Maps & Routes
Vermont is home to the some of the best places in the country to get out and ride. Here is a selection of the maps and routes that we offer to get you on your way to a great day on a bike!
The Burlington Department of Parks, Recreation & Waterfront (DPRW) is leading a full rehabilitation of the Burlington Greenway (informally known as the Lakeshore Bike Path). Phase 1 of the project—from the ECHO Center to North Beach—was completed in December 2016. Phase 2 of the project—from North Beach to the Winooski River bridge—will run from June through December of 2017.
Local Motion is working closely with DPRW and with other city officials to advise on detour design and management while the path is under construction. We will post updates on both the status of path construction and on Local Motion's work related to construction detour planning on this page on a regular basis. For more detailed updates on construction, visit DPRW's Phase 2 Updates page.
June 22 update
DPRW has released the official detour map. Local Motion has updated it slightly to further lay out and identify the details and intricacies of the detour. At this time, Local Motion believes that the detour will be in effect until construction of this section of path is completed sometime in the coming fall.
June 12 update
Construction starts the week of June 19. What section will be the first to be closed for construction is currently being negotiated with the contractor. The only thing that is certain is that it will be in the northern section of the path (between North Beach and the Winooski River). Local Motion is advocating for construction phasing that minimizes impacts on path users, particularly in the high tourist season.
At least a portion of the detour will of necessity send bicyclists out onto North Avenue. The exact detour route is still being determined. Local Motion is evaluating the detour route carefully and working with the city to make it as safe and as direct as possible. Again, we will share details as soon as they are available.
The Winooski River bridge will remain open until further notice. At some point, the bridge will need to be closed for three to five days while the segment of path between North Avenue Extension and the bridge is repaved. Local Motion is advocating for holding off on this portion of the construction process until after Labor Day, when tourist traffic drops off and the Island Line Bike Ferry goes to weekend-only service. Details to follow.
June 5 update
Staging for construction on Phase 2 will begin during the week of June 12. The path will remain open for the week, but path users should expect to encounter vehicles and personnel engaged in survey work and other preparations.
May 19 update
Local Motion has submitted extensive comments to DPRW regarding detour routing, signage, and marketing. We are meeting with DPRW staff next week to review those recommendations.
May 8 update
Local Motion has begun discussions with the Burlington Department of Parks, Recreation, and Waterfront on detour plans for the bike path during this summer's construction season. Stay tuned for updates!
Hop on this spectacular 14-mile trail along Lake Champlain. The Island Line Trail follows Burlington’s waterfront via the Burlington Greenway and heads out on the beautiful Colchester Causeway three miles into the middle of the lake! Public beaches, natural areas, and scenic vistas abound. Take Local Motion's Island Line Bike Ferry to cross "the Cut", a 200-foot gap in the causeway and then continue on your way.
The Burlington Greenway section of the Island Trail is currently being rehabilitated by the City of Burlington. For the most up-to-date details regarding the rehabilitation, please visit our bike path update page.
This exciting, self-guided, clockwise loop showcases the history, culture, and natural splendor of Burlington, VT—one of the loveliest cities in America, and the jewel of northern New England. This experience offers a relatively easy and enjoyable tour of the Queen City, one you won't soon forget!
Download the Cycle the City Guide
The loop will take you along spectacular Lake Champlain following the Island Line Trail commonly known as the Burlington Bike Path with sweeping vistas of the Adirondack Mountains. Heading west you ascend through a historic park and head into (or around via the paved route) the richly scenic Winooski River Valley and unpaved Intervale, a rich floodplain that is home to historic structures, wild animals and working farms.
The loop also passes through some of Burlington’s most architecturally interesting and beautiful areas such as the University of Vermont (UVM) and Champlain College neighborhoods. UVM is one of New England’s oldest colleges, and its landmark architecture reflects that long history. Cycle the City also takes you through many different residential neighborhoods, from the post-World War II suburban streets of the New North End, to the older housing in the Old North End and the stately 19th-century mansions in the Hill Section.
Cycle the City is part of the Lake Champlain Bikeways, 1,100-mile network.
