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Local Motion Leads Response to Third Fatal Crash in Three Months

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:

  1. A high-profile event to bring together Vermonters in a shared call for safe roads and responsible drivers 
  2. A slate of near-term state policy changes that make safety for everyone Vermont's top priority as we design and maintain our roads
  3. 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

 

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