Local Motion has long been and will continue to be a strong supporter of redeveloping the Burlington Town Center mall, with the goal of creating more value for our community on this key downtown property. As Mr. Sinex’s proposed redevelopment project has moved forward, we been actively engaged and have listened carefully to a wide range of perspectives on both the process and the design. Here are what we see as some of the most important issues to resolve as the project moves forward.
If you've ever seen a Streetfilms production, you know they are the gold standard for video about walkable, bikeable communities. Last week, Clarence Eckerson of Streetfilms came to Burlington on vacation—and shot a piece about our city in his spare time! It uses Church Street Marketplace as its jumping-off point, but paints a bigger picture of Burlington's potential for walking and biking. Read on to see what he threw together for us. It's pretty awesome.
At long last, Burlington has released PlanBTV Walk/Bike for review! Before it is submitted to Council in fall, it needs some "ground truthing" from people who walk and bike regularly. You can download the plan at this link, or view a hard copy at Fletcher Free Library, City Hall, and DPW. Submit comments by September 23 via email to Lucy Gibson at firstname.lastname@example.org and copy email@example.com. Read on for Local Motion's take on how the plan can be improved.
The word is in and it's a big win for safer roads for everyone! VTrans is making the lane reconfiguration aka “Road Diet” on the Barre-Montpelier Road in Berlin permanent. The roadway resurfacing project, which has been tested and reviewed in a pilot process over the past two months, and includes a reduction in the number of vehicle travel lanes from two-lanes in each direction to one lane in each direction with center left turn lanes, and the addition of buffered and conventional bike lanes.
Are you interested in cleaner air? How about a healthier population? Though it may seem intuitive, Sorrel's latest article "Building Bike Lanes Really Does Get More People Out of Their Cars" is a confirmation of why Local Motion's newest campaign matters: MORE STRIPES ON STREETS means more butts on bikes! Now, it's your turn to get involved. If you are interested in seeing more bike lanes across Vermont, endorse Local Motion's campaign More Stripes on Streets today!
Bikes. Beers. Burlington. Lovers of all three converged to pack the house at Skinny Pancake's monthly Green Drinks event for the launch of Local Motion's More Stripes on Streets campaign. Attendees put pen to paper and collectively contributed 57 letters to be sent to the mayor in support for the modernization of Burlington's transportation infrastructure. Click the button below to add your name! Then read on for a rockin' ode to bikeable streets...
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Most of us feel safer and more confident cycling on the road when there are clearly designated bike lanes, but how effective are these lanes in reality? New data from StreetsBlog USA shows that an increase in bike lanes within a city means more cyclists on the road and fewer severe or fatal injuries. The release of this report is timed perfectly as we prepare to launch our MORE STRIPES ON STREETS campaign!
AT LAST, the North Avenue pilot project is up and running! And now, many New North Enders are getting out there and experiencing it for themselves, causing even some skeptics to realize how terrific a 21st century road re-design can be. See what they have to say in this recent article by the Burlington Free Press, and keep your eyes peeled for the perspective of Local Motion's Katelin Brewer-Colie.
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With an increasing number of pedestrian and cyclist fatalities in Vermont, it is more important than ever to understand safety precautions for bikers, walkers, and drivers alike. WCAX's latest on-air feature, Dangerous Roads: Sharing streets with cyclists, pedestrians, is must-see-TV for ALL users of the road, and a good reminder that safety is a two-way street.
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Back in April, Local Motion brought Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges to town. Why? Because, despite cold winters and lots of cars, Minneapolis is one of the best cities for biking in the country. Burlington can and should do the same. How do we get there?