- Associated Press - Thursday, October 6, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Federal and state grants totaling $3.5 million will be disbursed to more than a dozen Vermont communities for projects with the safety of bikers and pedestrians in mind.

The Times Argus reports (http://bit.ly/2dNfO5h ) some of the projects include new sidewalks for the town of Rutland and Fair Haven, as well as a scoping study in Montpelier to find ways to make the capital more bicycle friendly.

Officials with the state Agency of Transportation’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program say walking and biking provide many positive benefits including reducing traffic, improving public health and decreasing transportation costs.

Jon Kaplan, manager of the program, says the grants were part of a new initiative to fund small projects designed to enhance safety.

Gov. Peter Shumlin says the projects will help draw tourists to Vermont.

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Information from: The Times Argus, http://www.timesargus.com/

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