Sept 20 Future of the Bike Path?


Preliminary Recommendations:  2011 Feasibility Study Preliminary Recommendations

Crosswalk on Staniford Rd: Safety first. Mike Beganyi and John Foss advocate for YIELD signs on Staniford Rd. "It's the LAW!," they say. Judge for yourself:
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Title 23: Motor Vehicles

19 VSA § 905b. Crosswalks  All crosswalk markings shall be of uniform color, dimension and location and be in conformance with the United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration's Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. The secretary of the agency of transportation shall promulgate rules to implement the provisions of this section. (Added 1985)    

23 V.S.A. § 1051. Pedestrians' right of way in crosswalks 

(a) If traffic-control signals are not in operation, the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right of way, slowing down or stopping if necessary, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk.

(b) No pedestrian may suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for a driver to yield. 

(c) If any vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk or at any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear may not overtake and pass the stopped vehicle. (Added 1971, No. 258 (Adj. Sess.), § 3, eff. March 1, 1973; amended 1985, No. 138 (Adj. Sess.), § 6.)   

New North End Neighborhood Planning Assemblies Update: Hosted by Burlington City Councilor Dave Hartnett 08/19/2011

The question is, who has the right of way at bikepath intersection crosswalks? Pedestrians, cyclists, or cars? We'll ask the residents, the police, and some lawyers what they think.