The hurricane barrier was built in the early 1960’s to protect the many textile mills that were the heart and soul of the city. These mills are also the reason that the New Bedford harbor area of Buzzards Bay is a super fund clean up site.
John Mitchell the new mayor is a very environment friendly politician. He is also a proponent of public transportation and alternate transportation. Bicycle being at the top of the list. Since Mayor Mitchell took office two years ago, bicycle infrastructure has improved dramatically with sharrows, wider streets and designated bike lanes.
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The latest project is a multi use path built on top of the hurricane barrier. It’s not a long path but have no doubt that this will be the most popular walking and biking area in the city during the spring and summer months.