Bike/Walk Planning & Technical Assistance
Want to find a specific project that Local Motion is working on? Interested in seeing examples from across Vermont of how Local Motion helps communities become better places to walk and bike?
This is the home for all Local Motion's "technical assistance" projects, where we work with local governments and community groups to make streets and roads safer for walking and biking.
The most common way that Local Motion helps communities become better places to walk and bike are by providing feedback on how already-planned transportation improvement projects can be made more walk- and bike-friendly.
For example, we will often be called upon to review repaving projects to assess whether the striping plan can be changed to incorporate bike lanes or wider shoulders. We also sometimes help communities come up with policies or designs from scratch that address a significant gap or deficiency related to walking and biking.
If you have a project that you think we could help with, or if you know of a good example of a project that has improved conditions for walking and biking in your community, please contact Allegra Williams our Livable Streets, Program Manager.
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.
Brattleboro Traffic Calming
Local Motion worked with town leadership through the Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee to improve its Street and Sidewalk Safety Policy (formerly called the Traffic Calming Plan).
The project resulted in a policy that:
- Provides clear and objective criteria for determining why and how street and sidewalk safety projects move forward
- Clarifies the process for selecting and prioritizing projects
- Includes a flowchart illustrating how projects move from citizen suggestions to the Traffic Safety Committee.
Swanton Intersection Redesign
As part of Swanton Village's repaving plan for US 7 and VT 78, Local Motion helped community leaders design a project that safely incorporated bike facilities on 1st Street (VT 78), Grand Ave (US 7), Depot St (VT 78), and Canada St (VT 78). Local Motion also provided assistance with traffic calming for Merchants Row, improving the safety and functionality of this area in the short and long term.
Williston Road Bike Lanes
Local Motion worked with the Agency of Transportation (VTrans) and was instrumental in extending bicycle facilities along Williston Rd to include the entire state highway portion of Williston Rd to VT 2A as part of the repaving planned for summer 2016. Specific improvements include a combination of bike lanes, buffered bike lanes, 11-ft vehicle travel lanes and conflict zone markings using green paint.
Route 15 Path
Local Motion worked with a multi-jurisdictional team through the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission to influence the long-term design of a multi-use path from Lime Kiln Rd to Susie Wilson Rd as part of the CIRC Alternatives process.
The Champlain Parkway is a major road planning and (eventually) construction project in Burlington that has been in the works for more than four decades. Broadly defined, the purpose of the project is to improve access to Burlington from the South. Local Motion has been engaged in the Parkway project for almost a decade. Over the next few months, we will be adding a wide range of Parkway-related materials to this site. In the meantime, please visit the official Champlain Parkway website.
Local Motion helped to shape the vision for a safer North Avenue for everyone: people walking, biking and driving. This street is a critical connection between downtown Burlington and the citywide institutions and regional attractions parks located in the New North End. As a member of the Project Advisory Committee, Local Motion supported the approved Corridor Study, which calls for protected bike lanes, as well as many crosswalks and intersection upgrades, beacons and other pedestrian safety improvements that will create a safer, more pleasant neighborhood in the heart of the New North End.
Railyard Enterprise Project
The Railyard Enterprise Project is a planning and scoping project whose goal is to build out the street grid west of Pine Street and north of the Barge Canal superfund area so as to better connect Pine Street with Battery Street and promote economic development opportunities in the area. Walk and bike connections are a key part of the project design.
Local Motion collaborates with towns, regional planning commissions, and consultants to develop high-quality walk-bike master plans. Our role is often as a member of the advisory committee for the plan, although we have at times worked directly as a member of a consultant team.
To discuss options for Local Motion's involvement in creating or updating a plan for your community or region, contact Jonathon Weber, our Program Manager
Plan BTV Walk/Bike
The City of Burlington is developing a plan for active transportation for the next 20 years.
The purpose of the plan is to enhance safety and increase active mobility throughout the city. The project will culminate with the creation of the City’s first Bicycle and Pedestrian Action Plan, as well as scoping of priority projects for implementation. Local Motion is a member of the project technical team, with a hand in shaping the plan from the inside out. Learn more about PlanBTV here
UVM Active Transporation Plan
The UVM Active Transportation Plan aims to improve bicycle access, safety, and facilities at the University of Vermont.
Through collaboration with multiple stakeholders, including Local Motion, departments, and student groups at UVM, the plan establishes the bicycle needs of the campus and solutions to meet those needs such as:
- bike storage and parking;
bike lanes and pedestrian walkways;
commuter routes to and from campus;
the potential to develop a bike share system; and
connecting to Burlington's transit network.
