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Local Motion Wins Xtracycle Cargo Bike Contest!

Local MotionIn the days leading up to National Bike Month, thousands of supporters of local bike advocacy voted in the Xtracyle Cargo Bike Contest. It was a friendly (but tight!) competition and today we're delighted to announce the winner: Local Motion.

"For its small size, Vermont has a big heart, and we're delighted that so many friends rallied to join this competition,"  said Emily Boedecker, Executive Director, Local Motion. "Biking is an essential part of life for many who live here, for recreation and for transportation. With the Xtracycle cargo bike joining our fleet, we're excited to discover just what Vermonters, with their well-earned reputation for creativity and ingenuity, can do with it."    

So exactly how will the Vermont advocates put their new Edgerunner to creative use? Well, it fits right in to their effort to get more folks riding, even if their daily commute isn't feasible on two wheels.

"In a rural state like ours, peoples’ commutes to work are often 20 or more miles, which is too much for the average person to do by bike," Mary-Catherine Graziano, Local Motion's Outreach and Education Manager, explained in the group's submission. "With our Everyday Bicycling Project, we focus on giving people easy excuses to use their bicycles for the everyday trips they would usually make by car: to the grocery store, the post office, the park, or school.

"Families are one of the most important groups we want to draw into the Everyday Bicycling Project, since we see a very large drop-off in bicycling as transportation when people have children," she added. "We want to help people choose to ride, even when they have children — and cargo bikes make this possible! They can provide families with the capacity to ride safely and are essential for larger jobs like grocery shopping."

116 std 1425935223But, as Local Motion points out, very few folks have the opportunity to try out a cargo bike in the context of their everyday lives. So, with an Edgerunner at the ready, the advocates are eager to not only show the benefits but share the experience with local residents and families. 

"Located on the Burlington bike path, Local Motion operates a thriving bicycle rental center, with more than 10,000 visitors a year," Graziano added. "We'll make the cargo bike available for any local resident to borrow for free, and we are going to publicize the heck out it — with workshops, e-blasts, on-street engagement, quick 15-minute mini-workshops, flags, balloons and general hullabaloo. Cargo bikes are unusual enough that most people haven’t even seen a cargo bike, much less ridden one. Our vision for the cargo bike is to provide opportunities for people to try it out at home for a few days. While bike shops will let you try out a bike, no shop will let you try it out for free for several days. We want to give people that opportunity, and allow them time to fall in love with the bike. In return, we’ll ask people to do at least one social media post about their life by cargo bike."  

We're excited to see those social media posts — and so are the folks at Xtracycle.

"We're delighted to support bicycle advocacy organizations working to make riding a bike safer and more accessible for everyone," said Evan Lovett-Harris at Xtracycle. "Thank you to Bike Houston, Community Cycles, Wisconsin Bike Fed, and Bike Walk Montana for rallying your supporters to win anXtracycle EdgeRunner cargo bike. And congratulations to Local Motion for winning. We're so glad they're going to give local residents the opportunity to borrow it for free!"

Follow Local Motion at and to see how they put their new resource to use. And learn more about Xtracycle at


2014: Our 15th Incredible Year

 There is so much we can say about our first 15 years. We have launched and built many programs -- from Bike Recycle Vermont, to Safe Routes to School, to Kohl's Kids Bike Smart. We have restored the Island Line Trail and with the seasonal bike ferry service reconnected the Lake Champlain Islands. 


With each step and each revolution, more people have the option to make walking and biking a part of their everyday lives. And it is all thanks to you, our amazing members, supporters, and volunteers. Read about the highlights of what we have achieved together in 2014.

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Donate 2015 ButtonOver the next 15 years our partnerships, our community and our impact will continue to grow, fueled by passionate volunteers, generous members and committed supporters. 

And you can be part of the action. Imagine what we can do together in our next 15 years.

Join us and support Local Motion today! 



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Helmet decoratingSupported Safe Streets in Brattleboro - worked with the town to launch safety outreach in the wake of several crashes

Completed restoration of Colchester Causeway - operated Bike Ferry service, and finalized design for 20-passenger vessel planned for 2014 season,

Educated 2,500 children in safe biking - by bringing Kohl's Kids Bike Smart to schools and camps at no charge

Launched the Burlington Go for Gold Campaign - supporting the Mayor in making improvements for walking and biking a top priority

Set the Stage for Trail Finder's next phase - transferred project to Upper Valley Trail Alliance to expand to eastern side of state and upgrade to new technology platform.



Hosted Great Ice skating events - on Lake Champlain, and many other free eventsCauseway

Raised $1.5 million to repair the Island Line Trail - and relaunch Bike Ferry service

Educated 2,000 children - in our BikeSmart and WalkSmart trainings

Provided 700 repairs and 500 bicycles - to low-income residents through Bike Recycle Vermont

Brought Secure Bike Parking - to a record 55 events this season

Won key advocacy victories - Williston Rd. design, Bike Path ballot items and more

Expanded Trail Finder - to Franklin and Lamoille Counties

Added a Fix-It Station - to better serve our 8,000 Trailside Center visitors




2011 Annual Report

View our 2011 Annual Report by clicking here.



Kids_on_bikesExpanded Bike Ferry Service -- to every weekend and holiday from July 3 to Labor Day (22 days!)

