There is a whole lot of great work going on across our region to make walking and biking the easy choice for all Vermonters. Burlington is rebuilding the lakeshore bike path. South Burlington is adding miles of bike lanes every year. Shelburne is building new trails to connect neighborhoods to the village. And Williston is extending and closing gaps in an already-extensive network of sidewalks and paths.
With support and encouragement from nearly two dozen walking and biking advocates who turned out for a public meeting in October, the Williston Selectboard has endorsed or is actively considering an impressive slate of walk-bike projects, including:
- Wide shoulders and/or a path along the length of Mountain View Road
- Projects to close gaps in the sidewalk and path network in Tafts Corners
- A shared-use path along Route 2 from Tafts Corners to Williston Village
These projects are part of a remarkably balanced and forward-looking set of transportation improvements that are being funded in lieu of the Circ, a long-planned but now cancelled beltline highway around the Burlington metro area. Hats off to the Town of Williston, the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commision, and VTrans for investing in a transportation system that gives people more options for how they get around!
If this is the kind of future you want, send a note of appreciation to Ken Belliveau, the Williston Town Planner, at kbelliveau@willistontown.