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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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Lyndon's Bike Lanes

Lyndon_vt_highlight.pngOver the past few years, Lyndon residents, business owners and local officials have been steadily working to become a more bike friendly community. Lyndon is part of Vermont's rural Northeast Kingdom, with its winding roads and village centers where people who live here and those "from away" are discovering everyday biking for transportation and for fun!

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It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This

20170517_JCohn_E013_LeddyPark-LearnToRide(1).jpgWe had another successful Learn to Ride class this past Saturday!  Almost 30 kids, ranging in ages 3 - 10, converged on Leddy Park in Burlington ready to Learn to Ride.  A good number of them were successful and almost everyone improved significantly!

Our Learn to Ride classes are getting themselves a following!  We had a family come back this year, because... 

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Memphremagog Ski Trail Foundation is where it's at!

MSTF.pngThere is something about nature that draws me into the woods year-round. The tranquility and beauty steal my breath. The vast space filled with known, and unknown, life cycles humbles me. Immediately life priorities become more apparent. I know as quickly as the woods teach me, the rest of the world will try to steal that wisdom the moment I leave. Spring brings a new sense of awakening for all the species in the woods. The smell of pine is incredible. I just want to bask in it! Baby snapping turtles are hatching. Owls are scouting for prey. Moments like this, I stop and look around, no longer in a hurry to complete the trail or to move until time runs out. I’m not rushing anymore – and I’m always rushing!

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Check List

checklist.pngI have an obsessive side, partly because if I didn't I would forget even more things than I already do. I have a long morning checklist, and also a checklist for going on a fun bike ride. Nothing ruins a ride like finding out you have forgotten something important. Read on to see what is included on my checklist...

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