Background

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Plan Goals + Objectives

Plan BTV Walk Bike is a citywide planning effort to enhance safety and increase active mobility in Burlington, VT. The project will culminate with the creation of the City’s first Bicycle and Pedestrian Action Plan, as well as scoping of priority projects for implementation.

With these two components, Plan BTV Walk Bike will capture the community’s vision and goals for walking and biking in Burlington, outline our strategies for achieving our vision, and present specific projects for rapid implementation.

The city’s primary goals for Plan BTV Walk Bike are:

1. Turn our well-established community visions for a walkable and bikeable city into actionable projects that are prioritized by the community through a thorough and engaging public process.

2. Identify priority corridors that connect Burlington’s residential hubs with the downtown, universities and schools, recreation paths, and adjacent communities.

3. Identify projects and policies that will make walking and biking safe, comfortable, and convenient, resulting in an increase in the number of walkers and bicyclists across all ages, genders, and abilities.

4. Develop a comprehensive walking and biking network plan that allows every resident to access a safe and comfortable facility for travel to the downtown, the existing shared-use paths, the college campuses, and the regional network.

5. Identify the strategies and performance measures that will guide the planning, funding, and implementation of future projects.

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Project Leadership

Plan BTV Walk Bike is being led by the City of Burlington Department of Public Works. The consultant team is comprised of the Planning and Engineering Firm DuBois & KingThe Street Plans Collaborative and Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.

In addition, the planning process will be guided by two committees:

1. The Technical Committee will provide guidance on the Plan’s vision and goals, public involvement process, as well as priority improvements, strategies, and performance measures. Members include representatives from the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, the Vermont Agency of Transportation, AARP Vermont, Chittenden County Transportation Authority, and Local Motion.

2. The Advisory Committee will provide additional strategic guidance around policy and public involvement. Members will serve as liaisons in outreach and communications efforts and submit the final Walk-Bike Master Plan to the City Council for Adoption. Members represent local businesses, residents from each of the 4 districts, City Councilors, Walk-Bike Council, Burlington School District, Burlington Advisory Committee on Accessibility, UVM Transportation & Parking Services, and the Vermont Department of Health. Relevant City Departments such as the Police and Fire Departments, Planning & Zoning, Community & Economic Development, and Parks, Recreation & Waterfront are also included.

Past Planning Efforts

Burlington has a well-established community vision for walking and bicycling, articulated in every transportation-related plan adopted by our community over the past decade. The city has been awarded Silver level Bicycle Friendly Community and Walk Friendly Community designations, and in 2013 endorsed a community effort to “Go for Gold.” The list below provides links to a selection of the planning documents and studies which will inform planBTV Walk Bike.

Best Practices Resources

  • NACTO  Urban Bikeway Design Guide | The NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide provides cities with state-of-the-practice solutions that can help create complete streets that are safe and enjoyable for bicyclists.
  • The Vision Zero Initiative | The Vision Zero is the Swedish approach to road safety thinking. It can be summarized in one sentence: No loss of life is acceptable. The Vision Zero approach is based on the simple fact that we are human and make mistakes. The road system needs to keep us moving. But it must also be designed to protect us at every turn.