Burlington's City ordinance allows cyclists of any age to ride on most sidewalks throughout the City. No one is permitted to bicycle on sidewalks within Burlington's City Center (an 8 square block area around Church St. bounded by Pearl St., South Winooski Ave., Main St., and Saint Paul St.), including the Church Street Marketplace.Sidewalk stencils have been placed within the City Center to indicate where bicycles may not be ridden on the sidewalks. Only children under the age of 16 are permitted to ride on the sidewalks within the Inner Fire District (bounded by King St., Grant St., Pine St., and Union St.).
If you choose to ride on the sidewalks, ride at slower speeds than you would on the street. Be prepared to stop at driveways and intersections, and dismount to follow the WALK/DON'T WALK lights at signalized intersections. Remember, pedestrians always have the right of way on sidewalks. Be courteous when approaching pedestrians from behind. Alert them to your presence by ringing a bell or saying that you are passing them. Ride defensively, always check for cars entering/exiting driveways, and use caution when crossing the street at an intersection. Riding in the same direction as traffic will improve your chances of being seen by a motorist.