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Re: “Burlington, South Burlington Consider Consolidated Approach to Trash Pickup

Everywhere I've ever lived other than Burlington had municipal trash & recycling. It boggles my mind that people think the current system where you could potentially have 5 different trucks hauling trash off one street is efficient in any way.

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Posted by liamgriffin on 07/11/2019 at 12:20 PM

Re: “Burlington City Council Upholds City Hall Park Vote

Senville himself took the city to task only days before for "not include one single suggestion for how the Park plan could be scaled back or re-evaluated to reduce its cost" (his words) and then threatens a lawsuit against the City when they did exactly what he asked them to do?

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Posted by liamgriffin on 03/29/2019 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Residents Wary as Burlington Rolls Out E-Bikes and E-Scooters

Call me crazy, but Im still more concerned about people driving cars, speeding, texting, driving impaired & other dangerous behaviors that actually kill people. A 15mph e-scooter that weighs less than 20lbs isnt something that is going to bring total chaos to Burlington streets.

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Posted by liamgriffin on 02/21/2019 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Petunias and a Parklet: Cities Get Creative in Bids to 'Calm' Traffic

Look, sidewalks provide mobility along a linear path. But eventually, people need to cross roads and streets at intersections. These intersections, where the paths of people and vehicles come together, can be the most challenging part of getting where you want to go, safely. If pedestrians cannot cross the street safely, then mobility is severely limited, access is denied, and walking anywhere is discouraged.

If people driving say they can't safely negotiate these turns with the bump outs in place, how could they drive safely before when the space where the bump out is now placed was filled with a parked car? The planters & bollards are all lower and easier to see through than a parked car, so both the driver and the pedestrians can see each other.

This isn't rocket science. Regardless of whether you're riding a bike or driving a car, the final part of your trip anywhere in town is likely on foot. We're all pedestrians, and infrastructure like this just makes sense for everybody.

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Posted by liamgriffin on 08/23/2018 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Bike Share Launches in Burlington, Winooski and South Burlington

@Barbara, there is a more affordable option: Greenride for All provides $5 monthly or $25 annual membership for income qualified residents. The program also includes a cash payment option for those who do not have a debit or credit card and membership sign up help.
More info here:

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Posted by liamgriffin on 04/12/2018 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Bike Share Launches in Burlington, Winooski and South Burlington

Bike share is a huge community asset that I hope people appreciate & support. $50 a year (or $25 for qualified people) is a small price to pay for access to affordable efficient transportation. Kudos to the folks at CATMA for getting this off the ground. I'm really looking forward to Phase 2 of the roll out when we'll start to see more hubs that serve the different neighborhoods in Burlington.

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Posted by liamgriffin on 04/11/2018 at 10:56 AM

Re: “Champlain Parkway Opponents Threaten to Derail Burlington Project

"Among the coalition members is Steve Goodkind, a former director of Burlington's Department of Public Works, who said he oversaw the project plans for 15 years" - so if Goodkind was in charge for so long, why didn't he fix it when it was his job to? The fact that he's now involved in a lawsuit to stop this (and other things) from happening in Burlington is laughable. Maybe somebody needs to remind him that he lost the Mayor's race a few years ago since he seems to be trying to run this city from behind what seems to be an endless number of lawsuits and protests.

55 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by liamgriffin on 04/04/2018 at 10:29 AM

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