Sunday, February 8, 2015

North Avenue Task Force II

With the new year the City has received confirmation that the Regional Planning Commission can provide assistance with the North Avenue Pilot Project planning. In October 2014 City Council created a  North Avenue Task Force II to work with DPW as we implement the North Ave Corridor Study Recommendations, so in mid-January we contacted all of the Task Force organizations to identify the representatives who will convene the Task Force. We anticipate having a complete list of representatives in February and could then convene the kick-off meeting in March. Wards 4 and 7 have each been asked to provide a representative, and the area Councilors from each Ward will also be recommending a representative.

The Task Force will work with the City to identify the benchmarks, metrics, and outreach process (schedule, methods of reaching the public, etc.) – basically all of the components – of the pilot project. In 2015 we will identify the data that needs to be collected, begin to collect the data, and fully prepare for physical changes in 2016.

Nicole Losch, PTP
Transportation Planner
645 Pine Street Suite A
Burlington VT 05401
802.865.5833 direct // 802.863.0466 fax


The North End slate is drawn as follows.
  • NPA slate: Ward 4 - Rich Nadworny, Representative; Ken Peterson, Alternate. Ward 7 - RJ LaLumier, Representative; Muffy Milens, Alternate. [Representatives and Alternates attend all meetings of the task force, and will be available at NPA meetings monthly for discussion and questions.]
  • City Councilor appointments: Dave Hartnett Ward 4, appointed Paul Sisson. Tom Ayres Ward 7, appointed Jason L'Ecuyer.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

ROAD DIET PRIMER, RT 302 Barre-Montpelier Rd

This 3 minute VIDEO is a primer on ROAD DIET - reconfiguring existing lanes to make MORE EFFICIENT USE OF ROAD SPACE THAT WE HAVE and to make the road SAFER FOR ALL USERS.

Published on Dec 23, 2014
VTrans will be reconfiguring lanes on Barre-Montpelier Rd (Rt. 302) as part of a paving project in Spring 2015. The new lane configuration will be in place for a 60-day trial period, and will feature a reduction in vehicle traffic lanes. The new configuration is projected to reduce vehicle collisions along Barre-Monpelier Rd, while continuing to sufficiently handle the traffic volume. The extra space along the roadway will be used to implement a buffered bike lane that creates a safe and comfortable environment for bicycle traffic.



Saturday, December 27, 2014

JOIN ADVOCACY GROUPS, EDUCATE THE PUBLIC.

The NORTH AVENUE CORRIDOR STUDY Advisory Committee delivered a best-practices set of recommendations to City Council in 2014. Attempts to sabotage the plan were resisted by Council, with the exception of an amendment by Kurt Wright (R Ward 4) that limits the duration of a pilot project demonstrating road diet. A demonstration needs to be of sufficient duration to correct for learning curve and knee-jerk resistance to change. Another amendment proposed by Wright and Councilor Tom Ayres would restore parking on the avenue. Details HERE.

A deceptively worded petition was circulated among residents who had not participated in or followed the planning process. Subsequently, a candidate for City Council has built opposition to the corridor plan into his campaign platform. (WARNING: Don't sign deceptive petitions, and don't vote for Michael Ly.)

Meanwhile, the BikeQ of the City increases steadily and the changing demographic of the North End is bringing savvy seniors, Gen Y, and young families together in common cause for safety of all users of The Avenue.

click to enlargeFILE: MATTHEW THORSEN
    "Losch referred to the robust citizen participation in the corridor study, and also to an overall sense that the city's "bicycle moment" may have arrived. "It seemed that every meeting had more and more people," she added. The project "just kind of snowballed.""

    A lot of excellent details here: THE BURLINGTON WALK/BIKE COUNCIL   


    Research and factual responses to misinformation on FPF -- BIKEABLE BURLINGTON NOW

    We've been discussing these issues since 1994, but Burlington is still using transportation funds for Southern Connector (aka Champlain parkway -- park way, LOL)  instead of investing in transportation systems.  Keep the vision. https://www.cctv.org/watch-tv/programs/vt-grassroutes-transportation-potluck 

    Thursday, October 16, 2014

    Don't whine and cluck, ORGANIZE! Run for City Council.