Won Key Advocacy Victories -- on new sidewalks, redesigned streets and a 3' passing law in Burlington

Expanded the Safe Streets Collaborative -- beyond Burlington to all of Chittenden County

Launched Bike Training for Kids -- that taught 500 youth in camps and schools how to ride safety and confidently

Hosted a Record 175 Participants -- on our annual VerMontreal Bike Tour

Enhanced the Trail Finder -- to include 200+ trails across seven counties

Read the 2010 Annual Report



10th_Anniversary_Group_by_Carolyn_BatesRan the "Richmond Ferry" – to enable 300 residents a day to commute, shop and go to school during the town's bridge closure

Started Grooming XC Ski Trails – in the Intervale to provide free and accessible recreation to residents in Chittenden County’s core

Trained 70 At-Risk Youth – through our growing "earn-a-bike" efforts at Bike Recycle Vermont

Launched a "Safe Streets" Campaign – to make sure 2008's car-bike and car-pedestrian hit and runs don't happen again

Expanded the Trail Finder – to include off-road trails in Addison and Grand Isle counties

Read the 2009 Annual Report (3.07 Mb)



trail_finder_gps_unitLaunched the Trail Finder our one-stop trail resource for all trails in Chittenden County through a collaboration with local towns and 75 volunteer trail surveyors.

Provided the 2,000th bike to one happy recipient at Bike Recycle Vermont and began servicing the rental program at the Trailside Center.

Expanded Safe Routes to School to 18 schools, reaching 6,800 children with fun events and traffic skills training.

Read the 2008 Annual Report (3.65 Mb)



Shelburne_sidewalk_ribbon_cuttingInitiated Close the Gaps - our advocacy campaign aimed at improving bike/ped connections between towns.

Offered Private Charters of the Bike Ferry throughout the summer months to supplement demonstration ferry service in August.

Created an Earn-a-Bike program to give youth positive attention and encouragement at the Bike Recycle Vermont shop.

Read the 2007 Annual Report (3.17 Mb)



thumb_Hinesburg_Walking_School_Bus_2006_OKAY_TO_PUBLISHKicked-off Safe Routes to School at 7 area schools to provide safety education, implementing walking programs and assessing traffic issues around schools.

Made our streets and trails safer by launching a safety campaign with partners that included bus posters, $6 safety gear coupons, PSAs, newspaper articles and school trainings.

Ferried over 3,400 passages across the Cut as part of our vision for a world-class trail connecting Burlington, Colchester and the Champlain Islands.



Hosted our first annual Vermont-to-Montreal Bike Tour for 30 political, business and community leaders in an effort to promote bicycle tourism and trail development in the region.

Established Bike Recycle Vermont – an all volunteer effort to refurbish bikes and provide them at no cost to immigrants and refugees in the greater Burlington area.

Won a South Hero ballot item that secured $120,000 for improving the safety of South Street for bicyclists and pedestrians.



Achieved the opening of the Burlington / Colchester Trail Bridge - Local Motion led a partnership that completed the local financial match for the keystone project.

Launched "Way To Go!" - a campaign to encourage area commuters to try healthy and earth-friendly ways of getting to work.  Partners include CCMPO, Lake Champlain Committee, CCTA, Local Motion and the 10% Challenge.

Won a $2.6M bond vote in Williston for recreation paths and sidewalks.  Local Motion assisted Williston Rec Path Committee in educating voters.



Initiated Cycle the City guided tours – three hour cycling tours led by local volunteer historians

Concluded 4 years of Winooski River Bike Ferry operation with more than 20,000 annual boardings and saw construction commence on the trail bridge

Launched Valet Bike Parking – a guarded bike parking service at eight major festivals and events



Established a reserve fund to ensure the long-term financial health of the organization

Began serving as a bicycle tourism clearinghouse for Lake Champlain Bikeways and responding to 1,500 annual email and phone requests



Trailside Center StaffOpened the Trailside Center on the Island Line trail providing 7,000 trail users each year with a rest stop, beverages, maps, information, t-shirts, rentals and more

Collaboratively raised $140,000 to conserve Mayes Landing -- a key parcel of trailside land on the Winooski River – with the City of Burlington, Winooski Valley Park District, Lake Champlain Land Trust and Trust for Public Land.

Secured funds for the rehabilitation of the Allen Point Access Area in South Hero – providing public access to the spectacular 3-mile marble causeway.

Hosted demonstration ferry service across the next gap in the trail (between Colchester and South Hero) and secured a $200,000 earmark with the leadership of Congressman Sanders for permanent ferry service at this location.



Bike Ferry OneChristened the Winooski River Bike Ferry on its first regularly scheduled service

Inaugurated Cycle the City – a 10-mile historic bike loop of Burlington – with a group ride led by the Mayors of Burlington, VT, Plattsburgh, NY, and St. Jean Sur Richelieu, QC.



Intervale_Trail_Group_Photo_smFinished Intervale Trail Improvements that helped complete the 10-mile Cycle The City history loop.  Volunteers worked with the City to create the trail link between Gardener's Supply and the Ethan Allen Homestead.

Incorporated Local Motion as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization


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Paul Conner

City of South Burlington

Joyce Gallimore

Health Care Professional

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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