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  • Let's Make 2014 the Best Year Ever for Walking and Biking in Vermont!


    It's the most wonderful time of the year... for supporting the organizations that make your world a better place.  Please consider a gift to Local Motion's annual appeal today!  Here's a sampling of what we will be able to do in 2014 with your support:
    • Help communities across Vermont become more walk- and bike-friendly
    • Launch daily bike ferry service at the "cut" in the Island Line trail
    • Support schools to build bike skills training into PE classes for 5,000 kids
    • Bring on at-risk high school students as mentors at BRV
    • And much more!
    Check out our Facebook page during the month of December for our "top ten" list of how Local Motion is working for you to make 2014 the best year ever for walking and biking!
  • VerMontreal 2014: a Classic Returns!


    What's better than a ride along the newly restored Island Line Trail?  How about continuing the ride all the way to Montreal for the 30th anniversary celebration of the Tour de l'ile?  That's what we've got planned for the spring of 2014 when the much loved VerMontreal tour returns.

    Sojourn, a locally based active vacation provider and long-time partner with Local Motion's VerMontreal ride, has generously agreed to organize the 2014 event as a fundraiser for Local Motion.  This year's ride includes some very exciting additions.

    Big change this year:  the VerMontreal tour will start in Burlington!  We'll kick off day one on the City's waterfront and enjoy the full length of our spectacular lakeshore path while we make our way to our first night's accommodations on the water's edge in North Hero, Vermont.  Along the way, we'll ride Local Motion's bike ferry across "the cut" on the Colchester causeway with the blue waters of Lake Champlain and sweeping mountain vistas in all directions.  

  • Will You Make 2013 a Big Year for Big Trails?

    Vermont's great trails don't just get built by accident.  Three Pics

    The great places we have to hike, bike, ski, run and paddle exist due to the hard work of so many groups and people. 

    2013 is poised to a be huge year for some really big trail visions -- and Local Motion encourages you to share your time and talents to make them happen!


    :: Bolton Backcountry Conservation: 50+ miles of spectacular backcountry ski trails on 1,161 acres are close to being preserved forever.  Please help Vermont Land Trust, Catamount Trail Associaiton and others complete the deal by March 31, 2013.  Get involved.

    :: Long Trail Bridge over the Winooski: For a century, hikers have struggled to cross the Winooski River on the Long Trail.  The Green Mountain Club is working diligently to replace the curcuitous 3-mile on-road deviation with a 200' footbridge over the river.  Click 'read more' below to learn about a recent challenge grant and see a visualization of the bridge.  Get involed. 

    :: 92-Mile Lamoille Valley Rail Trail Across VT:  Imagine a flat, scenic multi-use trail running a stones throw from Lake Champlain to St. Johnsbury!  Thanks to VT Association of Snow Travelers' efforts, the crucial Act 250 permit was obtained last year for the first 44 miles.  They need help building and then maintaining these first sections.  Get involved!

    :: Missing Link in the Island Line Trail: Local Motion is working with partners to make the final link along a stunning 14-mile pathway along and across Lake Champlain.  In 2013, we aim to re-launch and expanded ferry operation with a vessel triple the size running more than triple the days -- helping thousands of trail users each week cross a 200' water gap.  Get involved.

    Taken together, these projects will enhance our quality of life, strengthen Vermont's active outdoor economy, and weave an incredible network of trails through so many of our vibrant Vermont communities. 

    Sure, all the work may seem overwhelming, but each of us just needs to play our one small part.  Together, we'll leave a legacy for generations to come.

  • Burton Goes Big for Bikes

    While it may be all about the snowboard during the winter season at Burton Snowboards, it seems to be all about the bike during the warmer season. 

    On October 5, Burton employees dedicated a new covered bike parking shelter at their flagship store and office on Industrial Avenue in Burlington, VT.

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    Two dozen Burton employees came out to celebrate the opening of Burton's new covered bike parking area for employees.



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     Burton employee ____ is glad to have this secure, covered bike parking area for his machine.


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    Rachel Gitajn, member of the EPIC team, lets everyone know how many people helped make the project happen.


