The City Completed Phase One of the off-street, multi-use path in 2017 which ran from Fountain Street to Harvey Cushing Way. Phase One was funded by a $400,000 grant from the MassDOT Complete Streets Program. The City received an additional $400,000 for Phase Two, which will continue the path to Mount Wayte Avenue where it will transition to on-street buffered bicycle lanes and sidewalk. The bike lanes will continue to Union Avenue. For additional updates, see this Department of Public Works page.
Extending from Saxonville to the intersection of Speen Street and Cochituate Road, the Cochituate Rail Trail follows a stretch of train line which had fallen into disuse. The Regional Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) supplemented an existing DPW project with $600,000 in grant money to clear and surface the route while also adding amenities. In 2015, a paved, well-marked road dedicated to bicycles and pedestrians opened, stretching across Framingham.
Building upon this success, the Town of Natick is in the process of developing its own stretch of the Rail Trail. Once this addition is complete, the Trail will reach Downtown Natick and provide an alternative route to the Boston/Worcester Commuter Line.
In the spring of 2012, the City of Framingham and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) began work on a collaborative project that sought to develop a pedestrian trail along the Weston Aqueduct. Signs were installed at the trail's entrances and a street crossing was constructed it bisects Elm Street.
Framingham was the first municipality to receive a permit from the MWRA in a program that seeks to develop over 40 miles of walking paths along the Sudbury, Weston, Wachusett, and Cochituates Aqueducts. When completed, Framingham's portion will extend five miles from east to west and serve to further integrate bicycles and pedestrians into the City's infrastructure.