Monday, June 29, 2015


July 8 and 9, residents will have several different opportunities to learn about issues related to biking and walking in the city, and to share ideas with the advisory committee.

*You can hear updates from advisory committee members Liam, Kasie, and Kurt at NPA meetings. 

From: Lucy Gibson <>
Subject: PlanBTV Walk Bike
Date: June 19, 2015 at 4:00:45 PM EDT

Hi Everyone - ...
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  • Please let me know if you have questions, concerns or ideas as we approach these dates. I have received several great suggestions for the tours, which will be planned in more detail once we have an idea of numbers. 

Lucy Gibson, P.E.
DuBois & King
28 North Main Street
Randolph, Vermont  05060

Max Tracy, Cuncilor Ward 2. Feb 9, 2015: Tonight, at City Council, I am very excited to introduce a resolution establishing, "a collaborative Walk-Bike Master Planning process with a vision of rapid transformation of Burlington into the best small city for walking and biking on the East Coast." While this is just the first step in what will be a much larger process of community engagement, I am particularly enthusiastic about the opportunity to make walking and biking easier and safer through the development of a comprehensive, city-wide bike/ped network. I want to thank Local Motion, City of Burlington Public Works, and all of the co-sponsors of this resolution for collaborating with me on this important work. READ IT HERE:
City Council - Agendas, Minutes and Supporting Information

Thursday, May 7, 2015


For the first time in this landmark document the Burlington Walk Bike Council, the “Burlington Declaration” sets roundabouts and a cycle track network as part and parcel of a safe walkable and bikable plan for the City.  While no roundabouts or cycle track (protected/separated bike lanes) exist on a busy City thoroughfare today, these treatments remain indispensable to a safe walk/bike urban street network usable by all residents.  This Declaration, an “advisory” document, calls for a demonstration roundabout and demonstration cycle track (protected/separated bike lanes) in short order. 

Equally important, the Declaration calls for re-design of the $40 million Champlain Parkway because the current design lacks as the Declaration states “reasonable accommodations for bicycles and pedestrians” and calls for including roundabouts and separate protected bike treatments in a re-design.

Finally, the Declaration points to the current North Avenue Corridor Study stating “our expectation that the final recommendations will include substantive improvements to accommodate bicycle and pedestrian concerns, such as protected bike lanes [cycle track] roundabouts...and other bike-ped improvements.”

               Tony Redington, Burlington, VT


Burlington Walk-Bike Council "Go For Gold" Priorities

The Burlington Walk-Bike Council strongly believes that Burlington has great potential for increasing walking and biking both for transportation and recreation.  Our goal is to make Burlington a world-class walking and biking city.  Being certified as a Gold Bike-Friendly Community and as a Gold Walk-Friendly Community is one way to measure success towards the goal, although it is not itself the goal.  

The following document includes some of the Walk-Bike Council’s recommended priorities for increasing walking and biking in our community.  It includes a brief discussion of the key elements required for success and the overall goals, a prioritized list of major projects to achieve those goals, and a list of major projects that are already in progress.  The list of projects is divided into three categories - short-term engineering and infrastructure projects, medium-term engineering and infrastructure projects, and non-engineering projects - and Top Priorities are identified in each category.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Where are we going to put the next roundabout?


When Arizona DOT first began touting this road intersection concept, people screamed. "They're not safe." "They slow down traffic." "Pedestrians will get mowed over." "They have them back East and they're dangerous." "The cement trucks will never be able to get through them. 
Locals chided the state for pushing roundabouts. 
Many saw themselves as authorities on roundabouts, even if they had never driven through one.
Now, less than 10 years later, the first thought shared when talking about building a new road or improving an existing one in Arizona is "Where are we going to put the roundabouts? 

Sound familiar? Before you're presented with another ill-informed hysterical petition (or politicians who will agree with you rather than share good information with you), please take the time to learn about roundabouts, and why they are the intersection of choice. 

View the presentations on the CCRPC's project website
Final plans for Shelburne St. Rotary

Sunday, March 1, 2015

One-Day Workshop in Burlington, Tuesday, March 31, 2015

All are invited to participate in this day long information session with area transportation planners to learn the ABCs of modern traffic management efficiency and safety. Location: UVM (Waterman). The workshop focuses on the all-modes “intersection safety belt," focus on round intersections. Keynote speaker is  *Mark T. Johnson, PE. 

Mark Johnson works regularly with local governments and communities through the gritty public meetings and hearings it takes to bring new technology to fruition, change that increases vastly both safety and service to our streets and highways for all who walk, bicycle or travel by motor vehicle.

Location:  Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building, UVM
Time:  Sign in: 8 a.m.-8:45 a.m.  Workshop: 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Co-Sponsors: Burlington Department of Public Works (DPW), Burlington Community and Economic Development Office (CEDO), UVM Center on Aging, Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, AARP Vermont, Addison County Regional Planning Commission, Northwest Regional Planning Commission, VTrans, Vermont Local Roads Program, Lamoille County Planning Commission, and Neighborhood Planning Assemblies in Wards 3,4, and 7.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

North Avenue Task Force II

Task Force Members
  • NPA delegates: Ward 4 - Rich Nadworny, Representative; Pat Kearney, 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 Councilors' recommendations to the mayor, mayor appoints: Ward 4 Dave Hartnett and Kurt Wright recommended Paul Sisson. Ward 7, Tom Ayres and Bianca LeGrand recommended Jason L'Ecuyer.
Nicole Losch, DPW, task force facilitator:

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

Mayor explains his support for the PILOT STUDY:  It will become a permanent feature if it makes sense.

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


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. 

    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!

    (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

    To get involved in ongoing effort to create safe multi-modal options on North Avenue, please join Bikable Burlington now.

    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.  

       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. 


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