Thanks for the ideas, Tony. I've forwarded them to others.
Speaking of Dan Burden, do you have an email address for him? I'm going to
bike in North FL in about a month, and can't seem to find any good bike
route info. Surely Dan can point me in the right direction, and others here
may have ideas which I would welcome.
Anne, thanks for digging into that sleepy driver issue.
And thanks to everyone who called MPO or a Burlington City Council person
to urge them to fight the boondoggle Circumferential Highway and spend the
money on rail, bike/ped and public transit. If you haven't called yet --
At 07:12 AM 5/13/99 -0400, you wrote:
>In a message dated 5/11/99 7:14:27 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
>[log in to unmask] writes:
><< want >>
>Will call today!
> Things move fast, and here is a suggestion, based on the Vermont
>Times cover story this week on the US and Vermont carfestation.
> First, informaiton from work by Dan Burden and others says we need to
>concentrate on "Main Street" (or whatever corridor, like the Lakeshore Dr. in
>Colchester, the larger concept of the US 7 corridor). Some folks are
>looking for a charreete for Main Street in Rutland with citrizen
>involvement--yes planning! Same thing needs to be done on Main Street in
>Burlington, Bennington, etc. Not the "problem identification" stuff of the
>VAOT, but a charrette that allows the new tools--roundabouts, streetscaping,
>NON-HIGHWAY GROWTH NUMBERS, ETC. to seep into the process. With all the RPCs
>to cut dumb projects (all but a handful are dumb), it is time to say no
>charrette/plan with new traffic and growth number (1995 on)--NO PROJECT.
>This kills, for example, all US 2 projects. This kills ill conceived,
>project-creep monsters, and the circs and bypasses. It allows for safety
>investments and environmental investments (like roundabouts, etc.) to
>surface. The answer is no modern planning process--no project!
> State engineers are in total denial about the recent deaths of our
>youth--they are blind to their own eyes. If the triple death in Ferrisburg
>and single at Barre (with another with permanent brain injury) at
>intersections would have been prevented by roundabouts (they would have
>been), then all the intersections and traffic signals planned (Shelburne
>Road) and built (like Main Street, Burlington) are killers when you re-plan
>with roundabouts all kinds of things happen (like collapsing Main Street in
>Burlington to the two lanes--probably all that is needed).
> The mini-roundabout expert (they cost from $1,500 to $100,000 plus)
>suggested a mini would work at Bennington's Main St./ North-South (US 7/VT 9)
>that is now level of servie F (over 60 second average delay at peak hour). A
>mini would drop wait times at peak to about 10 seconds. Do Bennington people
>love their traffic signals for 50 extra seconds each time through in drive
>times? Can Bennington people learn to drive in a small cirlce to save up to
>50 seconds each time?
> The times are a changin.
> Tony Redington
64 Waterview Road
Colchester, VT 05446
Phone: 802 658-1908
Fax: 802 660-4366
Sierra Club, PO Box 3154, Burlington, VT 05401-0031
Phone and Fax:
802 651-0169, 888 729-4109