Dear Folks: Thank you all for your support as a director for VBPC. I apologize for not being at recent meetings but a job change and a heavy schedule of local and regional activity has kept me busy--almost all bike/ped related. The Montpelier/Berlin Bikepath Committee working on the largest 4.37 mile section of the Central Vermont Regional Bikepath meets Monday to deal with the grade separated (under bridge)/US 2 at grade crossing. It turns out that a roundabout safety panel I participated on last Thursday included my emphasis on pedestrian safety and Per Garder from the University of Maine did his doctoral thesis on intersection ped/bicycle crashes and is also a roundabout expert. We exchanged notes today on the status of current research and this should lead to a full understanding of both British research (apparently the best and most comprehenisve) and European data regarding ordinary intersections (sign control/signals) and roundabouts. Also, there is an international debate about marking pedestrians at all (other than with two simple crossing lines) and safety--even a subject of an ITE (US' Institute of Traffic Engineers) magazine article recently. Sample estimates of expected ped crash rates on typical street crossings have been developed for Montpelier crossings. Also, last night the Montpelier City Council received the competed study from their appointed committee unanimously recommending a roundabout at US 2/302 adjacent to Walker Motors. This includes closing down a half-mile lane of traffic (from three lanes to two), translating the space to two 4-foot mark bicycle shoulders (lanes), and extending the sidewalk along the same corridor to the roundabout. This new roundabout will also provide an excellent transition to a short hop to the new Central Vermont Regional Path. Check out wherever I am to make sure our brochures are in place and look forward to making a VBPC meeting! Have a date to present an introduction to roundabouts at the So. Burl. Rec. Path group, I believe at 7 p.m., Columbus Day, October 9 at So. Burlington City Hall (David to confrim time, date). Tony Redington ========== VTBIKEPEDPOLICY-L: The Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Policy Discussion List Subscription control: http://list.uvm.edu/archives/vtbikepedpolicy-l.html. For help: email [log in to unmask] with the word "help" in the message body.