Sarah Illingworth published How about Trading Car for Cargo Bike — A Lending Library Story in Blogs 2019-08-12 10:58:13 -0400
Local Motion’s Traveling E-Bike Lending Library is in currently in full swing!
It just finished up a stay at Onion River Outdoors in Montpelier and is now at the Norwich Public Library until September 10th. After that, it’s on to Hartford, and beyond! We recently reached out to a Montpelier couple who loaned a bike from the library to learn about their experience.Read more
Summer’s here, and bikes are buzzing all over our streets, and it’s a beautiful sight.
Less beautiful? The upsurge of bike thefts that come with the summer months.Read more
#GivingWheelsDay 2019 is Local Motion’s inaugural four-day online fundraising campaign from September 11 - 14, 2019, in support of purchasing and deploying a child-size adaptive cycle!
Why? Because the social and wellness benefits of bicycling are profound, and we believe that all children should be able to enjoy them. But we need adaptive bikes - and they don’t come cheap. The handcycle purchased this year will be used statewide in our school bike skill education programs for years to come!
Donate today so that no Vermont children are left watching from the sidelines of our school programs. Any funds raised over the fundraising goal will be used to purchase additional adaptive equipment to accommodate demand.
Why an adaptive bike?
It’s easy to take cycling for granted. To many of us, balancing on two wheels and turning the pedals around with our feet comes as naturally as breathing in and out.
But it isn’t that way for everyone. Nearly every school that participates in our Bike Smart bike skill education program has at least one student who requires an adaptive bicycle. Without it, they can’t participate alongside their peers.
Thank you to prior and current Local Motion Board members for getting us partway there already! Help us get the rest of the way!
A special thank you to RAD Innovations for a generous discount off the price of the handcycle.
Local Motion is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.Our mission is to make biking and walking a way of life in every corner of Vermont.
Sarah Illingworth published Elements of Bike Riding 14 in User Submitted Blog 2019-08-01 09:38:02 -0400
By Peter Burns
Mental MapsRead more
I can trace most of the main roads in Chittenden County in my mind. Sometimes in the winter, I like to remember the rides I took in the summer, retracing them in my mind. As I leave Chittenden County the mental map starts to fade out. When I am planning a local recreational ride, my mind automatically explores a few different routes, along with the possible road conditions. Traffic and wind direction also important. I want to avoid busy roads, especially during rush hour. If the wind is blowing at more than ten miles per hour, I ride into the wind on the way out, and with the wind on my way home. Sometimes I change my route during the ride. In the evening of June 17th, I was riding back toward Winooski on Middle Road in Colchester. My original plan was to take a right on Route 2A and head home by way of Mallets Bay Avenue. But I was low as on water and wanted to use the facilities so instead, I took a left on 2A and went to the Burnham Library for a break. Because I have a clear mental map of the area, it was easy enough to figure out the way home from the library.
Through the years, Shelburne has faced significant increases in traffic, heavy-reliance on vehicular movement, speeding cars and trucks and significant safety concerns for pedestrians. The village is populated with multiple neighborhoods whose residents are drawn to many businesses, services and cultural attractions in town. Since 2016, the Village Pedestrian Safety Group has worked closely with Local Motion and town and regional partners to shape a village that accommodates the needs of all: pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles.
The mission of the Village Pedestrian Safety Group is “to actively work toward the creation of a culture of safe year-round walkability and connectivity in the village core. This includes, but is not limited to, safe paths, sidewalks and crosswalks, bicycle routes and vehicular traffic that adheres to speed limits and complies with crosswalk laws. We value collaborative relationships with town employees and elected officials, volunteer committees and boards and the general public. While safety is our top priority, we also strive for changes that add aesthetic value to an already charming village core.” Through these efforts, a variety of changes have moved the town closer to our goal, with more expected in the near future.
Examples of pedestrian safety concerns that led to our formation as an advocacy group:
Among our early steps was to do a ‘walkabout’ with Local Motion staff to assess several village roads.
Sarah Illingworth published Southeast Vermont in Local Walk/Bike Committees 2019-07-08 11:52:52 -0400
We, the undersigned, support the repurposing of the existing public right of way along Colchester Ave to make room for new and improved biking facilities. We call on the City of Burlington and Burlington Public Works Commission to support the repurposing of public space currently used for on-street parking to improve safety for those biking along this corridor. We believe this is an appropriate and beneficial use of public space.Endorse
Here's the 2018 Year in Review Newsletter that was emailed on January 23, 2019.
We’re walking and rolling! 2018 was a jamming year for biking and walking in Vermont. Thanks to you, our donors, community partners, and business members, Local Motion continues to make our streets more livable, get more people biking and walking, advocate for better policy, and grow Vermont's active transportation culture. Keep your eye out for a few Local Motion newsletters each year!Read more