New Study Shows Burlington Residents Most Concerned About Climate Change and Parking

BURLINGTON – A new study commissioned by the city has shown that the primary areas of concern for Burlingtonians are climate change, and parking/traffic issues. The future of our planet as a whole ranked top on the list at 86%, edging out parking which came in with 85% of residents saying they were “concerned” or “very concerned” about parking downtown.

“I know it’s terrible for my grandchildren,” wrote one anonymous participant, “but what am I going to do? Walk a block?”

The survey found that most people use the time spent circling the block or idling in line for the parking garage contemplating ways to help remove the excess carbon from our atmosphere. Most agreed that if there were better parking options, the earth would remain livable for human beings far longer.

“The roads are torn up,” said another survey comment, “and the ones that aren’t are under construction, so it takes twice as long to get anywhere. And now there are all these bikes lanes, and the restaurants are putting tables in the few parking spots we do have. The planet is in trouble, and the city is literally forcing me to drive my car twice as much. It’s unconscionable.”

Suggestions for fixing the issues of climate change as recommended by the survey participants include such actions as removing all bike lanes, increasing speed limits in school zones, widening all roads to four lanes, and inventing cars that run on compost.

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  1. Vermont has a double standard… some of it has to do with the rural aspect of Vermont the rest is cultural. Everyone wants to be green but at the same time is very happy to have a great excuse to drive a big SUV in order to get through the rough terrain and weather.

    On streets the bike lane are barely a shadow of what they could be so it spooks a lot of people from even trying. Also it is clear that car drivers don’t want to have to deal with bikes or pedestrians… they’re in the way!!

    It’s preposterous to think we can fix traffic congestion by adding more roads and highways into our cities.

    No improvement in our quality of life will occur until we actually stop viewing cars as status symbols and realize they’re just very large and expensive impermanent boxes cleverly marketed by merchandisers to make us believe that we cannot move our small bodies from one place to another without giving up large amount of money in their purchase, maintenance, registration, inspection, insurance and so on…

    It will take a major shift in the mindset of people to see cars as just another way to get from one place to another at the same level as walking, biking, public transportation, etc…

    We in the US are too well conditioned by years of brainwashing to even conceive of life without cars. Arguments like “tell me what car you drive I’ll tell you who you are” are iconic but unfortunately part of the belief system that if you don’t have one… you’re nobody.

    There are places in the world known to have a standard of living miles above what we think a civilized lifestyle is, where pedestrians and bikes own the roads (Netherlands for instance) and it is understood by all that the cars are just “guests” like everyone else.
    In some Dutch cities the traffic lights are in place only for the bikes and the cars just have to wait… wait for all the bikes and pedestrians to have gone ahead.

    Becoming “green” in the USA will require a major shift in our habits and beliefs. The advent and success of E-bikes is helping ease in that direction but we have a long way to go until we start looking like the Netherlands where 80% of the entire population rides bikes regularly either to commute to work or play.
    That’s what will make a difference when it comes to improving our quality of life as well as our environment.

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