Shelburne Village Pedestrian Safety Group
Through the years, Shelburne has faced significant increases in traffic, heavy-reliance on vehicular movement, speeding cars and trucks and significant safety concerns for pedestrians. The village is populated with multiple neighborhoods whose residents are drawn to many businesses, services and cultural attractions in town. Since 2016, the Village Pedestrian Safety Group has worked closely with Local Motion and town and regional partners to shape a village that accommodates the needs of all: pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles.
The mission of the Village Pedestrian Safety Group is “to actively work toward the creation of a culture of safe year-round walkability and connectivity in the village core. This includes, but is not limited to, safe paths, sidewalks and crosswalks, bicycle routes and vehicular traffic that adheres to speed limits and complies with crosswalk laws. We value collaborative relationships with town employees and elected officials, volunteer committees and boards and the general public. While safety is our top priority, we also strive for changes that add aesthetic value to an already charming village core.” Through these efforts, a variety of changes have moved the town closer to our goal, with more expected in the near future.
Examples of pedestrian safety concerns that led to our formation as an advocacy group:
Among our early steps was to do a ‘walkabout’ with Local Motion staff to assess several village roads.