2017 was a somewhat lack-luster year for the implementation of Burlington's Walk-Bike Network. As 2018 gears up, it is with renewed energy and cautious optimism that the biking/walking community of Burlington is approaching the upcoming construction/biking/walking season.
In December 2017, the Burlington Walk-Bike Council (BWBC) steering committee, sent the attached letter to Mayor Weinberger and Dept. of Public Works Director, Chapin Spencer. Shortly after the letter was sent, BWBC committee member, Erik Brotz, and Local Motion's own Jason Van Driesche, met with the Dept. of Public Works to further discuss what of the walk-bike plan was planned for 2018 and how the dept. would go about ensuring that on-the-ground change was achieved. As part of this discussion, DPW shared the map they had put together identifying the projects that they are expecting to work on this year. DPW has already put a number of these projects out to bid, and further approval is not required before these projects can get underway.
Additional projects (bike lanes on southern Pine St., a protected bike lane on eastern Austin Dr. and an eastbound bike lane on Pearl St, between Union St. and Hungerford Terrace), requiring removal of some parking spots have been proposed and will be brought to the Public Works Commission in late February.
The DPW has set an ambitious goal for what will be achieved over the next 12 months. Their willingness to talk and work with the biking and walking community, as well as the planning and progress that they have already done, is a very positive sign of the work that will be done over the coming months to make Burlington the best possible city for walking and biking!