Technical Assistance

Local Motion provides a range of free or low-cost technical assistance services to communities working to build complete streets and encourage active transportation like walking and biking. 

Learn About Our Technical Assistance Services

Local Motion provides a range of free or low-cost technical assistance services to communities working to build complete streets and encourage active transportation like walking and biking. 

Contact Local Motion's Complete Streets Program Manager, Jonathon Weber, if you'd like to find out more or request technical assistance for your community.

Project Design Assistance

The most common way that Local Motion helps communities become better places to walk and bike is by providing feedback on how already-planned transportation improvement projects can be made more walk- and bike-friendly.  

For example, we will often be called upon to review repaving projects to assess whether the striping plan can be changed to incorporate bike lanes or wider shoulders. We also sometimes help communities come up with policies or designs from scratch that address a significant gap or deficiency related to walking and biking.  

A person biking along a protected bike lane in Burlington, Vermont in the summer.


Pop-Up Infrastructure Demonstration Projects

Pop-Up Demonstration Projects enable communities to experience the value of new infrastructure without having to commit to it long-term. These are short-term infrastructure installations that utilize temporary, low-cost materials like washable paint, traffic tape, planter boxes, flexible bollards, and cones to temporarily reconfigure streets. Pop-Up Demonstrations typically last for around a week, and survey and observational data can be collected before, during, and after the demonstration to help decision-makers understand project benefits and impacts.

Pop-Ups can be used to demonstrate:

  • Curb extensions
  • 4-to-3 lane reconfigurations (aka "road diet")
  • Pedestrian refuges/crossings
  • Bike lanes (protected, buffered, conventional)
  • Bike boxes
  • ...and more

Local Motion has a 12-foot trailer filled with all of the supplies needed to run a successful pop-up demonstration project in your town. Whether it's traffic calming, crosswalks, bike lanes, bump-outs, a pedestrian refuge or a plaza, our trailer can help build support for permanent safety and speed management improvements. 

Local Motion pop up trailer at a Rutland pop-up event.


Walk/Bike Planning

Local Motion collaborates with towns, regional planning commissions, and consultants to develop high-quality walk-bike master plans.  Our role is often as a member of the advisory committee for the plan, although we have at times worked directly as a member of a consultant team.


Community Assessments

Local Motion can work with you to assess your community's bike and pedestrian safety and on-the-ground infrastructure, as well as prioritize community actions using data, field visits, analysis of the built environment and other information gathered through interviews or community meetings.

A Local Motion volunteer installing bike count equipment to a telephone pole alongside a busy road in Vermont during the summer.

 


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Technical Assistance Projects

Take a look at some examples of Local Motion's technical assistance work in local communities.

Randolph Walk/Bike Survey Report

Year: 2022

Geography: Randolph

A group of Randolph residents who had formed a walk/bike group worked with Local Motion to administer and analyze this community survey as a means of gauging community support for walk/bike infrastructure, identifying barriers and solutions, and helping the town make progress on priorities.


planBTV Walk/Bike 5-Year Progress Report

Year: 2022

Geography: Burlington

Burlington's Walk/Bike Master Plan, planBTV Walk/Bike, was adopted in 2017 and set numerous goals for a 5-year timeframe. This report evaluated progress towards the 5-year goals set in the plan's "Engineering" section.


East Hardwick Walk/Bike Safety Improvement Concepts

Year: 2022

Geography: East Hardwick

A neighborhood group based in East Hardwick requested that Local Motion staff draft conceptual designs for improving safety for walking and biking and enhancing connectivity to the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. This report is the result of that process.


Charlotte Walk/Bike Survey Report

Year: 2021

Geography: Charlotte

A walk/bike taskforce composed of members of the Charlotte Energy and Trails Committees worked with Local Motion to administer and analyze this community survey as a means of gauging community support for walk/bike infrastructure, identifying barriers and solutions, and helping the town make progress on priorities.


Greensboro Pop-Up Report

Year: 2021

Geography: Greensboro

This report details the results of a Pop-Up demonstration project that Local Motion installed in Greensboro in 2021 in partnership with a local group and town officials.


Bristol Elementary School Walk/Bike Safety Audit

Year: 2019

Geography: Bristol

A group of PTO members, town officials, and walk/bike advocates in Bristol worked with Local Motion to conduct a walk-bike audit in the immediate vicinity of the Elementary School during and after school pick-up. Through this process, strategies were identified for improving safety and encouraging more families to walk and bike. This report further details the findings from the walk-bike audit and proposes recommendations to address the concerns raised.


South Union St. Pop-Up Report

Year: 2019

Geography: Burlington

In partnership with Local Motion, and with support from school administrators, the Edmunds School PTO experimented with different configurations along South Union St. Traffic engineers from Dubois and King Inc conducted a traffic analysis in advance of the project to determine the impacts of the streets changes, and the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission collected data on traffic volumes and speeds. This report details the project and findings.


Richmond Walk/Bike Survey Report

Year: 2019

Geography: Richmond

Building upon past studies, and in partnership with the Town Planner and Richmond Trails Committee, Local Motion developed and circulated a survey to assess how best to create better bike and pedestrian access and reduce traffic congestion between the village, schools and park and ride in Richmond.


Safer Spaces for Walking and Biking in Craftsbury, Greensboro, Hardwick and Barton Village

Year: 2017

Geography: Northeast Kingdom

Local Motion met with representatives from towns and conducted field visits in order to learn about priorities, issues related to walking and biking, current walking and biking conditions and habits of residents and visitors, as well as to better understand the opportunities for making improvements. Following an assessment of these issues and opportunities, community members decided to focus on key action projects that are detailed in this report.


St. Johnsbury Walk/Bike Safety Action Plan

Year: 2017

Geography: St. Johnsbury

St. Johnsbury residents and town officials wanted to build on the interest that began with the VTrans On-Road Bike Plan, and decided to work with Local Motion to develop a Walk-Bike Safety Action Plan with the goal of identifying short and long term options for road improvements that will increase walking and biking in St. Johnsbury, and to make the roads safer.


Lyndon Walk/Bike Safety Action Plan

Year: 2016

Geography: Lyndon

Lyndon residents and town officials worked with Local Motion to develop a Walk-Bike Safety Action Plan with the goal of identifying short and long term options for road improvements that will increase walking and biking in Lyndon, and to make the roads safer.