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Summer Camps

Inaugural 2010 Bike Smart Season a Success!

thumb_BEST2_250With grant support from VTrans and in partnership with Fletcher Allen Health Care, Local Motion launched a program in 2010 to give at least 400 kids essential bike handling skills and safety awareness.  Our goal was to enhance children's independent mobility, increase their daily physical activity, and improve their health by making them more confident and competent cyclists.

We partnered with municipal parks and recreation departments -- including the Burlington Department of Parks and RecreationEssex Junction Recreation and Parks, the South Burlington Recreation Department, and Winooski's Thrive Program -- to make the bike skills trainings happen.  By the end of the summer, we had worked with over 500 kids, spending an average of almost four hours with each of them!

Here is what Dan Cahill, the Recreation Coordinator for Burlington's Department of Parks and Recreation, had to say about the program:

"Hands down, the "Bike Safety" activities were the most engaging and exciting of all the Champ Camp theme weeks all summer.  This was directly related to the organization, flexibility, and knowledge of the Local Motion staff and volunteers.  I received outstanding feedback from my staff and participating families, and coordinating and planning programming with Local Motion staff was enjoyable and easy."

Kids loved the trainings too.  Many started hesitant, unsure of themselves and their abilities.  By the end, almost every child was riding confidently, with big smiles and much-improved on-bike skills. As a result of our work, kids who formerly would have defaulted to pestering their mom for a ride or sitting in front of the TV instead will get out their bikes, strap on their helmets, and ride down the street with their friends.

This program never would have happened without support from a wide range of partners.  In addition to VTrans (which funded the program via a Transportation Enhancement Grant) and Fletcher Allen Health Care (which managed the grant and supported us in many ways), we received help and donations (cash as well as in kind) from the following partners:

  • BEST_2010_Orchard_-_02VBT Active Vacations donated a 15-passenger van that was essential for hauling around all our gear and pulling our cargo trailer full of bikes
  • Skirack gave us a huge discount on 34 high-quality kids' bikes
  • Maaco of South Burlington painted the van -- both a basecoat and a clearcoat -- at no charge
  • Ron Hernandez (aka Airbrush Ron) painted a custom design on the van at a highly discounted rate
  • Chittenden County Transportation Authority offered their oversize spray booth for painting our trailer
  • Danaher Custom Services of South Burlington generously let us use their warehouse to apply the vinyl decals to the van
  • Willem Oswald and Bob Schermer volunteered their time to apply the decals
  • Johanna Wildnauer and Jim Wilkinson-Ray volunteered their time to help with the bike skills camps at the end of August
Many thanks to everyone!
 

Kohls Kids BikeSmart

Upcoming Events

   Wed Apr 23rd
UVM Helmet Decorating Event
11:30am - 3:30pm
   Thu Apr 24th
BWBC meeting
5:30pm - 8:00pm
   Sat Apr 26th
North Star Bike Swap!
10:00am - 7:00pm
   Sun Apr 27th
Cycle The City Tour
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   Sat May 3rd
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   Sun May 4th
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   Fri May 9th
Mayor's Multi-Modal Tour
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   Sun May 11th
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   Tue May 13th
Bike Path Rehabilitation Public Informational Meeting - Perkins Pier to North Beach Improvements
5:00pm - 6:00pm
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