I’m writing to express my thanks for a variety of recent improvements that benefit bicyclists in and around Montpelier. Significant pavement patching has been done to Northfield Street to reduce the number of holes and large cracks that were dangerous for bicyclists. Similar pavement patches have been applied to Barre Street between Sabin’s Pasture and Granite Street, greatly reducing the hazard to bicyclists on this curve in the road. Route 12 from Montpelier to Northfield now features many stretches of fresh pavement spanning the entire width of the road, including the shoulders. This work has transformed the experience of bicycling to Northfield. I no longer need to hold my breath for much of the distance, fearing all the broken pavement.
My appreciation goes to VTrans, the Public Works Departments in Montpelier, Berlin, and Northfield, and all the individuals who played a role in facilitating these improvements. Finally, I thank the Vermont State Employees Credit Union for being responsive and replacing a poorly-designed bicycle rack at its main branch in downtown Montpelier with a well-designed one. All of the above improvements greatly enhance the experience of bicycling and are much appreciated.