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    Local Motion Executive Director Chapin Spencer joined Burton Founder Jake Carpenter and Burton staffer Rachel Gitajn at the opening.



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     Burton employee shows off the inside of their new bike parking facility.


  • VT Transportation Board Seeks Your Input

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    This fall, the Vermont Transportation Board will hold six public hearings at various locations around the state for the purpose of gathering public comment about transportation-related issues that face the State of Vermont.


    Working with the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) as well as the state's 11 Regional Planning Commissions, the Board identified six "hot" transportation topics on which it would like public input. While these six topics will be discussed at every hearing, time also will be provided for Vermonters to broach any additional transportation topic they wish.

  • Women’s Rides in October!

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    Haven’t been out on your bike in a while? Love getting out whenever you can? Beginner or experienced, join one of our easy-going rides for women. Charlene will lead rides on two mornings in October.  We’ll ride for an hour or so, then have a fix-a-flat workshop for anyone who’d like to stay and learn.  Questions about bikes, routes, gear, and repairs are welcome! No RSVP necessary, just come join us. Women only.


    Sunday October 14 – 9am  Meet at Oakledge Park by the first pavilion.  We’ll ride south on the bike path and cross over Shelburne Rd. to explore the S. Burlington Recreation Path, where we’ll ride through the woods during peak foliage! The ride will end at Oakledge around 10:30 am.  Free car parking in the Oakledge lot.


    Saturday October 20 – 9am  Meet outside at Local Motion on Burlington's waterfront.  We’ll ride the Burlington Bike Path out to the bike bridge over the Winooski River and back, and arrive at the Burlington Farmer’s Market around 10:30 am. We can park our bikes for free in the Secure Bike Parking area and browse the market.  Free car parking in the Main Street Landing lot (yellow booth).


    It'll be great if it's a sunny, crisp fall day, and we’ll still ride if it’s cold or cloudy. We'll cancel if it’s raining.  If the weather's iffy and you want to confirm, call Charlene at 802-363-7439.

  • Essex Junction Wants to Walk and Bike!

    Essex Junction walk-bike workshopGood things happen when lots of people put their heads together and share ideas.  That's exactly what happened on September 15, when about three dozen people showed up for a community walk-bike workshop in Essex Junction.  They spent an hour reviewing, adding to, and voting for ideas for making Essex Junction an even better place to walk and bike.  

    Some of the highlights:

    • People are really excited about making it easier to walk and bike to school, and voted heavily for school-organized walking school buses and bike trains.
    • Bikeable connections to surrounding communities were also popular, with particular interest in a path along the Route 15 corridor.  
    • Most folks are largely happy with the sidewalk network as it is, but they want better options for getting across busy intersections.

    You can read the full report here.  Want to add your thoughts to the mix?  Email Jason Van Driesche at


  • And the Winners Are...

    VBC banner 03The Vermont Bike Challenge generated some real excitement this summer!  With 1277 riders, 105 teams, and 443,717 miles biked, it was a total blast.  (And don't forget that Vermont ran away with the top spot in the National Bike Challenge!)

    Now that it's over, you may be wondering who is the top bike rider in Vermont.  (Hint:  he lives in the Upper Valley and has a really cool name.)  

    You may also be curious which Vermont company fielded the top team in the Challenge -- and even paid its employees to take the final day of the Challenge off from work if they spent the day on their bikes.  (Hint:  they install solar energy systems.)  

    You are perhaps thinking that you'd like to win one of the remaining $25 gift certificates donated by Earl's Cyclery.  (All kinds of cool gear can be had for $25!)

    And you are of course on the edge of your seat about who is going to win the free bicycling vacation from Sojourn Bicycling and Active Vacations.  (Who wouldn't want to bike between country inns and have someone else carry your stuff?)

    All this and more can be had at Local Motion's Annual Party on October 21!  (Scroll back to the top of this newsletter for details.)  See you there.

  • Come to our first-ever Annual Party!

    LMannualcardA 240pxCelebrate our region's growing culture of walking, biking, running and xc skiing!  Local Motion is hosting its first-ever annual meeting -- but it will be so much fun it'll be a party!


