Back in April, Local Motion brought Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges to town. Why? Because, despite cold winters and lots of cars, Minneapolis is one of the best cities for biking in the country. Burlington can and should do the same. How do we get there?
On the Friday night of Father’s Day weekend-- a warm, sunny evening that is typical of Vermont summers-- walkers and bikers of all ages and experience levels congregated outside of Onion River Sports in Montpelier. The group had formed through the collaborative efforts of Local Motion and Montpelier Bicycle Advisory committee to do two things: bike to the ballgame, and lead by example to make Montpelier better by bike.
Ignoring bicycles isn’t just a problem on our roads - it’s a problem in our numbers! Currently the US Department of Transportation doesn't measure road performance for anything but cars and trucks. To make our roadways safer we need better statistics on all users. Our national partners at Smart Growth America and PeopleforBikes are calling on the USDOT to #MakeMeCount and ensure that the quality of our nation’s roads is measured with cyclists in mind.
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Bike share is for big cities, right? New York, Chicago, and Washington D.C., sure, but surely a small town in Vermont couldn't have its very own bike share? Think again. Morrisville, situated on the emerging Lamoille Valley Rail Trail is home to an innovative bike share program that shows what's possible in Vermont. And best of all -- it's completely free!
Seven. What is seven? The seven deadly sins? Days of creation? Days of the week? The name of a popular Burlington newspaper? Or just a lucky number?
For us, it's the magic number...
An important vehicular connection between Montpelier, Berlin, and Barre City is now also an important connection for cyclists. A resurfacing project on the portion of the Barre-Montpelier Road - from near the Wayside restaurant to the Barre City line - updated the corridor with new buffered bike lanes. This stretch of road is notorious for rear-end, sideswipe, and left turn conflict crashes, which are reduced dramatically when two through lanes in one direction are replaced with a single through lane and a continuous left turn lane, also called a 'Road Diet'.
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A new green space in Brattleboro will make downtown an even better place to stroll and shop. Harmony Place will replace the space where Frankie's Pizza once sold slices with a large green, a stage, space for 150 seats, and much more that will make the space a destination for those who want to spend time in a welcoming public space.
Last Wednesday was the inaugural “Beach Bites” Food Truck event, a gustatory celebration that will be happening the first Wednesday of every month through September at Leddy Park-right behind the arena, looking out over a placid Lake Champlain. I know the Truck Stop Friday Night at Arts Riot is crazy, but how busy could a similar event in the New North End be, especially in the middle of the week...
My husband and I love finding great deals at garage and yard sales—we’ve found all kinds of amazing things in our adventures (brand-new Ibex shirt for $1, anyone?) As you can imagine, I’ve seen just about everything put out for sale on the tables (and yes, I did buy that bronze frog lamp.) One thing we see a lot are bike helmets. Sure, $5 for a helmet that looks in good shape seems like a great deal, but before you pounce on that fancy new helmet with squeals of triumph and joy, hear me out first....
As a recent transplant from Seattle, some of my most memorable cycling experiences were on a spectacular path known as the Burke-Gilman Rail-Trail. This amazing trail meandered through some of Seattle's most vibrant neighborhoods, passing parks, coffee shops, restaurants, and breweries, and beyond -- all the way into suburban enclaves dozens of miles out of town. And the best part about it? We can do the same thing, right here in Vermont!