With summer in full force many of us are biking every chance we get. In the Montpelier Barre area, that just got a whole lot easier. Several weeks ago VTrans finished a redesign on the section of Barre-Montpelier Road from the Wayside Restaurant to the Barre City line. It's important to get out there and try it out. And after you do, whether you enjoyed driving or biking, be sure to provide comments to VTrans.
An important vehicular connection between Montpelier, Berlin, and Barre City is now also an important connection for cyclists. A resurfacing project on the portion of the Barre-Montpelier Road - from near the Wayside restaurant to the Barre City line - updated the corridor with new buffered bike lanes. This stretch of road is notorious for rear-end, sideswipe, and left turn conflict crashes, which are reduced dramatically when two through lanes in one direction are replaced with a single through lane and a continuous left turn lane, also called a 'Road Diet'.
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VTrans just released its first-ever report on the Vermont Bike Ped Program, which invests millions of dollars every year in improvements for walking and biking around Vermont. The report is concise and readable, with an overview of how funds were spent and details about specific projects around the state. It's a must-read for anyone who wants to understand what the opportunities are for getting improvements for walking and biking built in your community...
On Town Meeting Day, Burlington voters overwhelmingly rejected an advisory question calling on the City to retain four lanes on North Avenue between the Route 127 interchange and Shore Road, paving the way for the pilot project to move forward. The pilot will test a new road design for North Ave to improve safety for people driving, walking and riding, with four vehicle lanes with no bikes lanes changing to two vehicle lanes plus a center turn lane and bike lanes in both directions.