Bay Road Underpass

Local Motion assisted the Shelburne Paths Committee with a redesign of the Bay Road underpass that has made this dangerous pinch point much safer for people driving, walking, and biking.


The redesign narrowed the motor vehicle lane to a single lane, stopping motor vehicle traffic at the approach on either side of the underpass.  This allowed for the creation of protected space (using flexible bollards) for people to safely walk and bike through the underpass.

Local Motion was closely involved in both refining the design and promoting the concept.

The Town of Shelburne created an initial design with assistance from the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission.  Local Motion provided a critical tweak to the plan:  narrowing the single-vehicle lane to about 11 feet, which allowed for a walk-bike lane on both sides.  (The initial design concept called for a walk-bike lane on only one side, which would have required half of the walk-bike traffic to cross the street right at a pinch point with poor sightlines.)  The Town then moved forward rapidly to implement the plan.

Want more details?

Download the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission's technical assessment of improvements at this location.