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Highlights 2015: Changing Lives. Every Day.

We are delighted to share Local Motion’s 2015 annual report with you. You can download your copy here, and in the article below you can 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

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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?

While fatalities grab the headlines the real work is ensuring that everyone, of all ages and all abilities, can ride safely on Vermont's street's and roads. VPR's Bob Kinzel took up the question of what we can do to improve road safety with Local Motion's Emily Boedecker. And Local Motion's Jason Van Dreische taught VPR producer Patti Daniels how to ride safely from her house to VPR's studio to the story and see how they got on, a route not known for its bike facilities. Patti is one of 458 Vermonters who turned to Local Motion this year to help them take the next step to making biking part of their everyday lives.

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.

Our Bike Smart skills training program reached over 7,000 kids this year. 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.

 

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Local MotionLocal Motion is a member-supported non-profit organization promoting walking and biking for everyone, and helping Vermont communities to become more walkable, bikeable and livable.

Community leaders founded the organization in 1999 to develop the Winooski River Bike Ferry and the 10-mile historic Cycle the City tour.

With two early successes, the organization broadened its sights on making the Greater Burlington area a better place to walk, bike, run and ski.  In 2015 the organization merged with the Vermont Bike and Pedestrian Coalition, and today represents the voice of Vermonters and Vermont communities who want to make walking and  biking part of our every day play, work and community. Our programs today:

  • Help residents and towns build Complete Streets, streets and roads that safely accomodate all modes of transportation including walking, running and biking.
  • Connect the Greater Burlington area and the Lake Champlain Islands with the Island Line Rail Trail and bike ferry, operating from Memorial Day to Columbus Day and serving more than 12,000 riders ever year.
  • Teach children bike skills and the joys of an active life with Kohl's for Kids Bike Smart reaching more than 7,000 scholchildren each year.
  • Operate the Causeway Bike Ferry and are close to dramatically expanding service
  • Operate a Trailside Center on the Burlington waterfront providing maps, rentals and advocacy information
  • Improve the civility and safety on VT's roadways through the Safe Streets Network, community engagement and online tools and resources

Today we have 1,200 member households, a 11-member Board of Directors, 250 annual volunteers and a long wish list of projects still to tackle.  Help us  bring walking and biking within reach for more Vermonters and Vermont communities by becoming a supporter of Local Motion today!  Contributions are tax-deductible.

 

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Local Motion is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions are tax deductible as provided by law.

 

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Paul Conner

City of South Burlington

Joyce Gallimore

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Ron Manganiello

Community Member, BRV Founder

Allie Stickney

Wake Robin

Kevin Veller

Vermont Health Access

Luis Vivanco

University of Vermont

Peter Zamore

Sheehey, Furlong & Behm

Eric Hart

Network Performance Inc.

David Ellenbogen

Textbook Author, Calais, VT

Bruce Lierman

Bennington Area Transportation Advocate


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