Thought I would throw in my 2 cents worth on the hazard ID cards.
They are a great idea and have been implemented successfully in
places like Portland and Eugene, OR. The main stumbling block that
exists with the ones produced by VBPC a few years ago (IMHO), is that
the folks who control the $ that would need to be spent to fix ID'd
problems have not bought into the idea. For example, if a problem is
found on a state maintained road, it would presumably be the District
office that would respond and fix it. I know from working with these
folks that they constantly cry poor and have many competing
priorities. Unless VAOT has given Districts money specifically to
fix problems ID'd by bicyclists/peds, then my guess is that sending
them a few cards will result in nothing. The key to making this
program work will be to go to whatever jurisdiction is involved,
VAOT, City of Burlington or whatever town is involved and get them to
buy into the idea and commit resources to it. Before that happens,
we are wasting our time, other then to develop a list/database of
problem areas. In terms of State roads, the person to start with
would be David Dill, who is the head of maintenance. Maybe send him
a letter with a description of what we want to do and ask for a
meeting. Let's not let this good idea die. Thanks for listening.
Jon, Anne and Jacob
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