Also today, published a second consecutive blog dealing with the safety of fireflies (those flashers for walk mode found along Pine Street and funded for North Avenue). Basic contention: signals do not bring a sizable safety gain--though some service benefit. Speed reduction must be the first concern in order to get safety--generally in the form of a roundabouts, raised crossing, median diverter, speed humps, etc. (preferably roundabouts at the intersection or adjacent intersections in case of a mid-block crossings). Contend no fireflies without addressing speed reduction measures.
Incidentally one proposal for the comprehensive walk/bike plan asserted current Burlington bike lanes really only enable about 7-8% of the potential biking population, mostly risk takers, using our busy streets.
Every Busy Intersection Deserves the Best--a Safe Roundabout