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VTBIKEPEDPOLICY-L  February 2007

VTBIKEPEDPOLICY-L February 2007

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Re: Times Argus commentary -- Feb 3 2007

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Bud Haas <[log in to unmask]>

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Fri, 9 Feb 2007 12:10:33 -0500

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Anne:
I'm curious as to exactly where in Vermont you might propose a pilot 
cycle track(s), and what might it(they) look like?
Bud

Anne Lusk wrote:
> Dear All,
>      To challenge Chapin and the piece by James Tasse, what if Vermont 
> decided to copy Denmark, the Netherlands, or Norway and build similar 
> bike facilities (including paths, cycle tracks and bikable roads)?  
> Vermont is a tourist state that prides itself on its farms, healthy 
> food, energy consumption, physical activity, families, 
> environmentalism, and also biking. (Vermont also once was heavily 
> influenced in its architecture by the Swiss Alps-look when skiing was 
> picking up in the 1960's and 1970's).  We (I still have my house in 
> Vermont and consider myself a Vermonter and not a Bostonian) have 
> Peter Welch as a strong environmentalist, Bernie Sanders, well, 
> everyone knows Bernie's policies and they are pro bike, pro Vermont, 
> and pro environment, and Leahy (who always supported our bike 
> initiatives, especially when we met with him as part of the Vermont! 
> Recreation and Park Association efforts in February).  Therefore, 
> though we couldn't ask for pork, we could ask for funding to create 
> facilities (cycle tracks) on an experiment basis (pilot).  For this, 
> we would need the approval of VAOT but they were supportive of bike 
> facilities in the past and might be willing to be aggressive in 
> seeking funding and test facilities. I know through SAFETEA-LU, other 
> cities (I forget all of them but they aren't in Vermont) were given 
> additional money to create expanded bike facilities. I don't know if 
> any of them are trying cycle tracks (or cycle tracks with 
> roundabouts).  I do know that one individual from Virgina emailed me 
> because they were proposing to build a cycle track. 
>      It would be great press for Vermont to build one of these 
> facilities with the intention of truly making Vermont stand out for 
> taking the initiative to increase the safety and percentage of bicyclists.
>       I've attached a document that demonstrates the health return on 
> investment in biking facilities. Know that in Norway and Denmark, they 
> have cycle tracks. Vermont could do so much more than other states 
> because it is a manageable size. I would gladly help on this initiative.
> Thanks,
> Anne
>  
>  
> -----Original Message-----
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> Sent: Thu, 8 Feb 2007 12:10 PM
> Subject: [VTBIKEPEDPOLICY-L] Times Argus commentary -- Feb 3 2007
>
> [REMINDER: for those in the Burlington area, tonight at 6:30pm is the 
> Climate Change summit at Burl City Hall.]
>  
>  
> Times Argus Commentary from February 3, 2007
>  
> *There are many benefits to making **Vermont** a leader in bike, 
> pedestrian paths*
> www.timesargus.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070203/OPINION04/702030331/1024/OPINION04 
> <http://www.timesargus.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070203/OPINION04/702030331/1024/OPINION04> 
>
>  
> In Sunday in the "Hike/Walk/Run/Bike series found in the 
> sports/outdoor section of the Times Argus I read a piece by James 
> Tasse, head of the Rutland Area Physical Activity Coalition. In it he 
> discusses the Vermont Agency of Transportation Bike-Ped Policy and 
> concerns that a shift in language may undermine our commitment to 
> provide safety for those Vermonters who use our roadways for walking 
> and biking. In particular, the policy shifts from one that 
> accommodates bicycles and pedestrians in planning road projects to one 
> with a much weaker commitment to "maintain existing conditions" 
> whether those conditions are safe for cyclists and pedestrians or not.
>
> James proposed a very exciting and timely idea. How about, he writes, 
> "if our state were to take the lead in making Vermont the most bicycle 
> and pedestrian friendly state in New England, we could build our 
> economy, make progress against Vermont's obesity epidemic and make a 
> commitment to solving the issue of climate change by promoting 
> non-motorized transportation."
>
> I am one who relishes a walk through the neighborhoods of my town, 
> Montpelier, on a Sunday afternoon. For the past 35 years I've taken 
> many a "pedal" through the lush countryside of central Vermont. This 
> summer, upon my retirement, I biked across the U.S. from Montpelier to 
> Astoria, Oregon. I absolutely loved this trip. What a fantastic way to 
> see our beautiful country and meet our fellow citizens. How welcome it 
> was whenever I came to a bike trail, a designated bike lane, or a wide 
> shoulder where I could feel safe sharing the road with cars and semis. 
> Many communities across our land have made the investment in 
> alternative safe forms of non-motorized transportation through the 
> creation of bike paths, designated lanes, and wide shoulders on roadways.
>
> It seems to me that investment in bike paths and lanes makes good 
> economic sense and encourages healthy lifestyles for all. Look at the 
> boon to the local economy, fitness, and fun the bike paths in 
> Burlington and Stowe provide to their communities. Look to our 
> Canadian neighbors whose capital city of Ottawa takes the needs of 
> cyclists and pedestrians seriously and provides miles and miles of 
> bike/walk/ski paths throughout their fair city and designated bike 
> lanes along many of their streets. Take a stroll on Montpelier's bike 
> path and see the diverse folks, from toddlers to greybeards who daily 
> make use of this community resource.
>
> We can do better. We should insist that Vermont lead the way in 
> creating a bicycle and pedestrian friendly environment. We can have a 
> safer, cleaner Vermont. We can strengthen our local economies. 
> Requiring that highway projects accommodate the needs of pedestrians 
> and cyclists reflects the kind of forward thinking that can only 
> enhance our reputation as a beautiful state that cares deeply about 
> its environment and the well being of its people.
>
> Lowell VanDerlip is the former principal of Berlin Elementary School 
> and is an avid cyclist and outdoor enthusiast. He lives in Montpelier.
>  
> Chapin Spencer
> Local Motion, Executive Director
> 1 Steele Street #103, Burlington, VT 05401
> 802-652-2453 / fax 802-861-2700
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> www.localmotion.org <http://www.localmotion.org/>
>  
> Local Motion is a greater Burlington non-profit organization promoting 
> walking, cycling, running, inline skating and the facilities that make 
> such travel safe, easy and fun!  Discounted internet service provided 
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