The Vermont uniform crash report form gets tweaked just about every year in response to requests from law enforcement and others. This year, it got a significant upgrade to bike-related fields. This will begin to address a chronic problem with regard to data on bike crashes in Vermont: way too many crashes where the bike-related factors are "other" or "unknown." This is something Local Motion has been quietly but doggedly working on for the last few years. Progress!
Are you a transportation engineer or planner? Are you interested in a job that will make a real difference for biking in Vermont? If you answered yes, than make sure to check out this opportunity with VTrans. The agency is committed to investing in better biking statewide, both on state highways and on local roads and this position will play a leading role in making good on that commitment.
We are excited to introduce Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks, a new guide from the USDOT Federal Highway Administration Bicycle and Pedestrian Program that will help make streets and roads in Vermont towns work better and be safer for everyone! The guide is a great new resource for advocates, municipal staff and leaders in Vermont's small towns and rural communities. It applies existing national design guidelines for safer streets and roads in rural settings and highlights small town and rural case studies -- even one from Vermont's own Lyndonville!
Check out this sure-to-be informative, free(!) America Walks webinar series on building walkable communities. Coming your way on the second Wednesday of every month throughout 2017, experts as well as advocates and municipal representatives will present sase studies from around the country, and discuss what makes a city walkable and how to do it in your community.
In July 2015, Local Motion, DuBois & King, the Burlington Dept. of Public Works and Street Plans Collaborative partnered together and set up temporary street redesigns to show how bike lanes can increase safety for non-motorized street users and how with a little thought and planning cyclists, walkers and cars can all coincide peacefully on our streets. This effort was just featured in Design Museum Magazine!
If your community wishes to participate in the joint VTrans/ACCD Better Connections Grant Program, a pre-application meeting needs to happen by Friday, December 16th.
A recent article from Citylab gives empirical backing to something that is obvious to anyone who rides a bike: protected bike lanes make biking better. But they do more than reduce crashes; they also increase rates of biking. The increased margin of safety persuades "retired" bike riders to dust off their bikes and take to the streets. Check out the article at this link. And read on to learn why this matters right now for Burlington.
Local Motion staff and volunteers hit the streets in Burlington last night to get high-quality bike lights on "ninja" bikes. We counted about 80 riders coming through the intersection of Pearl Street & Winooski Avenue in the space of two hours. The good news? Two-thirds of them already had lights on their bikes! Check out our Twitter feed for photos, reactions, and more.
Burlington resident Peggy O'Neill and Local Motion were featured in NPR's recent series "Boundbusters" about empowering citizens to make changes Burlington's streets through tactical urbanism. Tactical urbanism is an approach to creating temporary projects that get to "lighter, faster and cheaper" changes on the ground.
VTrans is NOW accepting applications for the Transportation Alternatives (TA) program! Bicycle and pedestrian project planning and construction are at the heart of the TA program and this year, the focus is on environmental mitigation projects relating to stormwater and highways. Learn more by attending an online workshop, which will be held on September 6th and 8th.