    Sunday, October 21, 3-6pm
    Intervale Center, 180 Intervale Rd, BTV

    (Rain or Shine -- we've got a barn and a tent)

    Wood-fired flatbread!  Bicycle-powered carousel!  Sled dog rides!  Zero Gravity beer!  Kids games!  Nature walks!  Awards!  The event is free for members with a special $5 introductory membership for others. (Contributions appreciated for flatbread and soft drinks; beer will be sold for a nominal charge).  Come connect with other active folks and learn how Vermont can continue to lead the nation in people-powered recreation and transportation.  More info below.

    RSVP on LM's website:

    RSVP on Facebook:

  • 200 Young People Use Their Head

    Just this last week alone, Local Motion worked with our partners to provide cool super-discounted helmets to 200 Burlington area young people.  Missed the events?  Download our $6 safety gear coupon and get your helmet today!
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    We had a great time at UVM's Davis Green on 9/27--we sold over 160 helmets at our bi-annual UVM helmet event!  Students can buy name-brand helmets at a steep discount: $10 for a regular bike helmet, and $20 for an all-sport helmet.   We saw lots of smiles that day, as students took advantage of the great deal, and protected their heads for less than the cost of a pizza!  Students were also able to get their bikes tuned up, thanks to Old Spokes Home and BUG (UVM's Bike Users Group), and the knowledgeable staff at Earl's, North Star, and Ski Rack were amazing at helping people find the right helmets.  Missed the event?  Download our $6 safety gear coupon.
    Many thanks to all of our partners in this incredible event:
    • Skirack, North Star Sports, and Earl's Cyclery, who provided the helmets at a deep discount (along with knowledgeable and friendly staff to sell them!), as well as lights, locks and other gear!
    • Bike Recycle Vermont (BRV) and the UVM Bike Users Group (BUG) for doing free bike tuneups and safety checks
    • Burlington Parallel Justice for joining us and educating the students about bike locks and security.
    • FAHC's Community Health Improvement office and the PHAT (Protect Head at All Times) program for providing giveaways and educating students about helmets and head injury prevention
    • The UVM police for getting the whole thing going, handling permits, and more
    • UVM Parking and Transportation Services, Office of Student and Community Relations, UVM Center for Health and Wellbeing, UVM Student Life, and Sustain Champlain for pulling together the funding necessary to offer the helmets at this price
  • Back to School Special: Bike Benefits @ Half-Price!

    Bicycle Benefits StickerLocal Motion is proud to be the local partner of Bicycle Benefits!  

    Purchase a sticker, slap it on your helmet, and bring your adorned helmet into participating shops for some amazing savings.  

    Buy two and a half burritos at Bueno Y Sano, and you've already made your money back!  40+ shops around BTV are participating: City Market, Dobra Tea, Chubby Muffin, Skinny Pancake, Ben and Jerry's, and of course, our amazing outdoor shops: Skirack, Earl's, Outdoor Gear Exchange and Old Spokes Home!  So are other stores around the entire State of Vermont.  Check the full listing here.

    This fall, Local Motion's Trailside Center is offering Bike Benefits stickers for half-price ($2.50) for first 100 stickers sold.  Hurry up, we've already sold over 1/3 of these stickers!

  • Climate 911: The Health Dangers of Climate Change

    Join us for this unique presentation this Friday at 4pm at Maglianero's:


    Climate 911
    Doctor Wendy Ring, a 56 year old family physician, is riding a bicycle across the United States to draw attention to global warming as a public health emergency.

    Climate change is already affecting our health in the US; resulting in thousands of emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths from a variety of respiratory, cardiovascular, and infectious diseases.  Medical professional organizations including the American Medical Association, the American Public Health Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Practice have issued warnings that climate change is harmful to the health of the American people and called for a rapid reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. 

     Dr. Ring is a graduate of Yale and Columbia Universities and holds a Doctorate in Medicine and a Masters Degree in Public Health.She has been recognized by the California State Senate and Assembly, the House of Representatives, the US Senate, the California Medical Association, and the American Medical Association for her contributions to health care for the under served.

