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Colchester Prioritizes Walking & Biking

 
Colchester has been investing in multiuse paths, sidewalks, and other infrastructure for walking and biking for a number of years, and it shows. 
And the best part is, what's on the ground now is just the beginning.  

 

A conceptual drawing of new bike lanes and sidewalks in Colchester Village
 
Creating more transportation options was a major focus of the "Circ Alternatives" planning process that just wrapped up last month.  (See below for details on what the "Circ" is and how it relates to transportation.)  Colchester prioritized several "Circ Alternatives" projects that will make walking and biking much safer and easier, including:
  • A shared-use path and four-foot shoulders along Severance Road
  • Sidewalks and four-foot shoulders on VT 2A through Colchester Village
  • A 12-foot multiuse path along Route 15 between Lime Kiln Road and Susie Wilson Road
  • Multiuse paths on both sides of Route 7 at I-89 Exit 16
It'll take some years to get all this built, but all these projects are now officially headed for inclusion in VTrans' capital budget.  (Click here for details and drawings of all the projects approved as part of the Circ Alts package.)  Way to go, Colchester!

 

 

Williston Invests in Walking & Biking

 

There is a whole lot of great work going on across our region to make walking and biking the easy choice for all Vermonters. Burlington is rebuilding the lakeshore bike path. South Burlington is adding miles of bike lanes every year. Shelburne is building new trails to connect neighborhoods to the village. And Williston is extending and closing gaps in an already-extensive network of sidewalks and paths.

 
With support and encouragement from nearly two dozen walking and biking advocates who turned out for a public meeting in October, the Williston Selectboard has endorsed or is actively considering an impressive slate of walk-bike projects, including:
  • Wide shoulders and/or a path along the length of Mountain View Road
  • Projects to close gaps in the sidewalk and path network in Tafts Corners
  • A shared-use path along Route 2 from Tafts Corners to Williston Village

These projects are part of a remarkably balanced and forward-looking set of transportation improvements that are being funded in lieu of the Circ, a long-planned but now cancelled beltline highway around the Burlington metro area.  Hats off to the Town of Williston, the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commision, and VTrans for investing in a transportation system that gives people more options for how they get around!

  
If this is the kind of future you want, send a note of appreciation to Ken Belliveau, the Williston Town Planner, at   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .    
 

Silver Status for the Queen City

It's official:  Burlington is a great place for getting around by foot!  The City of Burlington was recently awarded Silver-level status by the Walk Friendly Communities program.  This award recognizes Burlington's nearly 100% sidewalk coverage, its investment in better crosswalk signals, and its work to slow down traffic.  Kudos to Burlington Public Works for making infrastructure for walking a top priority.
 
Next stop:  Gold-level recognition!  Local Motion is working with the City and others to map out a plan for getting to gold for both walking and biking.  Check out the Go for Gold campaign to learn more about how you can make our community a national leader in active recreation and transportation.
 

Burlington Gets $500K for Safer School Crossings

 
In a couple of years, walking and biking to school will be a whole lot safer for kids in Burlington's south end.  Burlington Public Works was awarded almost half a million dollars by the Vermont Agency of Transportation for improvements in the Five Sisters and Birchcliff neighborhoods.  Go Burlington DPW!
 
Here's what the project will include:
  • About 365 feet of new sidewalk on the north side of Birchcliff Parkway between Cherry Lane and Bittersweet Lane.  This will have the added benefit of slowing traffic down as it comes down the hill, as the sidewalk will replace asphalt and make the street substantially narrower.
  • Improved pedestrian crossings at Birchcliff Parkway / Cherry Lane, at Locust Street / Charlotte Street, and at Locust Street / Caroline Street.  These will likely include bump-out curbs, speed tables, and other features to shorten crossing distances and discourage speeding.
Big kudos to VTrans for putting real money into the Bike-Ped grant program.  They are making active transportation a priority, and it shows.   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 

And the Bike Challenge Winners Are...

The Vermont Bike Challenge wrapped up on September 30.  What a ride it's been!

 

Once again, Vermont led the country in the National Bike Challenge.  With over 2140 points per 1000 residents, Vermont beat the next state by over 700 points.  Way to go, Vermont!

