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Meeting Notes
 VERMONT BICYCLE/PEDESTRIAN COALITION
Montpelier, Tuesday, Oct 19, 1999
Attending: George Plumb,Tony Redington,Amy Bell, Kevin Besset,Dave
Jacobowitz,Rich Warren,Bunky Bernstein,Art Gwodz,Dale Crictlow,Bruce
Cunningham,Barry Driscoll,Len Lemoureux,Kathy Davidow,Bud Haas
Meeting Called to Order by Chair, George Plumb
Meeting Notes for Sept 7, 1999:  Approved.
Report of the Chair:  George reported his attending Maine’s Common Ground
Fair and meeting with Jeff Miller, Executive Director of the Bicycle
Coalition of Maine (BCM).  George passed around samples of BCM’s
newsletter,, annual report, membership brochure and hazard ID card.  George
suggested inviting Jeff Miller to make a presentation to a VBPC meeting,
soon.
Treasurer’s Report:  Approximate balance in acct $527.  Dave will post a
report to the BikePed List.
Legislation Committee:  David Jacobowitz, reported on that Karen Kitzmiller
has asked for reports of roads and road situations needing State attention,
and that the two specific bicycle related bills are “resting “ in the
legislature awaiting action.
VAOT BikePed Coordinator Report:  Amy passed out a list of the latest
BikePed Project Awards, and reported that VAOT has contracted  with the
“National Center for Biking and Walking” to help complete a  BikePed
Facility Design Manual, which would “combine what’s out there” to help
develop Vermont Standards.  The process is expected to take two years, and
will involve an engineering sub (Greenman-Peterson), a VOAT Steering
Committee (which will include VAOT, RPC, and VBPC slots (there are currently
four open slots).
Town Contacts Report:  Bunky: No Report.

New Business:
1.  Short discussion of the VT Bike Ped Plan.
2.  Short discussion of TV and Radio Public Service Announcements.
3.  Kevin Bessett reported that some members of the GMBC are going to
suggest that their Annual Meeting take action in response to the recent
number of motorists striking cyclists. He suggested that they might do some
education work, producing tee shirts, signs or bumper stickers promoting a
“share the road” safety campaign.  Discussion followed about the VBPC
participation and the use of VPBC funds for these efforts.  There was a
general consensus that the BBPC supports their efforts.  It was noted that
TEA-21 money can be used for BikePed safety, and that the VBPC and BMBC
could take steps to be able to apply for use of some of that money. (VBPC
would have to ask the GC to be the grantee, or obtain its own IRS 501-c-3
designation.
4.  Kevin also reported that some GMBC members intend to write the Governor
about the rash of motorists striking cyclists.  The consensus of the VBPC
was to support the letter and to cosign  the letter if the GMBC wishes.
5.  The VBPC agreed to host the BCM Exec. Dir. Jeff Miller for a
presentation to a meeting in late Nov.- early Dec. George will arrange.
6.  Shoulders:  Their was a consensus that the VBPC should bring to closure
to this topic. There was a consensus of those attending on the following:
                                     October 1999 VBPC Road Shoulder
Statement
     a. The VBPC supports the Road Shoulder policies expressed in the VT
BikePed Plan.
     b. The VBPC asks the VAOT to gather ASAP the following information on
an annual basis:
         1.  The number of miles of road shoulder width increased from
paving projects.
         2.  The number of miles of road shoulder width increased by
decreasing (narrowing) the travel lane.
         3.  The number of miles of road shoulder width lost to guard rail
encroachment.
     c. The VBPC supports the need for shoulder widening on high volume,
high speed roads where appropriate.
     d. The VBPC is concerned about the dangerous conditions created by the
installation of guard rails where they reduce the usage area of  a paved
shoulder.
     e. The VBPC believes that wider roads increase motorist speeds.
After coming to this consensus, the VBPC agreed that it is now time to move
on to its priority concern of safety education and training of motorists and
cyclists.
Next Meetings:  Meeting with the BCM Exec. Dir. Jeff Miller. Date, time and
place TBA.
                            Next VBPC business meeting Jan 11, in Waterbury.
Time and place TBA.
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Meeting notes by,
Bud Haas