Local Motion is pleased to partner with Richmond's Trails Committee and Climate Action Committee to document community support for making West Main Street safer for biking and walking. Better, safer access to the Richmond Park & Ride would encourage car-pooling and Link bus use. The Park & Ride is at capacity most days, which limits its use. Richmond residents want to see improved access, including better accommodations for active transportation (biking and walking). Immediately (prior to eventual Route 2 rebuild) we propose re-striping the shoulder marking (white lines) to increase shoulder widths by 1 foot on each side by reducing marked lanes from 12 ft to 11 ft. bringing the widths to the VTRANS standard for state highway lanes - we're simply asking them to comply with their own standard. This low cost, sensible improvement will work better for everyone.
THE OPPORTUNITY: Ask the Richmond Select Board, the Regional Planning Commission and Vermont's Transportation Agency to move ahead as soon as possible on practical, locally appropriate bike & walk improvements on West Main Street. This heavily used route connects the Village to the Park & Ride, and I-89 ramps and is currently unsafe for bicycle and pedestrian traffic. The Town and the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) have identified a number of possible improvements - now is the time to implement them. A show of public support will help to make this a priority.
CURRENT STATUS: The Town of Richmond and the CCRPC worked to identify both near-term and longer-term improvements for biking and walking on West Main Street. With a focus on creative, low-cost improvements, progress could be made in the near term. The speed limit has already been changed to a maximum 40 mph in preparation for lane width changes.
THE NEXT STEP: Add you name via the above link and spread the word!
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Read the Vermont Route 2 Bicycle & Pedestrian Scoping Study that was commissioned by the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission.