Saddle up for new bike lanes

Local Motion hosts celebratory group ride Saturday

A group bike ride and celebratory ribbon-cutting for the new bike lanes on Williston Road is planned for 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Earl’s Cyclery in South Burlington.

The event, sponsored by Local Motion — a Burlington-based bike and pedestrian advocacy group — will include raffle prizes, refreshments and an easy-paced 4-mile ride touring the new bike lanes.

The lanes were installed as part of the Vermont Agency of Transportation’s nearly complete rebuild of stretches of Williston Road in Williston and South Burlington.

“The new lanes will make it that much more appealing to people to ride on Williston Road, as it creates a welcomed safety buffer,” Green Mountain Bicycle Club President Kevin Bessett said.

The celebration is open to everyone. Earl’s Cyclery is located at 2500 Williston Road.

“Local Motion has been working with VTrans for more than three years to ensure that this once-in-a-generation rebuild of Williston Road includes bike lanes,” said Jason Van Driesche, Local Motion’s interim executive director.

The Williston Road project prompted VTrans to update its engineering around bike lanes and install them during rebuilds of other Vermont roadways, he said.

“The impact … goes beyond Williston Road,” he said. “The agency will be rolling out multiple bike lane projects across the state in the next few years.”