Local Motion has long been and will continue to be a strong supporter of redeveloping the Burlington Town Center mall, with the goal of creating more value for our community on this key downtown property. As Mr. Sinex’s proposed redevelopment project has moved forward, we been actively engaged and have listened carefully to a wide range of perspectives on both the process and the design. Here are what we see as some of the most important issues to resolve as the project moves forward.
At the Local Motion Bike Ferry, kids come in all different shapes and sizes. Sometimes the kids are grown up, and out on a final ride before their parents drop them off at college. Other times they’re little ones, slathered in sunscreen and found securely in a tag-a-long. This past Friday, August 26th, one special kid earned the title of the bike ferry’s 10,000th passenger in 2016, and we couldn’t have asked for a better recipient. What better way to begin our season wind-down?
If you've ever seen a Streetfilms production, you know they are the gold standard for video about walkable, bikeable communities. Last week, Clarence Eckerson of Streetfilms came to Burlington on vacation—and shot a piece about our city in his spare time! It uses Church Street Marketplace as its jumping-off point, but paints a bigger picture of Burlington's potential for walking and biking. Read on to see what he threw together for us. It's pretty awesome.
As fall approaches we begin to reflect on all of the amazing adventures we were able to cram into our short New England summer. It is probably safe to say few families have more stories to tell about the summer of 2016 than the Lindfields of Maine. Take a moment to read their epic journey from Maine to DC and back and see their amazing photos. One of the highlights of their trip? The time they spent in northwest Vermont on the Island Line Trail and Local Motion's bike ferry!
Did you see the Island Line Rail Trail’s shoutout in USA Today? If not you should definitely check it out, but first, check out some of the beautiful pictures we have below in our blog post. And while you're at it, why don't you plan a final summer trip (or two) on the Island Line Causeway!
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At long last, Burlington has released PlanBTV Walk/Bike for review! Before it is submitted to Council in fall, it needs some "ground truthing" from people who walk and bike regularly. You can download the plan at this link, or view a hard copy at Fletcher Free Library, City Hall, and DPW. Submit comments by September 23 via email to Lucy Gibson at firstname.lastname@example.org and copy email@example.com. Read on for Local Motion's take on how the plan can be improved.
How cool! VPR's Vermont Edition interviewed Local Motion's friend and VBike founder, Dave Cohen. Listen and learn about how bike innovations are being adopted in Brattleboro and VBike's work to help Vermonters and Vermont bike shops catch up with the new designs and technologies that are revolutionizing bike transport.
The word is in and it's a big win for safer roads for everyone! VTrans is making the lane reconfiguration aka “Road Diet” on the Barre-Montpelier Road in Berlin permanent. The roadway resurfacing project, which has been tested and reviewed in a pilot process over the past two months, and includes a reduction in the number of vehicle travel lanes from two-lanes in each direction to one lane in each direction with center left turn lanes, and the addition of buffered and conventional bike lanes.
We 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!
If the views or bike-friendly businesses aren’t enough to get you out visiting these new rest areas, perhaps prizes may pique your interest! All August long, cyclists can be a part of the Local Motion’s Passport to Prizes. Start by visiting any of the eight rest areas and pick up a small card that will serve as your ticket to ride.