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Burlington puts the brakes on Old North End bike lane project

Published: Feb. 18, 2022 at 12:03 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 18, 2022 at 7:40 AM EST
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - A Burlington committee did not approve a new bike lane set for the city’s Old North End, Thursday.

Committee members say there are still too many questions and they are looking into a pilot project.

The plan they’re working on would eliminate 40 parking spaces to extend bike lanes on the east side of North Winooski Avenue from North Union Street to Riverside Avenue.

During Thursday’s meeting, those living in Burlington and committee members expressed deep concerns for the community resources located in that area.

Mark Barlow, an independent Burlington city councilor said, “We have to either do it with our eyes open and know we’re going to impact them negatively or find solutions before we forward even more, but I do think we have made significant progress.”

Business owners have also brought forward concerns about a lack of parking discouraging customers from stopping in.

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