Contributed by Rachel Beyerle
Coordination, livable communities, sustainability…these are terms often associated with transportation projects in bustling metropolitan areas, but small towns and cities across the country are finding opportunities to enhance overall community accessibility and livability. Participants in the National Association of Development Organizations’ Rural Transportation Conference had the chance to explore how states and towns in New England, and specifically Vermont, are completing projects to better connect residents and visitors to community amenities.
|Photo 1. Vergennes, Vt. Main Street Byway Project|
|Photo 2. Shelburne Bay Park, Vt. Interpretive Signs|
If you live in a large, urbanized area with an extensive transportation system, trails, and parks and recreation access, it can be difficult at first to imagine the significance that smaller projects such as those along the Lake Champlain Scenic Byway have to a community in a predominantly rural state. Significant they are, though, in expanding the opportunity for many more people of all ages to access and enjoy outdoor recreation.