium Plaza, a citywide bike network, and citywide pedestrian improvements. Use the arrow buttons to scroll through the videos.

Phase II Kickoff Meeting - English


English Intro

Taking the Bus: Transit

English Bus

Walking and Rolling: Pedestrians

English walk

Riding a Bike: Cycling

english bike

Phase II Kickoff Meeting - Español


Spanish intro

Tomando el autobús: Tránsito

Spanish bus

Caminando: Peatones​

Spanish walk

Andar en bicicleta: ciclismo​

Spanish bike

Phase II Kickoff Meeting - Português


Portuguese Intro

Pegando O Ônibus: Transito

portuguese bus

Caminhada: Pedestres

portuguese walk

Andar de bicicleta : Ciclismo

portuguese bike

Phase II Kickoff Meeting - ភាសាខ្មែរ


khmer intro

ជិះឡានក្រុង៖ ការជិះឡានក្រុង

Khmer Bus

ដើរ៖ ថ្មើរជើង

Khmer Walk

ជិះកង់៖ ជិះកង់

Khmer Bike