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Winooski’s plan to make walking and biking more accessible

Winooski’s plan to make walking and biking more accessible

DEMUXER_ERROR_NO_SUPPORTED_STREAMS: FFmpegDemuxer: no supported streams WINOOSKI, Vt. (WCAX) – Many cities and towns in our area are working on ways to make walking and biking…

Wednesday, Dec 13

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DEMUXER_ERROR_NO_SUPPORTED_STREAMS: FFmpegDemuxer: no supported streams WINOOSKI, Vt. (WCAX) – Many cities and towns in our area are working on ways to make walking and biking more of a center point in their communities. Places like Shelburne, Williston, and now Winooski are working on building greater connectivity and safety for those traveling on foot or by bike.

The commute is a necessary part of most people’s day, whether by car, bike, or foot. For commuters like Karl Goetze, who has biked to Winooski from his home in Richmond for years, making his journey a little safer is appealing. “Investing in the infrastructure that does provide physical barriers of separation for bikes and cars is really a great help,” said Goetze.

Now, with people like Goetze in mind, the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission is helping the city become more biking and walking-friendly by asking Winooskians what they want to see changed through a survey and drafting a plan that addresses the issues. Roughly 350 people participated in the survey offered in nine different languages from April to October of this year. 170 people expressed disappointment with poorly maintained sidewalks or a complete lack of them.

“They were quick to point out, I’m over here every day and this is what’s challenging,” said Bryan Davis, Senior Transportation Planner for the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission.

Winooski resident Max Mirabile walks his dog around the city and works at the nearby elementary school. He notices the same difficulties on his trips, making his commute less safe. […]

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