HOME PAGE: News - April 21, 2015




National Walking Expert Tours Area

    by Mickey Smith

    Healthy Lamoille Valley brought in Mark Fenton, the host of PBS series America's Walking to take a look at how and where Lamoille County is walking. The culmination of Fenton's day-long tour of the area included a presentation at the Maple House Inn in Morrisville and a walking tour of the downtown.

Mark Fenton talks with people in downtown Morrisville about the streetscapes and ways to improve the walkability of the area.  Fenton, who hosted the PBS series America’s Walking, was the guest of Healthy Lamoille Valley on Wednesday, April 15. He offered up suggestions regarding making the downtown more easily accessible for walkers and bikers.  - Smith photo

    Mixing his experiences with a quick wit and humor, Fenton travels around the country helping communities figure out better ways to improve the bicycle/pedestrian (bi/ped) usage of their area. He also advocates for more transit use, because somebody walking to a bus stop is also getting in some physical activity. Fenton is a strong proponent of a half hour of physical activity a day, walking being the easiest way to get that activity. 
    Some of his ideas come across as no-brainers that you might wonder why the community didn't already think of, like crosswalks near the Sunset Motor Inn to allow the patrons easy access to the nearby amenities, but some are ideas we haven't seen around this area, like speed tables instead of bumps at crosswalks. A speed table is a larger structure with a gradual slope that is easier for a plow to traverse. Along with slowing traffic down as vehicles cross it, they raise pedestrians up a little higher –  so they are more visible to motorists. He pointed out the old railroad crossing on Brooklyn Street might be a good place for one of these. He said if the usage volume increases to the predicted level, the intersection of the rail trail and Brooklyn Street will become much more busy than it already is.
    While out walking around the village, Fenton also suggested the right turning lane at the blinking light in the village might not be needed anymore as the bypass draws more trucks and through traffic out of the downtown.  He thought this might help make room for a bicycle lane to navigate downtown bike traffic towards Pleasant Street and onto the rail trail.
    Fenton also offered ideas regarding making structures more bi/ped friendly, most notably getting rid of huge parking lots in front of retail spaces and adding shade trees and benches.
    Prior to Fenton's talk and walk, Taylar Foster, of the Lamoille County Planning Commission, unveiled the new “Planning For Prevention Primer” – a collaborative effort of the Lamoille County Planning Commission and Healthy Lamoille Valley that offers communities ideas on how they could incorporate  alcohol abuse prevention ideas into municipal plans and zoning regulations.
    The Primer, which includes sample language for municipal plans, as well as regulatory and non-regulatory ideas for communities to consider.  As an example, they talked about the mural painted at River Bend Market in Morrisville, where an area formerly filled with beer advertising now sports a mural of the countryside.



This Week's Photos





See How We Print the Papers

Here at the News & Citizen!

(Click to see our Youtube video)



Lamoille in the News

  • State Plans Alterations to 15A, Bridge     by Andrew Martin     Another state road in Morristown could see a major overhaul in the next few years. While the long-awaited Route 100 Alternate Truck Route was completed last ...
    Posted by Staff News & Citizen
  • Lamoille Snowboarder & Skier Complete Successful Seasons     by Andrew Martin     Two athletes from Lamoille Union have wrapped up very successful winter seasons. Sophomore snowboarder Olivia Shively recently returned from nationals with another national championship, while senior skier ...
    Posted by Staff News & Citizen
  • Belvidere Fire     by Andrew Martin     A home in Belvidere was destroyed by fire on Thursday, April 16. The house, located on Route 109 in Belvidere village, was engulfed in flames by the ...
    Posted by Staff News & Citizen
  • Dinner & Dance Benefit     A benefit dance and dinner will be held for Kyle Jones to aid him in his fight against acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The event will take place on Friday, April 24 ...
    Posted by Staff News & Citizen
  • Wolcott Bridgework Starts     by Andrew Martin     Several paving and construction projects scheduled for 2014 for various roads in Wolcott are now moving forward while town officials are already making plans for further paving ...
    Posted by Staff News & Citizen
Showing posts 1 - 5 of 1958. View more »

ą
Staff News & Citizen,
May 15, 2014, 12:40 PM
ą
Staff News & Citizen,
May 15, 2014, 12:38 PM
ą
Staff News & Citizen,
Nov 7, 2013, 11:42 AM
ą
Staff News & Citizen,
May 15, 2014, 12:35 PM
ą
Staff News & Citizen,
May 15, 2014, 12:36 PM
ą
Staff News & Citizen,
Nov 8, 2013, 5:36 AM
ą
Staff News & Citizen,
May 15, 2014, 12:34 PM
ą
Staff News & Citizen,
May 15, 2014, 12:35 PM
ą
Staff News & Citizen,
Nov 7, 2013, 11:43 AM
ą
Staff News & Citizen,
Nov 8, 2013, 5:35 AM
ą
Staff News & Citizen,
Nov 8, 2013, 5:28 AM
Comments