Vermonters spend about a quarter of their income on transportation, and almost half of Vermont’s greenhouse gas pollution comes from the transportation sector. We think that is unacceptable, and we can do much better. How? Transportation for Vermonters can help get us there.
Getting from point A to point B can be expensive, confusing, and polluting in cities and urban areas, so in places like Vermont where A and B are sometimes dozens of miles apart for many people’s daily commute, it’s even more expensive, confusing, and polluting. We wish every Vermonter had the option to travel via biking, walking, or taking the bus, but we know it isn’t that easy quite yet. Fortunately, there are some incredibly intelligent and creative folks in Vermont working on improving transportation in our state, and we joined them to work together. The group is called Transportation for Vermonters (T4VT), which is a promising network of Vermont organizations, businesses, and institutions researching, planning, and advocating for solutions that will lead to more affordable, sustainable, and convenient transportation around the state.
Tools are designed and created to make life better in one way or another. Sure, you can build a shed with a screwdriver, but a power drill will get the job done better and faster. The e-bike is just that--a tool designed to help us get from home to work, the grocery store, school, and back home with less sweat and at a faster pace. Cargo e-bikes can be an alternative to a car when you have kids and a few grocery bags to transport. Riding an e-bike is a ton of fun, too.
Join South Burlington city staff, CCRPC and your neighbors on Wednesday, November 16th at 7:00 pm at the Holiday Inn - 1068 Williston Road, South Burlington to discuss the I-89 Exit 14 Interchange. This first community workshop will evaluate issues and identify possible improvements, for bicyclists and pedestrians crossing through this area.
The City of South Burlington is divided by I-89 at the Exit 14 Interchange. US Route 2 is a principal arterial roadway that spans I-89 and is a major transportation connection between many major employment centers and residential areas in Burlington and South Burlington. This interchange area, including US Route 2, was primarily designed with motor vehicles in mind.
As part of the project stakeholder group, Local Motion is providing input to the City of South Burlington and Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) to identify possible crossing improvements for pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users in the I-89 Exit 14 area, and evaluate the feasibility of those improvements. The goal of the study is to recommend an alternative transportation crossing option that has the support of the community so that funding may be pursued for engineering, permitting, and ultimately construction.
In April, Local Motion brought Mayor Betsy Hodges of Minneapolis to Burlington to inspire city leaders and citizens alike in advance of the release of Burlington's walk bike master plan.