Town seeks public input on Walk/Bike Action Plan

BRATTLEBORO — The Town of Brattleboro is embarking on a new plan that will collaboratively develop recommended improvements to its bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

According to a news release, the Walk/Bike Action Plan will draw on recent studies, including the 2018 Downtown Plan, Route 30 Multi-Modal Gateway Plan, Route 9 Continuous Bicycle Facility Feasibility Plan, and the Brattleboro Town Plan.

It will weave together the pertinent recommendations from previous studies with local projects currently under construction or planned, and provide other solutions that will further connect the town's evolving network of sidewalks, bike facilities, and shared-use paths.

Using funds from a State of Vermont Municipal Planning Grant, SLR Consulting was selected to create the Walk/Bike Action Plan. The project team is currently assessing Brattleboro's existing walking and biking conditions.

The town and the consultant team say they would like to hear from Brattleboro's residents, neighbors, and frequent visitors about what you see as the challenges and opportunities for better walking and biking.

An online mapping tool posted on the town's website is available to collect public feedback. The map can be accessed at in the News section, or at

The interactive map asks people to pinpoint where they experience challenges or would like to see improvements to Brattleboro's walking and biking routes. These can be as small as a badly placed sign or a missing sidewalk ramp to as big as an intersection reconfiguration or a new bike lane.

The map also allows you to weigh in on other comments that have been entered. Prefer to call with your suggestions and comments? Contact Brattleboro Planning Services at 802-251-8154.

Two public meetings will be held to solicit input as well - a virtual one on Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and an in-person meeting later in the fall.

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