    Learn more about Dr. Ring, and Climate 911, here:

  • VTrans Preserves Rec Trails Funding

    VTrans smWhile the new MAP-21 federal transportation bill allowed states to opt-out of funding walking, biking and trails, Governor Shumlin and VTrans have committed to maintaining funding for Vermont's Rec Trails Program.  It is a critcal funding source for improvements to trails managed by the State, towns, and non-profits across the state.  Many advocacy organizations around the country have had to mobilize their members to save walk/bike funding.  In Vermont, it was much easier.

    In an email to Local Motion, VTrans Secretary Searles emphatically stated "We are NOT opting out of this program."

    This news is another demonstration of the Administration's support for active transportation and recreation.  Earlier this year, the Administration reopened the Bike/Pedestrian Program for new sidewalk and trail projects around the state. 

    Thank you to the Adminstration and VTrans for staying the course on walk/bike funding. 


  • VBT Trip Winners -- Cilla and Jerry!

    Cilla and Jerry 2012 xsmImagine being on vacation and getting a call that you'd just won another vacation!

    Well that's what happened to two great people.  Local Motion members Cilla & Jerry were driving back from Yellowstone when they got the call.  They won the Local Motion membership raffle -- a biking or walking trip to Tuscany valued at over $3,000!  The trip was generously provided by VBT Bicycling & Walking Vacations of Bristol, VT.


    The winners: Cilla Kimberly & Jerry Lasky

    Hometown: Essex Junction

    Members since: 2002

    Volunteer work: Essex Trails Cmte, Bike Ferry, Trail Finder, Fellowship of the Wheel, Friends of Bolton Valley Backcountry


    Besides being Local Motion members for 10 years, Cilla and Jerry have been actively involved in making Vermont a better place to hike and bike. 

    "We doubled our membership contribution this year because Local Motion does such amazing work -- and we joked that it might help us win the trip," remarked Cilla.  Well, whatever their logic, it certainly paid off!

    "VBT logo smVBT was pleased to offer this membership promotion to Local Motion for a second year," said Gregg Marston, owner of VBT.  "Local Motion is a great organization and we're pleased to be able to thank such great long-time Local Motion members with this complimentary trip." 

    Thank you everyone who joined Local Motion this season.  Even though you didn't win the trip, you're a winner in our world!  We depend on the financial contributions from over 1,000 families and businesses to sustain our advocacy, our services and our education.


  • Announcing... the Vermont Bike Challenge Champions!

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    The Vermont Bike Challenge has come to a close, and what a ride it has been!  This four-month event has given bike riders of all stripes a fun and inspiring way to compete -- for themselves, their team, their community, their employer, and their state.  Now it's time to announce our winners!

    (Read to the end for information about our grand prize winner of a bicycling vacation from Sojourn Bicycling & Active Vacations...)

    Congratulations first and foremost to Kiel Alarcon, a rider from the Upper Valley who topped out the individual rider leaderboard with 6,140 points!  Kiel rode over 4,000 miles over the course of the summer, most of them on his commute to and from work.

    Congratulations also to the AllEarth Renewables team, which headed up the teams leaderboard with 31,922 points.  Their 10-person team logged a total of over 12,000 miles!  The University of Vermont was the top-scoring employer, with 83,002 points and 33,860 miles.

    The best part, though, is Vermont's final standing in the National Bike Challenge.  VERMONT HAS WON THE NATIONAL BIKE CHALLENGE!  Based on points earned per capita, Vermont far outpaced every other state in the nation by a huge margin.   The leaderboard says it all:


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     And what's more, the Burlington/South Burlington metro area also came out in FIRST PLACE NATIONALLY!  Also in points per capita, here are the top five metro areas:

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    For those of you who are wondering who won the grand prize:  we'll be organizing a celebration in mid-September to recognize the full slate of winners in all categories, as well as draw winners for our remaining gift certificates from Earl's Cyclery ( and the grand prize of a $2,500 bicycling vacation from Sojourn Bicycling and Active Vacations (  Stay tuned for details!

