Tuesday, January 12, 2016

“Champlain Parkway: Get it Right the First Time” Panel and Discussion Wednesday February 3, 6:30 p.m. at Arts Riot

--first chance for residents to speak AND question on Parkway since 2006!  Time to Stop! Re-Evaluate! Imagine!

--Safe Streets Burlington Releases Champlain Parkway White Paper One: Evaluation (posted next!)

BURLINGTON, VT—A panel and public discussion “Champlain Parkway: Get it Right the First Time” focuses on the project background, critiques the current design, and explores several choices for change.

The Wednesday, February 3 event set for 6:30 p.m. at ArtsRiot, 400 Pine Street, opens at 6:30 p.m. to view maps and materials followed by the panel presentations and discussion 7-9 p.m.
The panel presentation and community discussion on Alternate Designs for the Champlain Parkway, Pine street Corridor, and Railyards Connection. Alternate Designs are based on current best practices for community development and transportation facilities.
Four Burlingtonians comprise the presenters: former longtime Burlington Department of Public Works Director and City Engineer Steve Goodkind, P.E., transportation analyst Tony Redington, MPA, architect Diane Gayer, AIA, and moderator Charles Simpson, PhD, retired professor of sociology.

The co-sponsors of the event include: Safe Streets Burlington (SSB), South End Alliance (SEA), Coalition for a Livable City (CLC), Vermont Design Institute (VDI), and Save Open Spaces (SOS).
Topics include: strengthening the street network, roundabouts, stormwater, ecosystems health, lower carbon footprint, "walk to school", separate and safe walk and bike facilities, railroad needs, etc.
The sponsors call for a win-win solution that meets the needs of the 21st century rather than spending $43 million on a program from the past!

Safe Streets Burlington (SSB) supports high quality and high safety transportation improvements for all transportation modes. SSB seeks a stop to the current Parkway design, add high safety and connectivity improvements throughout the route, and insure separate, safe walk and bicycle facilities. SSB pursues changes while minimizing delay and costs to the $43 million project. Information can be found on the SSB website SafeStreetsBurlington.com

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