Features co-anchor's 2 AM bike ride to work and comments by Local Motion's Executive Director Emily Boedecker
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Reporter Staci DaSilva interviews Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger
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Burlington Free Press Staff May 5, 2014
Cycling is a great way to commute, see new places and invest in an active lifestyle, says Emily Boedecker, executive director of the non-profit Local Motion in Burlington.
(Photo: MOLLY WALSH/FREE PRESS)Emily Boedecker, executive director of Local Motion, pedals along the Burlington bike path.
Pumping up the bicycle tires and setting off into the fresh air is a happy ritual of spring. But where to ride, and how to get there? Free Press reporter Molly Walsh asked Emily Boedecker, executive director of Burlington-based non profit Local Motion, to talk about local cycling opportunities and the quest to get more people to venture out under their own power.
Q. How old were you when you learned to ride a bike and what was the setting?
A. My sisters and I all went through the same series of bikes in our backyard, a blue and red tricycle, a cute red bike with fat tires and training wheels, and what we considered to be the "big kids bike," green with big wheels. My first clear biking memory was entering a bicycle fancy dress contest at the church fête in our (English) village. I was so proud of the shark's head on my bike made out of wooden hoops and paper maché, although it was difficult to pedal all decked out. I still think the judges had a blind spot that day, rewarding flowers and tinsel rather than a clearly superior great white pedaling towards them.
Q. Tell us a little bit about Local Motion.
Post By Kevin J. Kelley, Sunday, Mar 30, 2014
Cycling culture keeps getting stronger in the Burlington area, but the infrastructure to supportit hasn't developed as quickly or as extensively. Those dynamics were the focus of the first statewide walk/bike summit held at the Burlington Hilton on Saturday, March 29, and attended by more than 250 people-powered transportation enthusiasts.
7DAYS Photo: KEVIN J. KELLEY
At Burlington's walk/bike summit on Saturday
Vermont is beginning to accommodate alternatives to the private automobile, Deputy Transportation Secretary Sue Minter said during a panel discussion. But the administration of Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin has had to build on a flimsy base, Minter pointed out. From 2003 to 2011, “no new bike and pedestrian programs were being enabled,” she said, referring to the years when Republican Gov. James Douglas was in power.
Since Shumlin's election, Minter added, the state has invested about $8 million in cycling and walking initiatives. But “we're not taking big steps forward,” observed fellow panelist Noelle MacKay, commissioner of the state Department of Housing and Community Affairs. And that's partly because of “how slowly things move in the legislature,” said the third panelist, Progressive State Rep. Mollie Burke of Brattleboro.
Piecemeal progress is occuring in parts of the state, however.
PUBLISHED BY 7DAYS, September 4, 2013
Author: Charles Eichacker
It wouldn’t surprise Gavin McCormick if the teenagers snooping under his porch two weeks ago were the same ones who stole his gray $1000 Specialized Rockhopper mountain bike last spring.
On neither occasion did McCormick actually see the perpetrators. But thanks to a 24/7 security camera he rigged up after the initial theft, he now has grainy video of what appear to be two young, white men with flat-brimmed caps scoping out the bottom side of his porch on North Avenue — exactly where his bike had been resting before it was stolen several months earlier.
“It seems like what’s happening, at least from the pictures I have of the guys, is they were probably just going up and down the street and seeing what was unlocked,” McCormick says. “Probably bikes are the main things that aren’t locked up.”
The west coast of Ireland. Paris. And (wait for it) Vermont's Island Line. These were the three featured biking destinations in a recent article on the front page (!!!) of the New York Times travel section.
(Best of all, the article was written by a Local Motion member.) You can't ask for much better company than that!
That's Ireland on the left, Paris in the middle, and Vermont on the right.
So if you're hankering for some world-class bicycling this fall, you don't have to go far. And you never know who you'll run into on the Ferry. Here is Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger and his family enjoying a ride across the cut on Local Motion's Bike Ferry earlier this fall.
What a great way to spend a sunny day! Come on out on Columbus Day weekend and have a world-class bike adventure of your own.
October 15, 2013 Reported by Joe Gullo
COLCHESTER, Vt. - One of Vermont's most popular bike paths is receiving another face lift. This time to improve safety.