Pedestrian Safety & Trail Connecting East and West Burke
In recent years, visitors have flocked to East Burke to enjoy Kingdom Trails, Burke Mountain, and the scenic beauty of the region. These visitors have brought with them economic opportunity and growth, but also challenges around traffic and pedestrian safety of residents and visitors alike. A task force could come together to explore traffic calming techniques, enforcement options, improved sidewalks and crosswalks, alternative paths, bike lanes, and strategic signage in both villages. The group could work with residents and outside experts to develop a comprehensive pedestrian and bike infrastructure plan to inventory what is needed, explore the cost, and seek out funding and technical assistance opportunities to implement the plan. This Task Force could also explore options, determine feasibility, and identify and secure funding and technical assistance to build a path or trail that connect West and East Burke to improve physical connection between village centers and connect Burke Town School with all three villages.
Priority Action Steps:
- Explore transfer of 114 in E. Burke village to town ownership to increase options for traffic and safety management.
- Develop alternative traffic and pedestrian routes in East Burke village.
- Build a boardwalk in the wetland behind the school.
- Expand Kingdom Trails volunteer bike ambassador program.
- Open Hayden Bridge to reroute traffic from West Burke.
- Build a roundabout in East Burke Village to improve traffic and safety.
- Add pull off points for bikes and cars to avoid stopping on roadways.
- Build a biker/pedestrian code of conduct in collaboration with Kingdom Trails.
- Expand full service staffed Kingdom Trail access points to West Burke and other locations to reduce pressure on East Burke.
- Develop a shuttle service for Kingdom Trails riders.
- Explore enforcement options for traffic and safety.
- NVDA could assist with conducting/funding a study to plan towards a road/traffic master plan. These services are provided on a first come first serve basis, and NVDA may be planning about a year out. Contact Doug Morton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-748-1221.
- NVDA could also be a resource to help with maps.
- A VTrans Bike and Pedestrian Grant could help to fund a scoping study for the trail connecting East and West Burke. Contact Joe Segale at email@example.com or 802-477-2365.
- Local Motion could be a key resource and partner to help with road and pedestrian safety strategies and planning. Contact Jason Van Driesche at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-861-2700.
- The Better Connections Grant Program could be a good fit for this initiative. That program can help to design a master plan for the village and strategies for traffic calming and safety. The program also comes along with technical assistance and support. Contact Richard Amore at email@example.com or 802-828-5229.
- Municipal Planning Grants could provide funding for a scoping study. Contact Faith Ingulsrud at 802-828-5228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Kingdom Trails can be a resource and partner around signage and trail ambassadors as well as with sharing safety alerts and potentially in developing the trail connecting East and West Burke.
- A recreation grant through Forest Parks and Recreation could help to fund a trail project, especially in collaboration with Kingdom Trails. Contact Jessica Savage at email@example.com or 802-249-1230.
- The Northern Borders Regional Commission Grant Program could help to fund the implementation of a trail connecting East and West Burke. Contact Katie Corrigan at Katie.firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-272-1420.
- USDA Rural Development could be a source for grant funding. Contact Ben Doyle at 802-828-6402 or Benjamin.email@example.com.
- Lyndon State College could be a resource for designing and building the trail in collaboration with their outdoor education program.
- The Northwoods Stewardship Center could be a trail planning and building partner.
- A study was done in New York State which built a set of best practices for signage and safety strategies where trail and roads meet. Contact Drew Pollak-Bruce for that study at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Local volunteers are a key resource. It will be important to build excitement and engagement.
- The Vermont Land Trust could help with right of way issues for a trail project.
- The PTA and the School could be a resource. The group could partner with the school for volunteer/community work days.