Recent Survey Assesses Downtown Bennington’s Safety and Walkability for Non-Drivers
Some 20 residents, officials and volunteers turned out on Wednesday, June 11 for a walk audit of Bennington’s downtown area. Armed with clipboards, stopwatches, cameras and a speed gun, the volunteers teamed up with AARP Vermont, the Vermont Center for Independent Living and the local Bennington Americans with Disabilities sidewalk workgroup to survey crosswalks and intersections on Main, North, Pleasant and other streets to look for appropriate traffic signal, accessible sidewalks, properly marked and conveniently located crosswalks and possible safety hazard. Two audit groups fanned out, recording their observations and taking photos and traffic data, to be compiled into a report with recommendations, to be presented to the select board in the weeks to come.
‘Walkable Bennington for All Generations’ is part of AARP’s effort to make communities across Vermont safe for people of all ages. In sharing findings with city and state leaders, they hope to ensure they are meeting the needs of all Vermont families, including pedestrians, cyclists, people with disabilities and those who travel without a car.