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Remembering Brian Searles

Remembering Brian Searles
Kind words by friend and board member, David R. Hutchinson

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the recent death of Brian Searles. Brian died in Tampa, Florida, on June 5 while undergoing treatment for acute leukemia.

Brian served as a central figure on the Local Motion board of directors from 2017-2023. He has been a stalwart member of the Local Motion family, and he played a key role in the development of Local Motion as Vermont’s premier walking and biking advocacy group.

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Walk/Bike Summit Reflections

On the longest day of the year, advocates, planners, researchers, and community members all gathered together for the Vermont Walk/Bike Summit. It was a hot day in St. Johnsbury, but we were all buzzing with excitement to learn, share, and connect.

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Safe passing is now Vermont law

As of July 1, drivers are required to provide 4' of clearance when passing a vulnerable user.

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Biking on a Budget

A bicycle is an inexpensive way to get around.  Every time you chose to ride instead of driving, you save money and you are helping the environment.  

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Supercharge Your E-bike Savings with BED's Rebate Boost!

You’ve seen them everywhere: parked outside the farmer’s market, loaded with kids in the school pickup line, passing you up a hill… Electric bikes are out there, being adopted by riders of all types. 

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June 2024 Safe Routes to School Newsletter

In This Newsletter:

  • Bike Smart Summer Scheduling
  • Reminder: Free Helmets if you fill out Travel Tallies & Parent Surveys!
  • Crossing Guard Survey Results + Winning Schools
  • Show and Tell: Share your Photos and Tell us of your Activities
  • 2024 Vermont Walk-Bike Summit
  • Resources You Can Use
  • What’s Next
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Riding in the Summer

One of the great pleasures of living in Vermont is taking long bike rides.  I ride all winter and in the spring I gradually lengthen my rides. This past winter I had some issues with my right knee, and so I have been very cautious about building up to longer mileage.  It makes sense for everyone to take a gradual approach to building up strength and stamina.  Pushing too hard can result in an injury. 

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May 2024 National Bike Month

There are a lot of things to get excited about in May: flowers opening, trees leafing, sun shining… oh yeah, and bike riding! May is National Bike Month, a time to celebrate our bikes and all they do for us. Whether you are a seasoned commuter, a racer, a casual path spinner, or are picking up a bike for the first time, this is a time to spread the joy of cycling.

This month, we ask you to challenge yourself by riding more. That could mean using your bike to get to work or run an errand, changing up your normal ride type (dust off that old MTB or road bike!), or inviting a group of friends to go on a ride together.

Find inspiration below, as well as a calendar chock full of exciting events.

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Riding Safe and Being Seen

Your riding safety depends on staying vigilant and not putting yourself in dangerous situations. It is also important that you are visible, both during the day and at night. Vehicle drivers do not want to hit you. Our job as riders is to help them avoid hitting us.

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April 2024 Safe Routes to School Newsletter

In This Newsletter:

  • Bike Smart Summer Scheduling
  • Inspiration from a Shelburne Student
  • Spring Walk and Roll to School Months and the Muddy Boot Award
  • Reminder: Free Helmets if you fill out Travel Tallies & Family Surveys!
  • Show and Tell: Share your Photos and Tell us of your Activities
  • Free National Webinar: Engaging and Including Students with Disabilities in Safe Routes Programs
  • What’s Next
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Featured Events


EZ Breezy Cicada Spins

Tuesday, July 30, 2024 at 06:00 PM
Local Motion Trailside Center

Celebrate the joy of biking year round with our EZ Breezy Rides! Rides start at 6pm from Local Motion's Trailside Center, the last Tuesday of... More Details


BED Energy Clinic

Thursday, August 01, 2024 at 09:30 AM
Ethan Allen Homestead Pavilion, Burlington

Local Motion will offer e-bike demos during this free event. 

BED Energy Clinic Flyer

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Quarter Century

Sunday, August 11, 2024 at 09:00 AM

Quarter Century logoThis year mark’s Local Motion’s 25th Anniversary, in other words, our Quarter Century!... More Details

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