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No more excuses: My year on an e-bike

IMG_20160411_193919345.jpgIt's too hot. I'll arrive at work all sweaty. It's too cold. I have errands to run after work and need the car. It might rain. I'm running late as it is. I'm too tired. If it weren't for that hill, I'd bike. It's too windy. 

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In Memory of Cindy Joy Pike

cindy_pike.jpegCindy Joy Pike of Bellows Falls died on July 22.  She was hit by a car as she crossed the street in West Brattleboro on July 21.  She was the fifth person to be killed in the last five years while walking in Brattleboro.  That means that this community of 12,000 has one of the highest per-capita pedestrian fatality rates in the country:  8.3 annual pedestrian deaths per 100,000 population, or three times the rate of the most dangerous metro area in the country (Orlando, Florida).  What's going on?

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Wildlife on the Island Line: The American Mink

HydeSultze1-Mink-CU.jpgEarly summer presents excellent opportunities to observe wildlife on the Island Line, and no place is better than the Colchester Causeway. This summer’s most active residents are a family of mink who can be spotted loping across the bike path or cavorting on the rocks or in the water.

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Route 125 Road Closure

pexels-photo-209717.jpegVT 125 in Hancock 125 is scheduled to be closed to through traffic at this location for three consecutive days beginning Friday, July 28, 2017, at 6:00 PM, and the road is scheduled to reopen no later than 6:00 AM on Monday, July 31, 2017. 

 

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My Car

Car.jpgI came to driving relatively late in life. I did not get my license until I was in my thirties. That was also when I bought my first car. I was starting to do work outside of Burlington and driving was the only way to get where I had to go. In the past 30 years I have owned a series of cars, all of them second hand. I have had my share of driving adventures, and for a while I even used a car to transport my bike so I could ride outside of the city.

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AARP Community Challenge Grant Now Open for Applications

cq5dam.web.300.192.jpegThe AARP is now accepting applications for projects that will help make communities livable for people of all ages, and is providing funding for a variety of projects ranging from small, short-term activities to more drawn-out proposals. Read on to learn how you can apply! 

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Municipal Planning Grant Announced

25236436683_0d76619dc7_o.jpgIt’s June and therefore time to begin work on your FY18 Municipal Planning Grant applications! Did you know that Municipal Planning Grants (MPGs) can be used to increase the economic vitality of your community? Read on to learn the details.


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Bienvenue cyclistes du Nord!

BKT-Stu_ValetBP_thumb.jpgIt was supposed to be just a regular Saturday morning running the Valet Bike Parking at the Farmers' Market in City Hall Park. Until I got the email from Wayne. Wayne is my friend from Montreal, who used to live in Burlington but abandoned us for "La vie francaise" north of the border.

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Bike Smart--the Fun Isn't Just for Kids!

IMG_20170603_103157966.jpgThis past Saturday, Local Motion went to Rutland to train Afterschool Teachers on the Bike Smart curriculum for Vermont Afterschool.  We were lucky enough to have the trailer, and folks were able to practice the games first-hand.  We covered the curriculum, reviewing the games and tips for child management in the program, and OF COURSE we played games!  This day was part of a larger Afterschool Summer Enrichment program...

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Walking - not just for humans!

Walking in Orleans County can’t be much better than this! When the opportunity presents I walk the trails and roads near the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society. Now… let me explain… I have a three-year-old Pitbull-beagle mix, Tuuka – as in Tuuka Rask, best Bruins Goalie ever! – and she is spoiled rotten. I figured, I could share the love. Not to mention – I’ve spent the last decade dedicated to school and my own personal life, I figured it was time to do something for someone other than myself. I already work at the local hospital, so the animal shelter was really one of the only other local non-profits that immediately came to mind. My husband, Dan, also made the suggestion. I was a little apprehensive. All I could imagine is sweet loving old dogs locked up and unloved. I had no idea how wrong I was!

 

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