Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Great Day for Walking & Biking in the Capital City


What an amazing weekend in Montpelier enjoying the company of our friends at EnVision MontpelierNet Zero MontpelierNational Life Group,VBikeOnion River Sports, and many many more!
So much energy and enthusiasm around how walking and biking can create a more climate friendly capital city!

Saturday July 16 was a day to be remembered in Montpelier. Local Motion and friends gathered in front of the Golden Dome for fun and games, education and outreach on innovative ways to reduce our carbon footprint, and of course...ICE CREAM! Then, that same afternoon, our amazing volunteers provided free valet bike parking for over 70 attendees of the Do Good Fest.
Many thanks to our friends at Net Zero Montpelier, EnVision Montpelier, National Life, Montpelier Alive, Go Vermont, VBikes, Zoom Bikes, Onion River Sports, SlopeStyle, Drive Electric Vermont, Green Mountain Transit, Hunger Mountain Co-op, and Ben & Jerry's. A big thank you is also in order for the many volunteers who made it all possible. It might sound cliche, but it's so very true: it takes a village!
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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Drive Less, Have More Fun + Do Good Fest

From Local Motion
There is SO much going on in Central Vermont this summer that we HAD to share with you! We are excited to announce that Local Motion's new statewide advocacy role has landed right here in the heart of the Green Mountains and is kicking off with a bang!
On Saturday, July 16 from 10am-2pm we will be participating in the Drive Less, Have More Fun event at the Statehouse in Montpelier . There will be fun and games, including the opportunity to test electric-assist bikes and even make your own smoothie by pedaling your heart out on a stationary bike. Come out and meet amazing advocates for making getting around in Vermont a cleaner, greener reality.
From 2-3pm we will be hosting a riding tour of Montpelier and the Barre-Montpelier Road pilot project on Route 302, which will only be a success if we get out and use it! Then, at 3pm, we will be meeting back at the Statehouse to walk and bike up to the Do Good Fest hosted by National Life. Admission to this amazing event - with fun activities for kids, all of your favorite local food vendors, and music by Big Head Todd & The Monsters- is free! But if you make a suggested donation of $5 you'll be contributing to the Branches of Hope Cancer Patient Fund, PLUS you'll get a nifty Local Motion water bottle. Nothing screams "summer" more than biking and outdoor concerts! 
Visit our website for more information about the Barre-Montpelier Road pilot, then get out and ride it!
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WHEN
July 16, 2016 at 10am - 2pm
WHERE
Montpelier Statehouse
115 State St
Montpelier, VT 05602
United States
Google map and directions

US302 Road Diet Update and Survey

From Local Motion

Local Motion is tracking the VTrans resurfacing and lane reconfiguration project on the Barre-Montpelier Road scheduled for 2016. The project runs from around the Wayside restaurant to the Barre City line just south of Highland Avenue in Berlin. We are thrilled that the project will add bike lanes and improve safety for all road users: bicyclists, pedestrians, and drivers, by lowering crash rates, reducing speeding, and providing designated space for bikes. As with any pilot project, it is vitally important that cyclists get out and use it, then provide feedback to VTrans, which has set up a survey.

FILL OUT THE SURVEY
Forty-nine percent of all crashes on this corridor being rear-end, sideswipe and left turn conflicts. These types of crashes are reduced dramatically when two through lanes in one direction are replaced with a single through lane and a continuous left turn lane (also called a 'Road Diet' because the road gets smaller).  Both the town of Berlin and VTrans and advocates desire better conditions for bicyclists in this corridor and the project will address this by using the space available from removing a through vehicle lane to include on-road bicycle lanes, much of which will also be striped with buffers. This will effectively make the bike lanes even safer by further separating them from motor vehicle traffic.
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Here is a video that VTrans put together talking about the project.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Summer Meeting and Technical Tour of the Barre-Montpelier Road Road Diet Pilot


Institute of Transportation Engineers - Joint Summer Meeting Announcement

VT ITE and VT apbp will be holding a joint Summer Meeting and Technical Tour of the

Barre-Montpelier Road Road Diet Pilot starting at the VTrans Training Facility in

Berlin and including a walking or bicycling tour of the corridor. Anyone involved with

transportation engineering, planning, or other pedestrian and bicycle professions are

encouraged to attend.

Date: Thursday, June 16, 2016

Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM with a networking session to follow

Location: VTrans Training Center, 1716 US Route 302, Berlin, VT

Cost: Free

Please RSVP by June 9th

to Jennifer Conley at conleyj@pbworld.com

Schedule:

3:00 – 3:20 Welcome and Introductions

3:20 – 4:00 Jon Kaplan, David Saladino, and Lucy Gibson

Technical Presentation on Road Diets in Vermont, the Barre-Montpelier Road

project road diet history, design details, and evaluation process.

4:00 – 4:40 Site Visit to the Project which is within walking distance

Attendees are also encouraged to bring bicycles if possible to experience the

corridor’s buffered bike lanes first hand.

