I am sorry that I won't be able to attend the Montpelier meeting.
The fact sheet is intended to motivate a general audience, it needs more poetry
in its quotations. Let's get Doug Racine to say: "Cars Suck!"
I wonder if the list of community attributes is taking the fact sheet in the
direction of a policy statement, which would have a different audience and
deserves separate discussion.
George's bullet list seems similar to the list at the end of the current
version of fact sheet.
George Plumb wrote:
> Hi all, Sorry to keep bothering you but my head keeps popping up with ideas,
> some in the middle of the night! In terms of an opening quote for the fact
> sheet I don't usually favor using politicians but with Governor Dean being a
> medical doctor and his legitimate work on the Burlington Bike Path, and tying
> in the former Republican Governor, I think we have a good and safe
> combination. Please look at the quote below and give me your feed back by
> email or at the meeting on Monday. I am confident we can get the Goovernor
> to validate this quote or something similar once we have agreement. I have
> also added a couple of more ideas for community support of bicycling and
> walking. See you Monday and please come with your ideas for our next
> projects. George Proposed addition to Bicycling and Walking fact sheet:
> Communities that support bicycling and walking incorporate most or all of the
> * Downtowns, villages, and subdivisions have sidewalks
> * Motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians feel comfortable sharing roads
> and highways and have mutual respect for each other
> * There is a separate paved path where people can go for physical fitness,
> recreation, and ideally also as a form of transportation connecting
> major points of destination
> * There is a network of unpaved trails for fitness and recreation
> * Motorists stop for pedestrians at designated cross walks
> * Roundabouts are used at appropriate intersections
> * Signalized intersections provide adequate time for slower moving
> pedestrians to make the crossing
> * There are bicycle locking stands at appropriate locations such as
> schools, post office, shopping centers, and places of employment
> * Employers provide showers for people who work up a little sweat getting
> to work
> * Buses have bicycle carrying racks
> Draft quote from Governor Dean
> "My predecessor, Governor Richard Snelling, once stated the Vermont was the
> premiere New England Trails State. I believe that Vermont is also a premiere
> bicycling and walking state and should become even more so for health and
> other reasons stated in this fact sheet. Speaking as a person who worked on
> the planning process of the Burlington Bike Path, and now as Governor, I
> fully support efforts to make safe bicycling and walking available for all."
> Howard Dean, M.D.
> Governor of Vermont
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