Advocacy

Our advocacy work at the local, state, and federal levels is focused on improving infrastructure, passing laws to protect people walking, biking, and rolling, and addressing barriers that communities face when trying to improve conditions for active modes.

Here are highlights of what we achieved in state-level work in 2024, thanks to the support of people like you:

  • We changed Vermont’s vulnerable user passing law to require that drivers give at least four feet of clearance when passing people walking, biking, and rolling
  • We fixed Vermont’s definition of “pedestrian” so that it includes people using manual wheelchairs and other assistive devices, which ensures that these users are extended the same legal right-of-way as other pedestrians
  • We removed Vermont’s requirement that people use sidewalks when present, recognizing that sidewalks are often impassable for people using walkers and wheelchairs
  • We protected Vermont’s e-bike incentive program from being eliminated
  • We started a conversation in the Statehouse about making it legal for people on bikes to treat stop signs as yield signs when no other traffic is present, and allowing people on bikes to cross on pedestrian signals—both of which will be studied over the summer and return as topics in the 2025 session
  • We advocated for VTrans' Carbon Reduction Strategy to fund to bike and pedestrian projects and transit, and got 2/3rds of the funding allocated those categories

We want to know what legislation you want to see passed for walking, biking, and rolling.

Take this survey to let us know!