Endorse improvements on Rte 2 in Richmond

We, the undersigned, users of Route 2 (West Main Street) in Richmond call on the Town, County and State authorities to implement improvements to make that heavily used section of road safer for all users. The present state of the road creates serious hazards for pedestrians and bicycle users and discourages or prevents them from using it. Immediately (prior to the eventual Route 2 rebuild) we request that the shoulder be re-striped, increasing the shoulder width by 1 foot on each side and reducing lane width from 12 to 11 ft., bringing the widths to the VTRANS standard for state highway lanes - we're simply asking them to comply with their own standard. This low cost, sensible improvement will work better for everyone. In particular, people want improved access to the currently jam-packed Park & Ride to facilitate carpooling and use of the Link Bus, as well as for access to residences and businesses.

Who's endorsing

Jim Paige
Karen Chickering
John Orlando
Aimee Motta
Holly Miller
Jennifer Miller
Jim Watkins
Lou Bresee
Pat Carman
Matthew Solomon
Brian Conchieri
Roger Frey
Neil Skinnon
James Oakley
Brent Weigel
Frank Carruth
Dick Sears
Robert Bast
Tom Cleveland
Robert Schermer
Bram Kleppner
Kevin Batson
James Dean
David Connery
Debra Fraser
Mike Gretkowski
Russ Ford
David Rath
Michael Owens
Jim Wilkinson-Ray
283 endorsements
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  • Jim Paige
    endorsed 2017-12-16 12:00:15 -0500
  • Karen Chickering
    endorsed 2017-12-16 11:08:39 -0500
    please make this corridor safer! thank you!
  • John Orlando
    endorsed 2017-12-16 09:35:43 -0500
  • Aimee Motta
    endorsed 2017-12-16 09:25:26 -0500
    Making the road safe for bike commuters is essential.
  • Holly Miller
    endorsed 2017-12-16 09:11:00 -0500
  • Jennifer Miller
    endorsed 2017-12-16 09:05:40 -0500
  • Jim Watkins
    endorsed 2017-12-16 08:59:51 -0500
  • Lou Bresee
    endorsed 2017-12-16 08:54:28 -0500
  • Pat Carman
    endorsed 2017-12-16 08:46:33 -0500
    This is a very dangerous area to ride and irepair is needed to keep cyclist safe.
  • Matthew Solomon
    endorsed 2017-12-16 08:36:45 -0500
  • Brian Conchieri
    endorsed 2017-12-16 08:36:26 -0500
  • Roger Frey
    endorsed 2017-12-16 08:31:26 -0500
  • Neil Skinnon
    endorsed 2017-12-16 08:31:17 -0500
  • James Oakley
    endorsed 2017-12-16 08:29:25 -0500
  • Brent Weigel
    endorsed 2017-12-16 08:27:03 -0500
  • Frank Carruth
    endorsed 2017-12-16 08:26:46 -0500
  • Dick Sears
    endorsed 2017-12-16 08:19:58 -0500
  • Robert Bast
    endorsed 2017-12-16 08:08:01 -0500
    Side striping has certain consequences and values.

    The downside is that the side stripe costs five/ten cents a foot, and has to be reapplied to be effective over time at the same rate as a center stripe.

    The upside is that it establishes a lane for vehicles, which most drivers will try to drive within. All of the below is influenced by this.

    -If the lane is narrower, drivers slow down to stay within the lines. That is good, especially in a congested or shared road situation.

    -Side stripes provide a reference line at night, particularly valuable for older drivers. Safer.

    -If the side stripe is further from the edge of pavement, it helps maintain the rigidity of the pavement, as there is more shoulder and roadbed buttressing the lateral forces created by vehicles. Your road stays intact longer in this scenario, so the strategy can be budget friendly. Saves money.

    -Slower traffic and more uniform pavement at the shoulder encourages parallel uses, such as cycling. On town roads, it can increase use by runners and pedestrians. Safer.

    When serving on the Selectboard in Hinesburg, I proposed our program for doing this on town roads, which the Board supported. We striped (land still do) at 9 ft on town roads, leaving 3 ft on the shoulder. The first road to try this was the Charlotte Rd. It made the road far more friendly to multiple use, and the town got much positive feedback. It is done now whenever a road is repaved.

    The DOT, I understand, has been considering these things, as they are always looking at evolving strategies for better safety and economies in road usage. I think I heard that the side stripes on Rt 116 were quietly brought in a foot, or at least it was being considered.

    This turns out to be good public policy, not just for cyclists. I endorse this concept.
  • Tom Cleveland
    endorsed 2017-12-16 07:27:36 -0500
  • Robert Schermer
    endorsed 2017-12-16 07:23:35 -0500
  • Bram Kleppner
    endorsed 2017-12-16 07:10:50 -0500
  • Kevin Batson
    endorsed 2017-12-16 07:05:33 -0500
    The sooner the restripping happens the better, Safe Shoulders Saves Lives.
  • James Dean
    endorsed 2017-12-16 07:02:16 -0500
    Thank you for increasing bicycle safety.
  • David Connery
    endorsed 2017-12-16 06:37:58 -0500
    It is safer to take Kenyon Rd or to ride Governor Peck Rd up and over a mountain than to ride this small stretch. Incredible return on investment here. Please fix this.
  • Debra Fraser
    endorsed 2017-12-16 06:27:58 -0500
  • Mike Gretkowski
    endorsed 2017-12-16 06:08:30 -0500
  • Russ Ford
    endorsed 2017-12-16 05:44:07 -0500
  • David Rath
    endorsed 2017-12-16 04:00:34 -0500
  • Michael Owens
    endorsed 2017-12-15 22:40:55 -0500
  • Jim Wilkinson-Ray
    endorsed 2017-12-15 22:33:47 -0500