"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.
We, the undersigned, call on the City of Burlington to work with Local Motion and other partners to install new bike lanes on at least two major streets that:
a) are important connections for biking; and
b) can have bike lanes added without significant changes to vehicle lanes and without any major construction.
We urge the City to add bike lanes to these streets by fall 2016. We encourage the City to take a "light and fast" approach to adding bike lanes, restriping streets based on in-house engineering knowledge rather than hiring an outside firm to do the design work.
Finally, we call on Mayor Weinberger to allocate the funds needed to pay for extra line grinding and striping costs incurred to create these bike lanes, and to work with city staff to expedite these projects.
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.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This path will NOT be 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 proposed path location.
FOR MORE INFO: Contact Mike Ashooh of 87 Ravine Court at 985-3734 or firstname.lastname@example.org.