Burlington's Waterfront Bike Path is a 7.5 mile recreational route that runs from the southern end of
Park to the northern end at the
River, where it connects via the bike path bridge to the Colchester Bike Path. The Bike Path follows the Lake Champlain shoreline, offering wonderful views of the lake and the
Adirondack Mountains to the west. The bike path links six major waterfront parks, along with the
High School and the central Waterfront district.
Initially used as a railroad bed for the
Rutland and Burlington Railroad companies, the conversion from rails to trails concept began in 1973. With the help of State and federal funding,
Burlington's Bike Path was completed in 1986.
FUTURE: BIKE PATH FEASIBILITY STUDY COMPLETE!
The bike path was built 25 years ago and was one of the first in
New England. However, it was not built to today’s standards and now requires restoration. Yearly repair is no longer a sustainable option for the major rehabilitation issues. Because the Bike Path is so important to alternative transportation goals, to the health and wellness of our residents, and to the tourism industry, in 2010 the City Council created the Bike Path Task Force with the charge of recommending future improvements to the bike path. To learn more about the recently completed 2012 Burlington Bike Path Improvement Feasibility Study, please visit the links below. To learn more about the work of the Task Force, click on the Bike Path Task Force sidebar link.
A local treasure: the Burlington Bike Path is a key recreation resource for our community and the gateway to Lake Champlain. Burlingtonians enjoy it for recreation, staying fit, scenic viewing and commuting.
A regional corridor: the Burlington Bike Path is the spine of the region's network of bike paths, connecting
Burlington to the Grand Isle and
South Burlington areas. The path is also part of
Burlington’s network of on-street paths and other bicycle amenities.
An economic generator: a recent study by the University of Vermont Transportation Center confirmed the Burlington Bike Path's impact on our economy. Thirty percent of all trail users come from beyond
County and spend $4.5 million locally each year. Strategic improvements will increase the trail’s economic impact.
Utilized by an estimated 150,000 bicyclists, walkers, joggers and in-line skaters annually, the Bike Path is among
Burlington's most popular amenities. The free
College Street shuttle is a primary link from the Bike Path to downtown
Burlington and the
For more information on the Burlington Bike Path, call
Parks and Recreation at (802) 864-0123.