First, we are very happy to announce that the Town of Hanover has been included among The League of American Bicyclists Bicycling Friendly Communities “Honorable Mention” roll. During the process of applying for recognition as a Bicycling Friendly Community our committee learned a great deal about what we have done and what we need to continue to do, and what improve, in order to encourage cycling in our community and to build up our status and some day win Silver or Gold level. By being added to this list we join other large and small communities around the nation who are striving to make their streets safe and fun places to travel whether afoot, on two wheels or four.
To that end we are hosting an open-house on Wednesday May 22 from 5 to 7 pm at the Howe Library’s Mayer room. This open house will be our opportunity to reach out to our fellow citizens in Hanover. We want to share our ideas for how we can improve cycling and pedestrian facilities and just as important; we want to hear your ideas! We hope to see you then.
July 16th meeting topics included:
- Recommendations for N. Park St. from among 3 alternatives presented.
- Sharrow progress update and publicity plans.
- Rt. 10 South paving.
- Hazard reporting. (Here’s a link to one option discussed: the bikewise Google Maps application.)
Get the full scoop in the draft minutes: HBPC Jul 16 09 Draft Minutes
Bike lanes are being added from the Ledyard Bridge to Norwich, but possibly only for a two-week trial period. People are encouraged to contact Norwich Town Manager Pete Webster (Manager@norwich.vt.us) with opinions after they try out the new configuration. They sound ready to go back if there’s any pushback, so support for the lanes–and use of them–could be critical. Read more in today’s Valley News article.
The Hanover selectboard on Monday night (June 22) approved the plans for sharrows on Lebanon St. but wanted to hold off on bike lanes on South Park St., in order to hold a public hearing, and figure out funding of that work.
The plans for Lebanon St. have been updated slightly–the cross section in the updated plans now show bikes and cars properly positioned with the bikes riding on the sharrows and show the proper 3-foot passing distance between bikes and cars.
Here are the presentation slides used by the committee in presenting it to the selectboard.
Update June 24: The plans for Lebanon St. have been updated slightly–the cross section in the updated plans now show bikes and cars properly positioned with the bikes riding on the sharrows and show the proper 3-foot passing distance between bikes and cars. See also the results of the selectboard review of these plans.
Plans for bike lanes and sharrows on Park St. and Lebnon St. are now available from the link below or the documents page.
Plans for Park St. and Lebanon St. (5 MB pdf file)
Filed under Hanover, Plans