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Department of Public Works

Union Street Protected Bicycle Lane

PROTECTED BIKE LANES make on-street bicycle facilities safer. Flexible posts, low-profile curbing, and regular maintenance create a year-round barrier between the bike lane and travel lane.


Where is the protected bike lane installed?

The protected bike lane will be installed withing the existing bike lane bu­ffer on Union Street, from Main Street to North Winooski Avenue. Learn more about protected bike lanes here.

What materials are being used?

Plastic vertical delineators create a physical barrier to define and protect the bike lane from car traffic and encourage drivers to slow down.

How long will the project be in place?

This is an interim phase project that is planned to remain in place for up to five years. During this period, Burlington DPW will evaluate how the project performs, monitoring safety, circulation, and public input. If it is a success, it will be refined and kept in place until capital dollars can make it more permanent.

The Burlington Quick-Build program is an initiative of the City of Burlington Department of Public Works to deliver bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure projects. These projects are built quickly, with short-term materials, so that residents, businesses, and visitors can experience them immediately. Learn more about quick-build here.


Photos of completed protected bike lane!:


Photos of installation process:


Why are we installing a protected bike lane?

More and more cities are using protected bike lanes because they....

  • Increase number of people biking across all ages and levels
  • Make biking more comfortable 
  • Make biking safer
  • Make driving less stressful
  • Reduce sidewalk biking
  • Make it safer for pedestrians

Last year, during Open Streets BTV the Department of Public Works partnered with Local Motion and dozens of volunteers to create a series of Demonstration Projects in Burlington’s Old North End and South End neighborhoods. These projects expanded the conversation about walking and biking beyond the traditional public workshop framework, allowing residents, business owners, and city agencies to physically experience and react to new types of pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure. For the demonstration, volunteers placed temporary planters in the bike lane buffer on South Union Street to create a temporary protected bike lane and the rate of vehicle speeding dropped from about 25% to 6%!

Demonstration Project Protected Bike Lane (Image Credit Julie Campoli)                                              Protected bike lane in Chicago (Image Credit: People for Bikes)


Do you have any questions/comments/concerns about the Union Street protected bike lane or would like to know more about upcoming projects?

Please contact: 802-863-9094 x3, dpwplanning@burlingtonvt.gov