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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How cool! VPR's Vermont Edition interviewed Local Motion's friend and VBike founder, Dave Cohen. Listen and learn about how bike innovations are being adopted in Brattleboro and VBike's work to help Vermonters and Vermont bike shops catch up with the new designs and technologies that are revolutionizing bike transport.
The word is in and it's a big win for safer roads for everyone! VTrans is making the lane reconfiguration aka “Road Diet” on the Barre-Montpelier Road in Berlin permanent. The roadway resurfacing project, which has been tested and reviewed in a pilot process over the past two months, and includes a reduction in the number of vehicle travel lanes from two-lanes in each direction to one lane in each direction with center left turn lanes, and the addition of buffered and conventional bike lanes.
Ever since announcing our naming competition for Local Motion's newest Yuba Boda Boda cargo bike, we have received a lot of great entries. The competition is fierce, and we need your help to choose the winning name! Check out our favorite five names, and vote for the one you like best. The winner will receive a free Local Motion prize pack.
We are delighted to report that the promised addition of bike lanes to Williston Road between Earl's Cyclery and Tafts Corners is happening—and we're bummed to report that it won't happen until 2017. (The delay is to accommodate a major subsurface utility upgrade, which is much better done before the road is repaved than after.) The delay is frustrating, but the bike lanes are baked into the design, which means they WILL get built. Read on for a few screenshots from the paving plans, so you know we aren't blowing smoke!