Department of Public Works

Old North End Greenway

What is the Old North End Neighborhood Greenway?

The Old North End Neighborhood Greenway (also known as the "Wiggle," due to the shape of the route) will be one of Burlington's Neighborhood Greenways, beginning at Sherman St and wiggling its way across the Old North End until Loomis St at Mansfield Ave. The route through the Old North End was prioritized because it has many low volume street that provide an alternative to bicycling along main arterials in the downtown, as well as providing greater connectivity between the waterfront and the Old North End.


Learn more about Neighborhood Greenways here!


What will be included in the Neighborhood Greenway?


The Old North End Neighborhood Greenway will begin as a quick-build project, which is a new model of community engagement that uses paint and adjustable materials to swiftly test street safety in real time. It is planned with the expectation that it may undergo change after installation, and it is built using materials that allow changes. Materials and placement of some quick-build elements will be refined based on input from the neighborhood.


The basic elements of the Old North End Neighborhood Greenway include wayfinding signs and green-backed sharrows to guide people along the route. Traffic calming elements build on the basics to encourage people driving to maintain the slow speeds that are appropriate for quiet, residential streets:

  • Curb extensions throughout the route create gateways into the neighborhoods and traffic calming
  • Planters with flowers add to the "greening" effect and serve as a placeholder for future stormwater improvements
  • Neckdowns along the street will maintain slow driving once people enter the neighborhood
  • Materials will include paint, low flexible bollards, and large planters, all of which are adjustable materials

How long will the project be in place?


Quick-Build Projects are interim-design, meaning they are intended to stay in place for up to five years. If the project is a success, it will remain until capital dollars can make it more permanent (typically 1-5 years).


How can I get involved?


This is a new model of community engagement. Rather than talking about potential projects at community meetings and looking at paper plans, we use flexible materials that we can adjust based on the community's feedback. Look out for signs, flyers, Front Porch Forum and social media postings to get the word out about future pop-up meetings or quick demonstrations.


At any point during the project, you can share your feedback, comments, concerns or questions by emailing or calling 802-863-9094 x3.

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Images of pop-up curb extension at Peru St and North Champlain St.


What's next?

  • Installation of the Old North End Neighborhood Greenway began in Spring 2018.
  • If you were unable to attend the pop-up, here are links to the flyer and proposed plans (below):