Reports & Studies
Thank you to the 40 people who attended the March 14, 2012 Burlington Bike Path Improvement Feasibility Study public forum. Watch the forum in its entirety here.
The Burlington Bike Path Task Force was established by a City Council resolution in October 2010 to look at how to make comprehensive upgrades to Burlington's Waterfront Bike Path as well as the rest of the city's path network. The Task Force is charged with recommending improvements to be made and recommending a financing mechanism to fund the work. The City Council asked for a report back by October 2011.
Some Burlington Bike Path Task Force materials can be found below -- the official site of the Burlington Bike Path Task Force can be found on the Burlington Parks & Recreation's website.
For any additional information, please contact Parks & Recreation Director Mari Steinbach (802-864-0123) or Local Motion Executive Director Chapin Spencer (802-861-2700). We'd welcome your involvement!
PUBLIC FORUM: MARCH 14, 2012 @ 5:30pm
BIKE PATH IMPROVEMENT FEASIBILITY STUDY -- RELEASED FEB 2012
MEETING #4: JUNE 27, 2011 @ 7:30am
Burlington Dept of Parks & Recreation
MEETING #3: JANUARY 11, 2011
At Parks & Recreation Offices, 645 Pine Street
Meeting AgendaResults of Online Bike Path Survey
MEETING #2: DECEMBER 7, 2010
At Miller Recreation Center, 130 Gosse Court
Notes from the Public ForumMeeting AgendaPress Release
MEETING #1: NOVEMBER 5, 2010
At ECHO, 1 College Street
Meeting AgendaDraft Meeting Notes
Members of the Task ForceCity Council Resolution Establishing Task Force2002 Bike Path Improvement Feasibility Study2005 Island Line Sign & Amenity Plan2010 Report "Estimating Tourism Expenditures on the Burl. Bike Path"
A 2010 report confirmed our hunch – that the Burlington Bike Path & Colchester Causeway attract lots of visitors and money to the region.
Using CCMPO automated trail counts, a 2008 Local Motion survey of path users, and VT tourism data, the UVM Transportation Research Center report found:
Thank you to the Chittenden County Metropolitan Planning Organization, the UVM Transportation Research Center, the City of Burlington, the Town of Colchester and the 30 Local Motion volunteers who conducted the 2008 survey (especially survey coordinator and former LM Board Member Don Thomas).
The City also completed a trail survey in 1992.
Click a link below to download one of two versions of the report:
Lake Champlain Bikeway / Island Line Improvement Plan
In 2009, the Island Line Steering Committee completed and presented to County towns a new study based upon the opportunities and constraints identified in their previous report. Unfortunately, only a few sections of the Island Line were identified as having the potential for development as a rail-trail in the near term. As a result, the Lake Champlain Bikeway / Island Line Improvement Plan focused on improvements to the existing route through the Islands, the Lake Champlain Bikeway - specifically, the development of bicycle rest areas that would not only provide users with opportunities to stop and enjoy the lake and the spectacular views, but would also encourage riders to patronize local businesses, farm stands, and enjoy the area's natural attractions. In cooperation with the towns, the committee will also continue to pursue future opportunities to develop the railbed as they arise. To view the report, click on the link below.
South Hero Village to Allen Point Access Linkage Feasibility and Alignment Study - June 2004
The Feasibility and Alignment study for South Street is available to download. Right Click or Control Click a link below to download the full report or text only.
Text Only (3.09 MB)
Full Report (19.2 MB)
Island Line Sign & Amenity Plan (10.2 MB)
Local Motion helped launch this planning process in late 2010 to ensure this beloved but aging trail continues to be a vital community asset and regional attraction.
Burlington Bike Path Feasibility Study Public Forum
The volunteer Bike Path Task Force will solicit public input on the feasibility study and then include your feedback into its presentation to the City Council this spring.
Funding Update: The Task Force is discussing how to fund the $12-17M worth of bike path and shoreline stabilization improvements. Various funding sources (including federal, state and private) will be necessary, but significant local funding will be needed. The Task Force will be recommending a local ballot item for November 2012.