We are delighted to share Local Motion’s 2015 annual report with you. You can download your copy here, 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
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. Local photographer Carolyn Bates so enjoyed the ferry, she put together this video to share the experience with you.
Our Bike Smart skills training program reached over 7,000 kids this year, and WCAX visited Isle La Motte Elementary to capture the two wheeled magic.
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.