    Last but not least:  a HUGE thank you to our sponsors -- Earl's Cyclery & Fitness and Sojourn Bicycling Tours -- for their generous support of the Challenge. Many thanks, too, to the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission for their support of the Vermont Bike Challenge.

  • VT Crushes Other States in Bike Challenge!

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    This summer, 1,277 Vermont cyclists signed up to log the times they biked as well as their distance to create a friendly competition encouraging all of us to bike more.  The VT contingent pedaled 415,020 miles -- enough to circle the earth over 16 times

    This motivated and diverse mix of mountain bikers, roadies, commuters and kids absolutely stunned the rest of the country by trouncing other better known cycling states.  Our decisive first place finish in the National Bike Challenge earns us some serious bragging rights.

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    While we competed in this national contest, simultaneously Local Motion, Earl's Cyclery, Sojourn Bicycle Tours, and the VT Bike/Pedestrian Coalition hosted a statewide Vermont Bike Challenge so that bike riders of all stripes had a more local and inspiring way to compete -- for themselves, their team, their employer and their community.  Find out what Kiel Alarcon, AllEarth Renewables, the University of Vermont have in common by clicking below!

  • Live in Essex Junction? Want Better Walking and Biking?

    Walk and Bike Everyday photo thumbThen come to the Essex Junction Walk-Bike Planning Workshop on September 15!  Participants will help Local Motion and Village staff identify priorities for walk-bike improvements. YOU can make a difference!



    Saturday, September 15 from 8:30 to 10:30 AM

    Maple Street Rec Center, Essex Junction

    Homemade baked goods and coffee from 8:30 to 9:00; workshop from 9:00 to 10:30

  • Local Motion, Vermont Children's Hospital Launch "Kohl's Kids Bike Smart"

    KKBS_maritime_festivalLocal Motion is pleased to announce the launch of "Kohl's Kids Bike Smart," Vermont's leading bike skills resource for kids and schools!  Powered by Local Motion and funded by the Kohl's Cares program, Kohl's Kids Bike Smart works with over 3000 kids each year to help them improve their skills and confidence as bike riders.

    We officially launched this new partnership at the Maritime Festival on the Burlington waterfront in mid-August.  "Associates in Action" volunteers from the local Kohl's department store were on hand for the event, fitting kids with helmets and helping run a "Bike Olympics" for kids.  Afternoon thunderstorms not withstanding, the event was a huge success!

    bike_olympics_staffThis fall and next spring, Kohl's Kids Bike Smart will be working with schools across Vermont to bring bike skills training to their PE classes and after-school programs.  Participating schools get to use our cargo trailer of 46 top quality kids' bikes (plus all needed equipment and supplies) at no cost.  Click here for more information about how your school can take advantage of this unique resource!

    We are thrilled to be partnering with the Vermont Children's Hospital (which administers the Kohl's Cares program here in northwest Vermont) along with Kohl's department stores to take bike skills training to the next level here in Vermont.  Thank you to all our partners for making Kohl's Kids Bike Smart a reality!



  • Helmets at the Winooski Farmer's Market


    Coming on September 9, to the Winooski Farmer’s Market: Local Motion’s helmet tent!  We’ll have helmets there—kids’ helmets, and adult helmets, as well as a decoration station, with stickers, reflective tape, and paint pens.  This project is a collaboration between the Governor’s Highway Safety program, and Local Motion, so come pick up an inexpensive helmet, and protect your melon!   The Winooski Farmer’s Market is at 20 Winooski Way—drop by our booth and say hello!


  • SB Makes Williston Rd Complete Street Permanent!

    Williston Road 3 up smallOn August 20, the South Burlington City Council took the courageous step of unanimously approving the 3-lane complete street design for a 1.5 mile stretch of Williston Road!


    After a two month trial on Williston Road between Hinesburg Road and Kennedy Drive, South Burlington residents, the Public Works Director and the City Council all praised the process and collectively took a bold step forward to not only make this complete street trial permanent, but the Council also voted to extend the complete street eastward to near Earl's Cyclery!


    Former SB City Councilor Meaghan Emery, who had previously expressed concern about the complete street demonstration, said it well: "[Williston Road] feels more residential now. It doesn't feel like a highway anymore. My fears have been put to rest."


