Ninja Bicycle Path Update
The BCRC provided planning and project management for the first phase of the Ninja Bicycle Path that opened this fall. The new twelve-foot wide paved path links the Bennington College entrance on VT67A to Hannaford Plaza and includes a pedestrian refuge island and other safety improvements to the VT67A/Matteson Rd./Silk Rd./College Drive intersection. The intersection is listed as a VTrans High Crash Location (HCL) with 16 crashes and 8 injuries between 2010-2014. The project has improved sight distance for vehicles exiting Silk Road, made it safer for pedestrians and cyclists crossing VT67A, and calmed traffic, making the intersection safer for all. The Town’s long-term goal is to install a roundabout at the intersection.
Phase II will be a primitive dirt path linking the end of the new paved path to Morse Road. This will allow path users to reach downtown Bennington without traveling on Northside Drive while Phase III, the paved path, is designed, permitted, and constructed. The Town and BCRC recently acquired all property owner permissions and permits necessary to construct Phase II, and we hope to have it open in the spring.