August 4, 2021

Vermont Town Opens Roads To ATVs, Joining Others

COVENTRY, VT – Beginning in mid-June, it will be permissible to ride all-terrain vehicles on all town roads in this small town in northern Vermont not far from the Canadian border.

In a unanimous vote at its Monday meeting, the Coventry Select Board approved an ATV ordinance that will go into effect in 60 days.

The ordinance’s purpose “is to promote and protect public health, safety and welfare of the town, and to preserve residents’ rights to quiet enjoyment of homes and properties by regulating the time, manner and location of operation of all-terrain vehicles within the town.”

The decision will tie Coventry to Irasburg to the southwest, where all roads are already open to ATVs, and Newport, which has some roads open. Coventry previously had some roads open.

The “Caledonia Record” reports that Select Board chairman Scott Briere is hoping that ATV use will be limited to local residents to access trails and visit their neighbors.

“We not saying come to Coventry and zip up and down the back road,” Briere said at the meeting. The ordinance does not specify who can and cannot ride in the town of roughly 1,000 residents.

The ordinance opens all roads to ATVs between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. They must be operated in single file with a speed limit of 35 miles per hour. All ATVs must be in good order, be registered and insured.

(Photo from Coventry town website.)

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