    We also want to give a special shout out to Local Motion member Rick Hubbard who led the SB resident advocacy effort.  Well done Rick!  


    Unfortunately, the news media has stirred up some negative remarks after the decision.  We need your help to keep it positive and moving forward.  Please take a moment to email SB Public Works Director Justin Rabidoux and SB City Council Chair Rosanne Greco and thank them for their forward-thinking decision and their continued support.


    Thank you to all the Local Motion supporters who emailed the City last month before the vote.  It made a huge difference.  The City receieved almost 170 unique comments:

    • 92 people wrote in favor of the complete streets demonstration
    • 75 people wrote in opposition to the demonstration
    • 2 people were neutral in their comments

    Your comments make the difference!  See more pictures here.


  • Path Repairs Underway! $1.5M Goal Reached!

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    Generous donations to The Big Fix have enabled repairs to begin on the 3-mile Colchester Causeway!  Contractor SD Ireland is making good progress repairing the path and replacing the armor stones.  The causeway will continue to be closed through October.  Please respect the trail closure so work can continue expeditiously.  Click here to see more photos (courtesy of Lee Cordner and Cathy Frank).


    We did it!

    Thanks to you, we raised $1.5M to help Colchester & Burlington repair the flood-damaged Island Line Trail and help us relaunch expanded Bike Ferry service.  Thank you!

  • Support Richmond's Complete Streets Efforts

    The Richmond Trails Committee is organizing a public petition to the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) to get better conditions for walking and biking on the section of US Route 2 that passes through the town. See pictures of the challenging conditions here.

    The section from Richmond Village to the Exit 11 (Interstate 89) Park & Ride is of special concern.  VTrans plans to repave this road in 2015, and the Committee is calling for a wide, well-marked shoulder to be established according to Complete Streets principles.

    Wouldn't it be great to be able to bike or walk from Richmond village to the CCTA LINK buses at the Park & Ride?

    You can help by signing the online petition, supported by Local Motion and other area businesses and organizations. About 200 signatures have already been collected in Richmond.

  • Lookin' Good! Bike Portraits from The Ramble



    Thanks to Local Motion member Peter Wadsworth for taking the shots and putting together this fun video from the 2012 Old North End Ramble! Look at all the beautiful people on their beautiful bikes. Pedal on!

  • Walk/Bike Funding Now Largely in States' Hands

    US_Capitol_paintingWe are not going to let 20 years of progress in biking and walking come to a halt!

    It’s true that the new federal transportation bill (MAP-21) slashed guaranteed funding for biking and walking, but we are still very much in the game -- thanks to you and thousands of other advocates who called, wrote, and e-mailed Congress as the bill was being written.

    In sum, Congress left much of the future bike/walk funding decisions to states -- so it now falls on us to make sure Vermont and our local governments use every opportunity in the new law to increase the safety and convenience of biking and walking.

    We will be urging Vermont to:

    • Fully fund the new Transportation Alternatives program and not opt-out of the Recreational Trails program
    • Fully staff Transportation Alternatives by maintaining state Safe Routes to School coordinators and bike/ped coordinators
    • Fully implement Transportation Alternatives by promptly awarding grants with participation of relevant stakeholders
    • Fully maximize all MAP-21 funding programs to include biking and walking in all transportation projects

      VTrans has been a national leader in these areas so we are confident that our State leaders will continue to be strong partners in accomplishing these items.  We'll keep you posted.

    • Buy Fun Stuff at Kohl's to Support Bike Education!

      skippyjon_jonesEvery year, our local Kohl's department store down at University Mall sells high-quality kids' books and toys through their Kohl's Cares for Kids program, with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to the Vermont Children's Hospital.  The hospital then turns around and gives just about all of the funds -- over $25,000 this year -- to Local Motion for bike skills training for kids.

      This year, all the books and merchandise feature Skippyjon Jones, a favorite character among the four-to-seven set.  They also have some great cookbooks for sale.  All items are just $5, and every single penny goes to helping kids become great bike riders.

