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project leader
Jason V
location
1 Steele St.
(all of Chittenden County)
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RSG signs on for technical review!

the project

We are building a "Pop-Up Protected Bike Lane Demonstration Kit" that will make it easy for municipalities to say "yes!" to short-term demonstrations of innovative infrastructure for safe biking, in particular protected bike lanes. It will include all the equipment and supplies that a community needs to do a variety of bike-related demonstration projects, including stencils, traffic cones, spray chalk, signage, plywood "islands" for roundabouts, and so on. We will seek pro bono help from a local engineering firm to design the kit components, and we'll need lots of volunteers to put it all together! We'll also refurbish and rebrand our trusty old 15 passenger Dodge van to haul it all around. Then we'll bring the van and its contents to the communities we work with, helping them identify, plan for, execute, evaluate, and publicize demonstration projects. Finally, we will document how we put the kit together and how we used it so that other advocacy groups can build kits of their own.

 

the steps

1. List and describe the types of bike infrastructure demonstration projects that the kit will support
2. Create a design guide and "how to" for each type of pilot
3. Identify all the equipment, tools, and supplies needed to support each type of project
4. Gather/fabricate/assemble all needed items
5. Organize everything in our trusty Dodge van and go find our first pop-up project!

why we're doing it

Interest in biking is on the rise in Chittenden County, but our streets are not keeping up with the demand for safe places to bike. We need an easy, low-cost way to try out innovative strategies for redesigning our streets for safe biking. Pop-up demonstration projects -- whether they are a day, a week, or a month long -- give people a chance to see just how great it would be if our streets offered protected bike lanes and other bike-friendly options. They also let community leaders and municipal staff get comfortable with new approaches without having to commit to permanent changes sight unseen. The Pop-Up Protected Bike Lane Demonstration Kit will accelerate the development of a network of protected bike lanes, thereby giving many more people the option to make biking a part of their life.

budget

DISBURSEMENT BUDGET (as of 6/12/15):



RAISED = $405.00
ioby Platform Fee  waived
3rd Party Payment Processing Fee (3%) $11.80
TOTAL TO DISBURSE = $393.20

The funds raised through ioby will be used entirely for spray chalk and other expendable supplies for the "trial" pop-up, to be organized in September. We will use other funds raised separately (a total of $500 additional) for signage. We will borrow stencils and traffic cones from local partners as needed. Local Motion will fund our staff time to develop the guide ourselves.

 

ORIGINAL BUDGET:

$500 Lumber, hardware, etc. to construct temporary islands/splitters for mini-roundabouts

$500 Spray chalk in various colors for temporary markings

$500 Custom stencils for temporary markings

$500 Traffic cones and other similar items

$1000 Reusable signage to be posted on site at each pop-up to direct users, etc.

$500 Misc printing, supplies, etc.

$1500 Staff time to design/create/deploy the kit

 



SUBTOTAL = $5,000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
3rd Party Payment Processing Fee (3%) $150
TOTAL TO RAISE = $5,185

 

updates

RSG signs on for technical review!

RSG, a modeling and analytics consulting firm based in Vermont, has signed on to provide free technical guidance for the project!  RSG staff will help us ensure that the pop-up demonstration project designs that we create meet national standards for highway design.  Thank you, RSG, for lending your expertise to this project!

photos

This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration

donors

  • Resource Systems Group, Inc.
  • Vermont Goldsprints
  • Rachel G
  • Darren F
  • piet c.