South Burlington's Recreation Path and Pedestrian Facilities
South Burlington's approximately 24-mile multi-use path, a work in progress begun in 1990, is designed to connect our neighborhoods, schools, parks and commercial areas to each other as well as to connect to the paths of our neighboring communities. The path is maintained year-round, and is almost always a wonderful place to enjoy some time outside walking, jogging, stroller pushing, dog walking, or bicycling.
We encourage you to explore a safe, pollution free alternative route to our City’s parks, businesses, schools and neighborhoods and find our “hidden” gems!
Because the path has been built in fits and starts through the work of citizen groups, grants, a bond and developers, there are significant gaps in the path. One of the goals of the Bike-Pedestrian Committee is to start filling those gaps. Gaps can be as small as the lack of a crosswalk on a busy street, a pedestrian unfriendly major intersection such as Swift and Spear Streets, or as large as the lack of bike lanes on commuter routes. It’s time to start filling the gaps.
Vision & Goals
The City's 2016 Comprehensive Plan lays out four principal goals for the community:
Here and Into the Future, South Burlington is...Walkable
- Develope a safe and efficient transportation system that supports pedestrian, bicycle, and transit options while accommodating the automobile.
- Establish a city center with pedestrian-oriented design, mixed uses, and public building and civic spaces that act as a focal point to the community.
Projected Projects in the Pipeline
In August, residents voted to designate one penny (one cent) on the tax rate for bike and pedestrian path infrastructure throughout the City. We will be able to leverage the pennies to spend approximately $3 million in improved infrastructure.
Through countless reports of gaps in the current infrastructor, the Bike and Ped. Committee has identified some potential projects that could now be out into construction. Some have been in planning stages and others seem to be easliy identifiable and remedied. See the below of the initial projects that could be started with this designated funding.
Don't use the bike or ped options currently? Only drive through the City? With upcoming improvments, your driving experience will also improve, as designated space for bikers and pedstrians will be developed.
If you know of a some areas that gaps filled and you don't see it on the chart above, please contact Ashley Parker. She is the City liazon for the Bike and Ped Committee.