To the Editor:
The Village Pedestrian Safety Group is an ad hoc group of village residents who have been meeting monthly since July 2016.
Our mission is “to actively work toward the creation of a culture of safe year-round walkability and connectivity in the village core. This includes, but is not limited to, safe paths, sidewalks and crosswalks, bicycle routes and vehicular traffic that adheres to speed limits and complies with crosswalk laws. We value collaborative relationships with town employees and elected officials, volunteer committees and boards and the general public. While safety is our top priority, we also strive for changes that add aesthetic value to an already charming village core.”
On Aug. 18, our group and the town Bicycle and Pedestrian Paths Committee will share a booth at the Shelburne Day Farmers Market. The two groups have been collaborating in a variety of ways to further enhance accessibility and safety for non-vehicular modes of transportation.
The Bike/Paths Committee is an official town committee and works from a town wide perspective. It is clearly to everyone’s advantage to have the two groups working together. Both groups will hand out information and will be looking for input from the public on this day.
In collaboration with the police department, town government and public works, the Pedestrian Safety Group has accomplished the following:
• The speed ordinance was changed to 25 or 30 mph on Falls and Marsett Roads (depending on location).
• Multiple new crosswalks and signs were installed on these same roads.
• Multiple speed studies were conducted.
• We participated in the yearly budgeting process for the last two years.
In the future, we hope to see further improvements along upper Falls Road with the continuation of the grass median between the sidewalk and roadway for as far north as the width of the road allows – with a well-designed crosswalk with landing pads by the cemetery entrance. This type of project improves the aesthetic nature of the village area, helps to calm traffic, and improves safety in the densely populated village core.
Please come visit us on Shelburne Day, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Farmers Market. Both the Pedestrian Safety Group and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Paths Committee want to hear from you!
Village Pedestrian Safety Group