Getting around Town a
COMPLETE STREET SOLUTION
Complete street movement is about restoring balance among every mode of transportation to better accommodate the needs of all users and all abilities.
Complete streets are streets for everyone.
MORE THAN JUST A RIGHT OF WAY
While use of alternative transportation modes (walking, biking, and transit) has seen an increase in Burlington over the past decades, reducing the amount of miles driven in single occupancy vehicles, it is important to recognize that the automobile continues to play a central role in moving people and goods in and out of the city. Today, 62% of Burlingtonians drive alone to work, while 74% of county residents do the same, many of which work in our downtown (see PlanBTV Phase 1 Transportation Study). Convenience is a key factor in transportation decision-making, and for many the car continues to be the most convenient option.
Unlike many other complete street initiatives, Burlington emphasizes the number one factor that makes people want to walk, ride bikes, or spend time in areas served by transit. This is the character of the place created by excellent urbanism. The streetscape created by the private realm is as important as any of the elements or provisions found in a conventional complete street package.
Downtown & Waterfront Master Plan for Burlington, Vermont. Adopted June 10, 2013.