Trudy Macy, a North Winooski Avenue resident with mobility issues, stands in front of her car on March 17, 2022. Photo by Jack Lyons/VTDigger BURLINGTON — Parts of a yearslong effort to swap parking spaces for expanded bike lanes in the Old North End are scheduled to appear before the City Council on Monday night.
The overall plan is meant to increase cyclist and pedestrian safety along the North Winooski Avenue corridor, and to reduce the pollution caused by gas-powered cars.
The resolution before councilors Monday would set that plan, which has been in the works since 2020, into motion. Proponents say the project will better connect cyclists in Winooski and northern parts of the city to downtown.
Under its current design, the plan would remove some parking spaces along the one-way street, starting at its intersection with Decatur and South Union streets and running to its junction with Riverside Avenue. The newest envisioning would remove fewer spaces than a previous version floated by city officials.
Yet Monday’s resolution would halt the removal of any parking spaces until the state Agency of Transportation repaves sections of the Old North End next year.
Still, the resolution would give the green light for city officials to start sketching out bike lanes in each direction on North Winooski Avenue. It would also allocate $15,000 for businesses and nonprofits along the corridor to develop plans for “transportation demand management” — the practice of getting more cars off the road in favor of less-polluting alternatives.
“The idea is to support […]