Safe and Complete Streets

Local Motion works with communities across Vermont to make roads in their towns work better for everyone. We can help create safer and more welcoming streets in your community.

Here are a few examples:

  • Working with Addison County to support and mentor a county-wide walk-bike advisory council
  • Advising Swanton on a major repaving project to ensure that the design works for people biking and walking
  • Assessing South Burlington streets to identify easy, low-cost bike- and walk-friendly road improvements
  • Working with the City of Burlington to organize Open Streets BTV, a celebration of neighborhood streets

Streets are often the largest public spaces in our communities.

In addition to being used for transportation, they are also places for celebration and recreation that belong to all of us. When communities have inviting streets, local businesses benefit from increased foot traffic, people engage in healthy habits like walking, and there are fewer crashes because vehicles are moving at safe speeds. When people walk and bike more, it also means that our energy efficiency is higher.

Running a Pop-up Demonstration Project

Pop-ups and pilots are all ways of temporarily demonstrating the value of a walk-bike project in your community without having to commit to it long term. Pilots typically last for at least one year and pop-ups for a shorter amount of time, typically a week or less. Both use low cost, non-permanent materials such as planters, flexible bollards, spray chalk and cones to temporarily reconfigure the street. Survey and observational data can be collected before and after the demonstration to help decision-makers understand project benefits and impacts.

Typical projects where pilots or pop-ups are used are:

  • Curb extensions
  • Traffic calming
  • 4-to-3 lane reconfiguration (aka "road diet")
  • Pedestrian refuges/crossings
  • Bike lanes (protected, buffered, conventional)
  • Bike boxes

Here are some National models to check out! 

- Temporary Roundabout in Laprairie

- Protected Bike Lane in Minneapolis

- Pop-Up in the Rock in Park Hill


Pop-up & Demonstration Projects Toolkit

Pop-up demonstration projects are a citizen-led approach to neighborhood-level change using short-term, low-cost, and scalable interventions to show how streets can be made safer and more inviting for people on foot and on a bike.

In 2016, Local Motion and the City of Burlington collaborated to create a "Community-Led Demonstration Project Policy and Guide." This hands-on guide lays out everything you need to make your pop-up project a success! AARP also published a great toolkit for community pop-up demonstration projects, below. 


Borrow Our Pop-Up Project Mobile Support Unit

Local Motion has a 12-foot trailer filled with all of the supplies needed to run a successful pop-up demonstration project in your town. Whether it's traffic calming, crosswalks, bike lanes, bump-outs, a pedestrian refuge or a plaza, our trailer can help build support for permanent safety and speed management improvements. 

Click here to borrow our mobile support unit!


Burlington Open Streets

Open Streets BTV is an opportunity to experience our public streetscape in an entirely different way. For one day every summer about 3 miles of Burlington streets are closed to everything but pedestrian access for a day of biking, walking, dancing, and whatever else you can imagine!

Last year's event was hugely successful thanks to a groundswell of community support. Check out pictures from last year on the Open Streets Facebook page!


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.  

Click here to learn more about the project!


Pop-Ups Offer Proof of Concept in Downtown Vergennes

As part of the Downtown-Basin Master Plan public input process, the City of Vergennes and its community partners held a series of pop-up demonstration projects to illustrate how the streets connecting Downtown and the Basin could be made safer and more walk and bike-friendly.

Click here to learn more! 


Bike/Walk Planning & Technical Assistance

Want to find a specific project that Local Motion is working on? Interested in seeing examples from across Vermont of how Local Motion helps communities become better places to walk and bike?

This is the home for all Local Motion's "technical assistance" projects, where we work with local governments and community groups to make streets and roads safer for walking and biking. 

Project Design Assistance Walk/Bike Planning Community Assessments

Learn More about Safe Streets

This toolkit is a FREE resource for police departments, municipalities, school groups, and concerned community members who want to improve the safety of people on foot and on a bike in their communities.

Check out the full toolkit


Toolkit Descriptions:

Bike Light Outreach

Bike Light Campaigns are designed to  serve two goals:  
1) to raise awareness of bike light use for nighttime bicycle riding.  
2) to provide low-cost bike lights to people who may not feel that they can afford full-price lights.  
These are sometimes made more effective when done in partnership with the local police.
Set up at a high-traffic street corner, with lights, informational materials, and a friendly attitude, and catch bicyclists who are not properly illuminated.  You can either highly publicize the event, or create pop-up guerrilla events.

Get Spotted Campaign

The goal of a “Get Spotted” Campaign is to increase engagement with a visibility initiative (such as reflective leg bands, or bike light outreach).  It is, essentially, fun and engaging publicity event designed to give people an incentive to engage in behaviors that increase their nighttime visibility. Volunteers will be set up around town to look for people who are wearing or using the visibility item, and people will be rewarded with prizes for being seen improving their nighttime visibility.


Rules of the Road Awareness:

Burma Shave Campaign

The goal of a Burma Shave Campaign is to increase awareness among motorists about safe driving speeds in your community. Volunteers stand along the edge of a “problem” road and hold up a series of signs with clever safety-oriented phrases and wave at passing drivers.

Bike Rack Safety Outreach

Bike Rack Campaigns are designed to serve three goals:
1)  To provide positive messages and encouragement for people who ride bicycles.  
2)  Raise awareness of bicyclist rights and responsibilities.  
3)  To improve compliance with the rules of the road amongst bicyclists and motorists.    
This campaign can be applied to motorists on parking meters, with slightly different messaging.

Stenciling Campaign

A Stenciling Campaign runs throughout the spring, summer, and fall.  Stencils with bicycle and pedestrian safety messages are painted on sidewalks with temporary spray chalk.
Looking for a Visual Guide on how to use the stencils? Click here.

Stay safe by learning more about the rules governing biking and walking, and find out what Local Motion and partners have been doing in the community to build a culture of respect on our state's roadways and sidewalks.

Check Out More Rules of the Road