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Slow Rider

cropped_slow_rider.jpgIn my 60th year, I have come to accept that I am a slow rider. It began last year when I got a lightweight road bike.  With my new light and speedy bike, I thought to myself, "now I'll be one of the faster riders out there, there's no stopping me now!"  In spite of my optimism, it turned out that I was, in fact, one of the slower road bike riders.  Luckily, I did not let that stop me from enjoying the bike.

 

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Burlington Bike Path Re-opens as Burlington Greenway!

cropped_bike_path.jpgBurlington Parks, Recreation and Waterfront announced earlier today the re-opening of the treasured Burlington Greenway. The Burlington Greenway, formerly known as The Burlington Bike Path, has been under construction since mid-summer and been closed to the public for just as long. 

 

 

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Burlington Bike Path Update

map_view.jpgThe Burlington Bike Path has undergone some major transformations over the last few months, and while the path gets closer and closer to re-opening between North Beach and Waterfront Fishing Pier everyday, it's not quite ready to make its debut to us in its newest form...

  

 

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Attention municipalities: Last Call for Better Communities grants!

Better_connections_downtown.jpgIf your community wishes to participate in the joint VTrans/ACCD Better Connections Grant Program, a pre-application meeting needs to happen by Friday, December 16th.  

 

 

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bike.jpg“I got a little green bicycle with training wheels. I learned to cycle without them during a sleepover at my aunt's house, where my cousins taught me how to balance the bike just so. You would think they had taught me how to fly... 

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Bethel Elementary gets Bike Smart

bethel_bike_smart.jpgDuring the month of October, students at Bethel Elementary School were delighted to participate in Local Motion’s Bike Smart program. The Kohl's Kids Bike Smart Trailer was a huge success in Bethel’s after school program, with more than thirty students participating! Kids of all ages enjoyed riding bikes with friends in the afternoon and many improved their riding and safety skills in the week that we were fortunate to have the Bike Trailer...

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Why Burlington Needs Protected Bike Lanes

pbl_citylab_image_thumb.jpgA recent article from Citylab gives empirical backing to something that is obvious to anyone who rides a bike:  protected bike lanes make biking better.  But they do more than reduce crashes; they also increase rates of biking.  The increased margin of safety persuades "retired" bike riders to dust off their bikes and take to the streets.  Check out the article at this link.  And read on to learn why this matters right now for Burlington.

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Checklists for Preparedness

The key to a good bike ride, whether it be for a daily commute or a fun, recreational ride is being prepared. In order to ensure that preparedness, I always make sure to set out my riding gear and daily equipment before I go to bed at night. Some things go in my pannier, other things in my backpack. I use a checklist to make sure I don't forget anything...

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Voters Approve Billions for Biking Nationally

pfb_logo.jpegOn Election Day, voters nationwide approved nearly $5 billion in new local funding for biking-related infrastructure and initiatives.  Burlington was among them and is mentioned in a story by People for Bikes.  Question 1 on Burlington's local ballot approved a capital improvement bond that will fund rehabilitation of the rest of the lakeshore bike path, reconstruction of failing sidewalks, and rebuilding of our streets for 21st century travel needs.  Check out the full story here.

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I-89 Exit 14 Bike / Pedestrian Crossing Study

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The City of South Burlington is divided by I-89 at the Exit 14 Interchange.  US Route 2 is a principal arterial roadway that spans I-89 and is a major transportation connection between many major employment centers and residential areas in Burlington and South Burlington. This interchange area, including US Route 2, was primarily designed with motor vehicles in mind. 

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