Streets for Everyone
Most of the change that we want will happen one street and one road at a time. And most of it will happen because of people like you. It is our thousands of supporters who email their city councilors and selectboard members. Show up at meetings and speak out. Join big public rides and walks to bring attention to things that need to change. Local Motion provides the wheels. You turn the pedals.
This section of our website is being rebuilt around goals: that is, around getting specific, tangible things done. Whether it's closing the gap at the northern end of the Shelburne Road bike lanes in South Burlington or making it safer to cross the street at Main Street and Eastern Avenue in St. Johnsbury, we have more impact when we define what we want to change and then work together to make it happen.
YOU can help decide what Local Motion's goals should be! Add your thoughts to the Suggestion Box in the sidebar. Let's make change happen, one street or road at a time.
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
THE 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.
"More Stripes on Streets" is Local Motion's all-out push to get real bike lanes in places where people actually bike. North Avenue is awesome, but it's just the start. We're ready for the City to deliver on its promise of a city-wide bike network!
THE OPPORTUNITY: There are a number of streets in Burlington that can have bike lanes added to them at low cost, with little engineering or design, and with negligible impact on car traffic or on-street parking. Those streets can and should be restriped to add bike lanes without delay.
CURRENT STATUS: Local Motion is working with Mayor Weinberger and Burlington DPW to identify and move rapidly on major improvements for biking on Burlington's streets. Here are a few of the more promising candidates! Click the name of each proposed improvement to download a simple map that lays out each proposal in more detail.
The Downtown (Almost) Connector, which consists of:
- Adding bike lanes in both directions on South Winooski between Maple and Main
- Extending the southbound bike lane on North Winooski all the way to Pearl
- Swapping the bike lane with the parking on Willard from North to Maple (such that the bike lane for this segment runs southbound)
The Southern Bike Connector, which consists of:
- Adding bike lanes and super-sharrows to portions of Pine Street north of Kilburn
- Upgrading to super-sharrows on Pine northbound between Locust and Kilburn
- Adding bike lanes and upgrading to super-sharrows at intersections on Pine between Locust and Flynn
- Adding bike lanes on Pine between Flynn and Home
- Adding sharrows on Pine south of Home
In addition, Local Motion has proposed that Burlington DPW paint bike lanes solid green whenever they cross an intersection or a side street. This treatment greatly increases visibility for people biking, and was recently adopted by the Vermont Agency of Transportation as Highway Safety & Design Engineering Instruction 16-100.
THE NEXT STEP: Document citywide support for "More Stripes on Streets" as outlined above by clicking the red button. In addition, supporters can write letters to the mayor, to the DPW Commission, and more.
Local 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.
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.
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.
FOR MORE INFO: Contact Mike Ashooh of 87 Ravine Court at 985-3734 or firstname.lastname@example.org.