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Friends of Acadia seeks visitor feedback for Acadia car-free morning

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK – Friends of Acadia (FOA) is seeking feedback from all who experienced the “car-free morning” held in Acadia National Park last Saturday, September 26, when the Park Loop Road and Cadillac Summit Road were closed to private vehicles from midnight till noon. An online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/car-free-acadia-sept2015 will collect information about visitors’ experiences that morning: whether they enjoyed or were inconvenienced by the closures, what they did at Acadia, and additional details about their visit.

The car-free event and survey are part of a larger effort to develop and test ideas to help solve transportation issues in the park. Friends of Acadia Conservation Director Stephanie Clement explains, “Visitor input will be an important part of the car-free morning’s success. We will share the survey responses with park officials, to help inform their transportation planning process—and, we hope, find the best possible solutions to Acadia’s transportation and congestion challenges as we begin Acadia’s second century.”

Photo: A cyclist enjoys Otter Point during the September 2015 car-free morning at Acadia. Courtesy Nick Jenei.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, September 28, 2015
CONTACT:  Stephanie Clement, Conservation Director, stephanie@friendsofacadia.org or 207-288-3340

2 Responses to “Friends of Acadia seeks visitor feedback for Acadia car-free morning”

  1. steve dunwoody

    have not experienced the car free time but am curious on if allowances have been made for people in wheelchairs as unfortunately i am??

    respectfully

    steve dunwoody
    falmouth

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    • Aimee Beal Church

      Hi Steve: It’s a good question–the answer is yes and no. That is, park management realizes that some people will be negatively affected by the closure of (most of) the Park Loop Road. One reason to do the experiment was to discover how much and in what ways people are inconvenienced–and how it can be mitigated. At the same time, certain steps were taken: doing a car-free morning rather than a car-free day, keeping the road to the Jordan Pond House open, and (in the fall) running the Island Explorer bus service (which is wheelchair-accessible) at an increased level on the Loop Road. The local tour bus concessions were also allowed to go on the Loop Road in the fall. One more approach to accommodating those who need their cars was to be sure information was available about all of the park destinations that can be accessed by roads other than the Loop Road. –Aimee Beal Church, FOA Communications Coordinator

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