Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Burlington Votes "Yes" Streets Not Safe Enough, "Yes" Let's Experiment to Improve Safety!

March 2, 2016 Burlington voters agree with our call, below, and vowed no on the referendum question calling for stopping the North Avenue pilot demonstratrion to improve safety and service. Landslide in every ward including Ward 3 which includes part of North Avenue, and a slim "yes" vote in Wards 4 and 7--less than a landslide. Thanks to Mayor Weinberger, the City Council (except Councilor Wright), Local Motion and all others who worked and volunteered to give better safety and service a chance in Burlington. My tweet of the morning: Great win safe and quality transportIon as Burlington say "yes" streets unsafe and "yes" let's try experiment to see if safety improves! Earlier post: VOTE NO ON NORTH AVENUE PILOT QUESTION!! Please vote NO on our ballot question #2 on Town Meeting Day (Tuesday, March 1). The language of the question is:"Shall the City Council, Public Works Commission, Department of Public Works, and Administration be advised to keep four lanes open to motor vehicles on North Avenue from the Route 127 access intersection north to the Shore Road intersection?" This non-binding advisory question is a premature attempt to block a pilot project on North Avenue that would convert the named section from four lanes to three lanes (two traffic lanes and one turning lane) plus two bike lanes. This pilot project starting this spring is a low-cost way to improve safety for everyone (motorists, pedestrians, cyclists) on North Ave. by making traffic more predictable and reducing speeding, After the pilot has run for a while, it will be reassessed to determine if the pilot has been successful, and that is the point at which a vote on whether to keep it would be appropriate, but not now. Let the pilot go forward to determine whether it works! A similar conversion on Colchester Ave receives rave refiews and a higher traffic section on Williston Avenue in South Burlington was made permanent. Accidents declined and turns on and off the streets are easier. For more information on the pilot, check out http://www.avenueforeveryone.com/, especially the FAQ section. Actually an AARP Livability Community Fact Sheet does a bang up job describing the whys, wherefores and benefits of a road diet like the pilot on North Avenue and concludes even a one or two year trial is enough to measure decreases in crashes and other elements. http://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/info-2014/road-diets-fact-sheet.html

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