    Bring biking councilors to City Hall, send message that we will bring bike culture to city streets and out The Avenue!

    http://nextcity.org/daily/entry/streetspac-endorse-new-york-council-vote-bike-lanes-transit


    (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
    Putting in bike lanes or reducing parking can be a politically dangerousmove, especially in New York. But for the past year and a half, political action committee StreetsPAC has been fighting for pro-pedestrian, pro-biking and pro-transit candidates in NYC and Albany — and gaining ground.
    In the 2013 city elections, 13 of StreetsPAC’s 18 endorsed candidates won in competitive primary elections (including Mayor Bill de Blasio). In state primaries last month, three out of five StreetsPAC-backed candidates won.

    Friday, October 10, 2014

    North Ave Safe Bike Lanes and Crossings

    LEA TERHUNE, WARD 4, BURLINGTON
    To get involved in ongoing effort to create safe multi-modal options on North Avenue, please join Bikable Burlington now. https://www.facebook.com/groups/519506491526901

    Thursday, October 9, 2014

    90 minutes testimony from residents, 90% opposed to amendments

    Attend party caucuses. 
    Run for office. 
    Challenge councilors who don't represent you.  


    COUNCILORS FROM NORTH END WHO THE AMENDMENTS TO UNDERMINE COMPEKLTE STREETS RECOMMENDATIONS? 
       Kurt Wright (Ward 4)
       Dave Hartnett (Ward 4)
       Tom Ayres (Ward 7)

    Members of Corridor Advisory Committee who presented a complete streets set of recommendations to City Council are Jason L'Ecuyer (Ward 7), Barry Trutor (Ward 7), RJ LaLumiere (Ward 4), Jim Holway (Ward 4). Jason is vying for Dem nomination at Dem Caucus Jan 11, challenging Tom Ayres. 

    Join: facebook.com/groups/5195064…

    #btvcc Resolution on North Ave passes with 4 amendments, 14/0. Progress made, with some minor setbacks.


    #BTVCC Tonight's vote on North Ave summed up pretty well by @bfp_news burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/loc…


    #btvcc meeting & North Ave proposed changes who wants to get more involved, please join facebook.com/groups/5195064…


    #BTVCC sets precedent: #BTV voters will be allowed to veto city projects after 6 months, see South End Connector, Moran.

    #BTV City Council. On the agenda: North Avenue bike lanes. #btvcc #vt pic.twitter.com/wJlqhFnjWt

    Monday, October 6, 2014

    The FACTS about sabotage of Advisory Committee's Complete Street recommendations

    TomorrowTo (Monday, Oct. 6) the City Council will be voting on the resolution to adopt the North Ave. recommendations, as described below.  The actual resolution is linked here:


    http://www.boarddocs.com/vt/burlingtonvt/Board.nsf/files/9PHNDH5F3CA5/$file/DPW%20-%20North%20Avenue%20Corridor%20Plan%3B%20Create%20North%20Avenue%20Task%20Force.docx

    There have been two amendments proposed by Councilors Kurt Wright and Tom Ayres that should be specifically addressed in public comments [and voted down]. 

    The amendment proposed by Councilor Ayres, linked here:
    http://www.boarddocs.com/vt/burlingtonvt/Board.nsf/files/9PJRQ46E9DFB/$file/Amendment%20per%20Councilor%20Ayres%20North%20Avenue%20Corridor.docx

    It basically switches the language from removing all parking to "no parking at least on one side of North Avenue", removes the protected bike lane pilot with flex posts between Institute Road and VT 127, and removes the buffered bike lane between Shore Road and Plattsburg Avenue.  So we would still have parking on one side of the road, and the bike lanes in these two sections would be unprotected/unbuffered on both sides and in the door zone on one side.  This seriously weakens the short-term benefits of the project.  We especially want to preserve the pilot of the protected bike lane between Institute Road and VT 127 (although honestly I think it makes more sense between Washington St. and Institute Rd.).  This proposed amendment should be rejected entirely by the City Council.