March 4 vote on $1.1 million bond

SHELBURNE On Tuesday, March 4, voters in Shelburne will have the opportunity to decide whether or not to approve a $1.1 million bond that would provide funding for four biker and pedestrian pathway projects. Residents are being encouraged to attend the Shelburne Town Meeting for the purpose of voting on the bond. Over the course of five years, the Shelburne Bike and Pedestrian Paths Committee has been working closely with town officials to identify the need for improved pathways and sidewalks for both pedestrians and bikers. If the bond is approved on March 4, it would leverage additional grant funds to four major projects. These projects include the construction of a shared use path along Webster Road, a sidewalk along Mt. Philo Road, and a sidewalk on Harbor. Additionally, bike lanes would be installed along Spear Street. This package has something for everyoneand in all parts of town, said Rob Donahue, the Chair of the Shelburne Paths Committee. Its a multi-year funding plan that will address big needs in our walking and biking network. All the projects are in the town plan. Citizens with questions or concerns about the proposed bond are asked to contact Mr. Donahue through email at donahue@together.net . The much publicized Safe Routes to School program is being credited as the primary source of the scheduled improvements. The program has been encouraging school children to either walk or bike to school, rather than get a ride or take the bus. Local Motions Executive Director Chapin Spencer said that projects of this type will need wide-spread community support due to the decrease in transportation funds on both the state and federal level. As Federal and State transportation funding gets tighter, this type of local initiative will be critical to future bike/pedestrian improvements in our towns, he said. Williston successfully passed a $2.6 million bond in 2003 for walking and biking. We hope to see other town's following Willistons and Shelburnes lead.

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