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Winooski Bike Gang

In April of 2021 the Winooski Parks and Recreation Department sent out a call for volunteers to lead a weekly bike ride.  I was one of three people to volunteer.   Astin and Kristine also responded.  Astin is a social worker and Kristine teaches high school math.  We were given the title of ‘Bike Ambassadors.’ We decided to meet every Wednesday at 5:30 in  front of Monkey House which is on the Winooski traffic circle.  That first year we averaged about 10 riders per week.  Kristine gradually expanded out online presence and started posting our bike routes.  Astin was very good at welcoming new riders into the fold.  

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Christina Goes to Washington

Monday

My day started like most, with a walk down the hill from my house in the Old North End in Burlington down to Local Motion’s office on the waterfront. However, this time I was lugging a suitcase and had that nervous pre-trip excitement. Instead of a typical office day, I boarded the Amtrak train to New York City before continuing on to Washington, DC to attend the League of American Bicyclists' National Bike Summit.

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Spring News for Safe Routes to School

In This Newsletter:

  • Spring Walk and Roll to School Months

  • Final reminder: Crossing Guard Survey

  • Reminder: Free Helmets if you fill out Travel Tallies & Parent Surveys!

  • Bike Smart update

  • Winter Walk School Spotlights!

  • A Strategy to Reduce Drop-off Congestion

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Protect people walking, biking, and rolling!

A bill in the Vermont House would make important legal changes to support and protect people walking, biking, and rolling.

We need you to ask legislators to make these changes into law!

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Elements of Bike Riding #63

About the Author: Peter Burns is a long-time bike enthusiast, and one of the original year-round bike riders in the greater Burlington area. In addition to writing about walking and biking, Peter teaches a variety of bike workshops. He also works at a group home for people with psychiatric disabilities, teaches classes for the Vermont Humanities Council, teaches swimming at the Burlington YMCA, and is a regular host of Storytelling VT.  

10-6-23 Ride

On Friday October 6th I started getting ready to ride at 1:30 PM.  I was going to Shelburne Farms and calculated that it would take me half an hour to get ready and an hour for the ride.  I was meeting someone for a walk at 3 PM.  Within a ten mile radius of Winooski I have a pretty good sense of how long it will take me to get to any destination.   I try to be on time. 

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Local Motion to Promote Vermont Section of the Western New England Greenway

We were recently selected to promote the Vermont sections of the Western New England Greenway (WNEG).

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2023 Impact Report

2023 was a fantastic year here at Local Motion. Check out our Impact Report for a by-the-numbers summary of all of our services and programs.

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Survey: 2024 Burlington Election Candidates

Local Motion, the Burlington Walk/Bike Council, and Old Spokes Home are excited to provide the Burlington community with insight into 2024 mayoral and city council candidates' positions on key issues. 

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Our 2024 Legislative Priorities

The second half of the 2023/2024 legislative biennium is upon us, and we're excited to return to the Statehouse and advocate for better walking, biking, and rolling in Vermont. Here's what we're focused on this year.

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Elements of Bike Riding 62

9-22-23 Ride

On Thursday September 21st I used Ride with GPS to plan a route in Franklin County. I was going to take my road bike but in the event I chose to use my gravel bike instead. My route included a stretch of the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail. I did more or less the same ride last year in late September and I remembered that the rail trail was not well maintained. My road bike has narrow tires and is not happy on rough ground.  

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Featured Events


LEAP Energy Fair 2024

Saturday, April 13, 2024 at 09:00 AM
Crossett Brook Middle School in Duxbury, VT

Local Motion will be running E-bike Demos at the LEAP Energy Fair on Saturday, April 13 from 9 AM to 2 PM at the Crossett Brook... More Details


Low-Cost Traffic Calming Techniques and Walk/Bike Solutions for Rural Vermont

Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 06:00 PM

Bicycle engineer Keith Bontrager once said about bicycle componentry: "Cheap, light, strong: pick two." When it comes to traffic calming and walk/bike/roll infrastructure in general,... More Details


Earth Day on Church Street Marketplace

Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 11:00 AM
Church Street Marketplace

Local Motion will be sharing safety and fun information and materials during the annual Earth Day on the Marketplace event. Come on over and... More Details

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