Municipal & Agency Outreach

Municipal & Agency Outreach

  • ISSUE:  While most local officials and municipal staff in Addison County are supportive of walking and biking, many need additional practical knowledge or technical expertise needed to effectively address walk-bike safety issues in rural and built contexts.
  • GOALTo Increase public officials’ knowledge of and engagement in walk-bike issues.  The Council is working to integrate education, outreach resources and experiences into local decision making and municipal practices.  Committee members will provide outreach, networking and resources to municipal staff and working committees, road foremen and maintenance crews, law enforcement personnel, and others to support a shared understanding of the opportunities and constraints for improving walk-bike safety across Addison County.

Projects & Updates

Alternative Transportation in Addison County: Biking & Walking

In the spring 2018 semester, Middlebury College students Connor Pisano, Hunter Joshua Cole, and Maria Celes Abragan conducted a data gathering project with three components:

  • Cyclists and Motorists Road Use Attitudes
  • Desirable Infrastructure
  • Bikeable Roads for Long Distance Cycling

Data was gathered using focus groups and an online survey. GIS (Graphic Information System) analysis was used to determine:

  • which Addison County roads are more conducive to cycling,
  • which roads are not conducive to cycling, and
  • the best cycling routes between the three major Addison County towns.
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Vermont Walk-Bike Summit 2018

On May 4th several members of the Walk-Bike Council of Addison County headed to White River Junction for the 2018 edition of the Vermont Walk-Bike Summit. Claire Tebbs, Bethany Yon, Adam Franco, and Mary Yates presented a three-part session in the "Safe and Healthy Communities" track on the formation of the Walk-Bike Council as well as the successes achieved in the Council's short lifetime.

Bethany Yon

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