Complete Streets & Trails
The Complete Streets & Trails campaign is Local Motion's effort to connect Northwestern Vermont's sidewalks, bike lanes, trails and safe streets into a regional network.
Colchester has been investing in multiuse paths, sidewalks, and other infrastructure for walking and biking for a number of years, and it shows. And the best part is, what's on the ground now is just the beginning.
Creating more transportation options was a major focus of the "Circ Alternatives" planning process that just wrapped up last month. (See below for details on what the "Circ" is and how it relates to transportation.) Colchester prioritized several "Circ Alternatives" projects that will make walking and biking much safer and easier, including:
It'll take some years to get all this built, but all these projects are now officially headed for inclusion in VTrans' capital budget. (Click here for details and drawings of all the projects approved as part of the Circ Alts package.) Way to go, Colchester!
By way of background: the Circ Alternatives process brought together a diversity of interests over the course of 30 months to identify and prioritize transportation investments to replace the cancelled Circumferential Highway, or "Circ." The group produced a remarkably balanced and forward-thinking package of transportation improvements worth almost $100 million -- half what it would have cost to build the Circ -- that is now headed for the Statehouse with strong support from the Governor.
The process was funded and supported by VTrans and extremely ably led by the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission. Participants included The towns through which the Circ was to run (Williston, Essex Junction, Essex, and Colchester), a variety of economic interests, community groups like Local Motion, and many others. To learn more about the Circ Alts process, visit the Circ Alternatives Task Force.
Kudos to Shelburne Museum, the Town of Shelburne and VTrans for collaborating on a new sidewalk along Route 7 to the Shelburne Museum!
The sidewalk offers Shelburne families an opportunity to walk to the museum and big events that the museum holds. This past weekend the sidewalk was full of residents going to and from the Balloon and Craft Festival.
With Route 7 limited to a two-lane road through Shelburne village, the sidewalk eases congestion by giving museum goers another way to travel.
March 7, 2013: 50 people attended the first public meeting of the 'Railyard Enterprise Project'.
The project, focusing on the railyard and adjacent area to it, is exploring ways to improve truck access to the railyard, relieve congestion at the Pine/Maple neighborhood, spur economic development and enhance multi-modal transportation in the area.
Comments at the meeting spanned the spectrum -- from residents who didn't support new roads in the project area to those who saw an expansion of the street grid system as a good way for Burlington to grow. There were many bike/pedestrian advocates attending and, thanks to you, our voice was heard!
Take a moment to review the Railyard Enterprise Project page and
with your input.
Burlington's vision ~1974 as presented at the Champlain Vally Fair (for orientation, the picture is looking south with the Moran Plant in bottom right corner). Take out the BTV / Essex rail line, replace with highway. Run highway over waterfront. Put off ramps around Union Station. At least it was better then the plan to build an elevated highway over the Old North End. Want to see those plans? They will really make you cringe.