Local Motion is organizing four public events with Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, who is visiting Burlington from April 24 to 26, 2016! Our goal in bringing her to town is to position Burlington to follow Minneapolis' lead in becoming a truly great city for biking and walking. Come to one or all of these events, learn about what Minneapolis has done, and be inspired for Burlington's future!
Bike Around Burlington with the Mayor of Minneapolis A family-friendly, gentle-paced ride to share our fair city with our honored guest, co-sponsored by Bikeable Burlington Now Sunday, April 24, 2 PM Meet at Local Motion's office on the Lakeshore Bike Path, Burlington RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/611156132386088/
A Conversation about Women's Leadership for Safe Streets A discussion and networking event for women leaders and their allies, co-sponsored by the Greater Burlington Women's Forum and Emerge Vermont Monday, April 25, 5 PM Arts Riot, Pine Street, Burlington RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1737630379829565/
The Business Case for Investing in Walking and Biking A detailed look at how Minneapolis has invested in its streets with an eye towards creating value for both businesses and residents, co-sponsored by the Burlington Business Association and hosted by the Burlington Town Center and Mayor Miro Weinberger Tuesday, April 26, 7:30 AM Ground floor, Burlington Town Center Mall, Burlington RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/931868970268171/
Safe and Sustainable Streets for Everyone A conversation about activism, leadership, and making change happen, co-sponsored by the University of Vermont, AARP Vermont, the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, and the Office of Mayor Miro Weinberger Tuesday, April 26, 5 PM Contois Auditorium, City Hall, Burlington RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/603776636456279/
In early 2016, the Burlington City Council will vote on the city's first-ever "Walk-Bike Master Plan." Done right, this plan will be a blueprint for making Burlington the kind of place where anyone can bike and walk anywhere in safety and comfort. This plan has been a long time coming, and it’s time to get it done. Burlingtonians of all ages want our city to be “Better by Bike.” We want riding on our city's streets to be just as safe as riding on our beautiful lakeshore bike path. We want to be able to send our kids off on their bikes without worry. More broadly, we want a city with a 21st century approach to mobility that puts safety and choice first.
Even with broad support, change never comes easy. There will be pushback from people who think that our streets are only for cars. Too often, people underestimate the positive impact that investments in walking and biking have on the local economy and community. Will you speak up for change? Will you speak up for vibrant streets that are safe and welcoming for everyone? Sign this petition today! Help make change happen. Thank you. Local Motion and AARP Vermont
We are delighted to share Local Motion’s 2015 annual report with you. You can download your copy here, listen to related coverage on VPR, and watch videos of signature programs.
Our annual report is not only a snapshot of a year that has brought many highs and lows, it is also a look ahead to what we can achieve together next year. With your help, 2016 will be a watershed year for walking and biking in Vermont
Back in May, when news broke of the third fatal crash involving a person riding a bike and a person driving a car, each of us was faced with a choice: Do we conclude that biking in Vermont is too dangerous, and stop riding? Or do we speak out for safer roads,and keep on pedaling?
As the year comes to a close, the choice we Vermonters have made is overwhelmingly clear: we are speaking out, and we are riding more than ever. More people visited our Trailside Center and rode the Island Line Bike Ferry than ever before. Twice as many Vermont communities called on Local Motion for assistance with on-the-ground projects to improve conditions for walking and biking this year than last. Local photographer Carolyn Bates so enjoyed the ferry, she put together this video to share the experience with you.
And over 300 of you turned out on the Statehouse lawn on a late September afternoon to rally for safer roads for everyone.
To realize the dreams of the many thousands of Vermonters who want to have the choice to walk and bike, and to honor the memory of those who died this year—we have our work cut out for us. We need to change our roads. We need to change our laws. And most important, we need to change our culture: how we drive, how we ride, and how we look out for each other on the road.
Will you help fuel the change? Please consider a generous year-end gift to Local Motion. The momentum and the opportunity are there. We are ready. All we need is you.
PlanBTV Walk Bike is Burlington's first-ever attempt to (among other things) plan for a complete, fully integrated bike network that brings biking within reach for everyone. The draft bike network map is a big step in the right direction, but it still falls substantially short of what is needed to make biking a safe option everywhere in the city.
The consultant team that is developing Burlington's walk-bike master plan needs your comments on this draft bike network map! Please submit comments by October 22. Here are the details:
This year, we were shocked, saddened and angered by the death of our cycling friends and family. On Friday, September 25, over 300 of us came together on the Statehouse lawn for the first-ever Vermont Rally for Safe Roads.
And our message is being heard. Our executive director stood side by side with Lt. Governor Phil Scott (an avid bike rider himself), key legislative leaders, top VTrans staff, and others in a shared call for safe roads. Together, we said, "Yes, we can do better. Everyone deserves a safe place to walk and ride in their everyday lives."
So what is next? In the weeks and months to come, Local Motion will build on the momentum that started at the rally to move ahead on all four fronts that you told us were priorities this spring:
Priority #1: "Keep Riding!" Get out there and enjoy the beautiful fall weather. We’ll be right there with you. This fall, you will see us all over the state, bringing Bike Smart to schools and Everyday Bicycling workshops to workplaces and communities.
Priority #2: "Educate, hold events, do a PSA, rally and protest!" The rally at the Statehouse was just the start. Over the winter, we will build connections and momentum for huge turnout and engagement at the 2016 Vermont Bike Walk Summit on April 1. Together, we will build a statewide movement for safe roads.
Priority #3: "Real penalties, real enforcement!" We are continuing our law enforcement training work in collaboration with the Vermont Police Academy. But as any police officer will tell you, enforcement is only as good as the laws that back it up. Over the next few months, we will be working intensively with legislative leaders to create a package of reforms to address unsafe behavior on our roads, including clarification of the rights and responsibilities of people on bikes as well as stiffer penalties for driving in ways that put vulnerable road users at risk.
Priority #4: "Infrastructure!" There is way more in the works on this front than we can even begin to include here. From bike lanes on Williston Road to traffic calming in Vergennes, change is in the air -- or rather, on the ground! Our goal this year is to accelerate the pace of change by supporting local advocates across Vermont and building momentum for statewide change in how our roads are designed and built. With your help, we’ll make it happen.
In the last three months, three Vermonters have been killed on their bikes when they were hit by a car. (By way of comparison, there had been only one bicyclist fatality in the previous ten years.) This has been a wake-up call for people across the state who want our streets to be safe for everyone. As Vermont's walk-bike coalition, Local Motion has stepped up to organize a shared response.
On June 22, we convened a meeting of representatives of bike groups, bike shops, and bike touring companies from across the state. Our wide-ranging discussion laid the foundation for a three-part response:
A high-profile event to bring together Vermonters in a shared call for safe roads and responsible drivers
A slate of near-term state policy changes that make safety for everyone Vermont's top priority as we design and maintain our roads
A statewide campaign for a change in the culture of our roads to one of courtesy and mutual respect
Local Motion will be working over the weeks and months to bring together Vermonters and press for change in ways that truly honor the memory of Kelly Boe, Richard Tom, and Kenneth Najarian. Please share your thoughts today and help us make this the year when our streets and roads -- and the people who drive them -- made a turn towards safety.