It’s June and therefore time to begin work on your FY18 Municipal Planning Grant applications! Did you know that Municipal Planning Grants (MPGs) can be used to increase the economic vitality of your community? Read on to learn the details.
It was supposed to be just a regular Saturday morning running the Valet Bike Parking at the Farmers' Market in City Hall Park. Until I got the email from Wayne. Wayne is my friend from Montreal, who used to live in Burlington but abandoned us for "La vie francaise" north of the border.
This past Saturday, Local Motion went to Rutland to train Afterschool Teachers on the Bike Smart curriculum for Vermont Afterschool. We were lucky enough to have the trailer, and folks were able to practice the games first-hand. We covered the curriculum, reviewing the games and tips for child management in the program, and OF COURSE we played games! This day was part of a larger Afterschool Summer Enrichment program...
The League of American Bicyclists has launched a new initiative called "Bike Walk Action." This national coalition of state bike-walk groups (like Local Motion) has come together to shape federal policy related to walking and biking. Check out their latest federal bike-walk policy update webinar at this link. It is from Caron Whitaker, a national expert who has been lobbying on our behalf on Capitol Hill for years.
On May 26th, 2017 I left my house at 8:30 AM so I could be on the Colchester Causeway by 10:00 for the first bike ferry ride of the year. Last fall I was on the very last ride of the season, and I wanted to begin a tradition of being on the first and last ferry rides of each year. It was raining and little chilly, and I thought I might be the only passenger but another diehard was there. This other diehard, Lindy, told me she last rode across country when she was 77, and she has been establishing the tradition of being on the very first ferry ride each spring...
The past Memorial Day weekend marked the opening of the Local Motion Bike Ferry, connecting Burlington and Colchester to South Hero, via the Island Line Trail, as well as my very first time being a bike ferry passenger. For folks who have never experienced the causeway, it's an incredible ride for all abilities with plenty of gorgeous vistas for photography. All these overlooks make the 10 mile adventure feel like a breeze, but many of these go unnoticed from people focused on time and speed. If you allot enough time and enjoy stopping to observe your surroundings, then this is for you. I’ve ridden my bike out to “the Cut” -- the 200’ section of the causeway that is open allowing for the passage of boats -- on the trail, part of the causeway, many times each year. What makes me come back? The beauty is the obvious answer, but the proximity at which you are riding to the water gives you a feeling unlike any other. That feeling is what brings me back time and time again.
Walking in Orleans County can’t be much better than this! When the opportunity presents I walk the trails and roads near the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society. Now… let me explain… I have a three-year-old Pitbull-beagle mix, Tuuka – as in Tuuka Rask, best Bruins Goalie ever! – and she is spoiled rotten. I figured, I could share the love. Not to mention – I’ve spent the last decade dedicated to school and my own personal life, I figured it was time to do something for someone other than myself. I already work at the local hospital, so the animal shelter was really one of the only other local non-profits that immediately came to mind. My husband, Dan, also made the suggestion. I was a little apprehensive. All I could imagine is sweet loving old dogs locked up and unloved. I had no idea how wrong I was!
Over the past few years, Lyndon residents, business owners and local officials have been steadily working to become a more bike friendly community. Lyndon is part of Vermont's rural Northeast Kingdom, with its winding roads and village centers where people who live here and those "from away" are discovering everyday biking for transportation and for fun!
We had another successful Learn to Ride class this past Saturday! Almost 30 kids, ranging in ages 3 - 10, converged on Leddy Park in Burlington ready to Learn to Ride. A good number of them did just that and almost everyone improved significantly!
Our Learn to Ride classes are getting themselves a following! We had a family come back this year, because...
Do you live, work, or shop in downtown Burlington? Do you bike on the Burlington Greenway (aka the Lakeshore Bike Path)? Watch for big on-the-ground changes for better walking and biking this summer! Burlington DPW has committed to an ambitious slate of on-street improvements for biking and walking in downtown Burlington. The Parks, Recreation, and Waterfront department will rebuild the Burlington Greenway from North Beach to the Winooski River bridge. Things are in motion for putting Burlington on the map as one of the best small cities for biking and walking!