Local Motion staff and volunteers hit the streets in Burlington last night to get high-quality bike lights on "ninja" bikes. We counted about 80 riders coming through the intersection of Pearl Street & Winooski Avenue in the space of two hours. The good news? Two-thirds of them already had lights on their bikes! Check out our Twitter feed for photos, reactions, and more.
The first ever Vermont Forest Fondo is set for Sunday, October 9th, 2016! Registration is limited to the first 50 riders. NO DAY OF EVENT REGISTRATION WILL BE AVAILABLE. A portion of your registration fee will be donated to Little Bellas Mountain Biking. Registration is available on BikeReg. This year’s Vermont Forest Fondo will be a social ride with limited support (1 stop) and a BBQ afterwards. Join us on what will be one of the most beautiful events all year (peak foliage season)!
The Fall 2016 application period is now open for the Outdoor Gear Exchange Charitable Grant Fund! OGE is accepting applications until October 15, 2016 primarily to fund tangible acquisitions related to land access, conservation, or sustainable outdoor recreation. Grants will be awarded to qualifying organizations for amounts up to $1500 (up to $1000 for our education grant). To learn more about past projects or to apply for a grant, please visit www.gearx.com/grants/.
Burlington resident Peggy O'Neill and Local Motion were featured in NPR's recent series "Boundbusters" about empowering citizens to make changes Burlington's streets through tactical urbanism. Tactical urbanism is an approach to creating temporary projects that get to "lighter, faster and cheaper" changes on the ground.
Local Motion has long been and will continue to be a strong supporter of redeveloping the Burlington Town Center mall, with the goal of creating more value for our community on this key downtown property. As Mr. Sinex’s proposed redevelopment project has moved forward, we been actively engaged and have listened carefully to a wide range of perspectives on both the process and the design. Here are what we see as some of the most important issues to resolve as the project moves forward.
With the new school year starting, it is the perfect time to make sure the schools in your region don't miss out on the Way to Go! Challenge. As you know, from September 26 - October 7, Vermont schools can go toe-to-toe against carbon pollution and win. Students, teachers and staff are encouraged to bike, walk, carpool, or ride the bus to victory. This year, there is also a BIG prize; one lucky school will win an AllEarth Solar Tracker to provide an estimated $85,000 of clean power value to the school over the life of tracker (installation included).
VTrans is NOW accepting applications for the Transportation Alternatives (TA) program! Bicycle and pedestrian project planning and construction are at the heart of the TA program and this year, the focus is on environmental mitigation projects relating to stormwater and highways. Learn more by attending an online workshop, which will be held on September 6th and 8th.
If you've ever seen a Streetfilms production, you know they are the gold standard for video about walkable, bikeable communities. Last week, Clarence Eckerson of Streetfilms came to Burlington on vacation—and shot a piece about our city in his spare time! It uses Church Street Marketplace as its jumping-off point, but paints a bigger picture of Burlington's potential for walking and biking. Read on to see what he threw together for us. It's pretty awesome.
At long last, Burlington has released PlanBTV Walk/Bike for review! Before it is submitted to Council in fall, it needs some "ground truthing" from people who walk and bike regularly. You can download the plan at this link, or view a hard copy at Fletcher Free Library, City Hall, and DPW. Submit comments by September 23 via email to Lucy Gibson at firstname.lastname@example.org and copy email@example.com. Read on for Local Motion's take on how the plan can be improved.
Guess what? Bikes aren't just toys - they are the tools that will help us transform our built environment and our relationships, with one another and the world around us. In Brattleboro, folks are already realizing the transformative experience that can happen when we "reboot the bike!" Keep on reading and learn more about how some Brattleboro residents are loving their "car-lite" lifestyle.
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