Do you live, work, or shop in downtown Burlington? Do you bike on the Burlington Greenway (aka the Lakeshore Bike Path)? Watch for big on-the-ground changes for better walking and biking this summer! Burlington DPW has committed to an ambitious slate of on-street improvements for biking and walking in downtown Burlington. The Parks, Recreation, and Waterfront department will rebuild the Burlington Greenway from North Beach to the Winooski River bridge. Things are in motion for putting Burlington on the map as one of the best small cities for biking and walking!
Though spring is officially here, it sure didn't feel like it until recently. (Many Vermonters walk and bike through the winter, but more often than not in spite of the cold weather, not because of it.) For many folks, it really isn't until April or even May that walking and biking take center stage once again.
Burlington is finally set to make real progress on becoming a biking city! This year, the City has committed to an ambitious list of bike-related improvements to streets (as well as a whole lot of improvements for walking) to ensure that Burlington becomes as bike and walk friendly as possible. Local Motion has been working closely with DPW and the mayor for the last six months to shape a high-impact package of improvements that focus primarily on the "center city" area (Old North End, downtown/waterfront, hill section up to the UVM green, and south end to Howard). By the end of 2017, Burlington will have a basic connected network throughout this area!
Because of your support, US DOT has acknowledged that biking and walking have a role to play in reducing congestion and improving air quality!
On Election Day, voters nationwide approved nearly $5 billion in new local funding for biking-related infrastructure and initiatives. Burlington was among them and is mentioned in a story by People for Bikes. Question 1 on Burlington's local ballot approved a capital improvement bond that will fund rehabilitation of the rest of the lakeshore bike path, reconstruction of failing sidewalks, and rebuilding of our streets for 21st century travel needs. Check out the full story here.
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!