Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I am emailing you as a Burlington supporter of Local Motion who wants to see our city become a truly great place for people-powered transportation.  Next week -- on Monday, October 6 -- we have the opportunity to take a huge step forward for walking and biking in Burlington, and we need your help.  

Over the last year or so, Local Motion has been intensively involved in a project to chart a new future for North Avenue, Burlington's longest street and the backbone of the New North End.  With strong leadership from New North End residents, a consensus has emerged around a series of commonsense changes that will make North Avenue safe and accessible for everyone, whether you are walking, biking, taking the bus, or driving.

Friday, September 19, 2014

New Date for City Council Hearing/Action on North Avenue Corridor Plan: Monday, October 6

Members of the North Avenue Corridor Study Advisory Committee and public meeting attendees were notified on Sept. 18 that the City Council Hearing and Action on the draft corridor plan (scheduled for Sept 22) was RESCHEDULED for  Monday, October 6. Contois Auditorium. Public Forum, 7pm.

At the council transportation committee (TEUC), 19 people advocated for the plan. One person spoke against it, and asked for a delay. We're told the delay was because the Mayor, TEUC, and the City Attorney could not get a resolution written in time for the Sept 22 meeting.


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Full City Council Considers Approving North Avenue Corridor Plan Sept. 22 after Council Committee Approval Sept 10

The North Avenue Corridor Plan draft approved by the study Advisory Committee advanced with one minor change to the City Council following a unanimous vote by the Council’s Transportation, Energy and Utilities Committee (TEUC) September 10.

The Burlington City Council will consider adoption of the plan at their Monday, September 22nd meeting.

The TEUC, chaired by Max Tracy, Ward 2, vote took place after 19 residents spoke in favor of the Advisory Plan and one resident questioned the need to move the plan which took 15 months to prepare so quickly to adoption.  About 40 residents attended the meeting.  The hearing and vote was held at the Police Department meeting room and is available on CCTV.

Some amendments were considered by the Committee but eventually withdrawn.  The two-and-a-half hour generally quiet meeting and thoughtfully presented comments limited to two minutes each was broken following the Council approval vote by a burst of applause.  The one change to the draft plan was to retain a 30 mph speed limit between VT 127 and the Shore Rd./Heineberg Rd. intersection.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Join Bike Train 2--7:45 a.m. TEUC Day (Wed Sept 10) starting at Merola's (Plattsburgh Ave/North Ave)

Posted on FPF Sept 3:  FYI

Ride to Support Bike Infrastructure Sept. 10

Event: Sep 10, 2014
Burlington Bike Train
There has been a lot of recent talk of change in the New North End of Burlington, primarily via the recently completed North Ave Corridor Study. The recommended changes will be presented to the TUEC Committee on the evening of this ride. We're riding to show support for real change to the corridor, which is currently very bike unfriendly for most of its length.
What is a Bike Train? A Bike Train is a group ride that obeys traffic laws and practices courtesy by placing space between riders (as opposed to riding en masse) such that other road users may operate around bicyclists as they would normally. The long line of bicyclists shows that BIKES RIDE HERE and that better infrastructure is needed for all road users to operate safely and efficiently.
We'll ride from Merola's at the intersection of Plattsburg and North Ave. all the way down to North St. where the current study ends. The ride will double back along Lakeview to end up at Scout & Company.
Usually, the Mayor is at The Bagel on North Ave on Wednesday mornings, so we might do a quick stop there as well.
Please spread the word, invite your friends to the ride (and to join the group). We're really hoping for a great turnout for this ride, since a strong show of support for much needed bike infrastructure on North Ave will help push City Council to support the changes we all want!