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Memphremagog Ski Trail Foundation is where it's at!

MSTF.pngThere is something about nature that draws me into the woods year-round. The tranquility and beauty steal my breath. The vast space filled with known, and unknown, life cycles humbles me. Immediately life priorities become more apparent. I know as quickly as the woods teach me, the rest of the world will try to steal that wisdom the moment I leave. Spring brings a new sense of awakening for all the species in the woods. The smell of pine is incredible. I just want to bask in it! Baby snapping turtles are hatching. Owls are scouting for prey. Moments like this, I stop and look around, no longer in a hurry to complete the trail or to move until time runs out. I’m not rushing anymore – and I’m always rushing!

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Check List

checklist.pngI have an obsessive side, partly because if I didn't I would forget even more things than I already do. I have a long morning checklist, and also a checklist for going on a fun bike ride. Nothing ruins a ride like finding out you have forgotten something important. Read on to see what is included on my checklist...

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THE "SLOW SEASON:" What our Advocacy Staff Do in Winter

Though spring is officially here, it sure didn't feel like it until recently.  (Many Vermonters walk and bike through the winter, but more often than not in spite of the cold weather, not because of it.)  For many folks, it really isn't until April or even May that walking and biking take center stage once again. 

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Oh Buoy! It's Almost Ferry Season

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Local Motion is the world's only bike advocacy group with Coast Guard-licensed Captains on staff. While there are other bike ferries around the world - Martha's VineyardBuffalo, NYAlma, Quebec, and many small cable-type ferries across the rivers and canals of Europe (link to sites and pics), this is the only one that is mainly supported by donations and memberships of people like you! Last year alone,  we boarded nearly 14,000 riders and walkers and we can’t wait to break that record this year! Read the complete history of Local Motion’s Bike Ferry here.  

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Darker, Colder, Wetter

When it is cold, wet or dark, I tend to only ride for practical transportation. I use my bike to get to work, do errands and shop and I choose the shortest route possible, to limit my time outside. Occasionally,  I will do a "fun ride"  but only if it  also includes a practical aspect as well. For example; I live in Winooski, and work in Burlington so I will make my commute my "fun ride" - taking the longer route to work by way of Mallets Bay and the Burlington Bike Path.  This past winter has thrown some challenges my way in terms of Cold, Wet and Dark but I've learned a lot along the way and while I'm not counting down the days until I get to ride again in the cold, dark and wet, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't slightly looking forward to it - I've included some of what I've learn after the flip, so hopefully I can encourage you to  ride despite the cold, dark and wet weather that will be back before we know it.

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Local Motion's Bike Fleet

sq_bikes.jpgAsk any cycling enthusiast, “What is the ideal number of bikes to own?” and they will most likely respond with "n+1" - where "n" is the number of bikes currently owned and 1 is the bike you have your eye on.

 

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H.8 - Distracted Driving

This bill would increase the penalties for a second offense distracted driver as defined in 23 V.S.A § 1095b.

The increased penalties would...

  • add points to an individual's record
  • require the retaking of the written motorist DMV test
  • require revocation of a junior license for 30 days
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S.51 - 90% Renewable Energy

This bill would establish Vermont's renewable energy goals (90% by 2050) in statute

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S.84 - Motor Vehicle Emissions

This bill would establish more specific vehicle emission inspections provisions and stiffen the legal definition of "following too closely". This bill would also impose significant fines for installing or using emission defeating devices.

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H.46 - Bicycle Registration Fee

This bill would require a $10 registration fee for all bicycles

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