Complete streets’ bill ensures road design includes needs of bicyclists, pedestrians of all ages

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin has signed into law legislation that ensures Vermont’s roads are safe for all users, requiring transportation policy to take into account the needs of motorists, bicyclists, public transportation users and pedestrians of all ages and abilities. ‘This law will guarantee that we’re designing roads that work for the future ‘ for older Vermonters, for those who choose to take public transportation, for people who opt to walk to their jobs and errands, and for motorists,’ the governor said. Among those on-hand for the bill signing were representatives for AARP Vermont and the Vermont Natural Resources Council. Those organizations and other advocates supported the legislation and worked for its passage at the State House earlier this year. The law amends current transportation statutes and covers state and municipal roads, with a few exemptions (dirt and gravel roads, for example). The policy would apply when new roads are being constructed and in the reconstruction, rehabilitation, and maintenance of paved roads. It would not be a mandate to retrofit existing roads. Local and state transportation agencies would have to design to safely accommodate all users. Examples of design changes to improve safety would include:· Retiming crossing signals to allow for slower walking speeds· Adding/maintaining sidewalks that are connected to services· Installing curb ramps, sidewalk seating and bus shelters with seating· Improving lighting, signage with larger fonts, and reflective signs and pavement markings· Protecting left turn lanes with green arrows (this can cut left turn crashes in half). Complete Streets legislation or policies have been passed in Hawaii, Connecticut and New Jersey. In Vermont, Montpelier and Burlington are already considering policies. Source: Governor’s office. 5.17.2011last_img read more

Kobus gets first win at Eagle

first_imgBy Greg SoukupEAGLE, Neb. (June 18) – Anthony Kobus became a first-time NAPA IMCA Northern SportMod feature winner Saturday at Eagle Raceway.“It’s always more tricky when you start out front. The track was tacky and slick, depending on where you were on it,” said the five-year veteran. “I love coming here to Eagle, because of the competition. If you can win here, it’s a real accomplishment.”Gary Saathoff, Shelly Andersen and Arie Schouten were next across the stripe.Dustin Anderson drove to the Kaplan University IMCA Modified checkers. Tyler Drueke raced from 12th starting to first in the IMCA Racesaver EMI Sprint Car main event.Roy Armstrong was the Valentino’s IMCA Hobby Stock winner and Tom Powell won for the first time this season in the Mountain Dew Kick Start IMCA Sport Compacts.last_img read more

Man Utd Wins Europa, Back in Champions League

first_imgManchester United beat Ajax 2-0 Wednesday night to win the Europa League and reach next season’s Champions League, thanks to goals from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.Pogba scored with a deflected strike before Mkhitaryan’s close-range finish on an emotional night in Stockholm.There was recognition before the game of those killed in Monday’s attack in Manchester and United’s players wore black armbands in respect. United is the fifth side to win all three major European club competitions.Prior to this victory the Red Devils had won the European Cup on three occasions, in 1968, 1999 and 2008, and the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1991.Deprived of injured top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic, defenders Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw and the suspended Eric Bailly, Jose Mourinho’s side had to dig deep in their 64th and final game of this season.But their greater experience, coupled with an effective counter-attacking game plan, told against a youthful Ajax side who, with an average age of 22 years and 282 days, fielded the youngest starting XI in a major European final.United now joins champions Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City in next season’s Champions League group stages, which will earn them about £50m in revenue.This also represents their second trophy of Mourinho’s debut season as United boss following their victory in the EFL Cup in February.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Senior Corinne Ozanne mentors freshman Andrea Bombace to fill similar role

first_imgSyracuse freshman Andrea Bombace first learned of Corinne Ozanne in eighth grade.Ozanne was a member of the Jersey Inferno, a travel softball team based in New Jersey that also produced former Syracuse pitcher Lindsay Taylor and current Orange pitcher AnnaMarie Gatti. Bombace played on several different teams throughout high school and saw Ozanne at numerous tournaments over the years.“I’ve known her from travel ball,” Bombace said. “I’ve seen her play in tournaments, and she’s someone that works hard all the time.”While Ozanne was making a name for herself with the Inferno, Bombace was taking notes. She didn’t get the chance to meet the star hitter in person until coming to SU (23-18, 8-9 Atlantic Coast) this past fall, but Bombace always knew that Ozanne was the type of player she wanted to become.“She’s someone that I’ve been trying to shadow for a while,” Bombace said. “It’s like when you’re going to an internship and you’re trying to shadow somebody that you want to be, (Ozanne is) who I want to be.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the fall, Ozanne saw potential in the young power-hitting designated player who will take Ozanne’s spot at first base next season. She too remembered Bombace from travel ball. Her intimidating swing and attitude at the plate were the biggest things that stuck out to Ozanne from day one.Standing at 5 feet 10 inches, the freshman is also one of the tallest players on the team, and she turned heads as she took reps in the batting cages and on the field during the first few weeks of practice.“She’s a monster of a person and I wouldn’t want to pitch to her,” Ozanne said. “That just adds to her demeanor (at the plate).”After spending almost an entire season with Bombace, Ozanne has a whole new understanding of the freshman. With three weeks left in the regular season, Bombace is currently hitting .250 with a .672 slugging percentage and eight home runs, just three short of Ozanne’s total in her freshman season. A week ago, Ozanne broke Syracuse’s all-time career home-run record.Though Bombace has shown early promise for the Orange this season, Ozanne makes sure she doesn’t take it easy on the freshman during practice. She said she’s always harping on what Bombace can do better at the plate.Bombace has in turn used this season as an opportunity to learn from Ozanne, and has started to emulate some of the the senior’s day-to-day routines.“When we travel, she’s always up early in the morning working out, and I’ve actually started doing that,” Bombace said. “I work hard, but it’s nice to see someone who works even harder.”The two right-handers both demand respect from opposing pitchers, assistant coach Alisa Goler said.When Ozanne leaves the program, she hopes to see Bombace fill her space on the roster, and become one of those girls that younger teammates aspire to be.“We’re hoping that with all that she’s learned from (Ozanne), she will be one of those players that girls look up to,” Goler said. “I’m really hoping she comes in and does that, (the opportunity) will be hers for the taking.”In her final weeks as a player at SU, Ozanne is trying her best to invest her knowledge and skillsets with Bombace in hopes that the Orange will continue to prosper in the future.“There’s only so many times that you can help a player out before you’re no longer there,” Ozanne said. “It would be awesome if Andrea could be better than me — grow up in her senior year and break all of the records — but I have to help her get to that point until I’m gone.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 19, 2016 at 11:14 pm Contact Matt: mjfel100@syr.edulast_img read more