Local Motion is pleased to have partnered with Richmond's Trails Committee and Climate Action Committee to document community support for making West Main Street safer - especially better accommodation for biking and walking. This road is a key link to Richmond Park & Ride and to residences, businesses and conserved land. The immediate request (prior to eventual Route 2 rebuild) is for a low cost, sensible improvement: re-striping the shoulder marking (white lines) to increase shoulder widths by 1 foot on each side by reducing marked lanes from 12 ft to 11 ft. This campaign gained a huge community response, and has now been submitted to the planning authorities at Town, County and State levels
THE OPPORTUNITY: Ask the Richmond Select Board, the Regional Planning Commission and Vermont's Transportation Agency to move ahead as soon as possible on practical, locally appropriate bike & walk improvements on West Main Street. This heavily used route connects the Village to the Park & Ride, and I-89 ramps and is currently unsafe for bicycle and pedestrian traffic. The Town and the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) have identified a number of possible improvements - now is the time to implement them. A show of public support will help to make this a priority.
CURRENT STATUS: The Town of Richmond and the CCRPC worked to identify both near-term and longer-term improvements for biking and walking on West Main Street. With a focus on creative, low-cost improvements, progress could be made in the near term. The speed limit has already been changed to a maximum 40 mph in preparation for lane width changes.
THE NEXT STEP: Add you name via the above link and spread the word!
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Read the Vermont Route 2 Bicycle & Pedestrian Scoping Study that was commissioned by the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission.