Q: In Vermont, is there a helmet law for bicycling?
A: No, there is not a law -- however, Local Motion strongly recommends helmets for all types of bike riding. Whether you ride on road or off-road, in your driveway or in a terrain park, helmets make sense.
Q: Can I ride my bike on the sidewalk?
A: Yes, in most places in Vermont, it is not illegal to ride on sidewalks. However, riding on the sidewalk must be done with caution, and cyclists must yield to pedestrians. It is illegal to ride a bike on the sidewalk in Burlington's "Inner Fire District" -- basically the downtown area bounded by Battery Street, Main Street, Winooski Avenue and Pearl Street.
Q: How can I learn about bike commuting and how to do it safely?
A: There are many resources. Download VTrans' Bike Commuter Guide, visit any local bike shop or call Local Motion. If you are interested in having Local Motion lead a bike commuter workshop at your workplace, check out our Bike Commuter Training program.
Q: What do I do if I've been involved in a crash?
A. The three steps are: 1) seek medical attention if needed, 2) file a police report, and 3) contact a lawyer to make sure your rights are protected (see referral list of lawyers below). The insurance companies for drivers are always looking to minimize any costs to the insurance company or their customers. Cyclists and pedestrians don't have this built in protection. There are many Vermont lawyers who will provide free initial consultation to cyclists and pedestrians. For more information, please read this primer from the VT Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition.