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Vermont’s largest city was recently awarded Silver-level status by the Walk Friendly Communities program.  This award recognizes Burlington's nearly 100% sidewalk coverage, its investment in better crosswalk signals, and its work to slowdown traffic. Local Motion and other community partners are encouraging the city to Go for Gold and make Burlington a world-class city for walking and biking. To that end, the City has also been working with community stakeholders to develop PlanBTV, the city’s Walk/Bike Master Plan which aims to enhance safety and active mobility in the city.

Burlington is a destination for active outdoor recreation enthusiasts. It is home to terrific opportunities to walk, bike, and ski such as The Intervale and Centennial Woods, as well as the Waterfront Park and Island Line Trail. It’s also home to outfitters like Outdoor Gear Exchange and Ski Rack, which hosts one of the state’s largest annual bike swaps.

Local Motion, headquartered in the Queen City, is supportive of efforts to make Burlington an even better place to walk and bike. We have helped students from across the city learn how to pedal with style and confidence through our Bike Smart trainings and encouraged adults to make two wheel transportation a part of their routine through our Everyday Bicycling workshops at UVM, City Market, and many other local businesses.

We’ve also provided technical assistance for over eight years on projects from Plan BTV WalkBike to the North Avenue Corridor Study. To become more involved in making Burlington a safe and welcoming environment for walking and biking consider joining the Burlington Walk/Bike Council.

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GOAL: More Stripes on Streets in BTV

"More Stripes on Streets" is Local Motion's all-out push to get real bike lanes in places where people actually bike.  North Avenue is awesome, but it's just the start.  We're ready for the City to deliver on its promise of a city-wide bike network!

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MSOS_square_logo_thumb.jpgTHE OPPORTUNITY:  There are a number of streets in Burlington that can have bike lanes added to them at low cost, with little engineering or design, and with negligible impact on car traffic or on-street parking.  Those streets can and should be restriped to add bike lanes without delay.  

CURRENT STATUS:  Local Motion is working with Mayor Weinberger and Burlington DPW to identify and move rapidly on major improvements for biking on Burlington's streets. Here are a few of the more promising candidates!  Click the name of each proposed improvement to download a simple map that lays out each proposal in more detail.

The Downtown (Almost) Connector, which consists of:

  • Adding bike lanes in both directions on South Winooski between Maple and Main
  • Extending the southbound bike lane on North Winooski all the way to Pearl
  • Swapping the bike lane with the parking on Willard from North to Maple (such that the bike lane for this segment runs southbound)

The Southern Bike Connector, which consists of:

  • Adding bike lanes and super-sharrows to portions of Pine Street north of Kilburn
  • Upgrading to super-sharrows on Pine northbound between Locust and Kilburn
  • Adding bike lanes and upgrading to super-sharrows at intersections on Pine between Locust and Flynn
  • Adding bike lanes on Pine between Flynn and Home
  • Adding sharrows on Pine south of Home

In addition, Local Motion has proposed that Burlington DPW paint bike lanes solid green whenever they cross an intersection or a side street. This treatment greatly increases visibility for people biking, and was recently adopted by the Vermont Agency of Transportation as Highway Safety & Design Engineering Instruction 16-100.  

THE NEXT STEP:  Document citywide support for "More Stripes on Streets" as outlined above by clicking the red button.  In addition, supporters can write letters to the mayor, to the DPW Commission, and more.

Speak up for More Stripes on Streets

BURLINGTON Better by Bike

burlingtonBBB_bikeonly_thumb.jpgBURLINGTON Better by Bike is a campaign to make Burlington the best small city for biking on the East Coast.  First came "Go for Gold."  That paved the way for "PlanBTV Walk Bike."  Want to know more?  Read on!

Here's the backstory.  In 2012, Local Motion began a concerted effort to accelerate the pace of change for better biking (and walking) in Burlington.  We set our sights on achieving gold-level recognition as both a "Walk Friendly Community" and a "Bicycle Friendly Community" (both of which are national recognition programs).  To that end, we worked with a variety of partners to create a "Go for Gold Blueprint" that assessed Burlington's strengths and weaknesses and identified opportunities for improvement for both walking and biking.  You can read more about the Blueprint at this link, as well as download both a two-page summary and the full text of the Blueprint itself.  

The Go for Gold Blueprint led to the creation of a "Go for Gold Leadership Team" under the aegis of the Burlington mayor's office.  The purpose of this team—which included high-level representatives of a variety of city departments as well as non-municipal partners—was to identify and pursue strategies that would advance the goals identified in the Blueprint.  The Go for Gold Strategic Plan was released in early 2015, and is available at this link.  

In mid-2015, Burlington Public Works launched the city's first-ever comprehensive planning effort for walking and biking, called "PlanBTV Walk Bike."  Local Motion was appointed to serve on the core technical committee for that effort, and has played a key role on two fronts: ensuring that the plan is both visionary and practical, and building support for its approval and implementation.  Read more about PlanBTV Walk Bike and learn about how you can help implement the plan at this link.

Go For Gold PlanBTV Walk Bike

North Avenue

Local Motion helped to shape the vision for a safer North Avenue for everyone: people walking, biking and driving. This street is a critical connection between downtown Burlington and the citywide institutions and regional attractions parks located in the New North End. As a member of the project Advisory Committee, Local Motion supported the approved Corridor Study, which calls for protected bike lanes, as well as many crosswalk and intersection upgrades, beacons and other pedestrian safety improvements that will create a safer, more pleasant neighborhood in the heart of the New North End.

Find out the latest about the North Avenue Pilot Project here.

May, 2016: We have just launched a brand new website and are working to fully update our project pages. We will have more information posted shortly. In the meantime, if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please reach out to our Community Technical Assistance Manager, Katelin Brewer-Colie.

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