Bruce Lierman

  • commented on H. 79 2018-07-16 09:30:15 -0400
    An important opportunity in this legislation is to treat all slow moving vehicles, including bicycles, in the same way.
    Our current legislation doesn’t affirm, as other states have, that the place for slow-moving traffic is in the rightmost lane for their destination – slow moving vehicles can then yield the lane when they feel it is safe to do so and a set number of vehicles are following. Also, the current law allows local options (e.g., two-abreast riding) which creates a confusing and arbitrary set of local laws a traveler may not be aware of.
    Consistent handling of all roadway users makes the law easier to understand, obey, and enforce.

  • An edit for the Bennington County entry

    The Bennington County entry needs some serious editing. Here’s my suggestion: — If age comes before beauty, Bennington County comes in first as the older county in Vermont still in existence. This 678 square mile county hosts portions of the Green Mountain National Forest and the White Rocks National Recreation Area in the southwest corner of Vermont.  For cyclists of all levels Bennington County offers a variety of short and long trails from which to choose. One of our favorites is the 23 mile long Delaware and Hudson (D&H) Rail-Trail. The southern section of the D&H quietly rambles from Rupert, VT over the rolling hills and farmland of western Vermont along the state’s border with New York, dipping into its western neighbor at the community of Granville. It traces the old D&H railroad line that operated between Rutland and Albany, playing a vital role in the slate industry in the late 1800s and early 1900s. When you reach Granville, be sure to take a short side trip to the Slate Valley Museum to learn about this interesting history. The D& H northern section connects downtown Poultney with Castleton and the university campus there. Bennington County also hosts the southernmost end of the Vermont section of the Western New England Greenway, US Bike Route 7. USBR 7 provides a mapped route all the way from the East Coast Greenway in Connecticut to the Canadian border, where you can continue on the Route Verte to Quebec and Montreal. If you’re interested in mountain biking, in Bennington check out the BATS trail system on Mount Anthony at the Southern Vermont College campus. Or ride flat on the Ninja path along the Walloomsac river. From there it’s easy to connect three different covered bridge crossings in two miles. Manchester provides a constantly-improving bike-friendly environment, and a great coffee shop/bistro vibe. Then, continue North through Dorset (quarry swim, anyone?) to one of the most beautiful rides in Vermont - Route 30 through the Mettawee valley. — Also, the links need to be repaired Active transportation Guide - probably needs to be deleted for now. Walk/ bike maps - try this: https://www.bennington.com/recreationintheshires/ Bennington Cycle Club: No more; Try Bennington Area Trail System (BATS) https://www.facebook.com/batsvt Regional Planning Commission - BCRC http://www.bcrcvt.org/


  • A different kind of bicyclist education.

    This is both an idea and a suggestion. Years ago I realized the biggest problem with cycling as a means of transportation was knowledge - there were traffic situations I didn’t understand, and it was clear a lot of others - cyclists, motorists, traffic planners - didn’t understand them either. Riders like me didn’t understand how traffic really works. In my research, I came across CyclingSavvy, a training course specifically aimed at getting where you want to go by bike; not about tire-changing, bike fit, clothing and equipment, or anything else. CyclingSavvy is finally coming to Burlington. It’s a three-session class, and the classroom session is this Friday, June 29th. Registration at CyclingSavvy “Find a class” (https://register.cyclingsavvy.org/findaclass) closes this Wednesday. There are also online courses available. Check it out. It isn’t quite like any bicycling class you’ve seen before. I know, because I’m teaching it.


  • commented on My Ride Home 2018-06-05 09:47:45 -0400
    Peter -
    This is really what transportation cycling is about, and you’ve described it well. I particularly like your response to the rude driver; getting upset only leads to more frustration. Driving angry is driving impaired.
    I’ve found over time that drivers seeing me in the traffic lane are generally supportive, as long as they have plenty of warning (I move into the lane when there’s plenty of room) and when they are convinced I’ll do what I can to reduce any delays as much as I can. Usually I’m through that difficult intersection and back on to quiet streets before they even notice.
    Keep up the good work,

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