GOAL: Improve Biking Infrastructure Along Colchester Ave
Colchester Ave serves as a critical connection for bike commuters traveling between Burlington and other destinations in the region. Given the frequency of use by cyclists, this corridor is identified in both Plan BTV Walk Bike and the Chittenden County Regional Active Transportation Plan as a route to prioritize for improvements. Specifically, a safer connection is needed both for those climbing and descending the hill between the Winooski Bridge and UVM.
Local Motion, in collaboration with the Burlington Walk Bike Council and other local residents, is advocating for better bike infrastructure between the bridge and East Ave.
THE OPPORTUNITY: Ask the City of Burlington and Public Works Commission to repurpose the existing public right of way with better biking infrastructure in order to create a safer Colchester Ave for everyone. Utilizing the public right of way along both sides of Colchester Ave (both on the lower part of the hill by the bridge, and along the upper portion by UVM) would create space for safer bike facilities. A show of public support will help make these changes possible.
CURRENT STATUS: Although the City of Burlington has recently added a climbing bike lane to the bottom portion of Colchester Ave, there is insufficient room for cyclists to travel comfortably and safely along this stretch, particularly during winter months. What's more, the bike lane disappears when it reaches the top of the hill, and there is no downhill bike facility. Improvements are needed to make this critical connection more accessible, and on-street parking removal will be a key factor in making these changes possible.
THE NEXT STEP: Add your name via the above link to show your support. Please also consider contacting DPW at email@example.com or 802-863-9094 x3, and/or coming to speak on this issue at the Public Works Commission Meeting on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 at 6:30 PM. Please fine sample letters and email addresses here.
GOAL: Making South Burlington a more bicycle and pedestrian friendly city by closing the gaps in our existing path and creating pedestrian-friendly intersections and crosswalks.
THE OPPORTUNITY: Penny for Paths - Close the Gaps" will provide a dependable source of funding for the next 10 years to start closing the gaps in our multi-use paths, as well as provide needed crosswalks and pedestrian-friendly intersections. In some cases, a short stretch linking existing paths could open up miles of new opportunity for walkers and cyclists of all ages and abilities.
CURRENT STATUS: While we are lucky to have a great system to build upon, gaps in the city's sidewalks and recreation paths leave many unable to connect to the rest of South Burlington without driving. Many neighborhoods are isolated, leaving numerous residents unable to safely ride or walk to school, city parks, or our new City Center. Sometimes the gap is as short as a quarter of a mile, or a busy intersection, and sometimes it is a long stretch that lacks commuter access.
Examples of Gaps:
1. The south section of Dorset Street between Old Cross Road and Sadie Lane lacks a recreation path.
2. Williston Road lacks crosswalks linking the sidewalks serving the Chamberlain neighborhoods and Williston Road businesses.
On Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 residents voted to connect South Burlington's many paths and sidewalks by endorsing Penny for Paths on the ballot!
Thanks to all who helped support this initiative!
ARTICLE 1: APPROVAL OF 10 YEAR TAX FOR BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS
Starting in FY 2020 for a period of ten years, shall the City be authorized to levy an additional one penny on the annual city tax rate, the entirety of the proceeds of which are to be deposited into a reserve fund established by the City Council for the sole purpose of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure improvements within the City? [ ] YES [ ] NO
ARTICLE II: INCURRING BONDED DEBT FOR BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS
If Article I receives a vote in the affirmative, shall bonds of the City be issued in an amount not to exceed the anticipated proceeds of the ten year one penny tax levy on the annual city tax rate, of an anticipated total amount of $2,968,537.25, for the sole purpose of funding bicycle and pedestrian improvements within the City? [ ] YES [ ] NO
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The LaPlatte Crossing footbridge is a community project that links the trails of the LaPlatte Nature park on the east and west side of the LaPlatte River. A big Thank You to all who helped make this project a reality! We continue to need your support to keep the bridge safe for years to come. The maintenance and inspection costs for the bridge run approximately $1,000 each year. Your donation will make a difference.
Better biking is coming to Burlington in 2017—if you stand up and speak out! Local Motion is organizing Burlington residents in support of six bike infrastructure improvement projects that are on DPW's list for this year. We want to make sure they all get done, and YOU are the key to making that happen. Click each link below, and if you like what you read, add your name in support of that project.
connecting north ave to downtown
bike lanes on pearl street
protected bike lane on union street
building the old north end wiggle
southbound bike lane on willard
green intersections and super-sharrows
OCTOBER 2017 UPDATE: The protected bike lane on North Union is currently being installed! One down, five to go.
Local Motion is pleased to partner with Shelburne residents to document community support for making Bay Road safer for biking and walking. Bay Road is an important route for people biking & walking to school, for recreation, and for transportation, and is also a neighborhood with a long history and a strong sense of place. It will work better for everyone with a few sensible improvements.
ADD YOUR NAME TO MAKE BAY ROAD SAFER
THE OPPORTUNITY: Ask the Shelburne Selectboard to move ahead as soon as possible on practical, locally appropriate bike & walk improvements for Bay Road. This road connects the bike lanes on Route 7 with Shelburne Bay Park, the Ty Haul Path, Shelburne Farms, and Shelburne Point. It is a heavily used route for both biking and walking, and at the same time, it sees significant car traffic. The Town and the CCRPC have identified a number of possible improvements, and there are other options as well that could make a difference for biking and walking within the context of the unique character of this road.
CURRENT STATUS: Over the past few months, Town of Shelburne and the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) worked to identify both near-term and longer-term improvements for biking and walking on Bay Road. The Shelburne Selectboard recently reviewed those options, and decided to hold off on taking action at this point. With a focus creative, low-cost improvements, progress could be made in the near term.
THE NEXT STEP: Add your name via the above link and spread the word!
FOR MORE INFO: Read the Bay Road Pedestrian & Bicycle Mobility Study that was recently completed by the CCRPC.