      So head on down to Kohl's today and buy a book for a child in your life!  Your gift will go twice as far.  To see all the options, visit

    • On Purchasing Your First Bike

      Peter_Burns Last week I was at a bike shop for a minor repair. A woman was trying to figure out what kind of bike to buy. She asked me what advice I would give to someone who wanted to ride, but had not done so since childhood. I said, “Tell the bike guys what kind of riding you plan on doing, and they will help you pick out the right kind of bike. Take it slow at first, and gradually you will get in shape for riding.”

      If there had been more time, I would have mentioned a few other things as well:

      Don't spend too much on your first bike. It may take some time with your first bike to figure out what kind of rider you are. If you become passionate about touring, commuting, racing or mountain biking, you can make the necessary purchase. You may find that your first bike is all you need. Some people buy expensive bikes and then feel they have to ride because they have invested so much money. Guilt is not a good basis for a riding relationship. Many beautiful bikes are used a few times and then sold.

      Always wear a helmet when riding. Many years ago I fell off my bike and cracked my helmet. It could have been my head. For your own safety, obey traffic laws and be predictable.

      Have fun. A bike will take you on new adventures and help you explore the wonders of Vermont. It gives a freedom of movement that can liberate you from cars and the stress of driving. Ride on!

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      Local Motion member, storyteller and writer Peter Burns is an avid biker, walker and swimmer in the Burlington area. He began bike riding through the winter in the early 80's. A passionate advocate for biking and walking, he tries to maintain a tiny carbon footprint.

    • Of Riding and Reveries

      Peter_BurnsWhen I ride, many different things flow through my mind. Sometimes a song fragment goes round and round in my head: "Got a wife in Chino babe and one in Cherokee. First one says
      she's got my child but it don't look like me."

      On a ride that makes me happy, I sing "I am the light of this world, as long as I am in this world, I am the light of this world." That is something Jesus says in the bible, as well as a song by Little Feat.

      Some rides are devoted to thinking about a problem. I don't always come up with a solution, but being outside helps me look at a problem from a new perspective.

      From time to time, I just focus on riding. I am aware of pedaling and breathing. I feel the wind and look and listen to the world all around me. I am suspended between the earth and the sky
      and riding is effortless. It feels like flying. This never lasts for long because there are always practical things to consider - where will I get more water and where can I pee? What is that strange sound my bike is making? I also deal with traffic and weather conditions. Bike riding combines the transcendent with the practical.

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      Local Motion member, storyteller and writer Peter Burns is an avid biker, walker and swimmer in the Burlington area. He began bike riding through the winter in the early 80's. A passionate advocate for biking and walking, he tries to maintain a tiny carbon footprint.

    • Sign up today for the Vermont Bike Challenge!

      Do you love to bike? Do you wish you could bike more often? Here's your chance! The Vermont Bike Challenge is a great new way to challenge yourself, your friends, and your coworkers to ride more. It starts on May 1VBC_banner_02 and runs through the end of August, and there are drawings for great prizes every month.

      Here's how it works. The Vermont Bike Challenge uses a great online interface called Endomondo that lets people track their miles biked, form teams and recruit others to join, and win great prizes. Registering is easy: just fill out the registration form, and off you go! There's even a smartphone app that logs your miles for you. Every kind of bicycling counts, from commuting to work to heading out on the weekends with your family to doing a singletrack ride your mountain bike. Best of all, you get one point for each mile PLUS 20 points for each day you ride, so even short rides add up if you get on your bike regularly. And the more you ride, the better your chances of winning a prize!

      Local Motion is calling on you -- our members -- to take the Vermont Bike Challenge farther by starting a team. Once you register for the Challenge (see above), look for the link on the right-hand side of the page that says, "Looks like you're riding solo. Click here to start or join a team." Click the link, select "start a team," and then give your team a name. You can then send a personal email and a customized registration link from right within the system to colleagues, family, friends, and neighbors inviting them to join your team -- up to 10 people overall. Build your team, inspire them to get on a bike, and lead the way. Register now for the Vermont Bike Challenge!

      Be a leader for bicycling in Vermont!


