The October meeting of the Walk Bike Council of Addison County was held on October 30th, 2019 at the Middlebury Police station.
Middlebury Downtown Master Plan listening session (Jen Murray, Middlebury's Director of Planning & Zoning)
Planapalooza is happening November 7 - 11th.
- What are priority areas for improved safety?
- What routes do people frequently travel in Downtown, and what are the missing linkages (x to x) ?
- What ideas do people have for improving connectivity?
Bike Parking Location and Type Policy (Laura)
- Advisory Shoulders & Shoulder Striping updates (Doug)
- Triangle Loop status update
- Walk/Bike Summit & Motherload movie (Mike, Tim, others)
- Accountability of drivers who hit cyclists (Tim)
A big topic.... ...I wonder if we could be doing more to advise our state representatives about this. Wondering how others feel about this issue.
Continue below for full notes.
Attendance: Adam, Michelle, Larry, Tim, Amy, Jennifer Murray, Erik, Nate, Tricia, Laura, Doug, Mary, Bethany, Mike. Chaired by Adam. Notes by Nate.
Middlebury Downtown Master Plan (Jennifer Murray)
- Week-long Planapolooza at 51 Main - Bundle
- Focus group sessions, including Friday, Nov. 8 10:30-11:30 Multimodal transportation focus group
- Thursday 6pm opening presentation at town offices
- Monday Nov. 11 at 6pm - Town Hall Theater - closing session
- Schedule available online here & main site here
- “On the table” meetings - set up your own impromptu ones
- Asking this group for input
- What is the purpose of the master plan? — set up project list with priorities so we have opportunities after bridge project is done; including site-specific plans for Weybridge street & Bakery Lane Municipal sites
- Building a draft plan, more future input, and then eventually putting into town plan
- (This in turn will help when requesting grants that support that plan)
- Discussion of ‘downtown’ and what’s included
- Safety discussion - noting a number of problem areas and features in detail - shoulder, grates, parked cars, pedestrian crossings, lighting, details near new train station
- Traffic circles (rotary) - additional areas where they may be of use? (Value of pedestrian islands - noted challenge of crossing Route 7 where there are no islands and there may be three lanes to cross)
- Corridors - residential, school, north side of town from high school; route 7;
- Upcoming paving project on Route 7 - input opportunity?
- ‘Walk in our shoes’ - previous demonstration of mobility challenges, and need to design for access to all
- Pedestrian areas in town
- Parking - hot topic with discussion of more handicapped parking, and parking garage in Bakery Lane area
Bike Parking (Laura)
- Rack inventory done; new racks coming - U-loop style recommendation with consistency of style and color (upon consulting with this guide)
- Locations - close to entrances, sheltered when possible (like at Porter Hospital) (Essentials of bike parking)
- Six U-loop racks as part of bridge project; Hannaford Career Center to build two ‘Quebec-loop’ racks
- Other towns may want to bring to their communities for discussion
Advisory Shoulders & Striping (Doug)
- Lincoln advisory shoulders experiment - community response? - not much reported
- Placement specific to traffic needs of a destination (library)
- Discussion of other sections of road of interest (ala Pine St. in Bristol, Lower Foote St. in Midd)
- Lincoln example if raising discussion elsewhere (Addison Independent article from Sept 12, 2019)
- Wider lane on uphill of River Road (approaching Rt. 7) - from collaborative work with New Haven during paving project
- Discussion of narrower lanes painted recently and proper measurement protocol
- Following standards of lane widths etc. is important for towns to minimize liability
Triangle Loop Status (Mike)
- Steering committee meeting this Friday (Nov. 1st) - survey results discussion
- Add webpage link to Walk-Bike for project
Walk-Bike Summit Status (May 8th) - (Mike & Bethany)
- Committee meetings
Call for proposals - early December
- Submit proposals - call to action
Sponsorships soon - Adam Lougee
- Soliciting sponsorships
Marketing - Laura
- Tag line for the summit (ex. ‘Health’, ‘bridging’, ‘community’) - call to action
- Swag thoughts - call to action
- Bike Parking - location (Bethany working on this with THT staff)
- Parking outside town - Bethany
- Local Motion - Allegra - bike valet parking in town
- ‘Designing for Healthy Communities’ - keynote approximate
- Dave Cohen of V-Bike would like to introduce “Motherload” movie - there was support expressed
- More planning around “Motherload” movie is in progress
Accountability for drivers (Tim)
- Tim referenced an article that he may locate later
- Reason we are here - following on numerous accidents
- Laws not adequate for cyclist rights; ask government to keep drivers accountable?
- Existing law - ‘vulnerable users’ - 4 feet and slowing
- Discussion with Local Motion
- Law enforcement representation in group might be useful
- Recent ordinance updates
- Fines card - list of fines for different infractions (ex. Distracted driving)
- Outreach -
- Effect of how articles are written - ex. “Car hit pedestrian” (driver is not mentioned)
- Cyclist behavior - also needs to be discussed and good behavior encouraged
- Idaho stop discussion in communities
Next Meeting - Scheduling
January - Doodle poll coming
Notetaker for next meeting - Mary