In a unanimous vote last night, the Essex Junction trustees approved a proposal to establish a permanent village walk-bike committee. This is a big step, and it signals real commitment on the part of the trustees to make walking and biking a priority. Congratulations, Essex Junction!
Setting up an official walk-bike advisory committee was one of the top recommendations of an in-depth walk-bike assessment that Local Motion helped Essex Junction with last year. The assessment was led by a group of residents and local officials who came together with a grant from the Vermont Department of Health’s Building Healthy Communities program. With support from Local Motion, the group laid out a series of ambitious goals for making Essex Junction a truly great place to walk and bike.
Kudos to the members and supporters of the committee — including Bridget Meyer, Darby Brazoski, Diana Ferguson, Lori Ernst, Rick Jones, Gabrielle Smith, and many others — for their hard work and persistence. A great little community is about to get even better!