GOAL: Protected Bike Lanes for BHSers

The Burlington lakeshore bike path will be closed for construction for most of fall 2016 from Texaco Beach to North Beach.  North Avenue will be the detour for all bike path traffic.  This means Burlington High School students who currently bike to school from the south on the path will have to use North Avenue.  They deserve a safe street for biking!

ask dpw for protected bike lanes

protected_bike_lane_boulder_thumb.jpgTHE OPPORTUNITY:  Protected bike lanes leading to BHS will significantly improve safety for students biking to school from downtown and the south end.  Similarly, adding a button-activated flashing crosswalk sign (similar to the ones on Pine Street) at Washington Street will improve visibility for students and others who cross the street at this location.  

CURRENT STATUS:  The bike lanes on this section of North Avenue already have a buffer—that is, a double white line—which make it easy to add flexible plastic posts without affecting car traffic or emergency vehicles in any way.  North of the high school, the bike lanes are already protected, so motorists are accustomed to driving next to a protected bike lane.  Adding flexible posts to the section south of the high school can be implemented at DPW's discretion, with no approval process required by the Public Works Commission or City Council.  

THE NEXT STEP:  Document support from BHS students and their families.  Click the red button above to endorse the goal of converting the bike lanes south of the high school to protected bike lanes. 

Photo above is of a protected bike lane in Boulder, CO.  Photo courtesy of People for Bikes.

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  • commented 2016-08-26 12:06:52 -0400
    This is a common sense measure to protect our young people. We talk safety to them all the time. We also need to reflect that concern for their safety and good choices in public policy and its implementation. Take measures now to PREVENT injury or even death. Our children deserve nothing less.
  • commented 2016-08-26 11:59:14 -0400
    Our former BHS high schooler weathered the challenge of ridiing up North Avenue to BHS. I would be in strong support of this bike lane proposal for our upcoming freshman next year and all other students commuting from Burlington to BHS.
  • commented 2016-08-26 11:55:38 -0400
    As the parent of an 8th grader who currently bikes to school, and will be using North Ave next year, I support this wholeheartedly!
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