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Amtrak Trying Out Bikes on Trains

Bikes on Trains photo by Christopher ParkerIt's been a frequent refrain from our members -- we'd like to take our bikes on the train. 

Thanks to Amtrak, VTrans, Congressman Welch's office, VT Bike & Pedestrian Coalition and VT Rail Action Network, one-day bikes on board demonstrations have been taking place on various Amtrak routes this summer. 

Local Motion continues to support and monitor this pilot project. 

Thanks to the national bicycling organizations (League of American Bicyclists, Adventure Cycling Association and the Alliance for Biking and Walking) for writing a letter of support to Amtrak.  Thankfully, a few breakthroughs are in the works... Read more here. (Photo courtesy of Christopher Parker, of Vermont Trail Action Network.)


NH Demonstrates Regional Trail Vision

NH Regional Trails coverEven with limited funding for trails and a more limited role of government, New Hampshire is demonstrating to other New England states the power of coordinated regional trail planning efforts. 

Through a Regional Trails Coordinating Council, NH is working to develop a comprehensive and interconnected network of multi-use trails in the southern part of the state. 

Supported by two regional planning commissions, the Council's new regional trails plan puts together a clear, compelling vision of a seamless trail network to improve the health, economy and quality of life of the wider region.

Read press coverage here.

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Northern Vermont has similar potential.  With the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail, Lamoille Valley Rail Trail, the Island Line Trail, the Cross Vermont Trail, the Stowe Rec Path, Millstone Trails, and many other multi-use trails in Northern Vermont offer a similar potenial. 



Support 3-Foot Passing; Opppose Bike Registration

VT Statehouse paintingSUPPORT H.209 / S.135 -- SAFE PASSING: Would you like state law to require motorists to give at least 3' of clearance when passing a person walking or biking?  If so, contact your State Rep and Senator and ask them to support the 'Passing Vulnerable Users' bill.  When emailing your State Rep, copy the email to House Trans Cmte staffer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Rep. Jim McCullough of Williston submitted House bill H.209.  A similar Senate bill S.135 was just introduced by Senator Philip Baruth.  Thanks Jim and Phil!

These bills would stengthen the 'Safe Passing Bill' passed 3 years ago by requiring motorists to allow 3+ feet of clearance when passing “vulnerable users” (walkers, bikers, etc.).  It also adds an additional foot of clearance for every 10 mph of vehicle speed over 30mph. 

Tell your legislators that you support H.209 and S.135.  Find your legislators here.



Our Vermont Advocacy Partners

Bike Recycle VermontBike Recycle Vermont and Old Spokes Home are now part of one organization, the Burlington Bicycle Project. The new organization is focused on increasing access to bikes and affordable transportation for those who need it most. In addition to offering a wide range of bikes, within reach for any budget, the organization provides a supportive and engaging learning environment and job training opportunities.




Our National Advocacy Partners

Transportation for AmericaTransportation For America -- a coalition of regional and national groups fighting for more funding for walking, biking, transit and other alternatives.  Get involved today!



Rails To Trails ConservancyRails To Trails Conservancy -- a non-profit organization promoting active transportation and the redevelopment of abandoned rail corridors into multi-use trails.

League of American BicyclistsLeague of American Bicyclists -- a non-profit organization promoting bicycling, and bicycle-friendly accommodations, across the country.


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