This Friday is looking to be glorious! If you’re looking for an excuse to ride your bike, we’ve got one for you! This Friday, May 15th is the Breakfast: Better by Bike Day, and Local Motion has partnered with restaurants across the state to bring you nourishment on your trek. Share Facebook pictures of your ride on Friday with the hashtag: #BreakfastBetterByBike, and you’re automatically eligible for some great prizes, including gift cards to your favorite shops, bus passes, and more! Join us Friday, and let’s bike together!
Looking for a list of participating shops? Go here: Breakfast: Better by Bike Participating Shops
Friday’s not your only day to win big by using your bike. Join the upcoming
Vermont Bike Walk Challenge (VBWC), and compete with friends, family, and neighbors to see how many trips you can rack up every time you walk, bike, or run somewhere!
If you live, work or play in Chittenden County, you have access to Go! Stations, and we've got great prizes for the electronic bike lockers, transit and CarShare pods that are located at the Go! Stations:
Smart Card Bike Locker ($20 value)
CCTA pass with 10 free rides
$30 credit for CarShare (either for new membership or existing membership).
Don’t live or work in Chittenden County? You can still win big with either a Katherine Monstream performance shirt or awesome Local Motion socks. Whether you join for your health, for the challenge, or to commune with friends, there are plenty of opportunities to win!
Speaking of winning, remember that Xtraycle Contest for the EdgeRunner Cargo Bike? Thanks to your help, we’ve won it! It’ll soon be home at Local Motion and available for folks to take home for free and experiment living the Cargo Bike lifestyle. We'll be following up with more information about how to request the bike to try out in May's Walk and Roll News. Thank you, and congratulations to all of us!
Memorial rides for Richard Tom and Kelly Boe are being held this coming Sunday and Monday.
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By Emily Boedecker, Executive Director
There is no doubt that interest in walking and biking, and interest from communities to become more walkable and bikeable, is growing significantly. People for Bikes, a national advocacy group, recently surveyed 16,000 Americans aged 3 and above, and found that 32% of us have ridden a bike for recreation in the last year and 15% have ridden for transportation. Of course it makes sense, whether we care about health, the money in our pockets, the carbon we emit - or simply because smiles have been proven to be 20% wider when riding a bicycle.
If the data shows that more and more people are riding, if 54% think biking is convenient, and if 53% would like to ride more often, what is holding us back?
Exciting news! Local Motion just received notice that we are one of five finalists across the nation for a contest to win a gorgeous Xtracycle cargo bike for our organization! The contest is held by Xtracycle and the Alliance for Walking and Biking. The value of the bike (which will come with accessories) is over $2,000!
Our goal is to make this bike free and available for you and your friends and family to try it out and even take it home with you for several days!
But, first we need to win it! The organization with the most votes will win this bike! So, whether we win is up to YOU! Please vote for Local Motion to get this great new bike! Voting ends in 6 days, on April 30, so please vote and share!
Click here to vote: Help Local Motion Win: Cargo Bike Contest
HUGE thanks to Xtracycle and the Alliance for Biking & Walking for this opportunity!
We are excited to share with you the news that Local Motion and the Vermont Bicycle and
Pedestrian Coalition are joining forces! Interest in walking and biking is surging, and, statewide, Vermont is surpassing national trends for the number of people who choose to walk to work, and keeping pace with national trends for biking to work! Commute data is one of the few comparable measures from state to state, but as you know so well, it is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the many reasons and ways in which we enjoy walking and biking whenever we can.
In Burlington 6.8% of people already choose to bike to work, a higher percentage than Portland OR, and in St. Johnsbury 9.9% choose to walk to work exceeding many larger cities nationwide. Many other towns and villages-- including Essex Junction, Montpelier, Newport, and Brattleboro -- are taking active steps to improve conditions for walking and biking, and to give residents the skills and confidence they need to choose walking and biking for both recreation and transportation.
The gender gap, the difference in the number of women and men who bike, begins at age 10.
This was just one of the startling statistics shared last week at the National Bike Summit. There were also many encouraging stories shared and inspiring people to meet, like the 12 year old girl who won the national Safe Routes to School poster contest and was joining her state delegation on the hill the very next day!
If there was one idea uniting and inspiring the 600 bicycling activists gathered in DC, it was the belief that biking is turning the corner and moving into the mainstream, a shared belief that biking is for everyone, no matter what age, income bracket, gender or ability. After a century of designing just for the automobile, communities large and small are now investing in bike facilities – protected bike lanes, bike paths, bike parking and more – that provide a safe and inviting places for everyone to ride.
Wow! It's been a great year for walking and biking. Communities across Vermont are becoming great places to walk and bike,
thanks in part to Local Motion's 1,700+ members, 350+ volunteers, and tens of thousands of collaborators across Vermont.
Businesses and community destinations across Chittenden County install over 75 new bike racks with help from Local Motion, and our Valet Bike Parking service helps 5,000 people ride instead of drive to community events in Burlington...
Essex Junction and Town adopt an innovative shared walk-bike master plan that -- at Local Motion's suggestion -- maps out two complementary networks: one for experienced cyclists and another for new bike riders
VTrans joins with the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission to support the statewide expansion of Local Motion's bike commuter workshops, with a focus on practical biking skills for everyone
By Emily Boedecker
What does a rite of passage look like for a 15-year old non-profit? By any measure more than 300 people, with over 50 arriving by bike, eating cake outside in 43 degree weather observed by an iron elephant framed by the turn of the (last) century architecture of Shelburne Farms, would qualify!
Last Sunday we celebrated a joint anniversary; Local Motion, founded in 1999, is 15 years young, and our Bike Recycle Vermont program clocks in at 10 years strong. You’ve heard the history -- a crazy idea to run a bike ferry across the Winooski River has transformed, in just 15 short years, to a river bridged, catastrophic floods survived, and a new level of bike ferry service delivered out at ‘The Cut’ in the Colchester Causeway. We are connecting the attractions, the communities and the economies of Greater Burlington and the Islands for residents and visitors alike.
People for Bikes has launched a powerful new campaign to guide towns and cities in designing streets that work for everyone. It's called "Build it for Isabella."
Meet Isabella. She’s a lot like other 12 year-olds you might know in your neighborhood or community. She’s exploring her freedom, but still likes to play. She learned how to ride a bike recently and is improving her skills everyday. She’s still a little wobbly and because she is still small, she can’t see or be seen as well over cars or at intersections. One of Isabella’s favorite things to do is ride her bike with her family to get ice cream on the weekends. But she wants to be able to ride alone, too -- to her friend's house, to school, to her favorite playground.
The goal of the "Build it for Isabella" campaign is to highlight how important it is to design bike lanes so they work for all ages and all abilities, for the least experienced and most vulnerable bicyclists among us. While conventional bike lanes are fine for experienced bike riders, they just aren't good enough for kids, older folks, novice cyclists, families with children in tow, and others who need an extra margin of safety to feel comfortable on the street.