 

Within Vermont, the competition was fierce for top honors.  Here are the winners.  These and others will all be getting certificates proclaiming their glory shortly!

  • Vermont Bike Champion: Stephen Barner (9040 points and 6,321 miles)
  • Top Community:  Jericho (13,276 points per 1000 residents)
  • Top Team:  AllEarth Renewables (95,560 points)
  • Top Workplace:  University of Vermont (114,534 points)

We're also pleased to announce the winners of our final round of gift certificates from Earl's Cyclery and from Skinny Pancake Congratulations to Jill Vickers, Nancy Klopfenstien, and Randi Brevik!

Finally, the big one.  Congratulations to our grand prize winner, Nathan Simpson!  Nathan won a $2,500 bicycling vacation from Sojourn Bicycling and Active Vacations.  

Thanks to all our sponsors and to the 1200+ riders for making this year a huge success.  We'll see you all next year, bigger and better than ever.

 

 

 

Island Line Trail Featured in NYT Travel Section

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. 
 
 

Bike Commuting up 10% Nationwide in 2012


 

This just in from the League of American Bicyclists:

 

New 2012 data released last week from the American Community Survey (ACS) confirmed what many people are seeing on the streets:  More people are commuting by bike! According to the ACS, there was an almost 10% increase in bike commuting from 2011 to 2012. 
 
This is the largest year-on-year increase since 2007-2008, showing that people are choosing to use their bicycles for transportation not just in response to economic crisis, but because bicycles are leading the way to recovery. In total, there were 864,883 bike commuters in 2012.  
 

Read more about the League's analysis of bike commuting trends here

 

Book Early and Avoid Disappointment... Reserve Kohl's Kids Bike Smart Trailer Today!

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KKBS kidsAre you involved with an elementary or middle school where you'd like the kids to learn safe bike riding skills? We can help!

Through the generous support of Kohl's Cares, we are able to provide a trailer full of 45 kids bikes and helmets to schools across the state. We just finished a great week in Highgate, VT!

We're already booked through the summer. If your school wants BikeSmart this fall, have your school sign up soon!

Thanks to Vermont Children's Hospital, the Kohl's Cares program and VTrans for making this service possible!
 

The Magic Word

OK, I'm going not to use cuss words in this essay. This is a family site. But there is WAY too much cussing going on in transportation, be it motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, and every other road user.

I have come to realize there is a law of karma physics as powerful as Newton's. While riding each day in the city with a frustrating melange of cabs, delivery trucks, dog walkers, jaywalkers, bike messengers, backwards skaters, and any number of clueless road users, I realized that for every "F.U." came an equal and opposite "F.U." In 35 years of cycling with probably 35,000 such shouts to people, I cannot recall a single time I have received a response of "sorry" or "my fault" or "thanks."

And then it came to me.

The word. The magic word. And it is not, "please."CarefulIllustration

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Take the Park It Pledge (and get lots of great stuff!)

park it pledge 200x172 copyWe are calling on 100 Burlington households to take the Park It Pledge this spring. The Park It Pledge is a fun city-wide challenge to drive less for all the good reasons you know about—it benefits your health, your wallet, your community, and the environment.

carshare vermontDuring this 6-month challenge, all you have to do is make a commitment to walk, bike, bus, carpool, use CarShare Vermont, telecommute, etc. instead of using your own car, and you’ll receive a FREE CarShare Vermont membership, generous monthly driving credits, CCTA bus passes, bike commuter perks and other great transportation resources to help make getting around a breeze! 

If you’re a two-car household, try parking one. If you have one car, try going without it. We can help! To sign up for the Park It Pledge or for more information visit www.ParkItPledge.org, call (802) 861-2340, or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Signs of Spring--Local Motion Style


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It's spring (sort of) and it's biking season!  Better than Punxtatawney Phil--these Local Motion predictors of spring are everywhere: stencils, free chocolate, and Burma Shave signs!

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Thanks to a group of students from Johnson State College, we were able to lay down our bicycle and pedestrian safety message on several streets in the down town area.  Keep your eyes peeled for an especially creative one, courtesy of one of the creative geniuses of the group.  A free bike light set will go to the first person who sees it and e-mails This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the location of the sighting!