    • Women and Trans Night at Bike Recycle Vermont


      Beginning April 16th, every other Monday is Women and Trans Night at Bike Recycle Vermont! Women, genderqueer, and transgender folk are welcome at BRV for wrenching workshops and open shop hours. Here at BRV, we feel it is important to  maintain a nonthreatening space so that people of all walks of life can come together and share in to joy that bicycles bring!  With this new series, we hope to open the doors to bicycle mechanics, which often tends to be a male-dominated field. This is a chance for women and trans folk to work together to make repairs, solve problems, and become more confident and dependent on their bicycles.

      BRV staff offers one hour of instruction on a given topic from 5PM to 6PM (see topics below) and open shop from 6PM to 8PM. Womens and Trans Night is drop-in, no RSVP necessary, and attendees can stay for just the workshop, just the open shop hours, or both. If you would like to attend the workshop portion, please get here 5 minutes early! Attendees can wrench on their own bicycles or work on BRV's program bikes.

      There is a suggested $5 donation for Local Motion members, and a suggested $10 donation for the general public. To learn about becoming a member of Local Motion, click here People who qualify for Bike Recycle Vermo

      Photo Courtesy of The Hub Cyclery
      nt's low-cost bicycle program may attend Women and Trans Night for free (to learn if you qualify, visit our website).

      Dates and Workshop Topics
      April 16 -- Bicycle Anatomy and Basic Maintenance
      April 30 -- Brakes
      May 14 -- Shifting and Drivetrains
      May 28 -- Bearing Adjustments
      June 11 -- Wheels
      June 25 -- Bicycle Anatomy and Basic Maintenance
      July 9 -- Brakes
      July 23 -- Shifting and Drivetrains
      August 6 -- Bearing Adjustments
      August 20 -- Wheels

      For more info, contact or call (802) 264-9687

    • Federal T-Bill: Making Progress

      US_Capitol_paintingWe still have a long road to travel a new multi-year Federal Transportation Bill, but your advocacy to date has made a difference.

      The League of American Bicyclists reported that last week, thanks to advocates like you, we won a significant battle for biking and walking in the next federal "t-bill".  After several weeks of intense work from advocates around the country, the US Senate accepted the Cardin-Cochran Amendment as part of the base Senate transportation bill, MAP-21. Read more on the Bike League blog, check out the full statement from America Bikes and learn about the unfinished business here.

      There will be more advocacy alerts in the coming weeks. Thank you in advance for making sure that walking and bicycling get the attention that they deserve.

      To help in this fight, Local Motion's Director Chapin Spencer and Board Member Luis Vivanco will be heading to the National Bike Summit in DC and will meet with our Congressional delegation.  We will be looking for Leahy, Sanders and Welch to continue their solid leadership for a multi-modal transportation future.

    • Launches Fossil Fuel Freedom

      350vt-logoROrganizing Community Transportation Forums -- Starting this month, and partners including Local Motion, will host a series of informal conversations in local communities across the state.  These forums are part of a grassroots effort to hear your personal stories and ideas about how to improve Vermont’s Transportation system to better meet the needs of people and end our dependence on fossil fuels.

      All are invited to attend these community gatherings which are being organized by 350VT, the VT Workers Center, VT Sierra Club, Local Motion & other local allies.  Initial dates include:

      March 25:  Manchester / Sunderland,  GNAT-TV Station, 6378 Route 7A Suite 1
      April 6th:  White River Junction, Upper Valley Co-op, 193 North Main Street

      More Transportation Forum dates coming soon: Brattleboro, Burlington, Bennington, and more.  To schedule a Transportation Forum in your town or possibly at your school, college or business, please contact Let’s get things moving in our world!

    • Join Us: Walk/Bike Summit March 31


      2012 Walk/Bike Summit
      Saturday, March 31, 2012
      8:30 am – 1 pm
      On Burlington's Waterfront in the Lake & College Building,
      60 Lake Street (above Skinny Pancake) (at intersection of College St.)
      Burlington, Vermont

      Participate in a variety of exciting workshops, engage in new initiatives, and get inspired by keynote speaker

      Free Secure Bike Parking Available
      Avoid the fuss... leave your bike with us!


      Click here for full agenda

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