Meeting Notes: March 11, 2021

Agenda:

  • May Bike Month activities, Kelly Boe Memorial Bike Ride (Laura)
  • E-bike loan program efforts with Local Motion (Laura & Erik)
  • Triangle Loop Update (Doug)
  • Any updates on the upcoming Class 1 paving in Middlebury this summer?
  • New council members? (Tim)
  • Grant opportunity (Erik)
  • Climate Economy Action Center update (Laura)
  • Reminder: Scheduling the next meetings

(Notes from the: January Meeting, December Meeting, September Meeting)

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Meeting Notes: Jan 28, 2021

Agenda:

  • Triangle Loop (Doug)
  • Traffic calming on South Street, Middlebury (Erik)
  • VTrans Bicycle and Pedestrian Strategic Plan draft (Laura)
  • FYI: MALT strategic planning survey: (Laura)

    "The Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) is gearing up for a strategic planning process. We'll determine the organizations path through 2025 and we need YOUR feedback. Please take 10 minutes to complete this survey, it will help us create a meaningful plan that serves the Addison County community. Questions? Comments? Please contact MALT's Executive Director, Jamie Brookside at 802-388-1007 or [email protected] You can also visit our website. "

  • Walk-Bike Summit (Mike)
  • Local Motion E-Bike lending update (Erik/Laura)
  • (postponed to next meeting) Walk-Bike Council structure (Adam)

(Notes from the: December Meeting, September Meeting)

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Meeting Notes: December 15, 2020

Agenda:

  • Safe winter walking & biking (Laura)
  • Crossing Guard & Public Works Appreciation (Laura)
  • Traffic Calming in Middlebury (Erik)
  • Triangle Loop update and next steps (Doug/Laura)
  • Walk-Bike Council membership & roles (Adam)

 

(Notes from the: September Meeting, May Meeting, January Meeting)

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Meeting Notes: September 15, 2020

The September meeting of the Walk Bike Council of Addison County was held on September 15, 2020 via Zoom.

Agenda:

  • Introductions
  • Introducing the Council's new liaison at LocalMotion: Jonathon Weber, Livable Streets Program Manager. 
  • Walk and Roll to School during the pandemic (Erik) Had hoped to present at Walk Bike Summit
    I’m willing to report out on the study that Middlebury College students undertook last spring looking at how students get to and from Mary Hogan Elementary School. I’d also be curious to hear what ideas council members have for the Safe Routes programs this year considering there are no Walk and Roll Wednesdays and visitors are not allowed on school grounds.
  • Safe routes and parking 
  • Route 7 navigation (thru school/shopping zone) 
  • Bike parking standards (design, placement, sheltering) Bus stop amenities (place to sit, bike parking) -Status update on Bike/Ped. 
  • Update on the Walk Bike Summit (Mike)

(Notes from the: May Meeting, January Meeting, October 2019 Meeting)

 

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Meeting : May 28, 2020

The May meeting of the Walk Bike Council of Addison County was held on May 28, 2020 via Zoom.

Agenda:

  • Ask group for permission to make a Facebook page for Walk-Bike of Addison County (Tim)
  • discuss setting up a bike and pedestrian data collection plan for the county (Mike)
  • Middlebury Paving Project status update. (Adam)
  • use of public and open spaces this summer

(Notes from the: January Meeting, October Meeting)

 

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Meeting : January 30, 2020

The January meeting of the Walk Bike Council of Addison County was held on January 30, 2020 at the ACRPC.

Agenda:

  • Vergennes Recreation Committee, proposed Vergennes Loop idea (Amy Yuen)
  • MacIntosh Mtn Bike Park site plan, Vergennes (Tim Clark & Eric Berg (ACBC))
  • Bike parking during Middlebury rail project (Mike Winslow)
  • Human Powered Parade (Melanie Kessler)
  • Walk Audit training (Mike Winslow for Michele Butler)
  • W-B Council facebook page discussion (Tim Clark)
  • Vermont Walk-Bike Summit (Mike Winslow)
  • Triangle Bike Loop next steps (Patrick Olstad, SE Group)

(Notes from the: October Meeting)

 

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We need your online input for the Triangle Bike Loop Planning Study!

After having started as a research project conducted by three Middlebury College students, the Addison County Regional Planning Commission and the Walk-Bike Council of Addison County have picked up the ball and continued on with the creation of a designated route between Addison County's three main towns of Middlebury, Bristol, and Vergennes.

When completed, the bike loop will provide a safe and enjoyable rider experience, increase connectivity between communities along the route (New Haven, Waltham, Weybridge, Ferrisburgh), and establish a sustainable and valued recreation resource.  Route planners are interested in the perspective of cyclists of all abilities, drivers, walkers and joggers.

In addition, based upon results from other similar efforts across the country, the Council and the Regional Planning Commission believe that this designated route also can become an economic development tool in terms of bringing tourism to the county and attracting new residents to the area.

The town of New Haven, with assistance from the City of Vergennes  received a Municipal Planning Grant from the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to fund the project.  The SE Group (an engineering firm from the Burlington, VT area) was contracted to develop the plan, and they have created a website:

Triangle Bike Loop Master Plan Website

In addition, there is a draft of an overall planning document available:  Draft Triangle Bike Loop Plan

 

PLEASE NOTE:  We are looking for as much public input as we can get, and we'd greatly appreciate it if you would be willing to take a short survey with your thoughts on this project.  There are only three questions and it's available online:

Triangle Bike Loop public input survey

Thanks in advance for taking the survey!

 

Click the image above for a larger version of the proposed route map.


Meeting : October 30, 2019

The October meeting of the Walk Bike Council of Addison County was held on October 30th, 2019 at the Middlebury Police station.

Agenda:

  • 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.

(Notes from the: August meeting, June meeting, April meeting, March meeting)

 

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Update on Vermont Walk/Bike Summit in 2020

The volunteers who are running the Vermont Walk/Bike Summit next year in Middlebury have just announced an update:

"The Vermont Walk/Bike Summit in 2020 will welcome Don Kostelec as our keynote speaker.  Don is a principal at Vitruvian Planning in Boise, Idaho, and a 17-year veteran of transportation planning, health analysis, and comprehensive planning. His mission is to lift the citizens of our country and communities out of poor health and into healthier, happier, and more fulfilled lives through an improved built environment that promotes physical activity, social interaction and emotional contentment. You can follow Don’s work on Twitter @KostelcPlan"


Meeting Notes: August 7, 2019

The August meeting of the Walk Bike Council of Addison County was held on August 7, 2019 at the ACRPC.

Agenda:

  • Planning a Motherload screening at the THT. (Tim)
    An independent movie / documentary about bike culture, cargo bikes, climate change, social change...
  • Triangle Bike Loop planning project update and upcoming public meeting.
  • Vermont Walk-Bike Summit 2020.
  • Middlebury Transportation Mitigation Plan for bridge project 
  • Lincoln’s Advisory Shoulder on Quaker St.
  • Working Group Updates

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