 


You also may have met us on a street corner, thanking crosswalk-using pedestrians and law-abiding bicyclists with chocolates--we'll be around every week for the rest of the year, so if you see our sexy flourescent reflective vests, stop by and say "hi!"

For drivers, we'll be setting up our Burma Shave safety signs to help motorists remember to "Drive 25 and Keep Kids Alive".


Sweet Streets

 

 

 

 

Americorps Position open at Local Motion!

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Local Motion is looking for an engaging, energetic, and passionate advocate for our Community Organizer position.

Outreach at Local Motion is wide-reaching, encompassing the Trailside Center, Secure Bike Parking, Bike Recycle Vermont, Safe Streets, the Island Line & Bike Ferry, tabling at conferences and expos, Local Motion-run events and more.  This position will be an excellent opportunity to develop experience in grass-roots outreach and public engagement.   To learn more about our programs, check out: www.localmotion.org.   This person will assist in the implementation of Outreach events and larger Local Motion-run events, help Local Motion understand the needs of diverse communities, as they relate to walking, biking and other “human-powered” activities, and the barriers that may exist to participating in these activities, and engage the public.  To see a full description of the position, click here: Americorps Community Organizer

 

 

 

Sustainability Academy and Local Motion team up for "Bike for Life" program

Kids on bikes!  Families on bikes!  Communities out and riding!  Sounds awesome, right?  Good news! Local Motion and the Sustainability Academy are on a mission to make this awesomeness happen!  

This past Monday, we officially launched the Bike for Life program with the delivery of 30 reconditioned bikes from Bike Recycle Vermont.  Hamming it up like pros, our intrepid staff Dan Hock, Hannah Ohlson, interns Jonathon Weber and Daniel Crespo rolled out on four of the bikes.  This news was met with a huge amount of enthusiasm (if the gasps, cheering and waving are anything to go by) from the audience of pre-schoolers to 5th graders.  These bikes will be used in field trips (sweet, right?!), and in PE class.  Check out this video: Bike For Life Launch, and be ready for some good smiles!

This is just the tip of the iceberg of this excellent project: we're running a school-wide bicycle incentive program, and on April 20th, we'll be kicking up the energy with a Bike Festival.  Learn to bike workshops, community rides, family rides and a bike club round out this picture!

This project was made possible by generous funding from VEIC and the Vermont Community Foundation.

 

Bike for Life launch 

 

Volunteers Needed for Lund Ride!

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Help raise over $100,000 for area children by volunteering at the 5th annual Lund Ride for Children on May 11th.  As part of our commitment to our community, Local Motion has co-sponsored this ride since its inception.  Will you pitch in and help too?

There are many differnt volunteer opportunities available.  Click here to get involved!

 

Go! Chittenden County Launch

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For more than a year, local, regional and state transportation partners have been working to create Go! Chittenden County, a significant partnership creating dozens of options for employers and commuters to save money, reduce their environmental footprint, and have some fun at the same time.

Now, you're invited to the launch party!

When: Friday, March 8 at 10:00am

Where: Champlain Mill Building, (My Web Grocer), Winooski Falls Way

Come celebrate with us, Congressman Welch, Deputy Transportation Secretary Sue Minter, Winooski Mayor Mike O'Brien, CEDO Director Peter Owens, and more! We'll be giving away clip-on reflective patches and handy folding bags, and we'll have refreshments courtesy of Cupps Bakery.

In case of poor weather, we'll be across the street in the indoor bus stop.

Go! Chittenden County, a one-stop resource for information about transit, carpooling, vanpooling, car-sharing, bicycling, and walking. Learn more here.

 

Help Shape Future of BTV's Southern Waterfront

railyard-study-area-231x300Learn about the Railyard Enterprise Project on Thursday, March 7th at 7pm at Burlington City Hall.

Bring your ideas on how to improve travel and make Burlington's southern waterfront more accessible and livable.

