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.
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