Shelburne

Shelburne is home to an impressive number of tourist attractions and special events as well as a thriving historic village ShelburnePath.jpgand stunning views of Lake Champlain, which attract many to bike and walk in the Shelburne area. Other special events include concerts, biathlons, triathlons, fireworks, parades and various year round festivals.


Local Motion is supportive of local efforts to make Shelburne an even better place to walk and bike. We have helped students at Shelburne Community School learn how to pedal with style and confidence through our Bike Smart trainings and encouraged adults to make two wheel transportation a part of their routine through our Everyday Bicycling workshop at Shelburne Library.

Local Motion is involved with efforts by local residents and the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission to make Shelburne a safer community for walking and biking. Specifically, we worked with the town to develop a Form Based Code creating a more pedestrian oriented Route 7 corridor north of the village. 

 

Shelburne is an increasingly popular destination - home to a Shelburne Vineyard, Folino’s Pizza, Fiddlehead Brewery, and Vermont Teddy Bear Company, as well as brand new bicycle rest area. Pedestrian and cyclist safety in this corridor is entering a critically important phase and Local Motion will continue to work with local residents to ensure Shelburne continues to be a safe and appealing destination.


To become more involved in making Shelburne a safe and welcoming environment for walking and biking consider getting involved with the Shelburne Bike and Pedestrian Paths Committee.

 

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Shelburne Featured Projects

GOAL: LaPlatte Crossing Footbridge

The LaPlatte Crossing footbridge is a community project to link the trails of the LaPlatte Nature park on the east and west side of the LaPlatte River. A bridge design by Scott Silverstein of PERCH engineering has been approved by the Shelburne Development Review board. The building permit will allow construction of the footbridge to begin this fall, and hopefully to be completed by next spring. Actual construction will be done by an all volunteer crew.

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LaPlatte_Trails_map.PNGTHE OPPORTUNITY: To help make the LaPlatte Footbridge a reality! Your dollars will literally make this project happen. Your dollars will help purchase the materials needed to complete the bridge as Scott designed it.

CURRENT STATUS: $5,000 has already been raised towards the overall cost of this project. Estimated costs put this project between $10,000 - $12,000. With your donation, you can help bring that number down.

 Help build the bridge!           

 

 

GOAL: Improve Bike & Walk Safety on Bay Road in Shelburne

Bay-Road-Study-Area_copy.jpgLocal Motion is pleased to partner with Shelburne residents to document community support for making Bay Road safer for biking and walking.  Bay Road is an important route for people biking & walking to school, for recreation, and for transportation, and is also a neighborhood with a long history and a strong sense of place.  It will work better for everyone with a few sensible improvements.  

ADD YOUR NAME TO MAKE BAY ROAD SAFER

THE OPPORTUNITY:  Ask the Shelburne Selectboard to move ahead as soon as possible on practical, locally appropriate bike & walk improvements for Bay Road. This road connects the bike lanes on Route 7 with Shelburne Bay Park, the Ty Haul Path, Shelburne Farms, and Shelburne Point.  It is a heavily used route for both biking and walking, and at the same time, it sees significant car traffic.  The Town and the CCRPC have identified a number of possible improvements, and there are other options as well that could make a difference for biking and walking within the context of the unique character of this road.

CURRENT STATUS:  Over the past few months, Town of Shelburne and the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) worked to identify both near-term and longer-term improvements for biking and walking on Bay Road.  The Shelburne Selectboard recently reviewed those options, and decided to hold off on taking action at this point.  With a focus creative, low-cost improvements, progress could be made in the near term.  

THE NEXT STEP:  Add your name via the above link and spread the word!

FOR MORE INFO:  Read the Bay Road Pedestrian & Bicycle Mobility Study that was recently completed by the CCRPC.

 

GOAL: A Path for Shelburne Heights

Completed_Goal_thumb.jpgLocal Motion is pleased to have partnered with Shelburne residents to win selectboard permission for a primitive (unpaved) path on public, town-owned land between Shelburne Heights and Boulder Hill.  The path—which is now being built—runs entirely on public land and is being constructed by volunteers at no cost to the town or to taxpayers.  
 

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 THE OPPORTUNITY:  A path from Shelburne Heights to Boulder Hill will give a major new section of Shelburne a walking and biking route to the village.  Shelburne Heights residents will be able to get to the Webster Road path without having to walk or bike on Spear Street.  This will benefit a large number of families and kids, promoting physical activity and connecting them to the village.

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CURRENT STATUS:  The path was approved 5-0 by the selectboard on September 27, 2016.  Volunteers are now moving ahead with path construction.  (Note that the photo above is an example of the type of path that is being built; it is not a photo of the path itself.)

THE NEXT STEP:  Add your name, then sign up for a trail workday!  Click the red button above to endorse the construction of a path from Shelburne Heights to Boulder Hill, then email or call Mike Ashooh (see below) to volunteer.  The next trail workday is Saturday, October 15 from 10 to 2.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  This path is NOT located in or near any wetlands. It runs entirely through upland forest.  Click the button below for a map showing the location of wetlands relative to the path location.

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download a fact sheet about the path proposal

 FOR MORE INFO:  Contact Mike Ashooh of 87 Ravine Court at 985-3734 or mashooh@gmail.com.  

 

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