VIVIDMidd: Pop-Up Projects in Middlebury

Near the end of summer 2017, the Town of Middlebury, Local Motion, Better MiddleburyPartnership, Middlebury Safe Routes, and Addison County Regional Planning Commission embarked on a collaboration to create safer and slower streets throughout town.

What was it?  Volunteers set up a series of pop-up demonstration projects in Downtown Middlebury designed to test strategies for improving bike and pedestrian safety in some core areas, as well as enhancing the aesthetic appeal of the Downtown, particularly for people outside of their cars. These pop-ups were not permanent and were meant to serve merely as a demonstration project for us to collect input and observe what works and what does not, should the town consider more permanent strategies for street improvements in the future.  
Pop-ups were installed at the following locations: 
  • Seymour Street, between former Gregg’s Market and Main Street - temporary crosswalks and curb bump-outs installed
  • Maple Street entering the Marbleworks - Created a protected "pedestrian advisory lane" in the absence of sidewalks along this busy walking street.   
  • Merchant’s Row and Main Street - curb bump-outs installed to shorten the pedestrian crossing distance and to make pedestrians more visible.