Safe and Complete Streets Updates

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Local Motion, Skirack, and Burlington PD Partner for Nighttime Bike Safety

nighttime_biker.jpgLocal Motion staff and volunteers hit the streets in Burlington last night to get high-quality bike lights on "ninja" bikes. We counted about 80 riders coming through the intersection of Pearl Street & Winooski Avenue in the space of two hours.  The good news?  Two-thirds of them already had lights on their bikes! Check out our Twitter feed for photos, reactions, and more.

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Local Motion Featured in National Story on Tactical Urbanism

peggy_with_bikes.jpgBurlington resident Peggy O'Neill and Local Motion were featured in NPR's recent series "Boundbusters" about empowering citizens to make changes Burlington's streets through tactical urbanism. Tactical urbanism is an approach to creating temporary projects that get to "lighter, faster and cheaper" changes on the ground.

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Calling All Communities! Transportation Alternatives Grant Applications Are Out

bike_lane.pngVTrans is NOW accepting applications for the Transportation Alternatives (TA) program! Bicycle and pedestrian project planning and construction are at the heart of the TA program and this year, the focus is on environmental mitigation projects relating to stormwater and highways. Learn more by attending an online workshop, which will be held on September 6th and 8th.

Click here for the VTrans announcement letter!

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Williston Road Bike Lanes Pushed to 2017

bike_lane_ends_williston_road.jpgWe are delighted to report that the promised addition of bike lanes to Williston Road between Earl's Cyclery and Tafts Corners is happening—and we're bummed to report that it won't happen until 2017.  (The delay is to accommodate a major subsurface utility upgrade, which is much better done before the road is repaved than after.)  The delay is frustrating, but the bike lanes are baked into the design, which means they WILL get built.  Read on for a few screenshots from the paving plans, so you know we aren't blowing smoke!

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BPD gets some beautiful new bikes

Budnitz_BPD_Fleet_1500-7.jpgThe Burlington Police Department is going green! BPD released a statement yesterday that they will be reintroducing police bike patrols as a measure to make Burlington more environmentally friendly, healthier, and stronger as a community. Read on for more information, and to sneak a glance at the police's shiny new wheels. 

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Shelburne Implements Low-Cost, High-Impact Safety Improvement for Bay Road Underpass

bay_road_underpass_thumb.jpegThis summer, Shelburne demonstrated that making streets and roads safer for people walking and biking—not to mention driving—doesn't have to cost a fortune or take forever. Local Motion helped them get there.  How can we help in YOUR community?  If you have a goal for walking or biking that you need help getting traction on, fill us in!  We review all suggested goals and look for ones that have legs, then we work directly with community residents to make those goals a reality.


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VT Wants Feedback on Energy Standards for Town Plans

Montpelier_vermont_state_house_thumb.jpgThe Department of Public Service invites all interested Vermonters to provide input on the standards the Department must create per Act 174 of 2016 for determining consistency of regional and municipal plans with state energy policy. The Department will host a forum to gather input on August 30, from 9 a.m. to noon, in Montpelier at the Vermont College of Fine Arts (Noble Hall). An online survey is also available at

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Brattleboro Launches a New Pilot Program

brattleboro_woman.jpgThe safe and complete streets campaign is all about working with communities across Vermont to make roads in their towns work better for all. Recently, the Safe Streets Project in Brattelboro teamed up with the Brattleboro Department of Public Works and the Holton Home for elder care to ensure that residents of the home are visible when crossing the street. Read on to hear about how the pilot is helping a vulnerable community reclaim the road!

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Thank You, Rep. Welch and Sen. Sanders

14540027502_24856361aa_q.jpgIt looks like Rep. Welch and Sen. Sanders are walk-bike advocates as well! On July 25th, both of the Vermont government officials signed on to a letter calling on the Department of Transportation to consider EVERYONE-- not just vehicles-- when measuring the performance of America's roads. And for that, Local Motion thanks you!

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Bike Safety and Buses

bus_thumb.jpgRecently, Local Motion got an inquiry from a contact at GMT (formerly CCTA) about the four-foot passing law.  They said a driver had asked why exactly it was necessary to give a minimum of four feet of clearance when passing someone on a bike.  We were so glad they asked!  GMT puts a major emphasis on safety, and bike-bus interactions are an area where special conditions apply.  Here's what we told them about why four feet is so important:

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