We have exciting news to share! Earlier this year Local Motion and the Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Coalition (VBPC) joined forces. With one organization focused on making walking and biking a choice for everyone, across the state, the sky's the limit…
…Imagine if Burlington were the best small city for biking on the east coast
…Imagine if our downtowns and our trails invited everyone to make walking a part of their everyday life
…Imagine if biking were as important to our summer economy as skiing is for the winter economy
….Imagine if bike touring brought visitors to every small town and village
….Imagine if you could walk or bike, whenever you wanted, for whatever reason
…Imagine if Vermont were the best state for biking, period
Let’s work together to put a smile on every face, to put money back in our wallets, to reduce the carbon we create for transportation, to be fitter, healthier and happier. Are you in?
What happened? Local Motion was approached by the Board of the VBPC in late 2014 when their long-time Executive Director, Nancy Schultz, stepped down. Both boards agreed that joining forces was the best way to serve bike riders and walkers today, and the best way to help our communities transform into safe and welcoming places for everyone who wants to walk and bike tomorrow.
What’s in a name? Just add an apostrophe! For the time being, we are referring to Local Motion as “Vermont’s Walk-Bike Coalition” in order to signal that we now have a statewide role. We will look at the question of what name will best fit our mission when we craft our next strategic plan in 2015-2016.
What has changed today? All of our local and statewide programs and initiatives that you know and love are continuing! Local Motion is and will remain a deeply engaged organization in Chittenden County with a strong commitment to on-the-ground change. We are also working to expand some of our most successful programs statewide. Perhaps you have seen Kohl’s For Kids Bike Smart training at a school close to you, we are now serving more than 30 communities in 8 counties, or you may have taken part in our adult Everyday Biking classes which are now offered from St. Johnsbury to Brattleboro.
What’s next? Over the next couple of years, going statewide will mean two things. First we are exploring the potential to develop a true statewide coalition of walk and bike advocates. By finding “sparks,” natural leaders, in communities across Vermont and supporting local initiatives, we can accelerate the pace of change. The next Vermont Walk/Bike Summit will be held in Rutland, April 1-2 2016, put the date on your calendar and plan to join us for this informative and inspirational day! Over the years VBPC has led many successful legislative efforts. As part of the merger the Local Motion board is establishing a legislative committee that will help chart the path and set priorities for our policy and legislative initiatives in collaboration with a wide range of partners.
How can I get involved? If you are not already receiving our Walk’n’ Roll newsletter sign up here, and you’ll be the first to hear - about everything!
What if I am already a member of the VBPC? Your membership will be transferred to Local Motion for the same duration. Each spring and fall we invite members to support our work with an appeal that counts as your membership.
Read the history of VBPC
Read about Local Motion’s accomplishment
Listen to VPR story referencing the merger