VTrans Bicycle and Pedestrian Program
The VTrans Bicycle and Pedestrian Program is soliciting applications for projects that will improve access and safety for bicyclists and/or pedestrians through the planning, design and construction of infrastructure projects.
The Bike/Ped Program provides funding for either the scoping or design/construction of the following facilities:
* Bicycle lanes (on-road facility delineated with pavement markings and signs)
* Shoulders (generally a minimum of 3-feet wide to accommodate bicyclists)
* Pedestrian crossing improvements, including median pedestrian refuge islands
* Pedestrian signals
* Improvements that address requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act
* Shared-use paths (designed for use by both bicyclists and pedestrians)
* Pedestrian-scale lighting (not likely to rank highly as a standalone project, but eligible as a project component)
Projects may be combinations of any of the above facilities. Projects with the following emphasis will be considered favorably:
* Facilities that address a documented safety concern such as a high crash location
* Connectivity to other bicycle and pedestrian facilities
* Proximity and access to and within village centers and downtown areas
* Facilities that serve multiple uses e.g. access to businesses, residences and schools
Applicants must attend a training session on one of two available dates; Monday June 3rd (1-3 PM) and Wednesday, June 5th (6-8 PM). All proposals due 7/26/13. For more info contact Jon Kaplan or click here.
FREE 8-Hour First Responder Safety Online Training for Electric Drive Vehicles
Propane Mower Incentive Program
The Propane Mower Incentive Program offers up $1,000 for qualifying original equipment propane mowers and $500 for qualifying propane conversions. A list of the qualifying equipment is available on the website. All conversions must be EPA and/or CARB certified. The applicant must agree to provide PERC with a season's worth of mower performance and fuel usage data in exchange for the incentive. For landscape contractors, fuel costs play a huge role in profitability. With the Propane Mower Incentive Program, we'll give you $1,000 per qualifying new mower purchase or $500 per qualifying mower conversion to help us document the cost savings and benefits that propane-fueled mowers can deliver. In return, you'll provide feedback and performance data for one mowing season. For more info contact Alison Dimond or click here.
Not all firefighters are able to participate in classroom-based training due to location, cost, and time constraints. Because of this, the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) is exited to announce a limited number of firefighter scholarships to obtain FREE online Electric Drive Vehicle First Responder Safety Training. The NAFTC's award-winning Electric Drive Vehicle First Responder Safety Training online course will equip firefighters with the knowledge they need to safely respond to automotive incidents involving electric drive vehicles, including:
- Hybrid Electric Vehicles
- Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles
- Battery Electric Vehicles
- Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles
Participants in the self-paced, eight-hour Electric Drive Vehicle First Responder Safety Training online course will learn about different electric drive vehicle configurations and their built-in safety systems, how to identify an electric drive vehicle at an accident scene, battery technologies, electric vehicle systems, and how to approach, assess, and secure advanced electric drive vehicles. Participants will also complete online modules for personal protective equipment and gear, crash and fire, and extrication. For more information click here.
Go Vermont Grassroots Grants For Energy Committees
The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) Public Transit Section is offering grants to municipalities to assist in building a statewide outreach and advocacy network for the Go Vermont Program (www.connectingcommuters.org). VTrans will provide a $500 grant to participating municipal energy committees. Go Vermont is a web-based clearinghouse for all transportation modes in Vermont, featuring an automated carpool, vanpool and public transit matching service, a vanpool program, information for State Park and Ride locations, and a link to "511" traffic conditions. The project objectives are as follows:
- Broaden Go Vermont outreach efforts
- Build relationships with local committees and advocates
- Identify local and regional transportation priorities and activities
- Increase traffic to the Go Vermont website and tools (www.connectingcommuters.org)
- Focus regional and local initiatives and advocacy efforts.
- The ultimate goal of this program is to increase program awareness, carpool registrations, numbers of van-pools and general activity on the Go Vermont website.
For more information contact Ross MacDonald or click here.