Chittenden County Active Transportation Plan
The Regional Active Transportation Plan is a plan for existing and future bicycle and pedestrian facilities and programs
This plan will serve as the active transportation element of the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission/Metropolitan Planning Organization's long-range Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP).
When completed, the Plan will include recommended facilities, programs, and policies to support active transportation (e.g. walking, bicycling, running, scooting, etc.) in the region, while focusing on connecting communities throughout the region by bike and transit, and creating better pedestrian connections within communities. Local Motion is a member of the Project Advisory Committee and was instrumental in preparing the data regarding bicycle facilities that served as the baseline for analysis.
Essex Town & Junction Walk-Bike Plan
This plan represents a unified Town/Village bicycle & pedestrian plan that connects the entire community.
It assesses the existing network and identifies and prioritizes future needs so that the Town and Village can pursue implementation opportunities as they arise. This project considers updated design approaches; there have been many recent innovations in bicycle and pedestrian design, many of which may be applicable to the Town and Village and result in a more cost-effective and easily implemented network.
Local Motion can work with you to assess your community's bike and pedestrian safety and on-the-ground infrastructure, as well as prioritize community actions using data, field visits, analysis of the built environment and other information gathered through interviews or community meetings.
To request a community visit and assessment, please fill out our Community Visit Request form.
Local Motion worked with a steering committee made up of community stakeholders to identify issues and opportunities to improve bike and pedestrian safety in the town of Lyndon and Lyndonville.
- Slowing down traffic throughout town
- Creating a walking and biking connection from Lyndon State College and Lyndonville via the Center
- Improving safety on VT 114 to East Burke
- Making crosswalks and key intersections safer and people in crosswalks more visible
- Safer neighborhood-school connections
Local Motion worked with the Morristown Bike and Pedestrian Committee to identify issues and opportunities for making Morristown and Morrisville more walk and bike-friendly. Local Motion staff visited with committee members and toured the town and village and discussed a number of issues and priorities.
- Capitalizing on Morrisville’s location at the midpoint of the LVRT to bring more economic activity to the village, with the goal of drawing riders off the trail and into local businesses
- Enhancing the LVRT’s value as a resource for community residents by creating connections that allow people to walk or bike from the village center to the shopping/industrial area north of the village
- Identifying and implementing strategies for making it safer for kids to walk and bike to school
- Taking advantage of the construction of the Route 100 Alternate Truck Route, with the goal of making Route 100 much more walk- and bike-friendly
- Addressing problems with drainage grates, many of which are either below grade or are of an antiquated design that is dangerous for bikes
- Updating municipal ordinances to clarify the rights and responsibilities of people walking and biking
- Meeting the transportation needs of the substantial number of lower-income residents of the village who do not drive
- Educating town officials about the benefits for the community as a whole—not just for people who walk and bike—of becoming a more walk- and bike-friendly community
- Adding bike racks throughout the community (currently installed only at library, schools, and a few other locations)
- Ensuring that new development in the village (which is on the upswing) is done in ways that support and promote walking and biking
The following ideas for improving conditions for walking and biking were developed to respond to the issues and ideas raised by committee members during and after the field visits:
- Redesign the intersection of Historic Route 100 and Bridge Street as a mini-roundabout.
- Restripe all major roads in the village area (not including the bypass and Route 15) with 10- or 11-foot travel lanes.
- Design and install traffic calming strategies on core downtown streets (specifically bump-outs/curb extensions)
- Improve connections between the bike path and downtown as well as visibility of the path as it traverses the community (Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon pedestrian crossing signs in key locations; Paint the pavement green wherever the LVRT crosses the street; Install bike lanes on Pleasant Street from the LVRT to the municipal parking lot; Install covered bike parking at the municipal parking lot).
- Improve the connection between the LVRT and the Hannafords shopping plaza.
- Add advisory bike lanes to lower-volume, secondary streets
- In addition to the location-specific ideas noted above, Local Motion identified several potentially viable non-infrastructure strategies for improving walk-bike safety in Morrisville.
See the Full Assessment
St. Johnsbury Assessment
Local Motion worked with community health and municipal staff to identify issues and opportunities for making biking and walking safer and more accessible in St. Johnsbury. The assessment included a community visit, tour, and discussion resulting in the identification of a number of ideas and solutions.
- Reconfigure traffic flow at Main Street and Western Avenue.
- Install temporary improvements on a “pop-up” experimental basis at Main Street and Eastern Avenue.
- Reduce lane widths and install bike lanes on Main Street.
- Make safety improvements to crosswalks at the north end of Main Street.
- Add bike lanes to Hastings and Memorial to connect Main Street with Route 5 and Old Center Road.
- Restripe selected roads with 10’ vehicle lanes and wider shoulders.
- Consider installing advisory bike lanes on Old Center Road.
- Non-infrastructure strategies