H.8 - Distracted Driving

This bill would increase the penalties for a second offense distracted driver as defined in 23 V.S.A § 1095b.

The increased penalties would...

  • add points to an individual's record
  • require the retaking of the written motorist DMV test
  • require revocation of a junior license for 30 days
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S.51 - 90% Renewable Energy

This bill would establish Vermont's renewable energy goals (90% by 2050) in statute

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S.84 - Motor Vehicle Emissions

This bill would establish more specific vehicle emission inspections provisions and stiffen the legal definition of "following too closely". This bill would also impose significant fines for installing or using emission defeating devices.

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H.46 - Bicycle Registration Fee

This bill would require a $10 registration fee for all bicycles

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H.355 - Exempting motor-assisted bicycles from sales and use tax

This bill would remove sales and use tax from the purchase of motor assisted bicycles.

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The Many Faces of a Single Yellow Bike

sq._yellow_bike.jpgOwning a bicycle is not a static experience. As my bike riding evolves, and my needs change and so does the bicycle I ride. Most daily practices change over time, sometimes slowly and sometimes quickly. 


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BTV Gears Up for Major Bike Improvements in 2017

Burlington_center_city_bike_network_--_2017_v3_map_only.jpgBurlington is finally set to make real progress on becoming a biking city!  This year, the City has committed to an ambitious list of bike-related improvements to streets (as well as a whole lot of improvements for walking) to ensure that Burlington becomes as bike and walk friendly as possible.  Local Motion has been working closely with DPW and the mayor for the last six months to shape a high-impact package of improvements that focus primarily on the "center city" area (Old North End, downtown/waterfront, hill section up to the UVM green, and south end to Howard).  By the end of 2017, Burlington will have a basic connected network throughout this area!

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Bicycle-Related Changes Made to VTrans Crash Form

crash_form_thumb.jpgThe Vermont uniform crash report form gets tweaked just about every year in response to requests from law enforcement and others.  This year, it got a significant upgrade to bike-related fields.  This will begin to address a chronic problem with regard to data on bike crashes in Vermont:  way too many crashes where the bike-related factors are "other" or "unknown."  This is something Local Motion has been quietly but doggedly working on for the last few years.  Progress! 

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VTrans Looking for Assistant Bike-Ped Coordinator

vermont.jpgAre you a transportation engineer or planner? Are you interested in a job that will make a real difference for biking in Vermont?  If you answered yes, than make sure to check out this opportunity with VTrans.  The agency is committed to investing in better biking statewide, both on state highways and on local roads and this position will play a leading role in making good on that commitment. 

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Executive Director Emily Boedecker Leaves Local Motion

Emily_Boedecker_headshot.jpgOn February 21, 2017, Governor Scott named Emily Boedecker as Commissioner of Environmental Conservation. “Emily is an inspired choice for this position,” said Eric Hart, President of the Local Motion Board of Directors. “She is enormously knowledgeable in environmental matters, manages people and finances with equal dexterity, and builds consensus and shared vision among groups with varying opinions. She has put Local Motion on a strong footing for continued growth, and I know she will serve our state well in this new role.”

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