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.
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.
Local Motion is pleased to have partnered with Shelburne residents to win selectboard permission for a primitive (unpaved) path on public, town-owned land between Shelburne Heights and Boulder Hill. The path—which is now being built—runs entirely on public land and is being constructed by volunteers at no cost to the town or to taxpayers.
THE OPPORTUNITY: A path from Shelburne Heights to Boulder Hill will give a major new section of Shelburne a walking and biking route to the village. Shelburne Heights residents will be able to get to the Webster Road path without having to walk or bike on Spear Street. This will benefit a large number of families and kids, promoting physical activity and connecting them to the village.
CURRENT STATUS: The path was approved 5-0 by the selectboard on September 27, 2016. Volunteers are now moving ahead with path construction. (Note that the photo above is an example of the type of path that is being built; it is not a photo of the path itself.)
THE NEXT STEP: Add your name, then sign up for a trail workday! Click the red button above to endorse the construction of a path from Shelburne Heights to Boulder Hill, then email or call Mike Ashooh (see below) to volunteer. The next trail workday is Saturday, October 15 from 10 to 2.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This path is NOT located in or near any wetlands. It runs entirely through upland forest. Click the button below for a map showing the location of wetlands relative to the path location.
FOR MORE INFO: Contact Mike Ashooh of 87 Ravine Court at 985-3734 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local Motion assisted the Shelburne Paths Committee with a redesign of the Bay Road underpass that has made this dangerous pinch point much safer for people driving, walking, and biking.
The redesign narrowed the motor vehicle lane to a single lane, stopping motor vehicle traffic at the approach on either side of the underpass. This allowed for the creation of protected space (using flexible bollards) for people to safely walk and bike through the underpass.
Local Motion was closely involved in both refining the design and promoting the concept.
The Town of Shelburne created an initial design with assistance from the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission. Local Motion provided a critical tweak to the plan: narrowing the single-vehicle lane to about 11 feet, which allowed for a walk-bike lane on both sides. (The initial design concept called for a walk-bike lane on only one side, which would have required half of the walk-bike traffic to cross the street right at a pinch point with poor sightlines.) The Town then moved forward rapidly to implement the plan.