Final Plan!

We have finally wrapped up the MRV Moves Final Document with a pretty little bow – just in time for the holidays!

The final plan and all associated maps and graphics are available for download at https://mrvmoves.org/project-documents.

Highlights of the plan findings and recommendations include:

  • The MRV Moves Community Survey indicated there is strong support for the expansion of active transportation facilities in the Valley, with an off road path along RT 100/Mad River/Valley Floor being the most desired new facility.
  • Trails and active transportation facilities are important community amenities that help to spur economic development. The economic benefits of just three small portions of the MRV trail system—the Blueberry Lake Trails, the Revolution Trail, and the Waitsfield Village Path—have been found to be very significant to the Washington County economy, and these represent just a fraction of the region’s trail assets. Spending associated with the Blueberry Lake trail system alone is estimated to contribute approximately $1.8 million to the Washington County economy each year, generating approximately $320,000 in federal, state, and local taxes and supporting approximately 22 jobs. Spending associated with the Revolution Trail is estimated to contribute approximately $1 million to the Washington County economy each year, generating approximately $182,000 in federal, state, and local taxes and supporting approximately 13 jobs. Even as an incomplete path, the Waitsfield Village Path is estimated to contribute approximately $640,000 to the Washington County economy each year, generating approximately $112,000 in federal, state, and local taxes and supporting approximately 8 jobs.
  • Key components of the MRV Moves active transportation system include:
    • Accessibility (all ages and abilities system, parking, signage, convenient and “close to home” opportunities)
    • Diversity (surfaces, ability, user groups, activities)
    • Sustainability (environmental stewardship, ecological and community resilience, long-lasting active transportation system, flood resilience, erosion control, minimal maintenance)
    • Connectivity (within and between village centers, to major destinations and recreation areas, to other trails, to neighborhoods, to hotels and lodging)
    • Safety (improvement of high risk zones, separation between users and motor vehicles where needed, trail and facility design standards for safety)
  • The MRV Moves Active Transportation system includes 5 primary connections types that have been identified in the plan maps and graphics:
    • Major Off-Road Connections
    • Major On-Road Connections
    • Minor Off-Road Connections
    • Minor On-Road Connections
    • Sidewalk/Crosswalks
  • In addition to identified connections, the MRV Moves Active Transportation Plan also includes recommendations in the following areas:
    • Village Centers (Streetscape Improvements, Complete Streets, Active Transportation Tourism and Bike/Ped Friendly Communities, Local Control of State Highways in Village Centers)
    • Education and outreach opportunities for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and dog owners
    • Designation of the active transportation system with a unified signage and wayfinding system, consistent mapping and branding.
    • Policies for municipalities and other partners to consider.
    • Regulatory and environmental compliance
    • Regional coordination
    • Funding opportunities
    • Implementation and action plans

Thanks and have a joyous holiday season!