Everyday Bicycling Project
COMING SOON! LOCAL MOTION IS LOANING OUT A CARGO BIKE!
Thanks to you, we've gotten a free Xtracycle cargo bike! Cargo bikes are great for hauling stuff like groceries or lumber from your local hardware store, AND for taking your kids to school, the park, or to daycare.
We were hoping to have the bike available sooner, but we had to wait for some extra (but essential!) parts.
Starting in early July, we'll be loaning this bike out to Vermonters for FREE, so YOU can take it home with you to try out for several days, and see if it fits in with your routine. You'll need to make sure that you have adequate transportation for the bike (details coming soon).
Want to get on the "list" for the cargo bike? We have a "Yeah, I'm Interested!" form for those of you who want to be the first to be contacted with more information about the Xtracycle loan! Click here: Xtracycle Interest Form
Everyday Bicycling doesn’t necessarily mean riding your bike every day. Everyday bicycling means using your bicycle to do those everyday trips that we all make, from going grocery shopping, getting to work, or even picking up the kids from school. It’s about making the choice to leave your car behind when you can, in favor of getting outside, and saving gas
All Everday Bicycling Project services are now FREE for
Want to sign up for a workshop? Click here: Workshop Sign up
Want to REQUEST a workshop for your workplace or organization? Click here: Workshop Request Form
Looking for a way to let your employer know about our FREE Everyday Bicycling workshops? Click here: Everyday Bicycling
Local Motion offers a flexible, practical workplace wellness program for Vermont businesses that helps them promote bicycle commuting by employees. Through practical lunchtime workshops, on-the-street learning rides, and one-on-one coaching, we help employees develop the skills and the confidence they need to begin commuting by bike. We also work directly with employers to conduct a worksite assessment and develop a customized plan for making their business more bike-friendly.
We offer basic workshops, on-street bicycle skills workshops, and basic bicycle mechanics workshops. All workshops are highly interactive, with demonstrations of bikes and gear, step-by-step guidance on how to be a prepared rider, and tips for getting the most out of your bike. Prior to each workshop, Local Motion will work with the employer to canvass employees for questions and topics of concern, with the goal of building the workshop around the issues that are most of interest to registrants.
All workshops are FREE for Vermont businesses and organizations.
Everyday bicycling doesn't mean that you HAVE to ride every day. It's about having the option to ride your bike to do those everyday trips that you make. Maybe it's a trip to the grocery store, or to the library, or to visit friends. Perhaps you can replace your car commute with a hybrid bicycle/bus commute.
Everyday Bicycling offers a range of benefits for both employees and employers. For employees, commuting by bike incorporates physical exercise into the daily routine. Regular exercise has a number of well-documented benefits, including reduced illness and increased energy levels. In addition, commuting by bike has the added benefit of reducing an employee’s commuting costs, with savings on gas, parking, and other expenses for every day of bike commuting.
The benefits for employers take many forms. Employees who exercise regularly have fewer health claims, less sick time, and higher productivity levels. In addition, employers for whom parking is a limiting factor can realize considerable cost savings on parking by allowing employees who bike commute to “cash out” their parking, giving up their right to a company parking space in return for a cash payment that represents a portion of the company’s cost to provide that space.
Finally, both employers and employees benefit from “green” company programs. Efforts that make a genuine contribution towards mitigating air pollution and climate change both bolster employee morale and improve the company’s public image. Employees who bike commute derive real satisfaction from making a difference for the planet, and companies that support them have a right to be proud as well.