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.
Share your ideas on what should be done to make our roads safe for everyone via this link.
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.
Read our Executive Director's commentary on how we can respond
Open 7 days a week 'til Labor Day, 10am to 6pm
The Island Line Bike Ferry is Vermont's only bike ferry service, one of the most scenic in the world, bringing cyclists and pedestrians across "the Cut", a 200-foot gap on the beautiful Colchester Causeway. Sit back and relax for the 5 minute journey. No matter where you are coming from, north or south on the Island Line Trail, great biking, gorgeous vistas, and good food awaits you.
Three ways to get a Season Pass
- Click the blue button above and pay with your credit card online-- we'll mail the pass to you
- Ride to the Cut on a day the Ferry is running and purchase your pass from the crew on the spot
- Purchase your pass from Local Motion's Trailside Center, located on the waterfront bike path in Burlington, 10am to 6pm, 7 days a week
2015 Ferry Schedule
-- 10 am to 6 pm --
SPRING: Fridays, Weekends & Holidays (May 22 - June 11)
SUMMER: 7 Days a Week (June 12 - Sept 7)
Thursday July 23: Open 'til 9pm for the free Snow Farm Winery concert
and Bike Ferry fundraiser featuring the band "Blues for Breakfast"
FALL: Fridays, Weekends & Holidays (Sept 8 - Oct 12)
Memorial rides for Richard Tom and Kelly Boe are being held this coming Sunday and Monday.
For more information visit:
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?
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.