BURLINGTON Better by Bike is a campaign to make Burlington the best small city for biking on the East Coast. First came "Go for Gold." That paved the way for "PlanBTV Walk Bike." Want to know more? Read on!
Here's the backstory. In 2012, Local Motion began a concerted effort to accelerate the pace of change for better biking (and walking) in Burlington. We set our sights on achieving gold-level recognition as both a "Walk Friendly Community" and a "Bicycle Friendly Community" (both of which are national recognition programs). To that end, we worked with a variety of partners to create a "Go for Gold Blueprint" that assessed Burlington's strengths and weaknesses and identified opportunities for improvement for both walking and biking. You can read more about the Blueprint at this link, as well as download both a two-page summary and the full text of the Blueprint itself.
The Go for Gold Blueprint led to the creation of a "Go for Gold Leadership Team" under the aegis of the Burlington mayor's office. The purpose of this team—which included high-level representatives of a variety of city departments as well as non-municipal partners—was to identify and pursue strategies that would advance the goals identified in the Blueprint. The Go for Gold Strategic Plan was released in early 2015, and is available at this link.
In mid-2015, Burlington Public Works launched the city's first-ever comprehensive planning effort for walking and biking, called "PlanBTV Walk Bike." Local Motion was appointed to serve on the core technical committee for that effort, and has played a key role on two fronts: ensuring that the plan is both visionary and practical, and building support for its approval and implementation. Read more about PlanBTV Walk Bike and learn about how you can help implement the plan at this link.