Walk 'n Roll News
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:
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!
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:
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!
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.
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:
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!
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.
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.
Are 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!
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."
We 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.
During 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!
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!
For drivers, we'll be setting up our Burma Shave safety signs to help motorists remember to "Drive 25 and Keep Kids Alive".
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
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.
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!
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.
Learn 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.
The Study is sponsored by the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) and the City of Burlington. Refreshments will be served.
While 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!
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).
Further 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.
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
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
You'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
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.