What is the Railyard Enterprise Project?  It is an ambitious planning effort that grew, in part, out of the concern that the proposed Champlain Parkway would bring more traffic into the King / Maple neighborhood.  This planning process will evaluate various multi-modal improvements in the railyard area that could potentially reduce traffic in adjacent neighborhoods, spur economic development, provide more transportation options, etc.

Can't make it?  LM Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is the bike/pedestrian representative on the project steering committee so contact him with any ideas.

The Study is sponsored by the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) and the City of Burlington. Refreshments will be served.

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Vivanco's Velo Vision

Reconsidering the BicycleWhile juggling the responsibilities of being a full-time professor and father of three children, Local Motion Board Member Luis Vivanco is helping propel our region's culture of active transportation. 

Luis attended the National Bike Summit in Washington DC where he's represented Local Motion an an invitation-only meeting of the nation's most successful bike/pedestrian advocacy organizations.  He continues to bring UVM students to this annual event so they come back to Burlington charged up to advocate. 

Additionally, Luis has just published a great new book Reconsidering the Bicycle -- an anthropological exploration of the bicycle's return as part of the modern mobility movement.

Luis also serves on Local Motion's Strategy Committee and helped guide development of Local Motion's first Annual Party last fall.  Thanks Luis for all you do!

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Luis Vivanco (in middle) with the other Vermonters at the 2013 National Bike Summit.  From L to R: Jon Lewis (Waitsfield, Saris Co.), Alexandra Smith (UVM BUG), Luis, Dana Heng (UVM BUG), Jens Pharr (UVM BUG) and Bruce Lierman (VT Bike/Pedestrian Coalition).

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Mayor Welcomes Budnitz Bicycles to BTV

Liz by Greg Comollo 260pxFurther demonstrating the growing vitality of our region's active outdoor industry, Budnitz Bicycles has moved Boulder CO to Burlington! 

This great high-end bicycle company moved its office and assembly operations into the JDK building near the Burlington waterfront -- literally inside bike-cultured Maglianero Cafe.

On February 26th, 50 cyclists joined Mayor Weinberger on a 'welcome ride' from City Hall to Budnitz's new facility at 47 Maple Street.  Check out the pictures on Facebook here.

Below, Liz Robert of Terry Bicycles, Paul Budnitz of Budnitz Bicycles and Michael Jager of JDK listen to Mayor Weinberger's remarks.  Photos by Greg Comollo.

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February Reminiscences

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On February 23rd, around 7am, I left my house in Winooski to ride to work. The temperature was in the 30s, just warm enough to take the long way to Burlington. I rode to Mallets Bay Avenue and found the
wind was at my back and the riding was easy.

I have lived in the Burlington area for 30 years, and when I travel anywhere in Chittenden County, I am constantly reminded of my past. On Mallets Bay Avenue, I saw the house where Herb Hatch lived. He was my boss when I was the assistant aquatic director at the Burlington YMCA. It was my first job in Vermont. Herb was fired for screaming at a child.

A little farther on, I passed the house where my son Willi went to daycare. I used to take him there in a bike trailer. Near the daycare there is a dairy farm on one side of the road, and a horse farm on the other. The horses were wearing their winter overcoats. I am always glad to see the farms; they make me feel as though I have officially entered the countryside and left the cities behind.

There is a steep hill on Mallets Bay Avenue, and when I came to the
top my core was hot but my hands were cold. It reminded me of the
centaur story.

 

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WENTS Transportation Study: What's Next?

wents map 500You're invited to the next and final public meeting of the Williston-Essex Network's Transportation study.

When: Tuesday, February 5th, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Where: Williston Town Hall, 7900 Williston Road

The goal of WENTS was to develop a multi-modal transportation improvement plan for major roadways in the study area (see map) to address mobility, connectivity, and safety. The final Plan will include a comprehensive and coordinated list of highway, transit, bicycle, pedestrian, and land use recommendations.

Come hear about the study results and next steps to improve travel for all modes in Williston, Essex and Essex Junction! This meeting will include a presentation of the findings of the study, and preliminary recommendations on how to move forward. Refreshments will be served.

Study is sponsored by the Town of Williston, Town of Essex, Village of Essex Junction, and the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC). Learn more here.

 
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