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.
Do you live in Burlington’s New North End, or do you travel there regularly? Would you like North Avenue to be safer and more welcoming for all users, from walkers to bike riders to motorists? Good news: the City of Burlington and the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) are leading a project to redesign North Avenue as a “complete street” -- and you can help!
Here’s what you can do:
1. Take a look at Local Motion’s proposal for adding a protected two-way cycletrack along the length of North Avenue. (The image above is an excerpt from that proposal.) While the project team’s long-range vision for North Avenue is right on target, they haven’t come up with a plan for making North Avenue safe for walking and biking that can be implemented right now. So we drew up another option -- one that requires little more than paint, bollards, and some changes to signals -- and shared it with them. Local Motion’s proposal hasn’t been added to the project website, so give it a look by clicking this link before you review all the “official” options. If you want to know even more, click the “read more” link below.
What to know what "cycletrack" and "protected bike facilities" look like? Here's an excellent 4-minute video.
2. Give the project team your feedback on the options. The City and the CCRPC have set up an interactive website (similar to the one for PlanBTV) where you can vote on all the “official” options for North Avenue and add comments of your own. Decide for yourself how Local Motion’s option stacks up against the ones on the project website and vote accordingly. If you like what Local Motion has proposed, look for a comment at the bottom of each page mentioning the Local Motion option and vote for it (or add a comment if there isn’t one). Of course, if you like another option better, vote for that one! It’s up to you.
3. Email your city councilors and the Public Works Commission and let them know what you think. If you like Local Motion’s proposal for a two-way, protected cycletrack the length of North Avenue that can be built at low cost and in the near future, tell them that! If something else makes more sense to you, share your thoughts as well! You can find a list of city councilors and their emails here and a list of Public Works Commission members and their emails here. The ultimate design for this project will be decided by the City Council with advice from the Public Works Commission, and the more they hear from Burlington residents on this topic, the better informed they will be when it comes time to make a decision.
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.