Recently, Local Motion got an inquiry from a contact at GMT (formerly CCTA) about the four-foot passing law. They said a driver had asked why exactly it was necessary to give a minimum of four feet of clearance when passing someone on a bike. We were so glad they asked! GMT puts a major emphasis on safety, and bike-bus interactions are an area where special conditions apply. Here's what we told them about why four feet is so important:
Are you interested in cleaner air? How about a healthier population? Though it may seem intuitive, Sorrel's latest article "Building Bike Lanes Really Does Get More People Out of Their Cars" is a confirmation of why Local Motion's newest campaign matters: MORE STRIPES ON STREETS means more butts on bikes! Now, it's your turn to get involved. If you are interested in seeing more bike lanes across Vermont, endorse Local Motion's campaign More Stripes on Streets today!
Bikes. Beers. Burlington. Lovers of all three converged to pack the house at Skinny Pancake's monthly Green Drinks event for the launch of Local Motion's More Stripes on Streets campaign. Attendees put pen to paper and collectively contributed 57 letters to be sent to Mayor Miro Weinberger letting him know that there is overwhelming support for the modernization of Burlington's transportation infrastructure. We didn't realize it was going to be a competition, but one letter writer channeled the Fresh Prince of Bel-air to compose an American Idol worthy ode to bike lanes in Burlington. Check it out below, but first, make sure you've endorsed More Stripes on Streets.
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This past Friday could have been just like any other day on the Local Motion bike ferry: busy, breezy, and beautiful. Except this day was different, one lucky cyclist would earn the title of 5,000th rider for the 2016 season.
Most of us feel safer and more confident cycling on the road when there are clearly designated bike lanes, but how effective are these lanes in reality? New data from StreetsBlog USA shows that an increase in bike lanes within a city means more cyclists on the road and fewer severe or fatal injuries. The release of this report is timed perfectly as we prepare to launch our MORE STRIPES ON STREETS campaign!
Saturday July 16 was a day to be remembered in Montpelier. Local Motion and friends gathered in front of the Golden Dome for fun and games, education and outreach on innovative ways to reduce our carbon footprint, and of course...ICE CREAM! Then, that same afternoon, our amazing volunteers provided free valet bike parking for over 70 attendees of the Do Good Fest.
That's right, horses have equal access to the road! In Vermont, it is not uncommon to run into horse riders on your daily excursions. For most of us, the demeanor and needs of horses are unfamiliar. How should you behave in order to ensure the safety of both the rider and yourself? Here are a few helpful hints...
Not even a cold rainy day could stop a crew of cyclists from attending the Lake Monsters baseball game FOR FREE this past Sunday. Local Motion provided valet bike parking and safety tips, while a slew of other local organizations offered free helmets, bike check-ups, and escorted bike trains. The grand total of bikes checked into valet parking? An impressive showing of over sixty bikes!
Have you noticed, while pedaling serenely down the Island Line Causeway under lovely skies, water to the left, water to the right, and out on to the mighty Bike Ferry -- that something else is seeming quite mighty?
Rumor has it that North Avenue now has PROTECTED BIKE LANES. Check out these awesome photos of the pilot project on North Ave, and don't forget to try out the pilot for yourself!