Street Plans Wins CNU New England Award for Innovative Engagement

Street Plans, along with the City of Burlington Public Works and Dubois & King, was awarded the CNU New England Award for Innovative Engagement for the Plan BTV Walk/Bike Master Plan in Burlington, VT. Each year CNU New England, the regional chapter of Congress for the New Urbanism, honors regional planning projects through their Urbanism Awards. “Winning projects represent major contributions to building more equitable, sustainable, connected, healthy, and prosperous communities.” 

The PlanBTV Walk/Bike Master Plan is Burlington’s first comprehensive plan for active transport. The 10-year plan was initiated in April of 2015 and unanimously adopted by Burlington’s City Council in March 2017. Hired by the City of Burlington Public Works, Street Plans worked with Dubois & King to lead the public engagement and production of the 10-year master plan.

Public engagement included social media feeds, an interactive project website, Handlebar and Walkabout Surveys, the transformation of a vacant lot into a public meeting space, and two Tactical Urbanism demonstration projects to illustrate possibilities for better bike and pedestrian infrastructure using temporary and low-cost materials. Lessons learned from the Tactical Urbanism projects also helped inform the final Citizen-Led Demonstration Project Policy + Guide, a supplementary policy framework that Street Plans created to allow citizens to propose and legally implement one to seven day demonstration projects.