Brattleboro's Safe Streets Project—a group that formed with support from Local Motion—organized a Safer Streets Forum on May 5. Several dozen people turned out for a series of presentations and Q&A with town officials and representatives of various nonprofits. Local Motion was honored to be a part of the event. Read the news story in the Brattleboro Reformer. If you're inspired to help, sign up here as a Windham County walk-bike activist!
VTrans just released its first-ever report on the Vermont Bike Ped Program, which invests millions of dollars every year in improvements for walking and biking around Vermont. The report is concise and readable, with an overview of how funds were spent and details about specific projects around the state. It's a must-read for anyone who wants to understand what the opportunities are for getting improvements for walking and biking built in your community...
SEVEN DAYS VERMONT -- "Just before 10:30 a.m., I mounted my bike in Oxbow Park in Morrisville and headed toward the newest section of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. Virtually all my previous visits to this small Lamoille County town have been rest stops en route to somewhere else. But the recent completion of a beautiful, 17-mile rail trail, running from Morrisville to Cambridge, is likely to turn the area into a tourist destination on its own..."
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On Saturday, May 21, come out and and ride for safer, better biking for everyone at the first annual Richard's Ride. Organized by the Richard Tom Foundation, this ride is in memory of Richard Tom, who was loved by many and was killed on his bike in spring 2015.
Road and mountain bike rides from 4.4 to 70 miles. All funds raised support safer roads and getting kids on bikes.
Over the past six months, Local Motion has invested hundreds of hours in educating lawmakers and advocating for change in Vermont's laws related to bike safety and driver responsibility. We've been working closely with Rep. Mollie Burke and Rep. Willem Jewett (huge thanks to both!) to find ways to make our roads safer for everyone.
In the 2016 session, four key measures passed the House and were sent up to the Senate:
Amtrak has finally launched roll-on bike service on its Vermonter line! Here are Local Motion volunteers Nic Anderson, Andy Witt, and Dave Cain at the Waterbury station having just tested the new racks on the train to Waterbury.
Nic, Andy, and Dave had a lovely ride back from Waterbury, and confirmed that the new service works seamlessly. Enjoy the ride!
Local Motion is proud to announce the opening of eight bike rest areas in the Lake Champlain Islands and Chittenden County. These timberframed, metal-roofed, all-wood rest areas are GORGEOUS!
Built by Timberhomes and an awesome group of volunteers, they will give bicyclists shade, a place to eat lunch, and information about local attractions along the popular Lake Champlain Bikeways route.
In April, Local Motion brought Mayor Betsy Hodges of Minneapolis to Burlington to inspire city leaders and citizens alike in advance of the release of Burlington's walk bike master plan.
Our Bike Smart trailer was at Cabot School last week. The snow didn't stop these kids from getting out and riding (and even learning how to ride!) Check out the pictures on Facebook.
On Town Meeting Day, Burlington voters overwhelmingly rejected an advisory question calling on the City to retain four lanes on North Avenue between the Route 127 interchange and Shore Road, paving the way for the pilot project to move forward. The pilot will test a new road design for North Ave to improve safety for people driving, walking and riding, with four vehicle lanes with no bikes lanes changing to two vehicle lanes plus a center turn lane and bike lanes in both directions.