Cycle the City Guided Tour
Sunday, April 27th
9.30-10am - Meet at Perkins Pier, Bottom of Maple Street
10am - Noon: Ride!
Tell us you're attending on the events facebook page.
Join us for the Annual Cycle the City ride, a FREE family friendly, guided, historical cycling tour of Burlington around the Cycle the City route, to celebrate spring!
You can ride solo or in a guided tour group, with informative narrative on parts of Burlington’s amazing history. All levels and abilities welcome. No one will be left behind! There will be pre-ride festivities at Perkins Pier, refreshments and museum tour at Old Spokes Home mid-ride, and post-ride party at Maglianero Cafe (47 Maple St, Burlington).
We'll climb Ethan Allen Tower (there ARE stairs!), pass the Ethan Allen Homestead, circumnavigate the Intervale and pass the historic University of Vermont & Champlain College!
Huge thanks our lead sponsors Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont along with help from Burlington Walk/Bike Council, Burlington Parks and Recreation, Hotel Vermont, Old Spokes Home, Maglianero Café, Skirack and Erik Van Hauer.
Click here for the official 2014 event poster! Feel free to print & share!
More than 250 great minds and eager enthusiasts came together at the first ever statewide Walk Bike Summit, hosted at the Burlington Hilton this past Saturday.
The bicycle and pedestrian culture that is emerging in the Burlington region and throughout Vermont was expressed in a wide variety of lectures, workshops and tours on offer. Our very own Jason Van Driesche and Katelin Brewer-Colie presented on laying out a safe walk/bike network in Chittenden County, and Mary Catherine Graziano shared her knowledge on Safe Routes to School. Friends and colleagues discussed advocacy and trends, sharing stories both recreational and professional.
This spring and summer we have a number of great internship opportunities! See the details for each potition by clicking the below links:
Local Motion provides a structured, supported internship experience. Interns are fully integrated into the Local Motion staff, have regular meetings with their supervisor, and attend staff meetings and employee gatherings. For more information, please contact Charlene Wallace, Director of Operations.
Check out our Facebook page during the month of December for our "top ten" list of how Local Motion is working for you to make 2014 the best year ever for walking and biking!
- Help communities across Vermont become more walk- and bike-friendly
- Launch daily bike ferry service at the "cut" in the Island Line trail
- Support schools to build bike skills training into PE classes for 5,000 kids
- Bring on at-risk high school students as mentors at BRV
- And much more!
Colchester has been investing in multiuse paths, sidewalks, and other infrastructure for walking and biking for a number of years, and it shows. And the best part is, what's on the ground now is just the beginning.
Creating more transportation options was a major focus of the "Circ Alternatives" planning process that just wrapped up last month. (See below for details on what the "Circ" is and how it relates to transportation.) Colchester prioritized several "Circ Alternatives" projects that will make walking and biking much safer and easier, including:
- A shared-use path and four-foot shoulders for the length of Severance Road
- Sidewalks and four-foot shoulders on VT 2A through Colchester Village
- A 12-foot multiuse path along Route 15 between Lime Kiln Road and Susie Wilson Road
- Multiuse paths on both sides of Route 7 at I-89 Exit 16
By way of background: the Circ Alternatives process brought together a diversity of interests over the course of 30 months to identify and prioritize transportation investments to replace the cancelled Circumferential Highway, or "Circ." The group produced a remarkably balanced and forward-thinking package of transportation improvements worth almost $100 million -- half what it would have cost to build the Circ -- that is now headed for the Statehouse with strong support from the Governor.
The process was funded and supported by VTrans and extremely ably led by the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission. Participants included The towns through which the Circ was to run (Williston, Essex Junction, Essex, and Colchester), a variety of economic interests, community groups like Local Motion, and many others. To learn more about the Circ Alts process, visit the Circ Alternatives Task Force
There is a whole lot of great work going on across our region to make walking and biking the easy choice for all Vermonters. Burlington is rebuilding the lakeshore bike path. South Burlington is adding miles of bike lanes every year. Shelburne is building new trails to connect neighborhoods to the village. And Williston is extending and closing gaps in an already-extensive network of sidewalks and paths.
With support and encouragement from nearly two dozen walking and biking advocates who turned out for a public meeting in October, the Williston Selectboard has endorsed or is actively considering an impressive slate of walk-bike projects, including:
- Wide shoulders and/or a path along the length of Mountain View Road
- Projects to close gaps in the sidewalk and path network in Tafts Corners
- A shared-use path along Route 2 from Tafts Corners to Williston Village
These projects are part of a remarkably balanced and forward-looking set of transportation improvements that are being funded in lieu of the Circ, a long-planned but now cancelled beltline highway around the Burlington metro area. Hats off to the Town of Williston, the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commision, and VTrans for investing in a transportation system that gives people more options for how they get around!
If this is the kind of future you want, send a note of appreciation to Ken Belliveau, the Williston Town Planner, at
It's official: Burlington is a great place for getting around by foot! The City of Burlington was recently awarded Silver-level status by the Walk Friendly Communities program. This award recognizes Burlington's nearly 100% sidewalk coverage, its investment in better crosswalk signals, and its work to slow down traffic. Kudos to Burlington Public Works for making infrastructure for walking a top priority.
Are you involved with an elementary or middle school where you'd like the kids to learn safe bike riding skills? We can help!
Through the generous support of Kohl's Cares, we are able to provide a trailer full of 45 kids bikes and helmets to schools across the state. We just finished a great week in Highgate, VT!
We're already booked through the summer. If your school wants BikeSmart this fall, have your school sign up soon!
Want to make your town's streets better for walking and biking?
Check out AARP Vermont's new Complete Streets A Guide for Vermont Communities.
This guidance document provides information on the requirements of VT’s Complete Streets legislation.
With the support of many Vermont organizations, Complete Streets legislation was passed in 2011 and requires that the needs of all users of all ages (drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and public transit) be considered in all transportation projects and project phases.
By educating Vermont community leaders and providing examples of Complete Streets treatments we hope this document will serve as an important resource for implementation of the act.
2014 Bike Ferry Schedule
Sat, Sun & Holidays
May 24th - June 8th
10am - 6pm
June 14th - Sept 1st
10am - 6pm
Sat, Sun & Holidays
Sept 6th - Oct 13th
10am - 6pm