4:40 - 5:00 Reconvene at VTrans Training Center to de-brief/discuss

5:00 - ? Adjourn to Barre City downtown for Social Hour – Cornerstone Pub

Bike & Walk to the Mountaineers Game Day

From Local Motion / MBAC

Kick off Father’s Day weekend and the first Friday home game with this event: Bike and Walk to the Mountaineers Game on Friday, June 17th.  The Montpelier Bicycle Advisory Committee is encouraging people of all ages to join in this fun group ride and walk that will depart from Onion River Sports at 6pm.  It is simple to participate - purchase a Mountaineers game ticket for Friday June 17th, meet at Onion River Sports in downtown Montpelier at 6pm and bike or walk to the Mountaineers field. The Bicycle Advisory Committee and the Pedestrian Advisory Committee are providing volunteers to safely lead the walk and ride groups to the game. There will be a popup bicycle rack at the Mountaineers game for safe bike parking.
Please bring lights for safety and visibility! Extra lights will be provided, but the more lights the better!
The Montpelier Bicycle Advisory Committee is a group of dedicated community members who work to improve the state of cycling in Montpelier.  We hope you can join the bike ride and walk to the Mountaineers game on June 17th.
WHEN
June 17, 2016 at 6pm - 9pm
WHERE
From Onion River Sports to the Mountaineers Game
20 Langdon St
Montpelier, VT 05602
United States
Google map and directions
CONTACT
Laura Biren · lbiren@montpelier-vt.org · 802-262-6273

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Protecting Bike Lanes can cut the Cost of Brand-new Roads

From People For Bikes

Michael Andersen, Green Lane Project staff writer

Image: MacKay Sposito.
As protected bike lanes arrive in American suburbs, some city builders are making an unexpected discovery.
Not only are protected bike lanes by far the best way to make biking a pleasant transportation option for shorter trips — sometimes they can also significantly cut the cost of constructing new roads from scratch.
In the central cities where protected bike lanes first arrived, brand-new roads are rarely built. But now that many suburbs are upping their own game on bike infrastructure, a protected bike lane is being planned into streets from the get-go.
"It's definitely something that we're seeing more of," said Zack Martin, engineering manager at the Washington State development consulting firm MacKay Sposito. "It's coming up on I'd say most of the new arterial roads we're looking at."
In a blog post last month, Martin explained the unexpected reason protected bike lanes can save construction costs: rainwater.
Curb-protected bike lanes, his firm realized, can reduce the huge cost of managing rainwater that falls on pavement and then flows into streams and rivers. That runoff is a major source of water pollution, which is why the federal Clean Water Act requires local governments to minimize it. But in rainy parts of the country, preventing excess runoff from pavement that cars are driving on has also become a major cost factor in road construction.
From Martin's post:
The primary benefit of a protected bike lane from a stormwater perspective is that runoff from the bike lane does not mix with runoff from the vehicle lane. This can be extremely beneficial in jurisdictions that consider the bike/pedestrian area a non-pollution generating surface (although some jurisdictions will still require it to be treated like water from the roadway). Plus this option also leads to the smallest increase in impervious surface.
The protected bike lane configuration can easily support curb cuts for rain gardens in either a continuous inflow or point load entry. This eliminates the need for inlets, manholes, and conveyance pipe. Protected bike lanes also can be built similar to a sidewalk and allow you to reduce the roadway width, both of which lower costs.
This means that protected bike lanes compare favorably to buffered or raised but otherwise unprotected bike lanes, which offer no way to distinguish between runoff from biking-walking and automotive surfaces.
Martin said in an interview Monday that the firm researched the subject in connection with a project in Vancouver, Wash., a suburb of Portland, Ore. He emphasized that such savings don't apply in every jurisdiction — it depends on local circumstances and on how state and federal laws are interpreted at each level.
But their discovery is similar to the one Portland made on Cully Boulevard. When it rebuilt that street in 2011, the protected bike lane along each side reduced costs, because it didn't require as much excavation as a wider road bed would have. Unlike with a conventional bike lane, there was no need to layer the pavement deep enough to carry a truck.
Quality bike infrastructure almost always saves tax dollars by improving health, reducing road wear and boosting road capacity. But sometimes the return on investment arrives sooner than others.
The Green Lane Project helps U.S. cities build better bike lanes to create low-stress streets. You can follow us on LinkedInTwitter or Facebook or sign up for our weekly news digest about protected bike lanes. Story tip? Write michael@peopleforbikes.org.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

National Bike Challenge coming up!

PeopleForBikes is making bicycling better for everyone by uniting millions of riders, thousands of businesses and hundreds of communities. We want to bring people together to create a powerful, united voice for bicycling and its benefits. When you sign up for the National Bike Challenge, you are helping us do just that.

In its simplest form, the Challenge is an easy logging center for you to record the miles you ride while competing with other riders all over the country. But the National Bike Challenge is so much more than that. It is a community of people who all share a love of riding bikes. With competition possibilities on the local, state and national level, it is a free and easy way to challenge yourself, colleagues and the greater community to ride more. The Challenge aims to unite 100,000 riders to pedal 75 million miles from May 1, 2016 until September 30, 2016. Now in its fifth year, the Challenge is a successful partnership between PeopleForBikes and Kimberly-Clark’s Cottonelle Products brand.

It doesn’t matter if you’re riding hundreds of miles a week or just getting back in the saddle, you are welcome in the National Bike Challenge. Now get rolling!