Colchester, Wednesday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Recruiting bike/ped sign holders (we
can wave, too), to be at intersection of Lakeshore/Blakely by Bayside Park,
the senior center and the town beach. I hope some hearty,
bike-in-all-weather types will volunteer -- the more the merrier! Please
call 864-2974 to volunteer. Lea
At 09:45 AM 09/27/1999 -0400, you wrote:
>This sounds like an interesting suggestion.
In response to the disturbing rash of auto collisions with cyclists and
pedestrians in Chittenden County (see below), Vermont Transportation
Alliance will be posting "Safety Civilians" by some of the county's most
dangerous intersections during PM rush hours in the coming week. Safety
Civilians will carry bicycle and pedestrian caution signs as well as
lunchboards listing the number of bike/ped accidents in that town for the year.
Help remind drivers of their responsibilities -- be a "Safety Civilian!"
It takes just one hour in the 3:30 to 5 pm time slot. We will be out at
least Tuesday 9/28 and Wednesday 9/29. Let me know what days this week you
would like to help and what locations you think are important to be at.
In light of the recent collisions, Vermont Transportation Alliance is
1) Accurate reports of auto collisions involving bikes & peds by the Agency
of Transportation. Laurie Roberts, VOAT Tech Services, says the agency
stopped compiling these records in 1996.
2) Implementation of a county-wide “Share the Road” safety education
campaign. Cyclists and pedestrians make up over 10% of all roadway
fatalities in Vermont. Reasonably then, at least 10% of Federal Highway
Safety money should support bicycle and pedestrian safety efforts.
3) Immediate revision to the County’s FY ‘2000 “Transportation Improvement
Program” to include funding for sidewalk construction. Each town has
submitted lists of critical sidewalk needs to the Metropolitan Planning
Organization, but dollars have yet to be allocated.
STATISTICS / DATA:
Avg. Yearly (reported) Auto Collisions with peds in Chittenden Co: 42
Avg. Yearly (reported) Auto Collisions with bikes in Chittenden Co: 39
1998 roadway fatalities in Vermont: 104
Number of pedestrian fatalities: 11 (10.5% of total)
Number of Cycling fatalities: haven't found yet
7/99 -- Chad Bushey, 12 year-old hit while rollerblading in Colchester. Was
in critical condition, recovering very slowly, no sidewalks on road
7/30/99 -- John Kohn, GMBC cyclist, hit by passing Chevy Blazer on Main
8/99 -- Kevin Bassett, GMBC cyclist, hit, broken bones, wearing helmet
8/17/99 -- Jerry Harmon, 55 year-old cyclist, crashed on narrow road in
Williston as truck and trailer attempted to pass, wearing helmet.
9/1/99 -- Marc Tischler, GMBC cyclist, likely hit by car, accident 9/12/99
-- Joshua Welch, 19 year-old, hit and killed walking home on a road with no
sidewalks in Colchester.
These are only the accidents I have heard of. The state says that their
new computer system can not call up collisions involving bicyclists or
pedestrians. Hmmph. If you know of others, please let me know.
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