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.
Many of Burlington’s most important destinations are in the New North End, including Burlington High School, Burlington College, Leddy Park, North Beach, Hunt Middle School, Ethan Allen Park, and the Ethan Allen Shopping Center. What happens to North Avenue affects the daily transportation needs of residents across the city, and all Burlingtonians deserve a voice in North Avenue’s future.
Working with city, neighborhood, and regional leaders, Local Motion helped to form an advisory group responsible for implementing a "road diet" pilot program that aims to enhance safety for all users. Burlington Public Works is now moving forward with a pilot project to test the proposed changes to North Avenue.
A pilot project to convert the 4 vehicle lane section of the Avenue between Institute Rd and Shore Rd/Heineberg Rd to 2 lanes with a center turn lane and bike lanes in both directions, is scheduled to begin in late June! This will improve safety on North Ave for everyone: people walking, biking and driving. A 4-lane North Avenue would never be built today because it is an unsafe, outdated design. The center turn lane allows a continuous flow of traffic, while reducing potential rear end and sideswipe conflicts, while making more room for bike lanes. It's a winning design!
Local Motion is tracking the VTrans resurfacing and lane reconfiguration project on the Barre-Montpelier Road scheduled for 2016. The project runs from around the Wayside restaurant to the Barre City line just south of Highland Avenue in Berlin. We are thrilled that the project will add bike lanes and improve safety for all road users: bicyclists, pedestrians, and drivers, by lowering crash rates, reducing speeding, and providing designated space for bikes. As with any pilot project, it is vitally important that cyclists get out and use it, then provide feedback to VTrans.
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Forty-nine percent of all crashes on this corridor being rear-end, sideswipe and left turn conflicts. These types of crashes are reduced dramatically when two through lanes in one direction are replaced with a single through lane and a continuous left turn lane (also called a 'Road Diet' because the road gets smaller). Both the town of Berlin and VTrans and advocates desire better conditions for bicyclists in this corridor and the project will address this by using the space available from removing a through vehicle lane to include on-road bicycle lanes, much of which will also be striped with buffers. This will effectively make the bike lanes even safer by further separating them from motor vehicle traffic.
Figure 1. Reduction in potential conflict points by removing a travel lane and adding a center turn lane
Here is a video that VTrans put together talking about the project.
Local Motion is pleased to partner with Shelburne residents who are seeking to construct a primitive (unpaved) path on public, town-owned land between Shelburne Heights and Boulder Hill. The path would run entirely on public land and would be 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 has been formally proposed to the Town. The selectboard is now considering the proposal. It is crucial that they see that there is community support. (Note that the photo above is an example of the type of path that would be built; it is not a photo of the path itself, as no construction has occurred yet.)
THE NEXT STEP: Document support from neighbors. Click the red button above to endorse the construction of a path from Shelburne Heights to Boulder Hill.
FOR MORE INFO: Contact Mike Ashooh of 87 Ravine Court at 985-3734 or firstname.lastname@example.org.