Everything You Need to Get Cycling
There are a number of ways to experience the Cycle the City route before you even get on your bike. For all the history buffs out there the ‘Full Guide’ has exciting details of the sights and histories of the various parts of the ride, for the tech savvy there is a simplified ‘Mobile Friendly Guide’ that you can have for easy reference on your smartphone while riding the route, there is a ‘One Page Map’ that you can print and put in your back pocket and finally there is a ‘Bonus Tracks Map and Guide’ for those who want to do a few extra miles and see more of the southern portion of the city.
One Page Map
Mobile Friendly Guide
Bonus Tracks Map & Guide
Local Motion is proud to offer Chittenden County's first-ever walk-bike map! This all-new product includes all bike lanes and paths in the county, along with areas served by sidewalks, transit routes, Carshare pods, and more. You can download a low-res version of the map here, or come on in to Local Motion's Trailside Center on the Burlington waterfront to pick up your free paper copy. To request a large number of maps for distribution, please fill out this form.
download the chittenden walk-bike map
The download is 6.5 MB. Here are low-res images of the map to give you a sense of what it looks like:
The Lake Champlain Bikeway is a 1,600+ mile network of bicycle routes in the Lake Champlain Valley of Vermont, New York, and Québec. The network includes a total of 35 loops and tours ranging from 10 to 60 miles in length, in addition to the Champlain Bikeway, a 363-mile principal route around the entire Lake and along the Richelieu River to Chambly, Québec. Based on a rich array of natural, cultural, and historic themes, these loops meander along quiet back roads through extraordinary mountain and countryside scenery.
Visit the Bikeways homepage
Vermont is home to numerous dormant rail lines, many of which are being transformed into four-season recreation trails. One of the best emerging examples of this exciting trend is the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail, which, when completed will be New England's longest rail trail, winding 93 miles through picturesque Vermont towns, working landscapes, and scenic vistas.
Find out more and hit the trail! FLVRT wants YOU!
Franklin county's premiere four-season rail trail is an important fitness and recreation resource for local residents and a destination for tourists looking to walk, ski, or ride through some of northwest Vermont's most scenic forests and open spaces.
Learn more and see the map!
The Route Verte concept dates back to the late 1980s, when the key members of Vélo Québec were already articulating, in various forms, their plans for the future of cycling in Québec. In 1995, the Government of Québec announced that it would collaborate with Vélo Québec on the planning and construction of the Route Verte, investing $88.5 million over ten years to develop a bikeway over 4,000 kilometres linking all parts of Québec.
Visit the Route verte website
This is rural riding at its finest. The 376 mile loop begins and ends in Burlington and has riders cross into both New Hampshire and New York. This loop will take riders down through the valleys of Vermont as well as up and over some of the Greens. Alternate routes and shorter loops exist and are shown on the Adventure Cycling map. Starting in 2017, you will be able to purchase a map of the Adventure Cycling Green Mountain Loop at our own Trailside Center!
Visit Adventure Cycling to learn more
This seven mile loop starts at Local Motion on the Burlington waterfront bike path and winds through the Queen City with educational stops at notable green infrastructure sites. Think rain gardens, constructed wetlands, green roofs, and urban trees—anything and everything that helps Burlington take care of the lake! You can pick up a hard copy of the map at Local Motion, or download it below.
download the green infrastructure bike tour map
The Green Mountain Bicycle Club (GMBC) is the oldest and largest cycling club in Vermont and they've got a number of great rides - from introductory to races, listed on their website. A "must visit" for anyone looking for a good route in the State of Vermont.
Visit the Green Mountain Bicycle Club website
Although, not the area of biking that Local Motion focuses on, we can't forget about the Vermont Mountain Bike Association (VMBA) as a great resource for the gravel grinding, fat tire riding, mountain bikers among us. The go to resource on everything mountain biking in Vermont, the VMBA website is a must!
Visit the Vermont Mountain Bike Association website
Trail Finder is a tool to help people get out, get active, and explore Vermont and the Upper Valley of New Hampshire. It's made possible by a collaboration between The Upper Valley Trails Alliance and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation.
Use the Trail Finder